Indulgent Victoria (Melbourne to Melbourne) 5 nights
6 days/ 5 nights Melbourne - Daylesford - Yarra Valley - Mornington Peninsula - Melbourne.
Price from £686 per person
A self drive tour that is full of interest. It includes 6 days car rental with Hertz Australia, 5 nights ‘boutique’ accommodation, meals indicated and daily driving notes. Price includes car pick up from downtown depot - supplements may apply from airport.
Melbourne – Daylesford – Yarra Valley – Mornington Peninsula - Melbourne
Prices depend on seasonality and based on twin share accommodation.
DAY 1 MELBOURNE – DAYLESFORD (NM)
Pick up your Hertz Intermediate Automatic rental car at the Melbourne City Depot or Melbourne Airport Depot and commence your drive to Daylesford.
DAYLESFORD boasts the highest concentration of mineral springs in the country together with an equally large array of therapists. Holistic health services, provided in conjunction with the mineral springs and spas, continue the region’s long tradition as a place of healing. The towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs reflect the character of their earliest heritage when Swiss-Italian miners and other immigrants settled here and people traveled from afar to ‘take the waters’. The natural beauty of the area and its period character have drawn a widening artistic community, providing visitors and the community with performing and visual arts by artists of national and international repute.
OVERNIGHT: Lake House, Daylesford (2 nights)
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Daylesford.
DAY 3 DAYLESFORD - YARRA VALLEY (NM)
Depart Daylesford via Ballan-Daylesford Road and join the Western Freeway at Ballan. Continue through Bacchus Marsh, Caroline Springs, Yarra Glen and onto Yerring.
THE YARRA VALLEY is richly endowed with some of the most beautiful countryside in Victoria. Distant blue ranges, rolling hills strung with vines, towering trees, and verdant valleys with pristine rivers make up the spectacular scenery on offer around Marysville and Warburton. For a fresh and exciting view of the valley, take to the dawn skies in a hot-air balloon before gently descending into a vineyard to enjoy a breakfast of sparkling wine and local produce. Visit Healesville Sanctuary wildlife park, home to native Australian birds and animals like platypus, koalas, Tasmanian devils, lyrebirds, echidnas and more. The region’s vibrant calendar of seasonal events includes the annual Grape Grazing Day, when over 20 wineries combine to host a summer celebration.
OVERNIGHT: Chateau Yering Historic House Hotel, Yering
DAY 4 YARRA VALLEY - MORNINGTON (NM)
Depart Yering and head south on Victoria Road and follow the sighs to Eastlink. Continue on Eastlink and into Moorooduc.
MORNINGTON PENINSULA is arguably Melbourne's best kept secret. Some of the highlights of the area include Art and craft markets, antique stores, coastal and bush walks, koala and penguin reserves enabling viewing in a natural environment. The region has much of Victoria's earliest history, excellent golf courses, great restaurants and one of Australia's finest wine producing regions. There are a number of good vineyards to explore such as Dromana Estate and Main Ridge Estate.
SORRENTO / PORTSEA – Attractions in Sorrento include the Marine Aquarium on St Albans Way where visitors can see the seals being fed, or take a cruise on Port Phillip Bay and swim with dolphins and seals. Sorrento Beach, along the Nepean Highway, is ideal for swimming in the safe waters while the back beach with its tall imposing cliffs, larges waves and strong currents, is favoured by surfers.
OVERNIGHT: Woodman Estate, Moorooduc (2 nights)
DAY 5 MORNINGTON (NM)
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this area.
DAY 6 MORNINGTON PENINSULA – MELBOURNE (NM)
There will be plenty of time this morning to explore the many fascinating attractions that abound on this scenic peninsula before heading to Melbourne. There are plenty of bush and coastal walks that can be taken. You may wish to visit one of the eighty vineyards and wineries here, enjoy a day on one of the beautiful surfing beaches at nearby Portsea and Sorrento. Leaving the Mornington Peninsula today join the Nepean Highway and travel north past the town of Frankston for the final leg of your journey to Melbourne. Return your vehicle to the Melbourne Airport depot or Melbourne city Hertz Depot.