Victoria Discovered

from £1096
excluding flights *
9 nights Year round

Overview

Victoria, although one of Australia’s smaller states is certainly not one to be missed. Not only is it home to Australia’s second largest and the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne, it is also renowned for its huge variety of endemic wildlife and of course is the location of Australia’s most scenic drive – The Great Ocean Road.

Whatever your interests and passions – be it wildlife, wine, natural wonders or even surfing, Victoria offers something for everybody and this self-drive itinerary encapsulates its wide variety of attractions.

Explore the beating heart of Victoria- Melbourne, famous for its fine food, art and of course coffee and watch nature at its finest when admiring the thousands of little penguin’s resident on Phillip Island.

Explore the wineries, culinary delights and artistic sentiment in Melbourne’s playground – the Mornington Peninsula, before undertaking one of the world’s most scenic drives along the Great Ocean Road.

Highlights

  • Exploring the nooks and crannies of cosmopolitan Melbourne
  • Witnessing thousands of little penguins and native Australian fur seals on Phillip Island
  • Visiting the plethora of quaint fishing villages that line the coast at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road drive
  • Admiring the spectacular geological attractions and breath taking scenery along Australia’s shipwreck coast

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental
  • Guided lanes and arcades walking tour in Melbourne
  • Penguin Plus Viewing Platform Ticket

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Prices & Dates *

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.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price (pp)
Year round 9 nights Mid-range £1096

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom (mid-range and superior hotels, B&Bs)
  • Car rental (4WD)
  • Guided lanes and arcades walking tour in Melbourne
  • Penguin Plus Viewing Platform Ticket
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Melbourne

Arrive in Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, and make your way to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Lindrum

Day 2: Melbourne

Explore this cosmopolitan city like a local on a guided morning walking tour of Melbourne’s lanes and arcades. Sample artisan coffee and explore independent retailers and quirky art galleries whilst hearing about the history of the city. This afternoon is at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Lindrum

Day 3: Melbourne – Phillip Island (122 Miles)

This morning collect your car from the rental depot and head southeast from the heart of Melbourne towards the seaside fishing village of San Remo - the gateway to Phillip Island. Stop to admire the daily pelican feeding at San Remo wharf before continuing on to Phillip Island. Phillip Island is a nature lover’s paradise. Head inland to the Koala Conservation Centre and come face to face with native koalas in their natural habitat. Explore the tree-top boardwalks and extensive trails filled with abundant woodland animals such as wallabies, echidnas and even bats! After lunch continue towards Cowes, Phillip Island’s main town in the north of the island. Enjoy the seaside atmosphere, sample some of the local seafood and wander the pretty streets littered with galleries, boutique shops and eateries. Before dusk continue south towards Summerland Beach and witness the nightly Penguin Parade. Watch from the specialist viewing platform as hundreds of little penguins, the smallest of their species make their way home across the beach to their burrows from a day at sea.
Overnight: Glen Isla House

Day 4: Phillip Island - Mornington Peninsula

This morning make your way to The Nobbies, the most south- westerly point of Phillip Island. From here you can witness Australia’s largest colony of fur seals, where over 16,000 reside on Seal Rocks. Watch from the viewing area as the seals frolic in the water or alternatively join an eco-boat cruise to see these inquisitive creatures up close. After lunch return to San Remo and back to mainland Victoria. Head north along the coast admiring the quaint fishing villages and dramatic coastal views before arriving in the Mornington Peninsula, one of Victoria’s most artistic regions. Check into your accommodation, the rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Quarters at Flinders Hotel

Day 5: Mornington Peninsula

Spend the day at leisure in the Mornington Peninsula. Often referred to as Melbourne’s playground, here you can explore the many galleries, cafes and laid-back fishing villages that line the coastline or head towards the hinterland and enjoy the many gastronomic delights this region has to offer. Visit Peninsula Hot Springs, Victoria’s only natural thermal spring and relax in the tranquil oasis here before driving up Arthurs Seat and admiring the dramatic coastal views across the bay to Melbourne.
Overnight: Quarters at Flinders Hotel

Day 6: Mornington Peninsula – Apollo Bay

This morning, catch the ferry from Sorrento across Port Phillip Bay towards Queenscliff and the start of your Great Ocean Road adventure. Stop at Torquay, the undisputed capital of Australian surfing and admire the views of the waves and surfers from the cliff-top viewing station at Bells Beach. After lunch, continue south, stopping at the idyllic seaside town of Lorne to view the famous waterfalls before continuing along the coast towards your final destination – the small fishing village of Apollo Bay.
Overnight: Captains at the Bay

Day 7: Apollo Bay

Today explore the dramatic coastline surrounding Cape Otway National Park, a region of dense rainforest and striking coastal scenery. A nature lover’s playground nestled on one of Australia’s most southerly points, here you can walk amongst the ancient plants and giant fern trees or experience the full beauty of this rainforest paradise from above on the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk. Take a tour of the oldest surviving lighthouse in Australia or simply revel in your surroundings. Return to Apollo Bay in time to watch the sunset from Mariners Lookout – an impressive vantage point with stunning views back over the bay.
Overnight: Captains at the Bay

Day 8: Apollo Bay – Port Campbell

This morning rise early to continue your journey along the Great Ocean Road, where crumbling limestone cliffs retreat from the relentless surf. Witness the multitude of of natural geological formations along the way including archways, blowholes and of course the famous Twelve Apostles - a group of limestone rocks rising up from the Southern Ocean. Climb down the 86 steps carved into the cliff face for close-up views of these natural phenomena or take to the skies and admire this beguiling coastline from above. Continue the short distance to Port Campbell for an overnight stay.
Overnight Port Campbell – Best Western

Day 9 : Port Campbell – Ballarat

This morning drive north towards the city of Ballarat, Victoria’s largest inland city. Steeped in history, Ballarat was once a thriving 19th century goldmining town and remnants of this legacy are still in evidence today. Admire the city’s colonial architecture, gardens and statues on a self-guided heritage walk or visit the open-air gold rush museum at Sovereign Hill. Alternatively the outskirts of Ballarat are ideally suited to producing top quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and a variety of wine-related experiences abound for the avid wine lover.
Overnight in Ballarat - Craig’s Royal Hotel

Day 10: Ballarat – Melbourne

This morning hails the end of your exploration of Victoria. Drive the short distance back to Melbourne and return your rental car before continuing with the rest of your journey.

Captains at the Bay, Apollo Bay

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Glen Isla House, Phillip Island

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Quarters at The Flinders Hotel, Mornington Peninsula

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