5D4N Melbourne Wildlife Special (Adults Only)

Inclusions: Return airport transfer by shared coach transfers, 4 nights accommodation at selected hotel (Twin share) with breakfast, Phillip Island Penguin Parade Direct Wildlife Adventure Tour, Choice of 2 Full day tour.

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5D4N MELBOURNE WILDLIFE SPECIAL
Package Itinerary
ADULTS ONLY
Day 01: Arrival Melbourne (Tullamarine Airport)
Sit In Coach (SIC) Airport Transfer to your selected Melbourne hotel. Specific instructions to locate transfer service will be provided. If meet and greet service is required, additional fees apply. 
Tickets included in package: Arrival Shared Coach Transfer from Airport to Hotel.
 
Day 02: Melbourne
After breakfast in the hotel, proceed for
Phillip Island Penguin Parade & Wildlife Adventure Tour with lunch (from Oct16 to Mar17)
 
Includes: All Park entry fees, Wildlife viewing, Friendly informative tour guide, Courtesy inner city pick up and drop off service
 
Phillip Island Penguin Parade & Wildlife Adventure Tour with lunch Tour Highlights
Australian Wildlife Park – Feed the Kangaroos, get up close to Koalas, Emus, Wombats, Dingoes, Tasmanian Devils and various Birdlife; a photographer's dream!
Chocolate Factory and/or Woolamai Beach– Visit Phillip Island's delicious chocolate factory (retail section) or take a stroll on the rugged surf beach of Cape Woolamai
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit – Take a look at where the action happens!
Swan Lake* – Wander and spy wetland birds and wallabies from the hidden observation platforms
Seal Rocks –  Watch  the seals play from special observation cameras
The Nobbies – Visit the award winning Nobbies Information Centre
The Blowhole – View the powerful ocean force as it creates a blowhole
Summerlands – Observe the thunderous surf beneath the sheer- cliff faces.
Penguin Parade – Watch the magic as the world’s smallest penguins appear out of the surf
 
Day 03-04: Melbourne
After breakfast in the hotel, proceed for your choice of Day Tour. Choice of TWO Day Tours for Day 3 and Day 4. 
 
Option A: Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Tour with Lunch (Departs Daily)
Includes: Morning Tea, delicious lunch, park entry fees, wildlife viewing, a friendly & informative tour guide & inner city hotel pick up and drop off.
 
Tour Highlights
Surf Beach – Enjoy complimentary morning tea while watching the surfers at one iconic Aussie beach. (Full Day Tour Only)
Memorial Arch – Take some pictures at the historic Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch.
Beach Walk – Go for a stroll along one of the beautiful beaches and get some sand between your toes.
Lorne & Anglesea – Pass through popular seaside resort towns.
Coastal Views – Experience world class coastal views as we wind our way along the Great Ocean Road.
Spot wild Koalas and hang out with wildlife – (Kennett River) Go for a pleasant walk through the coastal town of Kennett River, see how many Koalas you can find! Get up close and personal with the friendly beautiful birds; Parrots, Lorikeets and look out for the famous kookaburra.
Included Lunch – Enjoy an included lunch as we stop in the seaside town of Apollo Bay (Full Day Tour Only) Or Picnic Lunch for Sunset Express Tour.
Otway's Rainforest (Mait's Rest) – Take a guided bush walk through this very rare, ancient, cool temperate rainforest. You'll feel dwarfed as you stroll past some of the tallest trees in the world.
12 Apostles – View the beautiful limestone stacks that form the mighty 12 Apostles.
Loch Ard Gorge – Find yourself surrounded by towering limestone cliffs, take a walk along the beach, view the Archway, the Razorback and Dumpling Pots. As we hear the history, romance and heartbreak as our guides re-tell the tale of Australia's most famous shipwreck!

