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Melbourne Food, Wine & Wildlife

5 days 4 nights
Melbourne to Melbourne
from AUD$1,893pp
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This tour includes the best of Melbourne and its surroundings in a five-day city escape. Explore Melbourne's hidden laneways with their boutique restaurants, cafes, and bars. The next day will give you the opportunity to discover one of the most popular Australian wine regions, the Yarra Valley. Taste quality local food and wine, and enjoy wonderful scenery and romantic hideaways. Journey across Western Port Bay to French and Phillip Island, where you will experience 4WD adventure and meet Australia's most loved furry animal, koalas. Phillip Island also offers magnificent beaches and unique wildlife experiences, including the popular sunset Penguin Parade, when little penguins emerge out of the water and cross the beach. The Mornington Peninsula is not only a picturesque coastal destination; it is also home to delicious wines, beers, and the finest restaurants. Stroll through the vineyards, enjoy a glass of wine or beer and a delicious lunch with a view of the ocean, and soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful holiday destination.

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Melbourne Food, Wine & Wildlife - Day 1
Private transfer Melbourne Airport to your accommodation

On arrival, you will be met by a private driver outside customs exit and delivered to your Melbourne accommodation.

Arrive into Melbourne

Melbourne is the coastal capital of the state of Victoria. At the city's centre is the modern Federation Square development, with shopping, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria, with Australian and indigenous art. As the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne has a hidden gem around every corner - Rich history, bustling laneways, rooftop bars, and world-class restaurants are just the beginning!

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Admission to Melbourne Zoo

In the heart of Melbourne City Centre get up close to a wide range of native Australian and international wildlife, home to over 320 amazing species! Spend the day with all your favorite animals, with the chance for an up-close experience as well as listening to the knowledgeable keepers talks about all the amazing animals on the grounds! Stroll through the rainforests watching the monkeys, see eye to eye with the Lions and watch the seals and penguins in the underwater world! With plenty to see and do your day will be filled with excitement!

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Hidden Bars of Melbourne Walking Tour with Depot Adventures

The Melbourne hidden bar culture is a unique part of Australia’s cultural capital. The difficult thing is just that – they’re hidden! This city makes you work to find its best bits, which is why you’ll find some of the best bars behind other venues, underneath laneways, or tucked into repurposed spaces.
Join an experienced guide and uncover four of these fascinating venues in one afternoon, and learn what makes each one special over a drink, or four (at your own expense). Speak with talented bartenders during this small-group experience, making sure to chat with them about what kinds of drinks you like to personalise your Melbourne Hidden Bars Tour even more.

Your accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne

Discover the changing and unchanging face of Melbourne’s streetscape with a stay in the heart of the CBD. Vibe Hotel Melbourne dominates the intersection of Melbourne’s iconic Flinders and Queen Streets and allows guests to lose themselves in the city’s famed laneways and historic arcades – all of which are in striking distance from the hotel.

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Melbourne Food, Wine & Wildlife - Day 2
Yarra Valley Wineries Day Tour Including Lunch with Australian Wine Tour Co.

Experience the delights of Victoria’s wine country on this Yarra Valley wine tour from Melbourne. With an informative wine guide who has extensive wine industry experience, you’ll visit four popular wineries: Balgownie Estate, Steels Gate Winery, Greenstone Vineyards, and Yering Farm. Enjoy plenty of tastings as well as a winery lunch while you learn about winemaking in Australia and admire the picturesque landscapes.

Your accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne

Discover the changing and unchanging face of Melbourne’s streetscape with a stay in the heart of the CBD. Vibe Hotel Melbourne dominates the intersection of Melbourne’s iconic Flinders and Queen Streets and allows guests to lose themselves in the city’s famed laneways and historic arcades – all of which are in striking distance from the hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Melbourne Food, Wine & Wildlife - Day 3
French Island & Phillip Island Expedition with Penguins Plus

Get up close and personal with Australia's cutest furry friends in this exciting day tour to the French Island and Phillip Island. Venture upon the Western Port Ferries to the French Island where you will be taken on a guided 4WD tour and learn about the wildlife that inhabit the island. Jump back on the ferry and island hop to Phillip Island where you will be taken on a short adventure along the Nobbies Boardwalk and view dramatic sea bluffs, ocean views and a furry seal colony. Finish the journey getting up close and personal with the little penguins whilst listening to expert ranger commentary from your premium viewing platform.

Your accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne

Discover the changing and unchanging face of Melbourne’s streetscape with a stay in the heart of the CBD. Vibe Hotel Melbourne dominates the intersection of Melbourne’s iconic Flinders and Queen Streets and allows guests to lose themselves in the city’s famed laneways and historic arcades – all of which are in striking distance from the hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Melbourne Food, Wine & Wildlife - Day 4
Mornington Peninsula Food & Wine Taste Trail with Explore Australia Tours

Calling all foodies and wine enthusiasts on this exciting Mornington Peninsula Food and Wine Tasting Trial. Enjoy the rolling vineyards and ocean views on route to Point Leo Estate where you will have your first wine tasting of the day. Stroll through the winery's sculpture gardens before experiencing the cool climate Rare Hare wines at Jackalope, a spectacular property surrounded by ocean. Continue to enjoy a glass of wine with lunch at Montalto Wines and later, a beer at St Andrews Beach Brewery, a once world class horse training facility which has been converted into a beach brewery, taproom and farm. Stop at Murray's Lookout, the highest point of the Mornington Peninsula before stopping at the infamous Penisula Bathing Boxes. These vibrant boxes nestled on the sand make a fantastic photo opportunity and is the perfect location to end your time on the peninsula.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Melbourne Skydeck

At Melbourne Skydeck, the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing attraction, the city of Melbourne comes alive in front of your eyes when you take it all in from nearly 300 metres high. It’s Melbourne on another level. The Skydeck experience features Bar 88, in association with Bollinger, operated by the Eureka 89 team. With 360° panoramic views all day and night, you can relax and enjoy all of Melbourne’s legendary views with a delicious snack and cool drink.

Your accommodation: Vibe Hotel Melbourne

Discover the changing and unchanging face of Melbourne’s streetscape with a stay in the heart of the CBD. Vibe Hotel Melbourne dominates the intersection of Melbourne’s iconic Flinders and Queen Streets and allows guests to lose themselves in the city’s famed laneways and historic arcades – all of which are in striking distance from the hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Melbourne Food, Wine & Wildlife - Day 5
Melbourne City Circle Tram - suggested activity

The City Circle Tram service provides a free and convenient way to get around central Melbourne. Tourists, shoppers, office workers and families can use the City Circle Tram to travel to major attractions, shops and city events. An audio commentary provides details of city landmarks and major attractions such as the City Museum, Parliament House, Docklands, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium and the Princess Theatre. You can spend all day, or stay one hour - this is a perfect free version of a hop on-hop off service so that you can enjoy each of Melbournes sites with the added bonus of traditional Melbourne transportation. 

Private transfer from accommodation to Melbourne Airport

You will be picked up from your Melbourne accommodation and taken to the Melbourne Airport.

Farewell from Melbourne

Your tour comes to an end today, but if you are itching to explore more amazing sights, we can customise your holiday to include more days or additional destinations. Our trusted travel specialists can book transfers to your onward flight, and even assist in booking these flights for you. Our team can't wait to help you design your ultimate getaway!

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