Countryside and Coastal Drive

Melbourne • Yarra Valley Wine Region • Dandenong Ranges • Phillip Island • Mornington Peninsula • Great Ocean Road

About This Journey

7 Days Starting from $1130 AUD

per person based on 2 people
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Self Drive

Go from cityscape to beachfront along a tram line: it’s got to be Melbourne. The Yarra Valley is famous for its wine, local produce and Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary. Drive amongst the beautiful Dandenong Ranges to Phillip Island to experience the iconic Penguin Parade. From the Mornington Peninsula to Queenscliff, to the Great Ocean Road, the seaside panoramas will leave you in awe.

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  • 6 nights 3.5 Star accommodation
  • 5 Days vehicle + GPS hire
  • Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
  • Melbourne City Afternoon Tour
  • Penguin Parade Plus Viewing
  • Sorrento to Queenscliff Ferry
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Highly detailed and comprehensive travel pack
  • Selection of maps, brochures and guide books
Not Included: International flights, Meals & drinks (unless stated), Petrol/gas, Personal travel insurance, Suggested activities,
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Day 1
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Welcome to Australia

Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
G’day Melbourne

A private transfer will meet you from your flight, provide you with your travel pack and drive you to your accommodation.

Step aboard the free City Circle tram to explore the Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne Aquarium or Old Melbourne Gaol. Walk around the city’s hub Federation Square, home to the Ian Potter Centre exhibiting Australian art. Jump on a tram to explore beachside St Kilda and Luna Park. Travel up Eureka Skydeck for amazing panoramic views. Step aboard a river cruise or stroll amongst the Royal Botanic Gardens. Sports fans will enjoy the Melbourne Cricket Ground, National Sports Museum and Rod Laver Arena. Discover unique bars, cafes and restaurants along the city’s laneways or Southbank Promenade.

Melbourne City Afternoon Tour

Join a local guide on a 3 hour tour of Melbourne, a city of contrasts. Visit sites including Federation Square, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), St Patrick’s Cathedral, Albert Park Lake (Formula 1 Grand Prix) and iconic St Kilda Beach. Travel up Eureka Skydeck 88 for 360 degree views of the city, Port Phillip Bay, the Dandenongs and Yarra Valley.

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    Accommodation    The Victoria Hotel
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    Melbourne – The Victoria Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite & offsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable cable

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles Central, Cnr Flinders & Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne; Open Mon-Sun 6am-1am


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      Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
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        Melbourne City Afternoon Tour
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Drive Melbourne to Yarra Valley Wine Region

Melbourne to Yarra Valley

Drive amongst the picturesque countryside and valleys of the renowned Yarra Valley wine region. Sample superb cool-climate sparkling wines, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz at charming cellar doors. Dine on fresh local produce at a winery restaurant or cafe. Indulge in the delights at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery or fine Australian cheeses at Yarra Valley Dairy. Enjoy TarraWarra Museum of Art’s unique architecture housing modern and contemporary art. Meet kangaroos, wombats, Tasmanian devils, dingos, koalas and platypus at Healesville Sanctuary.

Melbourne to Yarra Valley
61 kilometres : 1 hour

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    Accommodation    Healesville Motor Inn
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    Healesville Motor Inn

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Short drive to local shops and restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WiFi

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchenette

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles, 251 Maroondah Highway, Healesville; Open Mon-Sun 6am-11pm


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    Vehicle Hire    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar
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    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar

    • Insurance:
      Included - Excess/liability reduced to $0
    • Transmission:
      Automatic
    • Size Guide:
      5 adults, 3 suitcases
    • Upgrade Options:
      Standard Size - Hyundai Elantra or similar
    • Doors:
      5
    • GPS:
      Included
    • Additional Driver:
      Included
    • Unlimited Mileage:
      Included

Suggested Activites:

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    Healesville Sanctuary Entry
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    Healesville Sanctuary Entry

    Meet Australia’s unique wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes and platypus. Witness majestic birds of prey at the Spirits of the Sky free flight show. Enter the nocturnal world of mountain pygmy-possums, bilbies, bandicoots, and meet colourful parrots to cockatoos in the walk-through aviary.

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Drive Yarra Valley to Dandenong Ranges to Phillip Island

Yarra Valley to Phillip Island

Take a break at SkyHigh Mount Dandenong for spectacular views across Melbourne from high above the Dandenong Ranges. Hidden away in tranquil forest is William Ricketts Sanctuary showcasing sculptures of Aboriginal people and their unique relationship with nature. Chug through the forest and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges aboard Puffing Billy, Australia’s oldest steam railway. Step back in time at Churchill Island farm, get your adrenalin pumping at Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit, meet Australia’s favourite furry friends at Koala Conservation Centre and watch little penguins waddle up Summerland Beach as the sunsets at Penguin Parade.