London Bridge or Gibson Steps – Enjoy a short walk to one of these spectacular rock formations (Full day tour only)
 
Option B: 1 Day Reverse Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Tour (with lunch & dinner)  (Departs Daily)
Includes: Morning tea, lunch, dinner, park entry fees, courtesy inner city accommodation pickup and drop off and a friendly & informative tour guide.
 
Tour Highlights
Colac Park – Enjoy complimentary morning tea at your first stop to the Great Ocean Road
London Bridge or Gibson Steps – Enjoy a short walk to one of these spectacular rock formations
Loch Ard Gorge – Towering limestone cliffs, and amazing shipwreck tales
12 Apostles – View the beautiful limestone stacks that form the mighty 12 Apostles
Otways Rainforest – Feel dwarfed as you stroll past some of the tallest species of trees in the world
Picnic Lunch – Enjoy a picnic lunch along the Great Ocean Road
Apollo Bay – Quaint seaside town stop for refreshments
Wild Koalas and Wildlife Viewing – Spot wild koalas and beautiful coloured native birds
Coastal Views – Experience world class coastal views as we wind our way along the Great Ocean Road
Lorne & Anglesea – Pass through popular seaside resort towns
Beach Walk – Get some sand between your toes
Memorial Arch – Take some pictures at the historic Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch
Surf Beach – Watch the surfers at an iconic Aussie beach
Dinner in Torquay – Enjoy a delicious Aussie barbecue or pizza dinner before returning to Melbourne
 
Option C: Mornington Peninsula Winery Cheese and Chocolate Tour (Departs Thu, Sat & Sun) 
Child is NOT allowed on this tour
Includes: All wine/cider tastings, gourmet cafe lunch, gourmet afternoon tea, local snacks for morning tea, water throughout the day, cheese/chocolate tastings, a professional entertaining tour guide, on-board coffee machine and fridge
 
Tour Highlights
Beachside Bathing Boxes – Stroll along the sandy beach and snap a photo of the famous multi-coloured bathing boxes
Arthurs Seat – Take in the ocean views from the highest point of the Peninsula. Get your cameras ready
Main Ridge Dairy – Sample some of the amazing goats cheese produced by this boutique dairy
T’Gallant Winery – Now it’s time to indulge and T’Gallant’s selection of cool climate wines will hit the spot just nicely.
Merricks General Wine Store – Sample a wide variety of wines from three of the Peninsula's established wineries!
Cafe Lunch – Lunch will be in a cosy cafe in the seaside town of Flinders followed by time to explore the township with its Boutique shops and Galleries or take a stroll to the beach.
Mornington Peninsula Chocolates – Sample award winning chocolates and marvel at their amazing creations.
Sunnyridge Strawberry Farm – Sample the numerous ciders and strawberry liqueurs and wines; indulge in some strawberries with chocolate sauce or perhaps pick your own punnet. (Strawberry picking is seasonally available and at extra cost)
Green Olive at Red Hill – Finish the day with shared platters and wine tastings at this award winning winery in a stunning garden setting.
 
Option D: Yarra Valley Wine, Cheese and Chocholate Tour (Departs Mon, Wed, Fri Sat & Sun)
Child is NOT allowed on this tour
Includes: All wine/cider tastings, local produce for morning tea, a professional entertaining tour guide, winery lunch, water throughout the day, gourmet afternoon tea, cheese/chocolate tastings, on-board coffee machine and fridge.
 
Tour Highlights
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice-Creamery:
Enjoy free chocolate samples at the new Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery and watch the chocolatiers at work
Gateway Estate:
This gourmet farm gate is home to their own delicious range of relishes, preserves and strawberry liqueurs which we will sample together with platters of local fruit and cheese. Delicious! Plus indoor pick your own strawberries (seasonally available and at extra cost)
Napoleone Brewery and Cider House:
Enjoy a generous sample of ciders and ales made onsite at this rustic cellar door in the heart of the valley
Dominique Portet Winery:
Sample wines produced by this 10th generation winemaking family with a strong French influence. Become a Petanque (French for Bocce!) champion for a day and win a bottle of wine!
Winery Lunch:
Lunch will be in the gardens or barrel room at Dominique Portet
Rochford Winery:
Sample a variety of quality wines and pickup some local goodies in the shop
Killara Estate Winery:
Travel to the upper Yarra Valley and finish the day with tasty shared afternoon platters, Italian inspired wines and some of the best views in the Yarra Valley
 
