Healesville Sanctuary is just an hour’s drive from Melbourne and is renowned as the best place to see Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. Visitors can experience close-up encounters with koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes, birds of prey and platypus.
Don't miss seeing 'Spirits of the Sky', a free flight presentation featuring Australian raptors such as the Wedge Tailed Eagle, and colourful parrot species. For more information visit www.zoo.org.au/healesville
The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia's most stunning and exhilarating drives along Victoria's southern coast. Here you can experience one of the world's most scenic coastal drives, and see the 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks and waterfalls. Experience a diverse array of things to see and do from outdoor activities such as surfing, scuba diving and sea kayaking to arts, cultural and heritage attractions. For more information: Great Ocean Road
Queen Victoria Market - Opened in 1878, the Queen Victoria Market located north of Melbourne CBD has something for everyone. Whether you're after supplies for a simple picnic or an extravagant banquet, you'll be spoilt for choice. Fresh is the flavour of the market - fresh seafood and fresh fruits and vegetables. You will also find great bargain on clothing, baggage, toys, jewellery, and souvenirs.
Lygon Street – Little Italy
Carlton and in particular Lygon Street is the traditional home of Italian cuisine and one of the main cafe and restaurant areas in Melbourne. Study the coffee grounds to glimpse the beginnings of the city's café culture, and fill up on steaming bowls of pasta, pizza and delicious gelati.
St Kilda (beachside suburb) - Prepare to play in St Kilda, where you can kick up your heels by the seashore, along with live music or on the whirligigs at Luna Park. Join locals who walk, cycle and skate under the palms on the foreshore or sail, windsurf or kite surf on the bay. There is so much to do – visit cake shops on Acland Street, Sunday morning Arts and Craft markets, Luna Park and Fitzroy Street filled with cafes, up-market restaurants and shops and many more.
Eureka Skydeck 88 - Two dedicated lifts propel visitors to Level 88 in under 40 seconds - and only Skydeck 88 can take you to "The Edge" - a switchable glass cube which slides out from the building, with you inside! Located in Southbank, Eurecka Skydeck 88 will change the way you look at Melbourne and beyond! For more information: Eureka Skydeck 88
Take a drive down to Mornington Peninsula and visit the quaint coastal villages, acclaimed wineries and restaurants. Wind around the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay taking in vast ocean views and sheltered beaches. Stop for coffee, wine or a bite to eat and discover the laid-back charm.
With everything within easy reach, there is just so much to do. Spend the morning shopping in Sorrento. Tee off at the cliff top golf course at Flinders on Westernport Bay. Take a dip at Rye's thermal mineral pools, visit Mornington's renowned gallery, or head to Arthurs Seat for panoramic coastal views. You can also catch a wave at surf beaches, scuba dive around the Portsea pier reef system, encounter stunning sea dragons as you snorkel the underwater trail around Rye pier, and frolic with the seals and dolphins in the waters off Sorrento.
Escape to the Yarra Valley to indulge in life's great pleasures of food, wine and nature. Uncover the secrets of Domaine Chandon's and sample their famous sparkling and cool climate wines.
You can also pitch a tent or park your campervan hire in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges to make the most of your trip. Stay in a forest park or choose a holiday site with full facilities. Suggest you take a torch and spot the nocturnal possums, owls, bats and gliders.