Melbourne: Best of Victoria Tour
- 2 Days
- 2 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 592
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$ 592
Melbourne Queenscliff (via the Great Ocean Road)
Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you inland to Port Campbell before you embark on a spectacular drive along the Great Ocean Road towards Queenscliff. First stop, the awe-inspiring 12 Apostles and time-permitting Loch Ard Gorge to commence the exciting road ahead. You will enjoy a relaxed lunch in Port Campbell and then embark on an exciting trip along the Great Ocean Road. We will head off the beaten track through the Otways 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 guest, you will be contributing to the Great Ocean Ecolodge's conservation program to protect the local fauna and flora of the region. Continue along the Great Ocean Road through the tranquil seaside towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne before arriving in Queenscliff in the early evening. Here you will have some free time to enjoy dinner (not included) before retiring to your bed 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)
You will board the Searoad Ferry to cross Port Phillip Bay to arrive in Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula. On board this luxury ferry, you will enjoy a light breakfast and admire the beautiful beaches on arrival towards Sorrento. You will also have a good chance of spotting dolphins on the way. Drive through the Sorrento, site of the first Victorian settlement and stunning sandstone village before winding through the Peninsula to arrive at the world-famous Peninsula Hot Springs for an indulgent soak in natural hot mineral waters (additional cost to bathe). The adventure continues onto Cape Schanck for a visit to the Lighthouse amid stunning coastal scenery. Drive through the windy roads to Arthur's Seat where you will be treated to a ride on the new Arthur's Seat Eagle, a state of the art gondola to fly up to the highest point of the Mornington Peninsula for incredible views across the bay and along the Peninsula. On a clear day, you an even spot the skyscrapers of Melbourne. It's then time for lunch, enjoy one of the incredible dining choices on the Peninsula for a delicious two course lunch and a glass of local wine. After lunch, you can rest a little as your driver takes you to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. In this bushland setting, you will have the chance to meet endangered species, feed kangaroos and wallabies, pet koalas and encounter many Australian native animals. The final destination will be to Phillip island, and over to the west coast where you will visit the Nobbies and then travel around the coast to the famous Penguin Parade. You will have time to meander along the boardwalk to the viewing platform where you will see the little penguins come ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows. It is then time to return to Melbourne, your guide will ferry you back to your hotel filled with memories of three beautiful Victorian regions.
*If you do not wish to visit the Peninsula Hot Springs, your guide will take you on a tour of Mornington Peninsula visiting highlights like the manicured edible gardens of Heronswood House with morning tea.
Warm and waterproof clothing is recommended for both days.
|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
19 Mar 2020