Melbourne offers touristic attraction at 360 degree. Drive along the coastlines and be stunned by the panorama views of the Great Ocean Road or simply take a tour in the busy streets and famous skylines.
Some of the most popular destinations of Victoria have been selected for you to visit and give you the opportunity to discover this enchanting region.
The following tours will be soon available to book through a link, and will be available for both delegates and accompanying persons to take part on.
For further information in regards to pre and post congress tours, please contact directly Best of Victoria, ICEF13 Congress’ preferred Tour Operator.
Vicky Verschaeren, Best of Victoria
Victoria’s greatest highlights
|Penguin Parade Tour
Every evening at dusk the Little Penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. Watch from an elevated boardwalk as they waddle cautiously from the beach to their burrows after a long day out at sea.
Phillip Island is a treasure trove of Australian wildlife; seals, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birdlife and penguins! Visit Churchill Island where you can explore this working farm or simply enjoy ocean views from the cafe. At Koala Conservation Centre, look for koalas in their natural habitat and before sunset, we head to the Penguin Parade where you can wander through the “Penguin Experience” exhibit to learn more about them. Walk out to Summerland Beach and take your seat for the Penguin Parade with premium viewing area for best views of the penguins’ arrival.
|Great Ocean Road Tour
One of our top attractions and known the world over for its dramatic and impressive coastline, the Great Ocean Road is a must-see and do when you visit Melbourne. Be treated to a delicious two course lunch at Apollo Bay Hotel.
It’s one of the best days out you’ll have on a Gray Line day tour to iconic Great Ocean Road. Make sure your camera is fully charged because you will certainly be snap happy as you travel along the coast with its spectacular ocean vistas contrasting with serene rainforest. Lunch is provided at Apollo Bay Hotel after which we will then visit the star attractions of Port Campbell National Park, also known as “The Shipwreck Coast”. View the Twelve Apostles from the board walk and explore Loch Ard Gorge
|Yarra Valley Wineries & Dandenong Ranges
A pleasant afternoon tour through the beautiful Blue Dandenongs and the Yarra Valley. Sample some of the best wine, food and scenery of Victoria. Wineries we visit include Fergusson’s Winery, Rochford Wines and Dominique Portet.
A late morning departure, travel through serene forest of the Blue Dandenong Ranges to the Yarra Valley. At Fergusson’s Winery, satisfy your hunger with a spit roast lunch that Louise Fergusson will carve and serve you. Lunch includes a glass of wine and the opportunity to taste more at the cellar door. A dessert treat awaits at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery and a tasting follows at award winning Rochford Wines. Complete your day with a visit to boutique family owned winery, Dominique Portet, for a tour and tasting with complimentary cheese and crackers.
A very full day out with an emphasis on a wide range of wine accompanied by superb food and hinterland scenery. Highlights Moorooduc Estate Yabby Lake Quealy Vineyard Merricks General Store Mornington Peninsula Chocolates Red Hill Cheese Arthurs Seat We start our day around 9.00am and travel along the coast past Melbourne’s beachside suburbs and then head inland to our first stop for the day, Moorooduc Estate at Moorooduc. Established in 1982, Richard McIntyre has developed an enviable reputation for producing high quality chardonnay and pinot noir, using wild yeast fermentation. Cheese & biscuits would be enjoyed with the tasting. A short drive away is the Yabby Lake Vineyard, one of the higher profile vineyards on the Peninsula. Established in 1998 and with 120 acres under vine, their focus is very much on pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris. For those looking for something bolder, their Heathcote Estate vineyard in Central Victoria produces a fuller bodied and richer shiraz. Skirting the Westernport Bay side of the Peninsula, we’ll arrive at the Quealy Vineyard at Balnarring. Quirky and with a nod to Italian winemaking styles, it’s a vineyard that leaves an impression. Close by is our lunch stop, the Merricks General Store. Dating back to the early 1920’s, this is one of the region’s iconic establishments. From its early years as a post office, store and meeting place for the local rural community, its heritage buildings have been lovingly restored to house a bistro, art gallery, cellar door and produce store. Enjoy a main course a la carte lunch and glass of wine, followed by tea and coffee. After lunch, visits would be made to Mornington Peninsula Chocolates at Flinders and Red Hill Cheese at Main Ridge. Both properties complement the wineries beautifully and offer variety that’s missing in other wine regions. On days when both these properties are closed, a visit would be made to either Stonier Wines or Ten Minutes by Tractor Vineyard. The return to Melbourne travels via Arthurs Seat, the highest point on the Peninsula. A stop will be made to enjoy the panoramic views across Port Phillip Bay to Melbourne and beyond (weather permitting).
Melbourne City Sightseeing is part of the world’s leading open top bus tour operator, who operate in over 114 countries. The recognisable red double decker bus offers a spectacular panoramic view of Melbourne city and surrounds with a full on board commentary. It operates a hop-on hop-off service to 23 major attractions in the city and the seaside suburb of St Kilda. A 24 and 48 hour pass is available which provides flexibility and convenience to visitors. The bus’ main stop is located at Federation Square on Flinders Street near Russel street. City tours depart from 9:30am and then every 40minutes. St Kilda tours depart from 9:45am and then every hour.