Parks & gardens touring route
Leg 2: Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges to Phillip Island
140 km / 87 miles, about 1.5 hr
Phillip Island is a small island with a big international reputation. The best way to see how it earned that reputation is to buy a 3 Parks Pass. It includes entry to the nightly Penguin Parade up the beach, the boardwalks that take you past the treetops at the Koala Conservation Centre, and tiny Churchill Island with its 1850s working farm, bird-filled wetlands, beautiful gardens and historic buildings.
The fourth aspect of the Park, the Nobbies, home to the world's largest fur seal colony, is free. Head for the marine centre, where interactive cameras give you a close-up view of the frolicking seals.
Catch a rainbow trout at Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm. Choose from indoor and outdoor pools, cast a line and hand your catch to the chefs to be cooked and served up to you.
Take in a myriad of stunning sights and curious creatures at The Nobbies, a magnificent headland on the south-western tip of Phillip Island.