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South East Touring Triangle


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Penguins on parade


Mornington Peninsula beach boxes


“You can have it all in


Victoria. So many diverse Australian experiences so close to the urban buzz of amazing Melbourne”


INSIDER'S TIP: The Mornington Peninsula connects seamlessly with the Great Ocean Road with a 40-minute ferry ride from Sorrento to Queenscliff with Searoad Ferries


(and they can watch for dolphins on the way) Qantas A380 Business


BUCKET-LIST STOPS Some 90 minutes south of the Yarra Valley, they will fi nd themselves on Phillip Island, for a bucket-list encounter with penguins, seals and koalas. The 26,000 little penguins who live here ‘parade’ every day at sunset and your clients need to pre-book, especially in peak season (recommend the Ultimate Tour). The parade area is just one of four parks in this area, so they can also meet koalas in the treetop boardwalk at the Koala Conservation Centre, check out the famers' market at the Churchill Island Heritage Farm and visit marine-focused Nobbies Centre – all dedicated to conservation and off ering beautiful recreational areas. There are whale- watching and birdwatching opportunities here too and then beyond the wildlife, the island is a great seaside destination. It has its own top-notch food and wine credentials plus stunning boutique properties such as Cliff top, plenty of family attractions and sheltered bays for picnics or beach cricket. The route back to Melbourne takes in the spectacular Mornington Peninsula. Here, pristine white sandy beaches meet a green hinterland strung with vineyards and olive groves and accommodation


comes in the form of incredible boutique hotels and B&Bs. Your clients can stop off at bayside beaches, swim with dolphins with local operators such as Polperro, or check out more award-winning wineries (such as Yabby Lake which produces the pinot noir served on Qantas). A Wine Food Farmgate trail lists 75 top tasting stops, or there are the walking and cycle trails, horseback winery tours and geo-thermic hot-springs. The peninsula is also home to eight of Australia’s top 50 golf courses plus wild, often deserted, beaches. By the time they are back in the city, they will have notched up true-blue Aussie experiences by the score and may have moved their belts a notch or two as well! Check out detailed itineraries and more information at visitmelbourne.com.


SELL IT... Wine Tours: Book Australian Wine Tour Company trips into the Yarra Valley • Ballooning: Over the Yarra Valley • Penguin Parade: Ultimate Tour on Phillip Island • Mornington Peninsula Horseback Winery Tours • Chateau Yering: Historic overnight • Clifftop: Boutique stay with a view on Phillip Island • Flinders Hotel: Gourmet stay on the Mornington Peninsula


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