|Local Government Area:||Corangamite Shire|
|Local Government Area:||Corangamite Shire|
You'll be treated to a day of visual indulgence on this Great Ocean Road Helicopter Tour. After being picked up from your Melbourne hotel by sedan 4-door limousine or Range Rover sport, enjoy refreshments in the V.I.P. departure lounge before embarking on your helicopter flight.
Words cannot describe the majesty and beauty of flying along the Great Ocean Road. Your pilot will dip down to do beach runs, then fly high so you can take in the enormity of the Great Ocean Road coastline.
Upon arrival at the 12 Apostles you will complete a scenic flight around these offshore rock formations before your V.I.P. landing directly next to the 12 Apostles boardwalk.
You'll enjoy some sightseeing on the ground and a light picnic lunch before you take to the air again on your return scenic helicopter flight back to Melbourne.
Relax and enjoy the glorious scenery of the Mornington Peninsula as you waft among the vineyards in the cosseting opulence of your chauffeur-driven 'Silver Spur' Rolls Royce. We can arrange a tour to suit your palate or simply sit back, enjoy the scenery and let us take you on a gourmet tour around one of the most stunning wine regions of the world.
Full day winery tours see you tasting at 4 or 5 wineries, from the well known to secret treasures. Meet the vignerons, discuss their wines, discover what makes their 'terroir' so unique and gain an insight into the wine making process.
Time permitting you can also drop into the Mock Red Hill Cider Lounge and Red Hill Cheese for a tasting.
There is a wide choice of culinary delights to choose from for lunch. You can receive recommendations for restaurants according to your needs.
Come on a magical hot air balloon flight over Melbourne - one of the few cities in the world that you can soar above in a hot air balloon! Admire Melbourne's city skyline at early dawn as your balloon flies for approximately one hour and then toast your good fortune with an optional champagne breakfast. Your Melbourne balloon flight includes complimentary hotel pick-up for your convenience.
You will then be transported to the launch site for your Melbourne balloon flight where you may help with the launch, or stand back and take pictures. In the early morning light your balloon will drift over Melbourne's parks, gardens and the Yarra River as the city comes to life. As your balloon floats above Melbourne you'll look down on some of the city's iconic venues including the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Park and Albert Park racetrack. Your balloon flight over Melbourne will last for approximately one hour. After the final landing and packing the hot air balloon away, head back to the centrally located Pullman on the Park where you can then stay for breakfast or take a quick 10-minute walk back to the city center.
Where you fly on Melbourne balloon flights:
Balloon flights in Melbourne are weather dependent and your route will be determined by the winds. Your balloon may fly over Melbourne's CBD, which is laid out in a large rectangular grid like pattern on the northern banks of the Yarra River. Alternatively, your Melbourne balloon flight may head over the inner suburbs, parks and gardens to discover why Victoria is labeled the Garden State.
Explore Melbourneâ€™s spectacular bay views and iconic bayside landmarks aboard a stunning Boom Trike and learn of some of the intriguing maritime history. Begin where Melbourne itself began by touring the Western edge of the Bay near the mouth of the Yarra River - start by exploring the historic maritime village of Williamstown, located on Hobsonâ€™s Bay and Port Phillip Bay. From here, youâ€™ll see glorious views of Melbourne across the Bay, and learn of the areaâ€™s rich maritime history and its significance in both the development and defense of Melbourne, and its leading roles in our emerging industries of the time.Â
From there, cross back over one of Melbourneâ€™s major bridges to explore the Bay from the Eastern side of the Yarra River and visit historic Station Pier in Port Melbourne, the berthing place of the passenger liners and the ferry to Tasmania. Then travel along the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay to visit the ever popular St Kilda area with all its charms and iconic landmarks including Luna Park, the Palais Theatre, St Kilda Pier and the Esplanade Markets (operating on Sundays only). The ultimate bayside tour gives you the time to walk around and explore these sights, including walking out onto St Kilda Pier to take in some great city views and maybe spot a Little Penguin from the colony in the breakwater.Â
Now move on down the Bay and tour past some of Melbourneâ€™s most expensive bayside real estate, stopping for views from some glorious bay vantage points before visiting those famous Brighton Beach Boxes. Take the opportunity to get your toes in the sand and admire these colorful Melbourne icons. Then visit Black Rock Jetty to put the final pieces of Victoriaâ€™s maritime history puzzle together at the breakwater off Half Moon Bay. View the Cerberus wreck and learn a little about the only surviving ship of the Australian colonial navies.ÂAdapt and personalize your tour depending on your requirements within the time frame, so if you prefer less walking you may have time to include a visit to Albert Park Lake and a lap of Melbourneâ€™s Formula 1 Grand Prix track on the way back from Port Phillip Bay.
