Set out on a roamntic road trip from Melbourne with your loved one on this Self drive tour to the hidden jewels of Yarra Valley, Philip Island and Mornington Peninsula.
Welcome to Australia. Arrive at Melbourne airport and proceed for your transfer to the hotel. Melbourne has a wonderful blend of architectural heritage, , vibrant cafes, fabulous restaurants, colourful parklands and beautiful waterways. You modern skyscrapershave the rest of the day at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Melbourne on your own. In the evening make your own way to Make your own way to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, the Southern Hemisphere’s only Giant Observation Wheel, for a view like no other and an experience you’ll never forget. You can visit the Crown casino and entertainment complex for numerous restaurants, cafes & shops. Overnight stay at Melbourne.
Peak season surcharges will be applicable during Christmas, New Year and other fairs ,Festivals and Events.
It's time to hit the road for the Yarra Valley, an easy drive less than an hour east of the city. Rolling hills laced with grape vines whet the appetite for vineyard visiting and wine tasting. Head to Healesville Sanctuary, stopping at farm gates to buy local produce for a picnic in the sanctuary's Aussie bush setting. Before you know it you'll be staring into the snarling jaws of a Tasmanian Devil, peering at a joey in its mother's pouch, or frolicking with the monotremes at Tales From Platypus Creek. The photographic opportunities are endless. Visit Yarra Valley chocolaterie and ice creamery to enjoy abundant free chocolate tastings. Watch our European Chocolatiers hand craft over 250 different chocolate products. Indulge in a delicious selection of ice creams. Overnight in Yarra Valley
This morning, pick up your self drive car and commence your drive to Philip Island, favorite destination for lovers of nature. Along the way we suggest you to stop at the Puffing Billy Steam railway to ride the historic steam train. 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. On the way make a brief stop at Panny’s Chocolate Factory, where you have the opportunity to buy chocolates and view the manufacturing process.
Later drive to either Cowes jetty or Rhyll jetty to board your Wild Ocean Eco boat tour. Experience the thrill of a high speed 90 minute boat ride along Phillip Island's rugged and spectacular coastline to enjoy an up close encounter with one of Australia's largest colonies of fur seals. Immerse yourself in a spectacular multimedia wildlife experience and enjoy the fun, hands-on activities as you embark on a virtual journey to the world’s most extreme continent at the exciting new Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies. Later Spare some time atleast 1 hour before sunset to witness the nightly Parade of little penguins returning from the sea to their burrows on Philip Island. Overnight in Philip Island.
Optional: We recommend an upgrade to Get an eye-level view of the Little penguins in the new Underground viewing experience. Limited to a maximum of just 70 people, this world-first facility gives you the chance to watch the Little penguins waddling along the Penguin Parade’s most popular pathway for just AUD 60 per adult
This morning we suggest you take a chance to come face to face with Koalas from treetop boardwalks at Koala Conservation Centre. Later continue your drive along coastline to picturesque Mornington Peninsula. While on the peninsula enjoy excellent restaurants, regional wines and fantastic local produce. Visit Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm and indulge in delectable strawberry ice cream, wine, jam with scones and cream. From November to April one can pick their own strawberries in the field. Also worth a visit is Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens to tackle Australia’s oldest hedge maze. The maze is made up of more than 1,000 cypress trees and is over three metres high, presenting a real challenge as well as a very pleasant place for a walk. Here you’ll also find a circular rose maze planted with 1,200 rose bushes representing over 200 varieties and the lavender display gardens which feature more than 40 different types of lavender. End your visit with a dip in the soothing waters of Peninsula Hot Springs. This is the only natural thermal mineral springs bathing facility in Australia and is an unrivalled place to relax and unwind. Overnight in Mornington Peninsula.
This morning, after a delectable breakfast, proceed for your drive back to Melbourne, passing Melbourne’s beachside suburbs. Return yourself drive car. You have the rest of the day at leisure to explore Melbourne on your own. Overnight in Melbourne.
Self - drive car to be returned to the city centre outlet before 17:00 Hrs
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to Melbourne airport, as per your flight schedule to board flight for your hometown or onward destination. Holiday Concludes.
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