Melbourne is the starting point for your journey and provides something for everyone from a unique range of cafes, boutiques and bars to chic fashion stores. Explore the Yarra River area including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Southgate and the Arts Centre. Enjoy a round of golf at the Huntingdale golf club in the heart of Melbourne's world famous 'sandbelt' region. Huntingdale has emerged as one of the most recognizable golf courses in Australia, and the world. Since 1979, Huntingdale has played host to some of the most famous names in world golf, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Geoff Ogilvy and Tiger Woods. Please note - the Huntingdale course is a walking course. Golf carts are not available for hire unless a doctor's certificate is provided. Overnight in Melbourne.
One Nights Superior Accommodation: The Langham Melbourne
Melbourne to Yarra Valley
Just outside of the Yarra Valley is Healesville Sanctuary – recognized as one of the best places for seeing Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. Experience some of Australia’s wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, wombats and platypus in a close-up encounter. Overnight in the Yarra Valley.
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Araluen Lodge
Yarra Valley to Phillip Island
Leave the Yarra Valley region and drive south to Phillip Island (just 90 minutes from Melbourne). Tonight, witness the amazing experience of the daily dusk Penguin Parade. Every sunset, the world’s smallest penguins, the Little Penguins, emerge from the sea and waddle across the beach to their sand dune burrows. This is a truly memorable natural wildlife experience. The elevated boardwalks and viewing stands allow you to enjoy all the ‘penguin action’ without disturbing them or their burrow homes. Overnight on Phillip Island.
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Glen Isla House
Phillip Island to Mornington Peninsula
From Phillip Island, visit the coastal region of Mornington Peninsula – another of Victoria’s beautiful wine regions. Your day will be hosted by a local guide who will take you to 4-5 of the 70 cellar doors in the area. Included is a delicious lunch and glass of wine at one of the boutique winery restaurant/cafes. Overnight.
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Peppers Moonah Links
Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne
Today you are free to explore the Peninsula – go swimming with dolphins on a cruise, take a walk through historical military sites at Point Nepean or head to the Cape Schanck lighthouse. Perhaps enjoy a bite to eat at one of the seaside cafes, visit a local art gallery or taste some local produce at the boutique wineries. Make your way back to Melbourne where your journey ends.
Note: This self drive tour can be completed in reverse order, the tour cost remains the same. To view tour prices or to make an enquiry, please click on the Enquire Now tab at the top of this itinerary.
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