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Discover Wild Victoria

from £779 excluding flights

  • 6 nights
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Highlights

In pictures
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See Phillip Island's penguins, fur seals, koalas and prolific birdlife

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Enjoy the walks, beaches and wildlife in Wilsons Promontory Park

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Taste leading wines on a guided vineyard tour of the Yarra Valley

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Enjoy time at leisure to discover cosmopolitan Melbourne

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

Overview

This 6night self-drive gives you the opportunity to discover the diverse and picturesque landscapes of Victoria - from the vibrant capital Melbourne and the vineyard-lined Yarra Valley to the unique wildlife refuge of Phillip Island and the coastal wilderness of Wilsons Promontory. A perfect itinerary for wildlife and culinary enthusiasts.

Discover Melbourne

Explore dynamic Melbourne, a city dedicated to gastronomic delights, art and culture and a city consistently voted one of the world’s most livable places.

Nightly Penguin Parades

Visit neighbouring Phillip Island, a mere 90-minute drive south of Melbourne and a wildlife haven for native fur seals and little penguins. It's here that you'll have the opportunity to watch as vast numbers of penguins parade along the beachfront!

National Parks & Vineyards

Discover one of Australia’s most spectacular national parks - Wilsons Promontory, home to a plethora of walking tracks, secluded beaches, towering forests and an abundant array of wildlife. End your self-drive holiday in the stunning wine producing area of the Yarra Valley, sampling the region’s gourmet food and wine.

Itinerary

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 arrive Melbourne

Explore the state capital of Victoria today at your leisure. Discover the hidden network of laneways and arcades, pop-up galleries and quirky cafes that Melbourne is renowned for before enjoying an optional afternoon cruise along the Yarra River, offering a different perspective of the city as you snake along the waterways.

Explore the state capital of Victoria today at your leisure. Discover the hidden network of laneways and arcades, pop-up galleries and quirky cafes that Melbourne is renowned for before enjoying an optional afternoon cruise along the Yarra River, offering a different perspective of the city as you snake along the waterways.

Day 2 Melbourne - Phillip Island

Collect your rental car and begin the short drive south along the coast of Port Phillip Bay to the small fishing village of San Remo. From here drive across the bridge to Phillip Island, famous for its nightly penguin parade. Visit the main town of Cowes and enjoy a lunch of freshly caught seafood before continuing to The Nobbies – a coastal headland where Australia’s largest colony of fur seals frolic and play amongst the rocks. Continue to the exclusive viewing area at Summerland Beach at dusk to see hundreds of little penguins waddle up the sand as they return to their burrows from a day at sea.

Collect your rental car and begin the short drive south along the coast of Port Phillip Bay to the small fishing village of San Remo. From here drive across the bridge to Phillip Island, famous for its nightly penguin parade. Visit the main town of Cowes and enjoy a lunch of freshly caught seafood before continuing to The Nobbies – a coastal headland where Australia’s largest colony of fur seals frolic and play amongst the rocks. Continue to the exclusive viewing area at Summerland Beach at dusk to see hundreds of little penguins waddle up the sand as they return to their burrows from a day at sea.

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Day 3 Phillip Island - Wilsons Promontory

Rise early and begin the drive east to the most southerly part of mainland Australia - Wilsons Promontory. Known as one of Australia’s largest coastal wilderness areas, “The Prom” as it is affectionately known to locals is a labyrinth of walking tracks, eucalyptus forest and a haven for native wildlife. Spend the afternoon exploring the headland lookouts and admiring the breath-taking scenery of this stunning national park.

Rise early and begin the drive east to the most southerly part of mainland Australia - Wilsons Promontory. Known as one of Australia’s largest coastal wilderness areas, “The Prom” as it is affectionately known to locals is a labyrinth of walking tracks, eucalyptus forest and a haven for native wildlife. Spend the afternoon exploring the headland lookouts and admiring the breath-taking scenery of this stunning national park.

Day 4 Wilsons Promontory

Spend the day exploring the abundant walking tracks and stunning vistas of Wilsons Promontory. With over 80 km of marked trails taking you through towering forests, scenic valleys and deserted beaches, whether you enjoy hiking in the bush or strolling along the golden sand, there is an activity to suit one and all. If your preference is to be under the water, the marine national park and waters surrounding the Prom offer exceptional diving and options abound for beginners right through to experienced divers.

Spend the day exploring the abundant walking tracks and stunning vistas of Wilsons Promontory. With over 80 km of marked trails taking you through towering forests, scenic valleys and deserted beaches, whether you enjoy hiking in the bush or strolling along the golden sand, there is an activity to suit one and all. If your preference is to be under the water, the marine national park and waters surrounding the Prom offer exceptional diving and options abound for beginners right through to experienced divers.

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Day 5 Wilsons Promontory - Yarra Valley

In the morning you will return north to the fertile lands of the Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s top wine producing regions. Spend the afternoon cycling through the vineyards or visit the renowned Healesville Sanctuary, home to a wide variety of sick or injured native animals. Alternatively why not take a ride on the iconic Puffing Billy steam train and admire the views of the neighbouring Dandenong Ranges as you wind through fern glades along the original mountain track.

In the morning you will return north to the fertile lands of the Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s top wine producing regions. Spend the afternoon cycling through the vineyards or visit the renowned Healesville Sanctuary, home to a wide variety of sick or injured native animals. Alternatively why not take a ride on the iconic Puffing Billy steam train and admire the views of the neighbouring Dandenong Ranges as you wind through fern glades along the original mountain track.

Day 6 Yarra Valley

Enjoy the delights of the Yarra Valley where orchards abound and vineyards are scattered across the verdant plains. Explore the many cellar doors and boutique wineries on a full day guided tour, visiting some of Victoria’s best known producers for tastings before enjoying a gourmet lunch at the renowned Balgownie Estate.

Enjoy the delights of the Yarra Valley where orchards abound and vineyards are scattered across the verdant plains. Explore the many cellar doors and boutique wineries on a full day guided tour, visiting some of Victoria’s best known producers for tastings before enjoying a gourmet lunch at the renowned Balgownie Estate.

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Day 7 Yarra Valley - Melbourne

Make your way back to nearby Melbourne. On arrival, drop off your rental car and continue with your onward journey.

Make your way back to nearby Melbourne. On arrival, drop off your rental car and continue with your onward journey.

Accommodation Options

We will recommend accommodation for this holiday, but with a wide choice available in Victoria, we can adapt to suit your personal preference mixing different grades and styles.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Prices and Departures

Price from £779 excluding flights

Airfares start from around £730 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental (standard vehicle, Toyota Corolla or similar)
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade plus Viewing Platform
  • Full day guided winery tour in the Yarra Valley
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

This itinerary starts from £779 per person, based on 2 sharing a room in standard accommodation, and vehicle rental.

Prices may vary depending on departure date, or should you prefer alternative categories of accommodation or vehicle size. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

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