Melbourne & Surrounds

5 days 4 nights

Melbourne – Dandenong – Phillip Island – Great Ocean Road

Melbourne offers something for everyone, from wine aficionados to wildlife lovers. Enjoy an urban break on a Melbourne city tour before heading out on an awesome day trip to the Dandenong National Park, Phillip Island, and Great Ocean Road.

DAY 1: MELBOURNE ARRIVAL

Welcome to Melbourne. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon is free for you to explore the city or relax.

To be known as the Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne offers world class shopping, a thriving arts scene, beautiful urban parks and endless restaurant options, which combine to seduce culture vultures, foodies, and casual visitors alike.

Experience cosmopolitan Melbourne. See Parliament House, Queen Victoria Market and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Early arrivals can catch a ride on its famous trams, or for a uniquely Melbourne experience, book a table at the Tramcar Restaurant.

Overnight in Melbourne

DAY 2: MELBOURNE – DANDENONG NATIONAL PARK (B/L/D)

Have breakfast at the hotel before heading out to the Dandenong Ranges on board Puffing Billy, Australia’s oldest steam railway dating back to 1900. It recreates the romance of those by gone days of traveling under the power of steam. The train ride takes you along the Dandenong Ranges National Park, which consists mostly of rolling hills, steeply weathered valleys, and gullies covered in thick temperate rainforest. See swathes of tall Mountain Ash, and dense ferny undergrowth.

After lunch, visit Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Garden – the home to Australia’s oldest traditional hedge maze and features a Lavender Labyrinth and Circular Rose maze, planted with 1200 roses. Set among 25 acres of wooded and sculpted gardens you can take a self-guided garden discovery trail, loose yourself in the mazes and enjoy a bite to eat in the mud brick Ashcombe café.

Before returning to Melbourne, you will indulge yourself in tasting wines at The T’Gallant Cellar Door – the home of Australian Pinot Grigio vines.

Overnight in Melbourne

DAY 3: MELBOURNE – PHILLIP ISLAND (B/L/D)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Spend your day to visit Phillip Island. We first visit Phillip Island Winery, which is set amongst the Island’s lush southern fields, offering stunning outlooks and exceptional wines. It provides a wonderful range of gourmet produce and outstanding views.

At Penny’s Amazing World of Chocolate, visit the newly renovated 4.8 meter chocolate village with a Chocolate Art Gallery and have an opportunity to indulge in an educational exhibition taking you through the making process. Don’t forget to purchase some.

Discover sleepy koalas at the Koala Conservation Centre before exploring the sights of Summerland Beach where dusk falls as you watch the tiny penguins battle the ruthless surf to make their way home after a day of fishing the rich seas. Stop at visitor center for souvenirs before the journey to Melbourne.

Overnight in Melbourne

DAY 4: MELBOURNE – GREAT OCEAN ROAD (B/L/D)

Admire panoramic views of the Melbourne city skyline before travelling along Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road. See the quaint coastal towns of Lorne and Anglesea. Drive through lush tree-fern gullies and towering mountain-ash rainforests of Otway National Park. The splendor of the approaching Twelve Apostles is breathtaking. These incredible limestone rock formations up to 45 meters high are the result of 20 million years of erosion. From the cliff top viewing area absorb the grandeur of this iconic site. Stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy the scenery from various viewing platforms. See Loch Ard Gorge and be swept away by the romantic and tragic story of love and lives lost aboard the Loch Ard. Explore Port Campbell National Park. Discover the tragic history of over 50 ships wrecked along this rugged coastline. Continue beyond Port Campbell to the remnants of London Bridge, and then back to Melbourne.

Overnight in Melbourne

DAY 5: MELBOURNE DEPARTURE (B)

Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Melbourne Airport to connect with your onward flight.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 4 night accommodation (twin/double share) with daily breakfast (B)
  • 3 lunches (L) and 3 dinners (D)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, tips & gratuity, mineral water, soft & hard drinks, rafting, rock climbing, paragliding, etc.
  • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips for drivers and guides.
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot).
  • Any increase in taxes or fuel price, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.

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