Drive through the state’s picturesque fields and farms, starting in the friendly city of Melbourne and travelling via bubbling mineral springs and quaint cottages. Soar above the rolling vineyards of the Yarra Valley in a hot-air balloon and top it all off with Phillip Island’s enchanting penguin parade.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Take a stroll down the laneways of Melbourne
- Float above the Yarra Valley in a hot-air balloon
- Chill out by the sea on the Mornington Peninsula
- Watch the adorable little penguins waddle up the beach
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- International flights
- 10 nights in 4–5* hotels
- 7 days car hire
- Melbourne Lanes & Arcades Tour with lunch
- Yarra Valley Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Champagne Breakfast
- Private Penguin Parade Experience
- Wildlife Coast Seal Watching Cruise
- Airport transfers
Need to know
- Arrives: Melbourne Airport (MEL)
- Time difference: GMT+10
- Visa requirements: British passport holders require a tourist visa; please ask your travel consultant for more information
- Language: English
- Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)
- Flying time from UK: around 21 hours
- Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
- Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles
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Scratch beneath the surface and seek out unique architecture and independent cafés with a walk along the leafy lanes of Melbourne, a friendly, cosmopolitan city. Much-loved Melbourne has something for everyone, with a mish-mash of chic shopping plazas, stylish streetscapes, beautiful beaches and glittering skyscrapers coming together to create a colourful and vibrant city filled with gastronomic delights. Be sure to take the tram down to the funky suburb of St Kilda and the 100-year-old retro funfair at Luna Park.
5* The Cullen
Includes a Lanes & Arcades Tour with lunch
Relax and refresh in your boutique spa hotel, a tranquil lakeside retreat located among the farms and cellar doors of Daylesford, well-known for its natural mineral springs, and surrounding lakes and waterfalls. The town’s numerous charms include farmers’ markets and its well-kept Victorian and Edwardian thoroughfares. Your intimate lakeside hotel has a sophisticated design and a personal touch – the perfect place to relax for a couple of days and soothe yourself in the state-of-the-art spa.
4.5* Lake House Daylesford
Take to the skies above the verdant Yarra Valley in a hot-air balloon and see the endless rows of vines spread out before you, a truly breathtaking experience. Upon touching down, tuck in to a delicious Champagne breakfast, served at a top-class winery – make sure to stay a while and sample some of the celebrated local wines. Stay at the sumptuously elegant homestead Chateau Yering, filled with period fittings and surrounded by historic gardens.
5* Chateau Yering
Includes a Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Champagne Breakfast
Laze on the golden beaches of the Mornington Peninsula, a relaxed and sunny spot. Gaze across the pristine seascapes of Mornington Peninsula National Park, admire the impressive topiary at the Enchanted Adventure Garden, and get lost in the perplexing hedge maze at Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens. Perhaps even try your hand at surfing and the various water sports on offer. You’ll be staying at the peaceful Lindenderry Estate Winery where you can dine in style on local produce in the fabulous restaurant, which has, unsurprisingly, an excellent wine list to boot.
4* Lindenberry at Red Hill
Head down to the rugged shores of Phillip Island, where you’ll stay in a charming cottage garden guesthouse. Of course the main attraction comes at sunset with the delightful daily waddle of the little penguins, making their way back up to their nests after a hard day’s fishing. But there’s much more to this nature-friendly island, which is also home to a seal colony at the aptly named Seal Rocks, plus a variety of coastal birds. While you’re here, swing by the informative Koala Conservation Centre and the rocky outcrops of the Nobbies, two huge stacks of rock.
5* Holmwood Guesthouse
Includes a private Penguin Parade Experience; a Wildlife Coast seal-watching cruise
Depart Phillip Island and return to the UK
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