Melbourne, Wine Region and the Great Ocean Road
Enchanting, sophisticated Melbourne, green and beautiful with its wide tree-lined avenues and acres of parks and gardens, is in every way the Capital of the “Garden State” of Victoria.
Home to the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne – famous for its cafés and atmospheric lane-ways. An ideal self-drive destination and home to the Great Ocean Road – a spectacular driving route. A place to enjoy incredible food & wine in places such as the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula.
3-night Package extends you plenty of time to explore elegant Melbourne’s Lanes and Arcades, as well as get up close for an encounter with the delightful Australian wildlife on your tour to Phillip Island home to koalas, wallabies, fur seals and thousands of Little Penguins.
Recommended Hotel Selections
Crown Towers – Beautifully located on the southern bank of the Yarra River.
The Langham Hotel, Melbourne – Within easy reach of the city’s fashion and shopping districts, parks and gardens, and some of Melbourne’s best restaurants, bars, and cafes.
The Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne – A Heritage Hotel built in 1913, meticulously restored and beautifully appointed, located in the heart of the city center.
Mercure Hotel Welcome – Positioned in an unrivaled location in the very heart of Melbourne surrounded by the city’s most popular shopping precincts, theaters, galleries, bars and restaurants.
Clarion Suites Gateway -Ideally located on the banks of the Yarra River opposite to the Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex in Melbourne, just a short stroll to the vibrant Southgate dining precinct.
QT Melbourne – within a 5-minute walk of Melbourne Town Hall and Bourke Street Mall.
The Lyall Hotel & Spa – Situated in the heart of South Yarra, one of the world’s most fashionable and cosmopolitan destinations a short stroll from Toorak Road and Chapel Street home to dozens of designer fashion stores and world-class restaurants.
Batman On Collins – Located in the heart of Melbourne superbly positioned opposite Southern Cross Rail Station within a short walk to the Crown Casino & Entertainment Complex, Rialto Towers, Melbourne Aquarium, Southgate and Docklands restaurants.
Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Flinders – Ideal location with handy access to Carlton, Southbank, North Melbourne, South Melbourne, South Yarra and the Melbourne CBD.
Quay West Suites Melbourne – Located amongst the shops, restaurants and bars of cosmopolitan South Bank.
Low Season or High Season rates will be quoted at time of booking, varies with hotel and special events.
Melbourne: Optional Tours to Enhance your City Stay
- City Bicycle Tours
- Full day Great Ocean Road tour
- Half Day City Tour & River Cruise
- Lanes & Arcades Walking Tour
- Half day Sports Lovers tour including Flemington, Grand Prix Circuit with Lunch
- Great Ocean Road Scenic Flight
- Great Ocean Road Deluxe Tour
- Private Penguin Parade and Koalas
- Koalas & Kangaroos tour
- Shipwrecks & Wild Cliff Tops small group tour
- 60 Minute Sunrise Balloon Flight over the Yarra Valley including breakfast 90 minutes prior to sunrise
Suggest a 2 or 3 night Extended Stay in these beautiful wine regions and/or The Great Ocean Road–
The countryside and coastal regions around Victoria are scenic and diverse. If you have the time, we recommend you pick up a rental car and take several days driving around the Yarra Valley, along the Great Ocean Road or to the Mornington Peninsula.
The Mornington Peninsula
Just an hour southeast of Melbourne, lies the Mornington Peninsula a favorite holiday destination for residents of Melbourne for its great beauty with beaches, golf courses, wineries and a whole host of recreational pursuits. Whether you come up from Melbourne on a gastronomic day trip, spending a few days in the wine country or by the beach touring historic seaside villages, the region’s compact size and diverse array of activities means there’s plenty to fill up your days.
Breathe in the fresh sea air, sample innovative local cuisine, and soak up the relaxed alfresco lifestyle of the Mornington Peninsula. Explore the galleries, spas and cafes in breezy seaside villages, cool off with a day on the beach, or escape to the hinterland for gourmet delights at boutique wineries. Here you are also close to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Koalas and swim with wild Dolphins at Sorrento.
The scenic Yarra Valley wine region
Less than an hour from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is a whole life experience away, offering quality local food and wine, breathtaking scenery, romantic hideaways and indulgent adventures.
The Yarra Valley is recognized as one of the world’s premier wine growing regions with superb restaurants serving fresh regional produce, luxury accommodation, iconic scenery and stunning artwork. Home to more than 80 wineries, ranging from small, family-owned operations to large estates. The region is renowned for producing Australia’s finest Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wine, along with a range of other cool-climate wines. It was Victoria’s first planted wine region back in 1838. The region is known for its fresh produce including freshwater salmon, trout and caviar, organically grown fruit and vegetables and handmade cheeses and preserves. Follow one of the many self-drive wine trails and fill your picnic hamper on the Yarra Valley Food Trail or at the many huge, fresh food markets.
De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate is one of the region’s largest and oldest wineries. The striking modern architecture of Tarrawarra Estate stands in stark contrast. See how premium wine is made on a behind-the-scenes tour and taste maturing wines from the barrel.
The Yarra Valley also has a long history of making beer, and local craft brewers welcome visitors to their micro-breweries to sample their beers and ciders.
Melbourne ~ Adelaide via The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most breathtaking scenic coastal drives, linking Melbourne and South Australia. The landscape is diverse from the rainforest area of Otway Ranges to the coast. The spectacular limestone cliffs, are the Twelve Apostles and the Loch Ard Gorge. From the Bay of Islands to the historic and charming Port Fairy. The South East corner will reveal an incredible diversity of natural features; rugged coastline and wide sandy beaches; lush wetland areas, pine forests and vineyards. The area also incorporates the Coonawarra and Padthaway wine growing districts, producing some of Australia’s finest table wines.
Spend some time exploring Mt Gambier the ‘Blue Lake City’ and surrounds before travelling onto the seaside town of Robe. From here explore through the internationally significant wetland areas of the Coorong before journeying into Adelaide.
There are plenty of touring ‘add-ons’ to expand the Great Ocean Road experience whether travelling around Port Phillip Bay in the east taking in the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas or further inland to the Grampians National Park and the Goldfields, across Victoria’s western border to south east South Australia’s boutique wine regions or Kangaroo Island.
Phone one of our Aussie Specialists at 1-800-227-5317 to start planning your MELBOURNE Holiday now!