South East Touring Triangle
Touring trio MELBOURNE - YARRA VALLEY - PHILLIP ISLAND - MORNINGTON PENINSULA W
ines, wildlife, water – Victoria has the lot and it's all available in an instant – well, within an hour's drive of
vibrant and buzzing Melbourne. Begin an Australian adventure in Melbourne and with a succession of easy day trips, or a round trip self-drive tour on the South East Touring Triangle, your clients can join the dots on Victoria’s map to spectacular eff ect combining urban colour and the laneways, with the vineyards and wildlife of the Yarra Valley, the Penguin Parade of Phillip Island and the unspoilt beaches of the Mornington Peninsula.
EASY COMBINATIONS This compact state off ers gourmet highlights wherever your clients roam but head east of Melbourne, out into the Yarra Valley and they'll gather the behind-the-scenes secrets and stories of wineries such as Yering Station, or boutique breweries such as White Rabbit, where tours and tastings ensure they experience fi rst-hand the fl avours and fi nesse upon which the state has built its culinary reputation. Base them in a classic historic hotel like Chateau Yering; wine connoisseurs will revel in the region's 55 wineries, 40 of which off er tastings, but if your clients don't know their tannins from their acids, fl ag up experiences beyond the cellar doors such as a memorable hot air balloon ride with Global Ballooning at sunrise, or simply a peaceful nature walk in an unspoiled landscape. The Yarra Valley's fl ora and fauna credentials
Qantas is committed to showcasing the diversity and quality of Australian wine and a panel of industry judges and respected winemakers lend specialist expertise to its award-winning position. Among these is Tom Carson from Yabby Lake on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, past holder of 'International Winemaker of the Year' title. Qantas sources more than 250 diff erent wines each year from more than 150 diff erent producers but serves both the 2010 Yabby Lake Pinot Noir and the 2008 Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Chardonnay, in Business class. Carson says: "We just try to get winemaking out of the way so the wines taste natural."
rank as highly as its wines for many, especially when linked with the nearby Dandenong Ranges. Beyond the wineries, the valley is defi ned by fern glades and forests, rugged bushlands and stunning lookouts and also off ers top wildlife experiences. At the Healesville Sanctuary, for example, visitors walk through the Australian native setting to meet bush babies and wombats, red kangaroos and platypuses, dingos and koalas – it's a real MUST. The drive through the Dandenong Ranges adds in breathtaking views of towering mountain ash trees and magical areas of tree ferns, waterfalls and serene lakes. Even a half-hour stroll will take them into a land that time forgot, an unspoiled oasis of amazing sights, unexpected birdsong and heady natural scents. Drop into the William Ricketts Sanctuary where incredible sculptures are fused with the forest and the quiet refl ection it inspires may well give their world a whole new order.
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