A BROAD OVERVIEW OF MELBOURNE

Melbourne Insights - A diverse sampling of aspects of the city and suburbs, emphasising cultural and historical features, the cosmopolitan nature of the population, and a variety of housing from inner-urban cottages and terraces to grand mansions in landscaped gardens. (2-4 hours)

As Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne is known for its diverse culture, fine restaurants, café and night life.
Situated on the Yarra River, and inland from Port Philip Bay, there is so much to see and do.
Attractions include Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Museum and of course the famous Melbourne Zoo.
The parks, gardens, shopping and cultural ambience make this destination Victoria’s number one top spot.
 

THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD

The Great Ocean Road sometimes known as The Surf Coast or The Shipwreck Coast.
Within a few hours from Melbourne is one of the most scenic drives in the world.
The Great Ocean Road winds its way along Victoria's South-West coast and in many places the road has been cut into the side of the mountains and from the road you are able to look out at the sea.
There are countless surfing beaches and the world famous Bell's Beach is found just a short drive from Torquay.

Other very popular surfing beaches are Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay, the rugged cliffs around Loch Ard Gorge and the Twelve Apostles all combine to offer a wide variety of scenery and interest along this breath-taking drive.

Further along the coast, Warrnambool's attractions include whale-watching, the Flagstaff Maritime Village, and the extinct volcano now known as Tower Hill, and a little beyond is the charming historic fishing town of Port Fairy

This is without doubt one of Australia’s most scenic drives which takes close to four hours to complete.
Stretching from Torquay through to Warrnambool, you will see cliff faces, ocean rock formations, rainforests and stretches of coast that can not be described.
The road close to the Port Campbell National Park offers incredible scenery, and there are plenty of camping spots and accommodation offered along the way if you want to spend more time here. With waterfalls and walking trails inland and the best drives in the world along the coast, you need to experience this incredible Victorian hot spot on your vacation.
 

PHILLIP ISLAND

Phillip Island is one of Australia's mot popular tourist destinations.

Home of the famous 'fairy penguins' Phillip Island is a must see for any tourist, backpacker or local.
Phillip island is famous for penguins, koalas, Churchill Island, motor race circuit, beaches, surfing and giant worms.

Known for its penguins and incredible sunsets, the remoteness and natural beauty of this island captures the heart of everyone who visits.

Located south of Melbourne, the main town is Cowes which also has great beaches.

There are plenty of walking tracks, and wildlife to see.
The Philip Island Wildlife Park has to be seen, as well as the Koala Conservation Centre.
The Penguin parade is by far the drawcard to this island, the best time being dusk as they return from a day out fishing.
 

HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY

Healesville Sanctuary, Tall Trees, and Giant Ferns - Australia has some of the most unusual animals, birds, and reptiles in the world.
They can be seen close-up at Healesville Sanctuary where the emphasis is on providing natural surroundings for the wild-life on show.
The area around Healesville also abounds in giant tree- ferns and forests of tall, straight trees. (5 hours)
 

YARRA VALLEY WINERY TOURS

Winery tours have never been so much fun or affordable!
Take in some of Victoria’s best wineries in the stunning upper reaches of the Yarra Valley, only one hour from Melbourne. The wineries visited are:
      * Yering Station
      * St Huberts
      * Eyton on Yarra
      * Domaine Chandon
Tastings at all wineries are included in the fare.
A private walk through tour of Domaine Chandon's winery shows you the magic that goes into creating a great glass of bubbly.
Eyton on Yarra offer a glass of estate wine with lunch, the cellar door tasting prior to lunch helps you to decide what will go nicely with your meal. The tours showcase one of Australia's best winery regions, the Yarra Valley.
Renowned for its quality wines, specialty foods and breathtaking scenery, the perfect place to enjoy a day away from the city.
Meals are of the highest restaurant quality.
Afternoon platters consisting of cheeses, fruits, pate & crusty breads are provided at Domaine Chandon with a glass of sparkling wine, after an informative tour of the estate.
 

MACEDON RANGES

Close to an hour's drive with car hire Melbourne, this is a great spot to visit to escape the heat and enjoy the local wines and fruits of the region.

With the Great Dividing Range and central highlands as a backdrop, visit attractions such as the Hanging Rock, and the Macedon National Park which has plenty of beautiful camping sights to choose from.

The Cope Williams Winery, Mount Macedone Winery and Cobaw Ridge offer excellent local wine tasting and stunning scenery in every direction. Mount Macedon also has incredible gardens open to the public.
 

WILSONS PROMONTORY NATIONAL PARK

Wilsons Promontory can be found at the Victoria’s southern tip along the South Gippsland Highway.
With incredible scenery, wildlife and rock formations, it is a stunning place to visit, and there are plenty of walking trails and beaches accessible mostly by foot.
Camping facilities can be found at Tidal River which is the closest town to the Promontory.

It is a remote location, but the natural beauty is worthwhile for those who love the wilderness of Australia.
 

SOVEREIGN HILL BALLARAT & WILDLIFE PARK TOUR

Goldfields and Elegant Provincial Cities - The grand old gold rush towns of Ballarat and Bendigo each have their own charm and attractions.