You'll be picked up in the late morning to begin your day tour in a luxurious Mercedes vehicle with your private guide. Head to the Yarra Valley, just over an hour from Melbourne.
Your first stop is a guided cheese and wine pairing at a 3rd-generation winery, De Bortoli Estate. Then enjoy a 3-course lunch at a Yarra Valley vineyard restaurant created by Teage Ezard at Levantine Hill. Here you can sit back and dine on seasonal local produce that accompanies a flight of wine. This is a great way to celebrate a birthday, engagement, or other occasion with a loved one.
After lunch, visit 10th-generation French-style winery Dominique Portet for a chocolate and wine pairing in the barrel room, hosted by your very own sommelier. Your final experience is a private tasting at another Yarra Valley winery chosen specifically to match your particular wine preferences. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off.
A Great Ocean Road luxury escape that gifts you a genuine first-class and luxuriously adventurous affair. A rare backstage pass to touch and taste the most desirable experiences throughout Australia's breathtaking Great Ocean Road region. Go behind the scenes and share the stories untold as you immerse in a land before time.
Indulge in the regions finest gourmet flavors. Experience true world class cuisine in idyllic and hidden locations. Savor a traditional morning tea, gourmet Ã¡ la carte lunch and a whisky distillery tasting on this like nothing else day trip from Melbourne.
Behold the breathtaking moment you first sight the might and power of the world famous towering limestone colossi The Twelve Apostles. True natural wonders millions of years in the making. Embrace the sensual feel of the coarse gains of sand under your feet as you kick off you shoes and discover the beauty and history of the stunning coastal oasis Loch Ard Gorge.
Marvel at the ancient past as you experience what echoes a land before time at The Great Otway National Park. A vibrant and invigorating cool temperate rainforest region that will leave you speechless. Sense the thrill of adventure as you search for many of Australia's famous wildlife in their natural surroundings. Kangaroos, koalas, kookaburras and even whales, during migration season, are all possible sights throughout the pristine wildlife sanctuaries amongst the Great Ocean Road.
Enjoy meaningful new friendships as you join other like minded guests on a true small group experience with a maximum of 4 guests as you're entertained, engaged and educated by your professional, knowledgeable and charismatic Adventure Chauffeur
As you will be traveling by Hummer, you'll go were many never dare, exploring paths beyond most reach.
Begin the ultimate road trip, cruising towards the Great Ocean Road stopping to watch surfers in action at famed beaches such as Bells Beach and Torquay (home of surf brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver). You will also visit artistic beachside villages of Apollo Bay and Lorne to explore. Next, stop at Kennett River Koalas to see the cuddly creatures in the wild and the historical section of the Great Ocean Road that was carved through cliffs by returned World War I servicemen.
Take an easy walk (1 hour) through the Great Otway National Park, home to some of the worldâ€™s oldest temperate rainforest. Thereâ€™s no better place to finish the day than the famed Twelve Apostles. This spectacular collection of limestone stacks is best appreciated at sunset from the boardwalk. The next morning you will have the opportunity to view it from the skies in a helicopter (additional cost, payable direct). Tonight, sleep in dormitory style accommodation in the dormitory rooms of a backpackerâ€™s hostel on the Great Ocean Road.
