Phillip Island has beautiful coastal scenery and is best known for its popular Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Every evening, tens, hundreds or even thousands of little fairy penguins return from a day at sea and waddle up the beach to their sand dune burrows. Visitors can watch from the seating area, where special lighting is used to avoid disturbing the penguins, as they make their way home.
One of Australia’s premier wine regions, the Yarra Valley is home to more than 70 wineries around Healesville and the pretty village of Marysville further north; from cellar door tastings at family-owned wineries to showplaces of world-class brands. Enjoy stunning views at the vantage points in the Yarra Ranges National Park. As well as its vineyards, the Yarra Valley is also the location of indulgent spas and galleries, a wildlife sanctuary and bushwalking trails such as the Warburton Trail from Lilydale to Warburton.
An hour’s drive south of Melbourne lie the rolling hills, orchards, vineyards and beaches of the Mornington Peninsula. Take a cliff-top walk through the National Park and climb to the summit of Arthurs Seat State Park for spectacular views of the bay and Melbourne’s skyline. This boot-shaped peninsula is an excellent starting point for the Great Ocean Road – head to Sorrento where you can take the short ferry ride to Queenscliff to follow the iconic route.
Revel in the natural beauty of one of Victoria’s most loved national parks on this walking tour. Spend a full day following captivating walking trails as you explore this beautiful region and its stunning views of the azure coast. Spot native wildlife such as kangaroo, wombat and emu, and visit the white-sand Squeaky Beach where the quartz squeaks as you walk over it. You’ll also have the chance to have a rainforest walk or head to a peak for panoramic vistas.