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 this self drive itineraries and explore the surrounding region. Visit 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.
Meet the locals and do some food and coffee tasting at South Melbourne Market. Established over more than 150 years ago, 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 from 8am to 4pm on Wednesday & Friday to Sunday.
Settled in the hillside with stunning views, these natural hot springs and day spa are just 90 minutes from the city. The Peninsula Hot Springs is awarded the winning coastal oasis, this is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. Be sure to book in advance to save your spot! And why not try the breakfast in the Bath House Cafe before spending your day in the spa!
Take a morning or afternoon cruise from Sorrento into Port Phillip Bay to meet the local residents, the Australian Fur Seals. From the boat, if close enough, you get the chance to jump in the water and interact with these furry friends, don't worry they don't bite. And if lucky, when travelling from October to April, you might even be able to swim with the dolphins!
There are many great places to enjoy the local products in Mornington but Green Olive is one of the best. 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, you will not want to leave without wanting to take some home with you!
Arthurs Seat Eagle cable car will let you "soar the skies like an eagle" by letting you fly over the Mornington Peninsula. This cable car goes from the state forest to the highest point in the Peninsula, and then down to the beach, and back, giving you a spectacular view of the peninsula. From Mondays to Fridays, you can ride the gondolas from 10AM to 5PM, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to 6PM. Remember to book your ticket and save your spot!
Come and follow this self-drive route. To discover the most of Melbourne and Mornington, a 2 nights stay in Melbourne city to enjoy the cosmopolitan side of Australian life and a 3 nights in the Mornington Peninsula to experience the city, it's the best idea for this self-drive.