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Self Drive from Melbourne – Yarra Valley – Phillip Island – Mornington Peninsula  Melbourne 

 

Collect your vehicle and depart Melbourne heading to the Yarra Valley. 

Plenty of Wineries offering cellar door tastings and enjoy the gourmet food and fine local produce.  

Less than an hour from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is a whole life experience away, offering quality local food and wine, breathtaking scenery, romantic hideaways, and indulgent adventures. 

The Yarra Valley is recognised as one of the world’s premier wine growing regions with over 80 sensational cellar doors, superb restaurants serving fresh regional produce, luxury accommodation, iconic scenery, and stunning artwork. 

 

Domaine Chandon’s traditions hail from grand Champagne house Moët & Chandon but its expertise is firmly planted in Yarra Valley wine country. The winery combines the magic of cool-climate grapes, time-honored production techniques, and decades of experience to make méthode traditionally Australian sparkling wines that are complex, expressive, and reflective of their origins. 

A visit to the Yarra Valley winemaking home provides the opportunity to experience one of the largest ranges of premium, méthode traditionally sparkling wines in the country, along with a dynamic wine tourism offering including a tasting bar, restaurant, lounge bar, educational experiences, tour route, retail boutique, outdoor terraces and a magnificent view of the Yarra Ranges.  

Why not have lunch on board the Puffing Billy Railway. Departs from Belgrave at 12.00 pm 

Relax and unwind with a majestic three-hour steam train journey as you take in the scenic vista of the Dandenong Ranges. 

Your friendly train host will welcome you onboard the First-Class Carriage, where you will sit back and relax whilst perusing the beverage list. 

As the train whistle signals the train’s departure, your entrees are served, and before long you will be peeking out of the window to admire the most iconic point of the journey – the historic Monbulk Creek Trestle Bridge! 

The journey continues through the temperate rainforest as you savour your meal. 

The Steam & Cuisine Luncheon is all about luxury and fun, whilst chugging through dense fern foliage and wide-open fields. 

Indulge in a delicious seasonal three-course menu or Grazing Platter filled with a selection of cured meats, fine cheeses, and Devonshire Tea.
 

All tickets include your selected meal, 2-hour train journey, and 1-hour spare time at Emerald Lake Park. 

 

Prices from $95.00 per person 

 

We have a few suggested Accommodation options for your stops along the way, we also can tailor your accommodation options depending on your overnight location, requirements , and budget. 

Overnight at Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa 

The ultimate luxury for weekend getaways in Victoria, you can’t beat Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa in the Yarra Valley. There are some 70 accommodation suites including spa suites overlooking the impressive views of the picturesque  

Yarra Valley. There’s a relaxed feel while you enjoy sipping a glass of Balgownie Estate wine from your balcony or even from the comfort of your full-size spa bath.  

Accommodation in the Yarra Valley’s finest Balgownie Estate will ensure you relax and unwind every day on your weekend away. 

 

Overnight Accommodation option 2 – Yarra Valley Lodge  

From the moment you arrive at Yarra Valley Lodge, you’ll experience a sense of place unlike any other. The laid-back comfort of our accommodation takes inspiration from the classic Australian country retreat. Wide open spaces and walking trails offer abundant opportunity to see kangaroos, wombats, birds and other native wildlife. Every detail of our hotel is dedicated to the pursuit of tranquil relaxation away from modern bustle and distractions. 

From fresh and local dining to access to championship golf, tennis, pool, fitness and spa facilities at Heritage Golf & Country Club.

 

Day 2 – Yarra Valley to Phillip Island – 148 km 

Depart Yarra Valley and travel south to San Remo .  

Arrive before midday to see the daily feeding of the pelicans at the San Remo wharf, before heading over the bridge and onto Phillip Island. The penguin Parade occurs each evening at Sunset. Line the boardwalk at dusk to watch hundreds of little penguins returning to their burrows on Summerland Beach after a day at sea. 