Besides other interesting sights, Ballarat has the award-winning Sovereign Hill - an authentic re-creation of a gold-mining town - and in Bendigo you can go down into the old Central Deborah Goldmine or ride on an historic "talking tram". (Ballarat only: 5 hours; Bendigo only: 6 hours; Ballarat + Bendigo: 10 hours)

Close to the centre of Victoria and known for its gold mines, Bendigo is a thriving urban city that is fascinating to visit. There are a multitude of options for the traveller.

Visit the pottery museum, take a tram tour or visit the central Deborah mine for an underground experience you won’t forget.
The Whipstick Forest outside of the city is perfect for a picnic and stroll, but if you are opting for a day trip, you have the choice of Elmore, Castlemaine, Maldon and Heathcote all equally as impressive.
 

MORNINGTON PENINSULA TOUR

Visit the Mornington Peninsula, a true delight of Victoria!

Set between Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay, the Mornington Peninsula is Melbourne's holiday playground.
It boasts stunning views from the summit of Arthur’s Seat, looking over the bay with its long white sandy beaches, the splendour of vineyards, farms, holiday homes and a quiet country lifestyle. Tour highlights include:

This is one of the most ever changing scenic destinations in Victoria. With natural bushland, rugged coast lines, vineyards, orchards and farms dotting the countryside, the Mornington Peninsula is a relaxing and inspiring place to visit. Known for its superb wines, especially the Pinot Noir and Cardonnay, there are plenty of vineyards to stop in to wine and dine. With bed and breakfasts and a number of good camping grounds it is great to visit for a day trip or overnight stay.
 

ECHUCA BENDIGO & THE MIGHTY MURRAY TOUR

Paddle Steamers and the Mighty Murray River - Echuca on the Murray River was once the busiest port in Australia, although it is over 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the sea.

The old wharf has been restored to its "Rich River" glory, and paddle-steamers take leisurely cruises along the river between forests of majestic red-gum trees. (7 hours)
 

SNOWY RIVER NATIONAL PARK

Known for wild horses and magical sunrises, this is Victoria’s High Country at its best, with some of Australia’s best ski fields close by, and popular for all types of outdoor sports such as abseiling, horse riding, canoeing, bike riding and hiking.

There is incredible scenery here, with incredible gorges and river systems and plenty of fantastic camping spots.

The best way to get there is in a hire car, via Buchan (from Jindabyne) along the Barry Way which will lead you to some amazing cave systems. The Buchan Caves are definitely worth a visit.
 

MOUNT BEAUTY

The name says it all.
With scenic beauty in every direction, and easily accessible at the foot of the highest mountain in Victoria (Mount Bogong), Mount Beauty boasts incredible views and is close to plenty of amazing attractions.

The popular Falls Creek is not far away and skiers often use this town as a base, as well as in the summer months to visit the Bogong plains.

The drive here can be steep in some areas, but there are a number of picturesque lookouts, such as View Point, which will make the drive worthwhile.
 

BAIRNSDALE

This is an ideal base to visit the lakes and wilderness area of East Gippsland, and is very pretty with the Mitchell River close by.
It has everything you would expect in a city yet it is more a country town, and there is such unique wilderness on its doorstep that it can’t be missed.
There are a number of fascinating museums in town, but the best attractions are further out, with Raymond Island, Fairy Dell, Colquhoun Forest and Lakes Entrance all less than an hour away.
 

DANDENONG RANGES NATIONAL PARK

The Dandenong Ranges are made up of forest parks and beautiful gardens.

A popular way to see the ranges is from the Puffing Billy steam train that takes you through scenic areas you normally would never see.

Ferntree Gully National Park is a must with plenty of walking tracks and superb scenery.
Located under an hour from Melbourne, it is a great day trip alternative with plenty to see and do.
The Sherwood Forest and Thousand Steps are some of the natural attractions that draw plenty of locals and tourists to this incredible part of the world. The view from the Mount Dandenong Observatory also well worth the viist.
 

LAKES ENTRANCE

If you love water sports, you will love Lakes Entrance.

Located close to Ninety Mile Beach, Lakes Entrance offers panoramic ocean views in every direction. It is a popular holiday spot situated where the Gippsland Lakes meet the ocean.

Lake Tyers is fantastic for a picnic, and perfect for a drive through its forest park.

The most popular activities are fishing and boating, with so many waterways to choose from, and it is a perfect destination to relax and enjoy the surrounding coastal beauty.
 

THE GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK

A rugged range of mountains which rise from the Western plains of Victoria, The Grampians offer spectacular scenery, many Aboriginal cultural locations, and a variety of native wildlife. (10 hours)
Grampians National Park

The third largest national park in western Victoria, the Grampians offer incredible bushwalking, camping and scenery. Halls Gap is a central tourist destination in this fantastic region, and is a great base for your adventures.

If you are travelling from the south, Dunkeld is the ideal entry point and a picturesque place to stay for a while. It is perfect for the driving holiday, with plenty of safe roads and driving routes to take you into the heart of this amazing Victorian paradise.
Halls Gap

Located in the Grampians National Park, just over 250 kilometres north west from Melbourne, Halls Gap can be found at the foot of the Mount William ranges and is the perfect base to visit the Grampians.
There are plenty of bushwalking tracks, lookouts and waterfalls which will take more than a few days to explore.
Abseiling, fishing and canoeing are popular, but for the less adventurous the Wildlife park and Zoo feature plenty of Australian wildlife. Some of the best inland fishing can also be found here.
For all types of travellers, this is a unique and relaxing place for an enjoyable holiday.