Wildlife & adventure touring route

Get into the driver's seat
301 km/187 miles, about 3.5 hours

Victoria's south east is an adventure waiting to happen. Walk through lush forests and plunging valleys, swim and scuba dive in local bays and beaches, explore coastal islands and race down ski slopes all through winter. See iconic native wildlife up close in animal sanctuaries and sail out in the blue waters of Port Phillip Bay to see dolphins and seals. So pack your walking shoes, your bathers and a spirit of adventure - and start exploring.


Hot air balloon over Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image Courtesy: Global Ballooning


Take a stroll along the Yarra River at sundown, see dolphins and seals in Port Phillip Bay, or head to Melbourne Zoo for a day with the animals.

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Couple feeding a kangaroo, Healesville Sanctuary, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Leg 1: Melbourne to Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges

56 km/35 miles, about 1 hour

See 200 species of wildlife in Healsville and ride Australia's oldest steam railway through lush forests.

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Phillip Island Nature Park, Victoria, Australia

Leg 2: Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges to Phillip Island

140 km/87 miles, about 1.5 hours

See koalas and little penguins, visit the Grand Prix Circuit, and take in scenery on a helicopter ride.

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Gunnamatta Trail Rides, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Leg 3: Phillip Island to Mornington Peninsula

105 km/65 miles, about 1 hour

Swim with dolphins, ride through bushland on the Gunnamatta Trail, or grab your clubs and hit the fairways.

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Rooftop Bar, Curtin House, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Venture into Melbourne's hidden spaces and iconic laneways and find an eclectic nightlife, tantalising food and wine, a dynamic arts scene and more.

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Mt Martha, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Mornington Peninsula

Combine the best of Europe's coastal living with traditional Aussie charm on the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour from Melbourne.

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Penguins, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia

Phillip Island

Join families and fans of water sports travelling just 90 minutes from Melbourne to see penguins, international motor sports and waterfront living.

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Bulong Estate, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Escape to the Yarra Valley for indulgent food and wine, and disappear into fern glades and forests in the Dandenong Ranges.

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