- 6 Days
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 4,049
FIRST-CLASS | SPECIALTY GROUP: This exclusive post-Lions Club International Convention group tour helps you discover the beauty and bliss of the state of Victoria. Explore the stunning coastline, delve into the state’s bounty of food and wine, and see its adorable wildlife, including the Blue Penguins of Phillip Island, on this comprehensive Australian group tour.
Your 6-day group vacation to Australia showcases the state of Victoria. A dive along the Great Ocean Road showcases the overwhelming beauty of the state’s coastline, including views of the famous Twelve Apostles. Turn towards the Mornington Peninsula and stop by Sorrento, the first European settlement in the state, before relaxing with a soak in the geothermal mineral waters of the Peninsula Hot Springs. After a truffle hunt and a wine tasting along the peninsula, connect to Phillip Island to see endemic wildlife, including koalas, at the Koala Conservation Reserve. That evening, head to the beach to see the famous Little Penguin Parade, where hundreds of miniature Blue Penguins waddle onto the shore at sundown. Back on the mainland, board the Puffing Billy Steam Train for a classic journey through the Dandenong Ranges. Descend into the Yarra Valley for a wine experience in one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions. The cabernet sauvignon is especially good. Back in Melbourne, the state capital, cap off the group journey with a celebratory dinner at one of the best restaurants in the city.
- 6 Days
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 4,049
Itinerary View Trip Map
Melbourne - Great Ocean Road
Today, meet up with your group and guide, before heading out for the Great Ocean Road. We will see the spectacular 12 Apostles and hear the tragic story of the Loch Ard shipwreck at Loch Ard Gorge. Our day also has the opportunity to look for koalas and native birds in the wild, and the coastal townships of Apollo Bay and Lorne as we make our way to our hotel. The evening is at leisure.
Accommodation: Novotel Geelong
Geelong Mornington - Peninsula
This morning we depart for Queenscliff, where we will take the ferry across Port Phillip Bay to Sorrento on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, where we will reveal the region with the most delicious secrets.
After arriving, there is some free time to enjoy a wander around Sorrento, home to Victoria’s first European settlement. Sorrento is a picturesque town, featuring stunning homesteads, historical buildings, and beautiful cafes and beaches. We continue on to Point Nepean National Park, which is surrounded by rugged coastline, and is the location of the old quarantine buildings, the army barracks, and Cheviot Beach, where an Australian Prime Minister drowned. Our lunch today is ay the famous Portsea Hotel, established in 1876, this gorgeous waterfront pub is one of the Peninsula’s best. The group menus have been curated to ensure your dining experience is engaging and memorable with a focus on small and large grazing plates.
After lunch, we check-in to hotel…but the day is not over yet…it’s time to unwind a little! This afternoon - the Peninsula Hot Springs. Sink into the natural geothermal mineral waters. Awaken your senses, relax and reconnect as you explore the natural surrounds…
Accommodation: Peppers Moonah Links
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Lunch|
A treasure of Victoria’s coastline, the Mornington Peninsula is a beautiful blend of seaside charm and rich wine country.
Our day includes a stop at Pure Peninsula Honey, where you will see the bees collecting pollen, building honeycomb and working in their hive. The farm offers a vast range of pure honeys for tasting. (tasting included).
Next, it is time for a truffle hunt, an exciting escape from routine with an opportunity to discover black winter truffles. At the family run farm, you will be welcomed by our tour host along with their eager truffle hunting English Springer Spaniels, The hunt begins with Jenny Mcauley sharing her truffle story before we are escorted into the truffiere to uncover the well concealed fungi. The hunting adventure concludes at nearby Max’s Restaurant with truffle dishes prepared using Red Hill Truffles. After lunch, we continue our local tastes day, with a visit and wine tasting at Red Hill Estate, which boasts one of the best views of any Cellar Door in the world for a true taste of the Mornington Peninsula. We end the day at one of the local Brewery and enjoy a cold beer and tasting paddle, before returning to our hotel.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Lunch|
Mornington Peninsula - Phillip Island - Melbourne
The morning is free and at leisure, before we depart for the Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary. The wildlife park features all-Australian native animals in a small, family-run environment that enables you to hand feed many of the marsupials.
Our nature day continues, as we head off to Phillip Island to see Seal Rocks and then on to view the famous Koala Conservation Reserve and Penguin Parade, where thousands of Little Penguins return to their burrows after a day at sea. We have upgraded you to the Penguins Plus viewing platform for a premium encounter with the penguins. Dinner tonight is also included at the local seaside town of Cowes on Phillip Island.
Our night will end back in Melbourne.
Accommodation: Clarion Suites Gateway - Studio River View
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Dinner|
Melbourne - Dandenong Ranges & Yarra Valley
Today, we head up to Dandenong Ranges, the cool, Green lungs of Melbourne. Here we board the Puffing Billy Steam Train; relax and unwind with a majestic three-hour steam train journey as you take in the scenic vista of the Dandenong Ranges.
We travel through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, with lush Fern gullies brushing past and Mountain Ash tres towering overhead. Puffing Billy makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the Fresh air whilst the train makes its way through the temperate Rainforest. Afterwards, we take a leisurely 45 minute drive back to the Yarra Valley.
The Yarra Valley became Victoria’s first wine region when Yering Station planted its first grapevines, back in 1838. Although wineries have since proliferated across regional Victoria, the Yarra Valley - with its world-renowned cool-climate cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and sparkling wine – remains a vital part of Australia’s wine industry. Lunch today is at Rochford Wines, which is followed by a wine tasting. After lunch & wine tasting, we visit Yarra Valley Chocolateries in the picturesque Yarra Valley before we return to Melbourne.
This evening, we meet up with our guide for a short walk to our farewell dinner at The Meat & Wine Company, considered one of the best restaurants in Southbank, Melbourne. After dinner a leisurely stroll back to the hotel.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner|
Sadly it is time to end your Downunder journey, the day is at leisure until the group transfer to Melbourne International airport in time for flight home or onward flight if you are continuing your
2024: 26 June
- 5 nights Accommodation in twin/double share room as noted on itinerary or similar
- Group Transfer to Melbourne Airport on July 1st (if you depart at a different time, a supplement may apply)
- Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 2 Dinners
- Tastings & Experiences
- Truffle Hunt
- Pure Peninsula Honey (Honey Talk & Tasting)
- Red Hill Estate Wine Tasting
- St Andrews Beach Brewery (Tasting Paddle)
- Rochford Wines Wine Tasting
- Peninsula Hot Springs (stand alone revitalise bathing admission, robe, locker and towel hire)
- Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary
- Phillip Island Nature Park (Penguin Plus and Koala Conservation Reserve)
- Ferry Queenscliff to Sorrento
- Puffing Billy Steam Train (one way)
- Porterage where available at hotels
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Tour will depart from one of the Convention hotels, to be advised later, transfers to the departure point are not included. Hotels names are or similar. Pricing is based on twin/double share, and a minimum 15 passengers on the tour. In the event of lower numbers, the tour may be cancelled or a supplement will apply. Rates are subject to availability.
26 Jun 2024