10 days in Melbourne: Itinerary – Day 3, 20th Feb 2011 #BeckyinOzzie

SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY

0430
Hot air ballooning with Global Ballooning
You’ll fly for approximately one hour over the beautiful Yarra Valley and its vineyards, drifting gently over the countryside in a beautiful hot air balloon.

Global Ballooning
8-10 New Street
Richmond VIC 3121
Tel: (03) 9428 5703
Fax: (03) 9428 8473
www.globalballooning.com.au

0900
Arrive

At Rochford Winery from your balloon flight.
Rochford Wines is a fully operational vineyard and winery that houses a spectacular complex and a tourism award winning restaurant and café, as well as a permanent sound shell for outdoor performances.

Rochford Wines
Cnr Maroondah Highway & Hill Road
Coldstream VIC 3770
Tel: (03) 5962 2119
Fax: (03) 5962 5319
www.rochfordwines.com.au

0900
Return

To Sebel Yarra Valley and check out.

1000
Visit

Yarra Valley Dairy
Producers of fine farm cheeses, the Yarra Valley Dairy specialises in both cow’s milk cheeses and goat’s milk cheeses, which are sold throughout Australia.

Yarra Valley Dairy
McMeikans Road
Yering VIC 3770
Tel: (03) 9739 0023
Fax: (03) 9739 0101
www.yarravalleydairy.com.au

1100
Arrive

At Rayners Stonefruit Orchard
The freshest fruit is the fruit taken straight off the tree. Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots and other varieties to select from. It’s the ‘Garden of Eden’ in the Yarra Valley… and you can take an Orchard Walk through the groves of stone fruit trees, sampling the freshest fruit, and enjoying the company of one of our staff explaining about the fruit of our trees.

Rayner’s Stonefruit Orchard
60 Schoolhouse Road,
Woori Yallock
Tel: (03) 5964 7654

1315
Lunch

Giant Steps
Come and try the full range of Giant Steps and Innocent Bystander wines at their cellar door in Healesville. The winery includes a pizzeria and houses an artisan bakery, with all cakes, pastries and breads made daily on the premises. At the rear of the cellar door you will find the cheese room. The winery also roasts two blends of coffee daily to ensure great coffee is available and the cellar door has selected a personal list of the world’s greatest beers, including several of their own creations, including Little Creatures Pale.

Giant Steps / Innocent Bystander Winery
336 Maroondah Highway (corner Don Rd)
Healesville 3777 VIC
Tel: (03) 5962 6111
www.giant-steps.com.au/winery/

1430
Depart

To Phillip Island
Surrounded by some of the best surf beaches in Victoria and with four townships, Phillip Island has a reputation as a coastal getaway with a bent for family fun. Here, you can see penguins, seals and koalas in their natural habitats, explore heritage and natural attractions or soak-up the scenic coastline, including the striking Bunurong Marine Coastal Park. In October, Phillip Island switches gear for the 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix.

1645
Visit

The Koala Conservation Centre
The Koala Conservation Centre was created to establish a protected koala population on Phillip Island away from human dangers. Experience close koala encounters among the tree tops on the elevated boardwalk. Learn about the koalas in the visitor centre where colourful displays tell the koala story. This unique setting will let you experience koalas in an environment representing their natural bushland habitat.

Koala Conservation Centre
Phillip Island VIC 3922
Tel: (03) 5956 8300
Fax: (03) 5956 8842
www.penguins.org.au

1730
Check in

Waves
Waves Apartments are self-contained style accommodation offering the luxury of a personal 2-person spa in the bathroom, private balconies or patio with foreshore and bay views and luxury guest amenities.

Waves Apartments
The Esplanade
1 Cowes VIC 3922
Tel: (03) 5952 1351
www.thewaves.com.au

Visit
The Nobbies
The Nobbies Centre is Australia’s newest marine attraction. Explore and discover the secrets of the incredible southern marine environment including seals, sharks and dolphins via interactive displays and cameras that allow you to zoom in and out on these marine creatures. This area offers spectacular coastal scenery, viewing of the offshore seal colony at Seal Rocks and the chance to walk amongst nesting seabird colonies. It is a truly amazing natural experience!

1900
Dinner

At Harry’s on the Esplanade
Harry’s on the Esplanade offers delicious traditional European food prepared with great care. Fresh seafood from local fishing boats, beef and lamb grazed on Phillip Island and cheeses from local cheese makers throughout Gippsland enhance the fantastic menu.

Harry’s on the Esplanade
17 The Esplanade Cowes
Phillip Island VIC 3922
Tel: (03) 5952 6226

2030
Visit

Phillip Island Nature Park for the Fairy Penguin Parade. Enjoy the Penguins Plus experience.
The Phillip Island Penguin Parade, the star attraction of the Phillip Island Nature Park, has been delighting visitors for many years with little penguins making their way up Summerland Beach each night at sunset. Over 500,000 visitors make the Phillip Island Penguin Parade the third largest visited natural attraction in Australia.

Phillip Island Nature Park
Summerland Beach, Ventnor Road
Phillip Island VIC 3922
Tel: (03) 5951 2800
Fax: (03) 5956 8394
www.penguins.org.au

Overnight
Waves

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