Option E: Grampians National Park & Kangaroos Tour (Departs Tue peak season only , Wed, Fri & Sun)
Child is NOT allowed on this tour
Includes: Morning tea, picnic lunch, National Park fees, courtesy inner city accommodation pickup and drop off and a friendly and informative tour guide
 
Tour Highlights
Morning Tea: En route to the Grampians stop at the charming township of Beaufort and enjoy a complimentary morning tea
Experience Aboriginal Culture: One of the world's oldest and most spectacular mountain ranges, rich in Aboriginal history. A visit to Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, brings to life the amazing history and culture of the local Aboriginal communities
Picnic Lunch: Surrounded by the unique and enticing Grampians region
Grampians National Park: Travel straight into the heart of the Grampians National Park to the delightful town of Halls Gap
Boroka Lookout or Lake Bellfield: Stretch those legs with a walk to the breath-taking Boroka lookout or Lake Bellfield
Walk to the Spectacular Balconies: Hike to the remarkable Jaws of death and Balconies Lookout experiencing majestic views and scenery
Hike Down to an Impressive Waterfall: Visit the majestic Mackenzie or Silverband waterfalls
Aussie Wildlife Guaranteed: As you enjoy your Grampians tour, your experienced guide will point out our unique wildlife, including kangaroos, emus and a vast array of bird life – be sure to keep your eyes open!
Return to Melbourne: Stopping along the way for dinner (at own expense)
 
Option F: Mystic Mountains Snow, waterfalls & Chocolates (Jun – Sep only Departs Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Includes: All entry fees (no hidden costs), a friendly and informative tour guide and inner city hotel pickup and drop off.
 
Tour Highlights
3 HOURS SNOW PLAY!
Join our toboggan race or snowman selfie competition for a chance to win a prize! Or take a walk to the mountain summit for spectacular views. Plenty of time included to visit the bar and bistro for a meal or coffee and warm up.
Visit to Waterfalls and Nature Walks
In the afternoon we visit the spectacular waterfalls in Marysville. Steavenson Falls are one of the tallest in Victoria, with 5 cascades, a total descent of 122 metres. Enjoy nature walks along the river and look down over the falls.
Visit to Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice-creamery
On our return to Melbourne we drive through the beautiful Yarra Valley and visit the famous Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice-creamery where we sample free chocolates and see the chocolatiers at work.
 
Option G: You Yangs Bush & Bike Adventure (Departs Wed, Sat) (On request for Oct16 to Mar17)
Includes: Quality bike, helmet, friendly, informative and experienced guide, air conditioned transportation to and from the park, park entry fees, inner city pick up and drop off service.
 
Tour Highlights
Skills Session and Safety Briefing
Test out your new ride and brush up on your skills with a few preliminary workshop activities. If you’re feeling energetic, try out the local pump track.
Kurrajong Mountain Bike Trails
It’s time to roll, get amongst it with a series of fun, adventurous trails to get your blood pumping.
BYO Lunch
Enjoy a lunch break and well deserved rest with your new found friends, amongst the foothills of the majestic You Yangs eucalypt plantations.
Stockyard Bike Trails
Get ready to explore the east side of the You Yangs, with a multitude of single track adventurous descents. Feel the thrill as you embrace your newborn confidence and shred some very exciting flowing single track.
Tickets included in package: Choice of two of the above guided Day Tour for Day 3 and Day 4, with English Speaking guide and Return Shared Coach Transfers to Melbourne Hotel
 