Once on Phillip Island, turn left to the south of the island towards Cape Woolamai – a renowned surf destination and a great place for a walk through the rugged coastal scenery. Make the time to visit historic Churchill Island for a tour of the historic farm, homestead and gardens, which date back to 1872. 

Next, turn inland to the centre of the island and the Koala Conservation Centre, where you can see koalas at close range from a treetop boardwalk. 

 If you’re interested in motor sport, take a quick detour to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. For something different visit A Maze’N Things and challenge yourself to puzzling and mind-boggling activities. 

Continue to Cowes at the north of the island.  

Cowes has a wealth of charming cafes and restaurants and is a rewarding place to stop for lunch. 

From Cowes you can jump aboard an eco-cruise amongst one of Australia’s largest fur seal colonies on Seal Rocks, or head over to the Nobbies to walk along the boardwalk to the blowhole and enjoy spectacular views along the island’s rugged south coast.  

 

Seal Watching Tour – 2 Hours 

Come aboard this spectacular 2hr coastal wildlife cruise, and experience an up-close encounter with thousands of seals at Australia’s largest fur seal colony 

Seal Rocks is situated 2kms off the rugged south-west coast of Phillip Island. The boat drifts within meters of the seals, enabling you to witness them in their natural environment first hand. It is impossible not to be captivated by these naturally playful and inquisitive animals, as they regularly approach the boat for a closer look at you! 

 

Along the way, you’ll be enthralled by the beautiful coastline and learn all about the history of Phillip Island’s western shoreline. 

Includes 

  • 2 Hour scenic coastal cruise 
  • An average of 5000+ seals sighted up close 
  • Complimentary afternoon or morning tea 
  • Variety of seabirds & regular dolphin sightings 
  • Educational commentary 
  • Historical sights 
  • Children’s activities available upon request 
  • Warm undercover viewing 

Departs Cowes 2pm  – prices from $85.00 per adult/ $59.50 per child 

 

Don’t miss the Nightly Penguin Parade 

Penguin Parade – every night at sunset, after a day’s fishing at sea, the world’s smallest penguins emerge from the sea and waddle ashore to their sand dune bundles. 

Experience the wonder of watching the nightly parade from the view stands and boardwalks without disturbing them or their burrows. 

The Penguin Parade offers a wide variety of activities suitable for all ages. Whether you are looking for a self-guided experience or to be led by one of our knowledgeable rangers, we have the option for you. 

 

General Viewing prices from $26.50 per adult // $13.50 per child 

Enjoy tiered seating in our general viewing grandstands overlooking the picturesque Summerland’s Beach. 

Penguins Plus prices from $60.00 per adult //$30.00 per child 

Get up close and personal with the little penguins from our extra special Penguins Plus grandstand. 

  

Overnight at Phillip Island Tower Apartments 

Introducing a new level of luxury on Phillip Island – Phillip Island Towers. 

These spacious, luxury apartments are ideally located only a few minutes’ walks to picturesque Cowes Beach and Phillip Island’s main shopping and dining precinct. Tower One opened in October 2016 with Tower Two just opened. 

  

With designer furnishings and bespoke artwork, regardless of whether you choose the one, two, three-bedroom or the executive apartments, you will enjoy the luxury feel of a designer residence. 

The modern apartments feature a kitchen, laundry, and plenty of living and dining space. They also offer bedrooms with a private balcony.  

Additionally, there is an outdoor terrace with a dining setting.  

Some of the higher floor apartments offer glimpses of the sea. 

 

Day 3 – Phillip Island to Mornington Peninsular 

Leave Phillip Island and cross to the mainland to explore the area. 

So many activities and attractions abound across the Mornington Peninsula. And you can discover them all… 

Hinterland gardens and outdoor attractions:  

Come and see a fragrant lavender farm, meandering hedge mazes, and gardens with towering trees from the 1860s. 

