Wildlife & Wineries (Melbourne to Melbourne) 3 nights
4 days/3 nights Melbourne - Phillip Island - Yarra Valley - Melbourne.
Price from £436 per person
When you self drive Australia, this trip takes some beating! Your itinerary includes 5 days car rental with Hertz Australia, 4 nights standard accommodation, meals indicated and daily driving notes. Price includes car pick up from downtown depot - supplements may apply from airport.
Melbourne – Phillip Island – Yarra Valley - Melbourne
Prices depend on seasonality and based on twin share accommodation.
DAY 1 MELBOURNE – MORNINGTON (NM)
Pick up your HERTZ STANDARD AUTOMATIC rental car at the Melbourne City Depot or Melbourne Airport Depot and commence your drive to the Mornington Peninsula.
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: Best Western – Brooklands of Mornington, Morington Peninsula
DAY 2 MORNINGTON – COWES (NM)
Depart Mornington and travel to Cranbourne where you join the South Gippsland Highway to Phillip Island passing through the town of Koo-wee-rup. At the town of San Remo, you leave the mainland and travel across a bridge to Phillip Island.
PHILLIP ISLAND is the home of the Fairy Penguins. At dusk, they emerge from the surf, completely ignoring the thousands of curious onlookers. The island has a major wildlife reserve where you can see koalas, fur seals, pelicans, mutton-birds and various other sea birds. At the Australian Dairy Centre, Phillip Island, there is a museum explaining the history of the dairying industry, and a cheese factory with a sales section and tastings.
OVERNIGHT: Choice – Comfort Resort Kaloha Phillip Island, Cowes
DAY 3 PHILLIP ISLAND – YARRA GLEN (NM)
Depart Phillip Island via the Bass Highway to Koo-wee-rup where you continue to Pakenham,
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: Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa, Yarra Valley
DAY 4 YARRA GLEN – MELBOURNE (NM)
Leave Yarra Glen today to return to Melbourne. Return your vehicle to the Melbourne Airport depot or Melbourne city Hertz Depot.