Continue along the Great Ocean Road, stopping at several extraordinary rock formations along the Shipwreck Coast, such as the Bay of Martyrs, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. Enjoy lunch at Tower Hill Reserve, the site of a dormant volcano, lake, wetlands and habitat to lots of wildlife: emus, koalas, kangaroos, possums, echidnas and many types of birds.
Enter the Grampians National Park in the afternoon. Just before sunset when the local wildlife, such as wallabies, kangaroos and kookaburras come out to play, walk (an easy 1 hour) to The Balconies, which provides a magnificent viewpoint and photo opportunity of the surrounding ranges and valleys. Tonight you'll sleep in shared wood cabin accommodation, with the mountains towering around.
Get up to hike a challenging two hours to The Pinnacle, but itâ€™s worth the effort for such awe inspiring views. Visit the Brambuk Cultural Centre to learn about local Aboriginal history. Marvel at the majestic Mt Arapiles, before hitting the highway and arriving into Adelaide city at approximately 7pm.
Your half- or full-day private tour begins with pickup at your accommodation in the Melbourne central business district (CBD) by your private guide.
With the flexibility to design your own itinerary, your sightseeing adventure can feature many possibilities, such as a shopping tour, a visit to the Healesville Sanctuary to see Aussie animals, a trip to either the Yarra Valley or Red Hill region to enjoy local wineries, or checking out the famous little penguins of Phillip Island. Perhaps head to the Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles, or explore Point Nepean and the Mornington Peninsula. Or, enjoy a general tour of Melbourne to see city attractions and suburbs like St Kilda, Fitzroy, South Yarra, Toorak, and Brighton.
Prior to your tour, youâ€™ll talk to your guide to decide exactly what you want to do during your four or eight hours of time with him or her. After your tour, you may take advantage of your guideâ€™s concierge skills for the duration of your time in Australia or New Zealand at no extra charge.
Witness the majestic beauty of the Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park, famed for its natural wonders. History buffs will enjoy hearing stories of the Shipwreck Coast and discovering the traditions and culture of the indigenous people, while nature lovers will revel in the great outdoors, with opportunities to see native plants and wildlife up-close in their local habitats.
Day 1: Melbourne to Cape Otway (L,D)
Depart from Melbourne and travel along the Great Ocean Road to Cape Otway. Visit the famed Torquay surf city, a beach town known for its surf culture. Stop at the lovely coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay before arriving at Australiaâ€™s oldest lighthouse on the southernmost point of Cape Otway. Continue along the Great Ocean Road and see the Shipwreck Coast, where more than 50 ships met their peril against the rugged coastline in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The most famous was the wreck of Loch Ard, when only two out of 54 people survived and for which the Loch Ard Gorge is named. See the majestic 12 Apostles, a group of limestone rocks formed by the natural elements that jut straight up out of the water.
Accommodation:Port Campbell Hostel
Day 2: Cape Otway to the Grampians (B,L,D)
Today, continue along the Great Ocean Road and explore the Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands known for its ocean views, rock formations and sheer cliffs. Then discover the sleeping volcano of Tower Hill, now a wildlife sanctuary, before arriving at the foothills of the Grampians. Next visit the Brambuk Cultural Center and discover the history and culture of the Indigenous people
Accommodation: Asses Ears Wilderness Retreat
Day 3: The Grampians to Melbourne (B,L)
Explore the Grampians on a guided scenic nature walk (Wonderland, Venus Baths or the Balconies); cool off at Mackenzie Falls, see panoramic views of the park from Reeds Lookout and see birdlife and native animals roam free. Return to Melbourne in the early evening.
For those who wish to continue on to Adelaide, there is an option to do this with an on board fee of AUD$30 (payable direct).
