TOURS IN MELBOURNE
The state of Victoria is full of unique places that simply must be on the bucket list of any traveller: the famous Penguin Parade, Great Ocean Road and the breathtaking Twelve Apostles, Yarra Valley wineries and plenty more.
Your trip will start in Melbourne, over the famous West Gate Bridge, from which can be seen a gorgeous view of the port and centre of the city. Then you will travel down the highway towards the start of the Great Ocean Road and make your first stop at Bells Beach, renowned among surfers, where you will have the opportunity to marvel at the surrounding shoreline panorama. Further down the road, you will cross the geographic border of two oceans, the Pacific and Indian, at the Split Point Lighthouse, and you will be able to take memorable photos of your adventure in front of a memorial arch. Apart from breathtaking ocean views, we promise that you will get a chance to see koalas in the wild, as well as hand-feed parrots.
We’ll stop in the small town of Apollo Bay for lunch where you will be offered the freshest fish and seafood (at your expense), which will be prepared right in front of you. Vegetarian meals also available if you wish. After lunch, you will take a short stroll in an Australian rainforest amongst century-old giant eucalyptus trees and arborescent ferns.
The culmination of your trip will be visiting another of Australia’s icons – The Twelve Apostles. The memories of this view of cliffs towering over the raging ocean will stay with you for life. Next, you will walk down the Gibson Steps and onto the beach at the foot of the Apostles, where you will have another chance to assess the greatness of these natural monuments.
We also recommend that you book a short helicopter flight above The Twelve Apostles. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel or any other destination in Melbourne
The Yarra Valley Winery Tour
Treat yourself to delicious wines and gourmet cuisine against the backdrop of the spectacular views of the Yarra Valley.
Your day begins with a visit to the oldest winery in the region (founded in 1838) Yering station. In the old tasting room (circa 1858), you will try excellent wines from the collection Village and Estate. Produced with traditional winemaking technology, this brand sets a recognised standard of taste for wine, not only for Australian but for international experts. Then we will visit the cheese-maker, where you can taste the fresh products of local craftsmen. After the dairy farm, we will go to taste the excellent sparkling wines Domain Chandon. Before you try a glass of the famous sparkling wine, produced by the classical French technology (Champenoise), you can take a small tour of the winery, where you will be able to see with your own eyes how the original French technique is applied on Australian soil. The next stop will be a visit to the Coldstream Winery, where you will find elegant wines that are very popular. You will try traditional varieties and original blends, including the Yarra Valley Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir as well as Estate Shiraz.
For lunch (at your expense), we will stop in a lovely Wild Creek Station estate with a splendid bar and restaurant. It serves lunch a la carte of two courses with dining and sparkling wines. After lunch, we will go to truly Italian DeBortoli winery where among others you will be served one of the best dessert wines in Australia – De Bortoli Noble One. On the way back we will stop at the chocolate factory which has an excellent selection of chocolates, desserts and ice cream.
Puffing Billy with Healesville Zoo Tour
Your journey will take you on a route through the Dandenong Ranges National Park amongst giant eucalyptus and fern trees, and through the artistic villages of Olinda and Kallista, where you will find antique stores and cosy cafés.
You will take a short ride on Puffing Billy, the oldest Australian steam engine, through the most splendid parts of the Australian forest. Australian cockatoos and rosella parrots will meet you at the bird-feeding area, after which you will be able to try the famous Australian pie in a local café, awarded many times with gold medals for serving the best pies in Australia.
In the second half of the day, you can visit one of Australia’s oldest zoos – Healesville Sanctuary, where you will behold Australia’s most popular animals: kangaroos, koalas, wombats, dingoes, emus, platypuses and bilbies.
Upon finishing your tour, you will be dropped off at your Melbourne hotel.
The costs below are not included in the tour price: Puffing Billy steam train 25 min raid – AU$25/12 per person (Adult/Child). Healesville Sanctuary – AU$32/20 per person (Adult/Child)