Experience Victoria’s vibrant capital Melbourne with its coffee culture and urban markets before driving down to its beautiful beaches of the Mornington Peninsula with wild dolphins and hot springs or adventure to Tasmania to experience some of the cleanest air in the world, be at one with nature out at sea before tasting some of the world's best oysters.
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Explore the vibrant city of Melbourne from its food and wine scene to its arts and events. Experience the cafe culture and cool coffee joints among its buzzing neighbourhoods and the freshest food at its markets. Wander the city's laneways, home to local artists and boutiques as well as some of the hippest eateries and wine joints.
Get on the road with the Runway Australia self drive and explore the surrounding region. CheapTickets.sg’s pick of the region is the Mornington Peninsula, full of Aussie charm with a hint of a European coastal feel. Just an hour from city you can pamper yourself at Victoria’s first natural thermal springs, tuck into tapas including olives straight from the farms own grove before heading to the stunning beaches or taking a swim with the local wildlife including dolphins and seals.
Flinders Street Station, Melbourne
Meet the locals and do some food and coffee tasting at South Melbourne Market. Celebrating 150 years this year, this market just south of the Yarra river and 5 minutes tram from Flinders street is a great place to meet and mingle with the locals. From sipping artisan coffee to eating oysters fresh at the fish counters. Open 8am- 4pm Wed & Fri- Sunday.
Nestled in the hillside with stunning vistas these natural hot springs and day spa are just 90 minutes from the city. The award winning coastal oasis is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate on your holidays. Be sure to book in advance to confirm your place. Try and go first thing in the morning for stunning light shots, and why not try the breakfast in the Bath House Cafe
Take a morning or afternoon cruise from Sorrento out into Port Phillip Bay to meet the local residents, the Australian Fur Seals. Get closer with the chance to get in the water and get up close and interact with these friendly beings. Although not guaranteed you might get to swim with the dolphins too!
There are many great places to enjoy the local produce in Mornington but this is our top pick. Dine, shop or even take a cooking class at this stunning location set in the vineyard where the produce you eat is grown. Open daily from 9am-5pm be sure to try their tapas, especially cold pressed olive oil with dukkah, we tempt you to leave without wanting to take some with you!
Newly opened in December 2017 the Eagle, Arthurs Seat cable car will fly you over the state forest and the highest point in the Peninsula down to the beach, and back if you wish giving you an eagle eye view over the bay. Last rides on the gondolas until March are at 7.30pm and then closing at 4.30pm April- October. No need to book, just ride.
Come and live our Runway Australia adventure by following our self-drive route. We recommend a 2 night stay in Melbourne city to enjoy the cosmopolitan side of Australian life before 3 nights in the Mornington Peninsula to experience the Runway Australia self drive.
Experience extraordinary Tasmania with its pristine nature, vast open spaces and some of the purest air and water to be found anywhere in the world. Shuck an oyster straight from the water whilst sipping a fine local vintage whilst looking out over a natural vista.
Don’t miss the chance to experience the highest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere and cruise alongside whales and dolphins as well as birdlife. Step back in history and learn about the island's heritage and be sure to meet some of the local wildlife along the way, including the Tassie Devil.
Get up close to nature with a 3 hour cruise around Tasman Island. Have the chance to see whales breach and dolphins swim alongside the boat in the wild. With spectacular scenery including the highest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere, you won’t know where to look but it's sure to take your breath away.
After a day out on the Tasman Peninsula be sure to stop at this special place to sample some of the wine made in the grounds at their vineyard and taste their oysters straight from the water on the farm. Ask for a tasting and experience something special when you have their sparking vintage with some of the freshest oysters in the world.
Step back in history and discover the former convict settlement from the 18th century. This World-Heritage landmark is full of unique stories that have helped shape the history site from it convict filled beginnings to the major attraction it is today.
Be sure to try and time your trip to Hobart to be there on a Saturday morning when the Salamanca Markets take place on the waterfront in front of Parliament House Lawns from 8.30am- 3pm. As well as sampling the freshest produce and Australian foods (try the scallop pie) you can shop for souvenirs such as local lavender products from the region.
Meet Australian wildlife at The Bonorong animal sanctuary. No trip to Australia would be complete without a meet and greet with Australia’s national animal so take your chance to get up close and feed the roaming Kangaroos. You might even get to stroke a wombat if you time it right or talk to one of the carers at the park. All of the animals at the park have a special story!
Come and live our Runway Australia adventure by following our self-drive route through southern Tasmania. We recommend staying 5 nights in Tasmania. We centered ourselves in Hobart and drove about to explore each day but you could stay 3 nights in Hobart and 2 nights on the east coast in the Freycinet National Park area and visit this fantastic area too.