Wine, wildlife and urban scenes – Melbourne and surrounds have it all. And with your Melbourne Airport car rental from Hertz, you have the freedom to fit in everything you want to see. This triangular route starting and finishing in Melbourne takes in some of the best the region has to offer.
Once you’ve had your fill of shopping, dining, culture and other cosmopolitan delights, head east from the city for Yarra Valley. Here, enjoy the very best that nature has to offer. Pick up product from local farm gates for a gourmet picnic outdoors; sip cider and beer at nearby breweries; or meet the winemakers and sample their offerings at one of the 70 plus wineries, many of which have cellar door restaurants. Retreat to a cottage or country estate at the end of the day.
Hit the road again – it’s time to head to Phillip Island. Take the scenic route through the verdant Dandenong Ranges. Take a ride on the Puffing Billy steam train, explore the secluded villages and gardens or simply marvel at the rich greenery that surrounds you.
At Phillip Island you’ll step into an outdoors playground, with thriving wildlife, peaceful beaches and secluded bush. Highlights include the Seal Rocks fur seal colony (take a boat cruise), the Koala Conservation Sanctuary, and the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix racing circuit. Be at the Penguin Parade at dusk to watch the penguins come ashore for the night.
Drive around Port Phillip Bay, through its cute seaside towns and idyllic beaches. Along the way there are many stopping points, from vineyards to galleries, spas to golf courses. A long lunch at a winery restaurant is a must.
Some of the peninsula’s many attractions include the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, the Peninsula Hot springs – Australia’s first geothermal resort – a handful of top golf courses, and excellent marine opportunities all along the coast. Night time dives or snorkels offer a unique chance to interact with nocturnal animals.
If you have time, drive to the tip of the peninsula to Sorrento before beginning your return journey to Melbourne. Here, you’ll find many dolphin and seal swimming tours.