 How do you like your adventure? Ride, slide, zip, or wander through adventure gardens, beautiful landscapes, or stroll along boardwalks through wetlands. Diving, fishing, swimming with dolphins:  

Try something you’ve never done before, like learning to scuba dive or swimming with dolphins. You can also go surfing, sailing or stand up paddleboarding, or just cast a lazy fishing line from a pier or book a fishing charter.  

Wonderful food and wine: Just drive through our region, and the Peninsula’s love affair with wine, fresh produce, seafood and bountiful food on the table is quickly revealed. 

Here are just a few options : 

Arthurs Seat Eagle Cable Car 

Gliding quietly through the sky in a gondola at Arthurs Seat Eagle, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported a million miles away, rather than one hour’s drive from Melbourne. With uninterrupted views, framed by swaying Manna Gums, grazing kangaroos, and the trace of distant coastlines, you are immersed in a truly majestic Australian landscape.  

At the summit, you can enjoy a casual dining experience at The Eagle Café with amazing views and an expansive outdoor deck. You’ll also find locally inspired giftware as well as fun souvenirs to remember your visit. 

A return trip takes approximately 30 minutes but you could stay up to 2 hours exploring the nearby walks at Seawinds Gardens within the Arthurs Seat State Park. 

Prices from $24.00 per adult // $15.00 per child 

 

Peninsula Hot Springs 

The Bath House is a social bathing experience open to all ages, with over 50 globally-inspired experiences to explore. 

Experiences include thermal mineral pools, reflexology walk, Turkish hammam, sauna, cold plunge pools, hydrojet pool, aquatherapy pool, foot and hand baths, family pool and baby baths. Our iconic Hilltop Pool is located in our Bath House, and showcases a stunning 360 degree view of the region.  

 

Our Bath House Amphitheatre includes seven geothermal pools, an ice cave, two saunas, open air stage, café and wellness centre. 

Prices from $45.00 per  adult // $25.00 per child 

 

 

Spa dreaming centre 

serene, tranquil bathing, 16+ years 

The Spa Dreaming Centre is a blissful sanctuary with an emphasis on tranquil spaces, designed for guests 16 years and older. 

Experiences include thermal mineral pools, cold plunge pool, massaging bamboo showers, traditional sauna, Moroccan hammam, Zen Chi massage, infrared sauna, hanging tree pods, and poolside lounges. 

Relax comfortably with your towel, robe and locker hire included. 

Prices from $110.00 per adult 

After a day exploring the region, why not relax at this Romantic Property overlooking the wine covered Hills 

 

Jackalope Hotel 

Jackalope hotel’s debut property sets a new standard in luxury accommodation on the Mornington Peninsula. Set on one of the region’s most pristine vineyards, intoxicating acreage frames this landmark luxury hotel – unique in both destination and design. 

Set on a pristine vineyard amid the world-renowned Mornington Peninsula wine region, intoxicating rural acreage frames a luxury hotel, unique in both destination and design.

Jackalope sets a new standard in regional accommodation. The 45 luxury rooms boast private terraces, king size beds, complimentary mini bar and on demand movies, rain showers, and the option of deep-soak Japanese baths.

Other hotel highlights include a daring 30-metre infinity pool lapping over the surrounding vines; private event and conference facilities; and immersive wine and culinary experiences, delivered through the hotel’s two restaurants (Doot Doot Doot and Rare Hare), winery, cellar door and cocktail bar.

Just one hour from Melbourne, over 50 cellar doors and restaurants dot the rolling hills around Jackalope’s own 28-acre vineyard, while the Peninsula’s pleasures (beaches, golf, hikes) are all minutes away. 

 

Prices from $675.00 per night include Daily Breakfast and mini bar (excl wine), on demand movies and unlimited fresh popcorn 

 

Day 4 – Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne 

Finish exploring the region, experience a nice lunch and head back to Melbourne to drop off your car hire. 

5 days car hire from $115.00 __________________________________________________________________________________