Victorian Explorer

Melbourne • Phillip Island • Mornington Peninsula • Great Ocean Road • Ballarat

About This Journey

7 Days Starting from $1150 AUD

per person based on 2 people
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Self Drive

Start in Melbourne: one of the world’s most liveable cities. Head to Phillip Island to meet koalas, seals, penguins, or take a lap on its Grand Prix track. Continue along the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Experience the Great Ocean Road’s seaside villages, rainforest, unique wildlife and majestic Twelve Apostles. Travel inland through countryside to Ballarat to join the gold rush at Sovereign Hill.

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  • 6 nights 3.5 Star - 4 Star accommodation
  • 4 Days vehicle + GPS hire
  • Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
  • 3 Parks Pass with Penguins Plus Viewing
  • Sorrento to Queenscliff Ferry
  • Otway Fly Treetop Walk
  • Sovereign Hill Entry
  • 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.

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    Accommodation    Travelodge Southbank
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    Melbourne – Travelodge Southbank

    Features:

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

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable offsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi (limits apply)

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: Freshwater Place IGA, 6 Freshwater Pl, Southbank; Open Mon-Thu 7am-9pm; Fri 7am-10pm; Sat 8am-10pm; Sun 9am-9pm


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      Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer

Suggested Activites:

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    Melbourne City Afternoon Tour
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    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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Free Time Melbourne

Explore Melbourne

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.

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    Accommodation    Travelodge Southbank
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    Melbourne – Travelodge Southbank

    Features:

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

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable offsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi (limits apply)

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: Freshwater Place IGA, 6 Freshwater Pl, Southbank; Open Mon-Thu 7am-9pm; Fri 7am-10pm; Sat 8am-10pm; Sun 9am-9pm


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Suggested Activites:

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    Puffing Billy Half Day Tour
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    Puffing Billy Half Day Tour

    Travel amongst the forests of the Dandenong Ranges on this mornings 5 hour adventure. Hand feed crimson rosella birds before riding the unique Puffing Billy Steam Train. Enjoy a delicious homemade Devonshire Tea, warm scones with jam and cream. Explore quaint village Sassafras renowned for beautiful antiques and local crafts.

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    Yarra Valley Wineries Day Tour
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    Yarra Valley Wineries Day Tour

    Sit back, relax and travel through picturesque country, stopping to visit at least four cellar doors, with some exciting new emerging grape varietals on offer. Sample some of Australia’s finest cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines which the region is famous for. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the Yarra Valley’s gourmet winery restaurants.

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Drive Melbourne to Phillip Island

Melbourne to Phillip Island

Walk amongst the heathlands, wetlands, woodlands, wildlife plus weird and wonderful sculptures at Cranbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Travel along the eastern shores of Western Port before crossing the bridge over to Phillip Island from San Remo. Step back in time at historic Churchill Island farm or get your adrenalin pumping at Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Meet Australia’s favourite furry friends at Koala Conservation Centre. Follow the Cape Woolamai Trail along cliff tops or Bush to Bay trail to spot native wildlife. Step aboard an eco-cruise to see a fur seal colony on Seal Rocks. Watch little penguins waddle up Summerland Beach as the sunsets at Penguin Parade.

Melbourne to Phillip Island
140 kilometres : 2 hours

3 Parks Pass with Penguins Plus Viewing

Travel back in time at Churchill Island Heritage Farm and enjoy cow milking, sheep shearing and working dog demonstrations. Come face to face with koalas along treetop boardwalks at the Koala Conservation Centre. Australian native wildlife including wallabies, echidnas, bats and birds also call the centre home. Experience the magic of watching little penguins returning home at sunset after a day’s fishing at the Penguin Parade Centre.

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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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      3 Parks Pass with Penguins Plus Viewing
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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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    3 Park Pass Guided Ranger Penguin Tour
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    3 Park Pass Guided Ranger Penguin Tour

    Come face to face with koalas along treetop boardwalks at the Koala Conservation Centre. Australian native wildlife including wallabies, echidnas, bats and birds also call the centre home. Travel back in time at Churchill Island Heritage Farm and enjoy cow milking, sheep shearing and working dog demonstrations. From a beachfront viewing stand, combined with a ranger guide, binoculars and a headset makes for an intimate experience as little fairy penguins return home at sunset after a day’s fishing.

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    EcoBoat Adventure
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    EcoBoat Adventure

    Experience the thrills of a 90 minute high speed tour along Phillip Island’s rugged coastline. Watch the antics of playful seals as they surround the boat, ducking their heads in and out of the water. See the Nobbies sea-cave, shaped by centuries of pounding waves. Stop at the Cat Bay National Surfing Reserve, before a bit of wave-running.

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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    Mantra Lorne
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    Lorne – Mantra Lorne

    Features:

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

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi limits apply

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: in apartments

    Laundry facilities: in apartments

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Foodworks, 1-3 Great Ocean Road, Lorne; Open Mon-Sun 7am-9pm


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      Sorrento to Queenscliff Ferry
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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

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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    Accommodation    Port Campbell Parkview Motel & Apartments
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    Port Campbell Parkview Motel & Apartments

    Features:

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

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    Kitchen facilities in motel rooms: Microwave, fridge

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

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: Free 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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      Otway Fly Treetop Walk

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    Otway Zipline & Treetop Walk
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    Otway Zipline & Treetop Walk

    Zip through the leafy treetops of the Otway Ranges from one Cloud Station to another, suspended up to 30 metres above the forest floor. Specialist guides will provide training and unique rainforest insights on this 2 hour, 30 minute rainforest experience. View the stunning Otway Ranges from the world’s tallest and longest treetop walk.

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Drive Port Campbell to Ballarat 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. Camperdown’s Mount Leura Lookout provides sweeping views over volcanic peaks and lakes. Join the gold rush at Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill open air museum and learn about the famous Eureka Stockade at the Museum of Australian Democracy. 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
275 kilometres : 3 1/2 hours

Sovereign Hill Entry

Join the 1851 gold rush at Sovereign Hill! Pan for gold, ride a horse-drawn carriage, see steam-driven machinery, go underground into a mine and keep a look out for Redcoat soldiers. View the Gold Museum’s historical mining and military collections, period costumes and photographs.

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    Accommodation    Travelodge Southbank
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    Melbourne – Travelodge Southbank

    Features:

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

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable offsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi (limits apply)

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: Freshwater Place IGA, 6 Freshwater Pl, Southbank; Open Mon-Thu 7am-9pm; Fri 7am-10pm; Sat 8am-10pm; Sun 9am-9pm


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      Sovereign Hill Entry
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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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