- Capital: Melbourne
- Population: 5,791,000
- Area: 91,749 sq mi
MelbourneMelbourne - the home of world famous sporting events such as the Australian Open tennis, the Melbourne Cup horse race, international cricket and the Australian F1 Grand Prix. But being a major sporting city is just one string to Melbourne's bow. It is also home to art and culture, a wide range of dining and shopping options - from great value to high end, as well as the famous lanes and arcades to explore.
- Watch world-class sports stars compete in many top sporting events
- Take a tram to St Kilda for great food & entertainment
- Explore the urban laneways and graffiti art
- Catch a market for fresh produce and fashion ideas
- Find a rooftop bar
Phillip IslandHome to the world-famous Penguin Parade and other popular wildlife attractions - all only 90 minutes from Melbourne.
The Penguin Parade includes numerous tour options for any taste and budget - from self-guided general viewing and the exclusive Penguins Plus and Underground Viewing, to a variety of ranger-guided tours.
Take a virtual tour to the world's most extreme continent at the new Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre. Enjoy the hands-on family fun of the interactive activities, and immerse yourself in the spectacular multimedia attraction. The augmented reality technology will let you pat a penguin or stroke a seal, in a 'virtual' experience.
Check our holidays page for any escorted or self-drive itineraries that include Phillip Island.
Yarra ValleyJust 45 miles from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley offers high quality wining and dining in breathtaking scenery.
The Yarra Valley is recognised as one of the world's premier wine growing regions with over 80 sensational cellar doors, superb restaurants serving fresh regional produce, luxury accommodation, iconic scenery and stunning artwork.
Take an early morning balloon flight, meet passionate food and wine producers, and encounter a platypus at Healesville Sanctuary in the Yarra Valley. Wander the walking trails, meander the villages and discover the hidden delights of the Dandenong Ranges among its scenic winding roads, abundant artist studios, craft stores and renowned gardens. Check our holidays page for any escorted or self-drive itineraries that include the Yarra Valley.
Great Ocean RoadStanding at 150 miles, or around a nine and a half hour drive, the Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic places to do a self-drive holiday in the world.
Running from Torquay to Allansford, the Great Ocean Road takes in sights such as The Twelve Apostles, the Gibson Steps, the Bay of Islands, Mariners Lookout and lots more. We can arrange a self-drive trip along the Great Ocean Road as part of your Australia itinerary, and also offer suggested itineraries to drive from Melbourne to Adelaide, incorporating the Great Ocean Road along the way. Check our holidays page for any escorted or self-drive itineraries that include the Yarra Valley.