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Victoria: Melbourne & The Great Ocean Road

Spectacular cities; iconic road trips

Victoria: Melbourne & The Great Ocean Road holidays


Buzzing Victoria is Australia’s cultural and sporting heartland. Cosmopolitan Melbourne leads the way in style, fashion and dining and each of its distinct districts has its own unique character for you to discover. Outside Melbourne, The Great Ocean Road is among the world’s most scenic driving routes, while The Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges all provide the perfect viticultural escape. Elsewhere The Murray and Goldfields region has some of Australia’s best galleries and heritage cities.


Whether a culture buff , sports nut, foodie or fashionista, you’ll find your niche in Melbourne. Enjoy a sunset beer on the St Kilda promenade, see the Southern Hemisphere’s best collection of international art, or browse the boutiques of trendy Brunswick Street. Whatever you get up to, don’t miss Melbourne’s Laneways, a maze of hidden arcades and lantern-lit lanes that are the city’s cultural heart.

Winelands & wildlife

Just a short drive from Melbourne is the Yarra Valley, Victoria’s oldest and best-known wine region, where you’ll find more than 80 wineries, several excellent restaurants and national parks home to kangaroos, emus, dingoes, wombats and platypus. Also close to the state capital is the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, where fertile hills and lavender farms spill down to a series of sheltered beaches where diving and sailing are among the activities available, and Phillip Island – a natural haven for penguins, koalas and kangaroos.

Grampians & the Great Ocean Road

In the north of the state, the Grampian Mountains are among Victoria’s most outstanding natural features, a rugged range known for its bushwalks and Aboriginal rock art sites. In the south, Victoria’s coast is awash with wildlife-rich national parks, historic ports, thundering waterfalls and spectacular surf beaches, all of which can be explored along the 243 kilometre-long Great Ocean Road, which winds its way from Geelong to Portland, past one of Australia’s most recognisable sights – the magnificent 12 Apostles. 

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Wondrous West Coast on Seven Seas Mariner

15-day cruise from £6,280 pp incl. flights

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Enjoy the stunning scenery of Alaska before sailing down the west coast and visiting the iconic city of San Francisco before arriving at Los Angeles.

Top itineraries in Victoria: Melbourne & The Great Ocean Road

Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

15-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,120 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

Discover the dramatic coastline between Sydney and Melbourne and enjoy penguin parades on beautiful island reserves and a luxury bush camp stay in Jervis Bay.

Discover Australia

20-day escorted tour from £5,575 pp incl. flights

Journey from Perth in the west to Alice Springs and Uluru in the Red Centre, before ending up at Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef on this superb escorted tour.

Wondrous West Coast on Seven Seas Mariner

15-day cruise from £6,280 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Exclusive - Save over £3,700 per suite

Enjoy the stunning scenery of Alaska before sailing down the west coast and visiting the iconic city of San Francisco before arriving at Los Angeles.

Melbourne, the Grampians & Great Ocean Road

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,785 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

Drive one of the world’s greatest road trips as you trace Victoria’s spectacular coastline. Swap Melbourne’s city cool for golden sands, vineyards and the Twelve Apostles.

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Top places to stay in Victoria: Melbourne & The Great Ocean Road

Big Blue Backyard, Mornington Peninsula

Small & intimate lodge

This is a secluded, romantic retreat of just 3 charming hideaways on a deserted beach an hour from the bright city lights of Melbourne

Wilson’s Promontory Wilderness Retreats, Wilson’s Promontory

Small & intimate safari lodge

Enjoy an authentic bush experience combined with luxury comforts at Wilson's Wilderness Retreats, with amazing wildlife opportunities and guided activities.

Gipsy Point Lakeside, Gipsy Point

Traditional villa

Sited on Australia’s southeast tip, Gipsy Point’s unique topology features everything from rocky coastal headlands and pure white sandy beaches to temperate rainforest and heathland.

Oak Tree Lodge, Phillip Island

Small & intimate hotel

Oak Tree Lodge offers just four beautiful apartments in a tranquil setting in the peaceful village of Rhyll on Phillip Island.

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Where to go in Victoria: Melbourne & The Great Ocean Road


Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital. A wealth of distinct city precincts - each with a unique character – such as Collins Street, Chinatown, The Greek Quarter, Flinders Quarter and the Yarra Precinct all add to Melbourne’s rich, multicultural heritage.

Great Ocean Road

Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic driving routes, home to the famous 12 Apostles rock formations. The road follows the rocky coast southwest for 243km from Torquay to Allansford.

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges The Yarra Valley’s wineries launched the state’s wine industry, and at under an hour from Melbourne are still the perfect place to indulge the pleasures of fine food, wine and nature.

Mornington Peninsula & Phillip Island

The Mornington Peninsula is just an hour from Melbourne and combines the best in coastal living with typical Aussie charm. Hop across the sea to watch penguins on parade on the beaches of Phillip Island.

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When to go to Victoria: Melbourne & The Great Ocean Road

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Victoria is notorious for its ‘four seasons in one day’, when it can go from steaming hot to torrential rain and have you in a jumper before dinner is on the table. Having said that, summers are warm and generally dry, with temperatures in the mid-twenties along the coast between December and March, and sometimes later. Alpine areas are generally cooler, especially in winter, when skiing is possible at the state’s high-altitude winter resorts.

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