Greet the morning sun as you take flight over the Yarra Valley and its vineyards on a Yarra Valley hot air balloon flight. You'll fly for approximately one hour before completing the memorable experience of ballooning in the Yarra Valley with an optional sumptuous sparkling wine breakfast at Balgownie Estate.
Just 50 minutes from the Melbourne CBD lies the lush hillsides of the Yarra Valley. A place of diverse and rich history stretching back to the first settlers, The Yarra Valley is home to 90 vineyards and 35 wineries, many of which hold a reputation for creating world-class wines. The Yarra Valley is also renowned as being one of Victoria's largest tourist destinations. Ballooning over the Yarra Valley is a magnificent way to see the lush landscapes and vineyards of the Valley.
On your hot air balloon flight in the Yarra Valley, the breeze will usher you along the corridors of grape vines and over the Yarra River as you take in the breathtaking views of mountains that surround the valley. You'll have the option to pre-book a gourmet a la carte breakfast which includes a choice of fruit, yogurt, cereal, muesli and a hot breakfast of bacon, eggs, hash browns, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast, tea and coffee, orange juice and Chandon sparkling wine to celebrate your Yarra Valley balloon flight!
Arrive at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium in the early afternoon to check in and learn the time slot for your dive. Youâ€™ll then receive a one-hour briefing, which is mandatory for all divers. During the briefing, youâ€™ll meet your guide, go over safety and dive procedures, and learn about the sharks and other animals in the aquarium. Your group is limited to four divers, ensuring personal attention from your guide the entire time. All training will be provided at the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium on the day of your dive, with no previous experience necessary.
Depending on your schedule, you're welcome to explore the aquarium before or after the mandatory briefing. Visit the Conservation Cove to learn about local marine life; head to Seahorse Pier for the largest exhibit of seahorses and seadragons in the world; and spy on a Pinjarra â€” one of Australiaâ€™s largest saltwater crocodiles â€” at the Croc Lair.
Once it's time to dive, youâ€™ll meet your guide, get your equipment on, and get into the water! Colorful fish dart past you in the 2 million-liter Oceanarium as you swim near the tank's bigger residents including nurse sharks, sevengill sharks, giant stingrays, and sea turtles. Your guide will make sure that you stay safe throughout your half-hour experience.
Basic SCUBA training is provided so that you can delve into the underwater habitat, with no experience necessary. All training will be provided at the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium on the day of your dive.
While you are diving, your friends and family can watch and take pictures of you in the tank â€” an incredible souvenir of your time with the sharks!
After meeting your tour guide at port, travel North-East approximately 75 minutes towards the picturesque Yarra Valley. Take in some of Melbourneâ€™s incredible sights along the way before arriving in Melbourneâ€™s premium wine region.
Having been known for its premium wines since the 1880â€™s, the Yarra Valley has its various soil types and rainfall patterns to thank for the distinctive vineyard styles.
With a cooler climate than Bordeaux and a slightly warmer temperature than Burgundy, high quality chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wines are the perfect wines for this region. Not only is the Yarra Valley known for itâ€™s wineries, but itâ€™s agriculture, grazing land, beer and scenic, rural atmosphere is starting to become a highlight for every trip.
Visiting the small towns, cafes and bistroâ€™s of the Yarra Valley has made the area the perfect weekend getaway for many Melbourne locals.
Your first stop will be a wine and cheese tasting at De Boroli, one of Australia's most renowned wineries, followed by a visit to Dixsons Creek Winery, one of the smaller local wineries.
Next, travel to Hargreaves Hill Brewery for a tasting paddle of their award winning craft beer as well as a delicious gourmet lunch.
To finish the day, visit the Napoleon Brewery and Cider house for a second tasting paddle and relaxing stop to take in the incredible views of the Yarra Valley.
Return back to your departure point at the end of your 8-hour day trip.