Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
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Melbourne to Sydney Coastal Drive

Day 1: Melbourne to Phillip Island
197 km/122 miles, about 2.5 hours

Head southeast from the heart of vibrant Melbourne and within an hour the wide sandy beaches and charming coastal towns of the Mornington Peninsula will stretch out before you.

Take a swim alongside dolphins and seals on tranquil Port Phillip Bay with award winning Moonraker Charters, or challenge yourself further by climbing into a kayak for an open water experience to remember with Bayplay.

An easy half hour's drive inland will bring you to the famous Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs. Reward yourself with a relaxing soak in the thermal pools, or head north to get up close to iconic Australian wildlife on a tour of the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park.

Continue your hinterland cruise with a short drive to the Peninsula's world-class vineyards. Stop by the village of Red Hill and visit Montalto Winery, regarded as one of the region's finest. From here it is a picturesque drive through the vines of Ten Minutes By Tractor, home to one of Victoria's top regional restaurants. Sample the afternoon away with cool climate varietals like pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris and tempranillo.

Now that you're suitably relaxed and at one with the sea, hit the road eastbound towards an island of great beauty. Phillip Island is a destination for lovers of Australian wildlife and home to famous little penguins, cavorting fur seals and a large population of koalas that can be viewed at close range.

Check in for a dose of luxury at Silverwater Resort in San Remo, a gorgeous fishing village and gateway to the island, and then make your way to Summerland Beach for the nightly penguin parade. Heighten your experience with an Ultimate Penguin Tour including front row seats, extensive commentary from experienced rangers and the latest night vision technology.


Dolphins, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia


Watch from the shore, or join an organised expedition to swim with or cruise alongside Port Phillip Bay's friendly bottlenose and common dolphins.

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Moonraker Dolphin Swims, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Water sports

Launch yourself into Mornington Peninsula's welcoming waters with a range of aquatic activities for both adrenaline junkies and serenity seekers.

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Peninsula Hot Springs

Pamper yourself at Victoria's first natural thermal mineral springs and day spa, located just over an hour from Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula.

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Award winning Wallaby Walk at Moonlit Sanctuary

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Inspired by the work of famous British conservationist Gerald Durrell, Moonlit Sanctuary is now home to 50 Australian species. Many including about...

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Mornington Peninsula grapes, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Adrian Lander

Mornington Peninsula wine region

Sample your way around Peninsula's boutique cellar doors for the region's renowned pinot noir, plus chardonnay, shiraz, pinot gris and pinot grigio.

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Penguins at Phillip Island Nature Park, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia

Penguin Parade

Watch as little penguins emerge from the sea and waddle along the beach during sunset at Phillip Island Nature Park's Penguin Parade.

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