South east touring route
Balloons, wine and wildlife
301 km / 187 miles, about 3.5 hr
Catch a theatre show, share a rooftop drink, or shop up a storm in cosmopolitan Melbourne and then drive on to discover three very different and beautiful regions, all just an hour apart. Take to the skies in a hot air balloon at dawn over the Yarra Valley, get up close to the little penguins and furry koalas on Phillip Island, and sample the pinot noir and chardonnay varietals along the famous Mornington Peninsula wine region.
Spend a lazy afternoon exploring local boutiques, cafes and bars hidden all around Melbourne's historic arcades and bluestone laneways.
56 km / 35 miles, about 1 hr
Get an early start and watch the sun rise over the Yarra Valley vineyards from a hot air balloon.
140 km / 87 miles, about 1.5 hr
Visit Phillip Island Nature Park and see penguins, seals and koalas in their natural environment.
105 km / 65 miles, about 1 hr
While away a morning in the gardens of the peninsula, then stop for lunch at one of many renowned wineries.
Rise above the Yarra Valley at sunrise on a silent, scenic hot air balloon flight – a tranquil way to experience the wonders of the landscape.
Get amongst an atmosphere that is genuinely electric as the island roars to life with international motorcycle and car racing championships.
Sample your way around Peninsula's boutique cellar doors for the region's renowned pinot noir, plus chardonnay, shiraz, pinot gris and pinot grigio.