Melbourne: Best of Victoria Tour
- 2 Days
- 2 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 511
Embark on a small group tour that showcases the highlights of the Australian state of Victoria. Beginning in Melbourne, you’ll journey along the Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles and Great Otway National Park before exploring the picturesque coastline of Mornington Peninsula and seeing the Little Penguin Parade on Phillip Island.
This 2-day small group Australia vacation takes you outside Melbourne to experience Victoria’s most popular sights.
Your trip to Australia begins in Melbourne where you’ll join your small group tour. You’ll then begin your journey along the Great Ocean Road, one of the most picturesque drives in all of Australia. First stop is the Twelve Apostles, the breathtaking rocky outcrops along the coast. Continue to Port Campbell, where you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch, and then reach the Great Ocean Road Ecolodge in the Great Otway National Park. Here, you’ll journey through an ancient eucalyptus forest and support local conservation efforts. Head on to Apollo Bay and finally arrive in Queenscliff for the evening.
The next day, board the Searoad Ferry and cross Port Phillip Bay to Sorrento, a sandstone village that was the first settlement in Victoria. You’ll begin your journey along the famous Mornington Peninsula, starting with a stop at the world-famous hot springs, where you can soak in the mineral-rich waters. Continue to the lighthouse at Cape Schanck before riding the state-of-the-art gondola up Arthur’s Seat to enjoy some stunning views across the bay. If the sky is clear, you might even be able to spot Melbourne in the distance. After lunch, head to the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you can help feed kangaroos and wallabies and hug a koala. Your final stop is Phillip Island, home to the adorable Little Penguin Parade that takes place each sundown and finds hundreds of pint-sized Little Penguins waddling onto land from the ocean. At day’s end, return to Melbourne to continue your onward journey.
This Australia vacation from Melbourne is a great add-on to a longer trip to Australia.
- 2 Days
- 2 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 511
Melbourne Queenscliff (via the Great Ocean Road)
This is it the ultimate discovery of Victoria's most spectacular coastlines. From the breathtaking world famous Great Ocean Road in the state's west, to the penguin parade on Phillip Island in the east and the playground for the rich and famous on the magnificent Mornington Peninsula in the middle, we will take you on a truly unforgettable journey with a difference - transportation for this trip is by road and by sea!
You will be collected by your guide at your inner-city hotel and commence the drive towards one of the most famous coastal roads in the world, the spectacular Great Ocean Road. The road was built to provide access to the coastal communities and to provide employment to the return soldiers from the Great War. We discover the famous road from West to East, starting at the truly magnificent Twelve Apostles, one of the most iconic natural formations in the world; as well as infamous Loch Ard Gorge and continue on along the wild and unpredictable Shipwreck Coast.
Head off the beaten track through the Otway Forest to the Great Ocean Road Ecolodge. Here you will have unique access to an ancient Eucalyptus Forest walk for close encounters with native animals. As a passenger with us, you will be contributing to the Great Ocean Ecolodge's conservation program to protect the local fauna and flora of the region.
We will continue our journey through the tranquil seaside towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne before arriving in Anglesea in the early evening. Here you will have some free time before retiring for a well-deserved rest.
Athelstane House Queenscliff
Athelstane House Queenscliff
Built in 1860, Athelstane House is Queenscliff's oldest operating guesthouse. A complete interior renovation in the late 90's added the many contemporary luxuries seen today whilst still maintaining its historic exterior. Each of our ten rooms has its own ensuite (eight with large corner spa …
Built in 1860, Athelstane House is Queenscliff's oldest operating guesthouse. A complete interior renovation in the late 90's added the many contemporary luxuries seen today whilst still maintaining its historic exterior. Each of our ten rooms has its own ensuite (eight with large corner spa baths) as well as complimentary wifi, shared tea & coffee making facilities and access to our large guest lounge with open fire place and complimentary reading materials. Room rates include a delicious a la carte breakfast chosen from our specially prepared guest menu as well as a leisurely 12pm checkout. The guesthouse boasts six different sitting areas inside and outside as well as a restaurant and fully licensed bar, open 7 days for breakfast and dinner.
- Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
- Guest Lounge
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Queencliff to Melbourne (via Mornington Peninsula & Phillip Island)
This morning cross the Bay by ferry to the Mornington Peninsula. You may even see dolphins escorting the ferry, as it makes its way across the mouth of Port Phillip Bay.
On arrival we check out the seaside township of Sorrento and spectacular Cape Shank, the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula which separates the wild ocean waters of Bass Strait from the slightly calmer waters of Western Port. Afterwards we make our way to the magnificent Point Leo Estate, which hosts spectacular views over Western Port Bay and Phillip Island and is home to the famous Sculpture Park- an outdoor art gallery featuring over 50 Australian and International pieces. Here you can either chose to visit the Sculpture Park or enjoy a wine tasting session (included).
Afterwards we visit one of the local wineries where you are treated to a delicious 2 course lunch.
From here travel to the northern tip of the Peninsula and visit the multi award winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you will learn about Australia's unique wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, dingos, koalas and many more. The sanctuary prides itself in its conservation work with endangered species.
Continue to the world famous Phillip Island. We head across the Island to Point Grant and the Nobbies. Absorb the breathtaking coastal views and stroll along the boardwalk, before driving the short distance to the newly renovated Penguin Parade Visitor Centre and witnessing the magical arrival of the little penguins at dusk at Summerland Beach.
Later evening return to your hotel in Melbourne, full of unforgettable memories.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Lunch|
Tuesday & Thursday
- Small Group Touring, Minimum 2 Max 11
- Pub Lunch
- Exclusive Ecolodge Access
- One Night - Accommodation At Athelstane House In Queenscliff (Or Similar)
- Light Breakfast
- Searoad Ferry from Queenscliff To Sorrento
- 90 Minute Peninsula Hot Springs Or 90 Minute Touring
- Two Course Lunch With Glass Of Wine At Local Winery
- One-Way Gondola Ride At Arthur's Seat Eagle
- Moonlit Sanctuary
- Penguin Parade - Penguin Plus Viewing Area
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquir
4 Feb 2021