Welcome aboard our 7 Day Island Getaway Tour as we discover this mystical Island with its blend of intrigue and tranquility. We travel towards Melbourne stopping for morning tea en-route. We make our way through the city and out to Cranbourne for our lunch break. This afternoon we visit the Australia Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Cranbourne and see a unique display of art, architecture and Australian Plants. Then continue on towards our island getaway and across the bridge at San Remo and on to Phillip Island, named after Vice-Admiral Arthur Phillip. We visit the National Vietnam Veterans Museum before we settle in for the Next Three Nights at Kaloha Motel at Cowes.
After a leisurely breakfast, we visit the Koala Conservation Centre where we have a chance to see the Koalas amongst the tree tops. We also enjoy a visit to Churchill Island, a historic Working Farm with original homestead farm animals and cottage garden and free time to explore the surrounds. We travel to San Remo to see the Pelican feeding at the Fishermans Co-Op and enjoy lunch. This afternoon we board the MV Kasey Lee for an hour cruise exploring the coast of Phillip Island. We visit the Cowes Historical Society Museum which gives us an insight into the early history of the island. We return to our motel with plenty of time to relax. This evening after dinner we see the Penguins on Parade at Summerland Beach, these adorable little creatures return from sea at Sunset, they waddle up the beach to their burrows in the surrounding sand dunes preening and greeting each other and feeding their hungry chicks.
This morning we make our way to Korumburra where we visit the historic village of Coal Creek, set amongst 20 acres of bushland. We continue on through Leongatha and onto Inverloch where we enjoy lunch before returning to Phillip Island. This afternoon we visit the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory. We return to the motel in time to freshen up for Dinner.
After a hearty breakfast we make our way to Frankston and visit the truly wonderful Sand Sculptures exhibition. Each year there is a different theme which makes it a must see every year. Then its onto Arthurs Seat and Board a state-of-the-art gondola and fly over the state forest to the highest point of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. We then travel to Sorrento and board the ferry to Queenscliff. On arrival we make our way to Geelong and stay at the Quality Hotel Bayside for the next three nights.
Today we discover Victorias largest regional city that enjoys an enviable lifestyle with easy access to Victorias most beautiful beaches and scenery. We also step back in time as we visit the historic National Wool Museum for a guided tour before making our way to the spectacular Geelong Historic Botanical Gardens. This afternoon, we make our way to the Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is situated on 5 acres of land on the Northern edge of Barwon Heads. Jirrahlinga, is Aboriginal for Seek a home for a Kangaroo. Get up close and personal with some of the Australias unique animals. Later we travel to Barwon Heads and the surrounding district before we return to the motel for maybe a stroll on the beach foreshore.
This morning we have time to explore Geelongs beautiful waterfront, the painted bollards and Cunninghams Pier before boarding the Seaside Explorer for a relaxing train journey from Drysdale to Queenscliff. We arrive in Queenscliff in time for lunch and to explore the treasure trove of boutiques, art and craft galleries, specialty shops, antique and old wares stores. This afternoon we visit Fort Queenscliff before our drive to Point Lonsdale which overlooks the notorious Rip entrance to Port Phillip Bay. We continue to explore the Bellarine Peninsula as we travel to St Leonards where the hotel shot to fame as a location in the record breaking ABC TV series, Seachange. Our journey continues onto Indented Head where some of the regions most historically famous characters walked on the sands, including Matthew Flinders and the co-founder of Melbourne John Batman. We travel to Portarlington where we enjoy the breathtaking views of the bay, the tall towers of Melbournes skyline and the You Yangs. Our journey continues onto Drysdale, one of the oldest settlements. We return to our motel after a scenic day out in time to freshen up for Dinner.
This morning after breakfast we travel to the Werribee Zoo. The zoo has a simulated African village, with educational and entertaining features, including a mock scenario of an African ranger and his adventures tracking lions, and an interactive soundscape walk with simulated lion sounds surrounding the walker. There are two independent trails that visitors may follow: the Pula Reserve Walking Trail which focuses on African animals, including lions, vervet monkeys, cheetahs and meerkats, and the Australian Journey Walk, which focuses on Australian animals, like the koala, emu and kangaroo
After having lunch at the zoo we visit the Victorian state rose garden before making our way home via Bacchus Marsh.