Yarra Valley to Phillip Island
161 kilometres: 2 1/4 hours

Penguin Parade Plus Viewing

Each night at dusk as the sun fades the little fairy penguins waddle up Summerland Beach to their burrows in the dunes, a ritual that has been followed for thousands of years. See the world’s smallest penguins in their natural habitat from a viewing platform providing a more personalised and close up viewing experience. Enjoy a ranger talk 30 minutes prior to the estimated penguin arrival time.

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    Accommodation    Seahorse Motel
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    Phillip Island – Seahorse Motel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette in apartments

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles, 112-116 Thompson Avenue, Cowes; Open Mon-Sun 7am-11pm


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      Penguin Parade Plus Viewing
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Drive Phillip Island to Mornington Peninsula to Great Ocean Road

Sorrento to Queenscliff Ferry
Phillip Island to Lorne

Relax at Peninsula Hot Springs in Rye or enjoy Red Hill’s boutique wineries in the Mornington Peninsula. Drive onto the ferry in historic Sorrento and travel across to Queenscliff, home to grand old Victorian buildings and a bizarre Black Lighthouse. Take in stunning cliff top views overlooking Australia’s famous surf location Bells Beach. Views over Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary and Great Ocean Road can be found at Split Point Lighthouse in Aireys Inlet. Pay tribute to soldiers from World War I who helped construct the road at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch. See the peaceful Erskine Falls in the Otway Ranges and Great Ocean Road from Teddy’s Lookout in seaside village Lorne.

Phillip Island to Sorrento               Queenscliff to Lorne
144 kilometres : 1 3/4 hours          89 kilometres : 1 1/2 hours

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    Accommodation    Grand Pacific Hotel
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    Lorne – Grand Pacific Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 3:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: 40mins free in room WiFi per day

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: Foodworks, 1-3 Great Ocean Road, Lorne; Open Mon-Sun 7am-9pm (Summer months)


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      Sorrento to Queenscliff Ferry
Day 5
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Drive Great Ocean Road

Lorne to Port Campbell

Continue on to Apollo Bay where the highway is carved into sheer cliffs that drop away into the ocean below. Spectacular views along the Great Ocean Road can be found at from Marriners Lookout. See beautiful remote rainforest, coastal scenery, wildlife and mainland Australia’s oldest lighthouse at Cape Otway. Melba Gully’s ancient rainforest or the Otway Fly Treetop Walk are near Lavers Hill. Famous natural wonders the 12 Apostles are in Port Campbell National Park along with The Gibson Steps, Lord Ard Gorge and London Arch. Discover spectacular views across the bay, along the coast and over seaside village Port Campbell on the Discovery Walk.

Lorne to Port Campbell
141 kilometres : 2 1/4 hours

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    Accommodation    Port Campbell Motor Inn
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    Port Campbell Motor Inn

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi

    Kitchen facilities in motel rooms: Microwave, fridge

    Kitchen facilities in apartments: Microwave, fridge, stove/or oven

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: onsite

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Port Campbell Shopping, 23 Lord St, Port Campbell; Open Mon-Sun 8am-6:30pm (winter), Mon-Sun 8am-8:30pm (summer)


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Suggested Activites:

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    Otway Fly Treetop Walk
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    Otway Fly Treetop Walk

    Experience a bird’s eye view of the magnificent Otway Ranges cool temperate rainforest from the world’s tallest and longest treetop walk. Be elevated from the depths of the rainforest floor up into the soaring heights of the trees. Informative signs explain the unique plants and wildlife you see along the 1 hour return walk.

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Drive Port Campbell to Melbourne

Return Rental Car in Melbourne
Port Campbell to Melbourne

Drive back to the 12 Apostles in Port Campbell National Park for some morning photos. Dine in the restaurant, sample local single malt whisky or enjoy locally made ice cream at Timboon Railway Shed Distillery. Take a break along the shores of Lake Colac at the Botanic Cafe. Rural town Winchelsea is home to grand old buildings from early colonial times. Explore Melbourne aboard the free City Circle tram and discover city basement, rooftop and laneway bars, cafes and restaurants or enjoy riverside dining along Southbank Promenade.

Port Campbell to Melbourne
229 kilometres : 2 3/4 hours

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    Accommodation    The Victoria Hotel
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    Melbourne – The Victoria Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite & offsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable cable

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles Central, Cnr Flinders & Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne; Open Mon-Sun 6am-1am


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Farewell Australia

Depart Melbourne

Farewell Melbourne and make your own way to Melbourne Airport and continue your onward journey.

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