Day 05 : Melbourne Departure
After breakfast in the hotel, your day is at free at leisure until your transfers to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.
Tickets included in package: Departure Shared Coach Transfer to Airport

 

HOTEL BACKOUT DATES & SURCHARGES
Blackout Dates
Ibis Style Kingsgate: Blackout: 17, 18 Jun,  23, 26 & 29 Jul & 30 Sep 2016, 1-2 Oct (AFL Grand Final 2016), 29 Oct – 06 Nov (Spring Racing Carnival), 31 Dec 16- 01 Jan 17 (NYE), 16 – 29 Jan 17 (Australia Open Tennis), 16-19 Mar 17(F1GP)
Mercure Welcome: Blackout: 01 Oct 16 (AFL Grand Final), 29 Oct – 01 Nov 16 ( Spring Racing Carnival), 31 Dec 16 (NYE), 16 -29 Jan 17 (Australian Open Tennis), 16 – 19 March 17 (F1 GP)
Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure: Blackout: 01 Oct 16 (AFL Grand Final), 29 Oct – 01 Nov 16 ( Spring Racing Carnival), 31 Dec 16 (NYE), 16 -29 Jan 17 (Australian Open Tennis), 16 – 19 March 17 (F1 GP)
 
Surcharges
Ibis Styles Melbourne: Surcharge A$209 Per room per night for 01 Oct 16 (AFL Grand Final 2016), 28 Oct – 03 Nov (Spring Racing Carnival), 16 – 22 Jan (Australia Open Tennis), TBC 17 -20 March 17 (F1GP)/ surcharge A$147 Per room per night for 27 Jan – 4 Feb 17 (CNY)
Fraser Place Melbourne: Surcharge AUD150 Per room per night 29 Oct– 05 Nov16 ( Melbourne Cup Carnival), TBC 16 -29 Jan 17 (Australian Open Tennis), TBC 16-19 March 17 (Australian F1 Grand Prix)  
Causeway Properties: Surcharge AUD78 Per room per night with  Min 2N Stay for  3 Nov 16, 31 Dec16 ,16 – 29 Jan 17( Australia Open Tennis); Surcharge AUD90 Per room per night with  Min 2N Stay for  01 Oct 16 (AFL Grand Final) , 28 Oct – 01 Nov 2016 (Spring Racing Carnival), TBC 16-19 March 17 (F1 GP date TBC) 
Rydges On Swanston Melbourne: Surcharge AUD110 Per room per night with Min 3N Stay 01 Oct 16 (AFL Grand Final 2016), 28 Oct – 1 Nov 16 (Spring Racing Carnival),31 Dec 16, 16 -29 Jan 17 (Australia Open Tennis)
Rydges Melbourne: Surcharge AUD110 Per room per night with Min 3N stay for 01 Oct 16 (AFL Grand Final 2016), 28 Oct – 1 Nov 16 (Spring Racing Carnival),31 Dec 16, 16 -29 Jan 17 (Australia Open Tennie),Every Fri – Sun March 17 (F1 GP)
Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne: Surcharge AUD151 Per room per night on 01 Oct 16 (AFL Grand Final), surcharge A$119 Per room per night 29 Oct – 5 Nov 16 (Spring Racing Carnival)/ 31 Dec 16 (NYE)/ 16-29 Jan 17 (Australian Open Tennis), Surcharge A$184 Per room per night on 18 Feb 17 (White Night)/TBC March 17 (F1 Grand Prix)
 
 
HOTEL TERMS & CONDITIONS
Hotel Sophia
Plated Breakfast
Room subject to surcharge application, date & rate to be advise.
Child no bed can only apply for child below 6 years old.
(Hotel STRICTLY ONLY accepts credit cards for check-in deposits, Cash is NOT accepted.)
Tune Hotel Melbourne
Double Room Max. Occupancy (2A+1CNB).
Child no bed must below 5 years old.
Great Southern Hotel Melbourne 
Twin room surcharge S$25 per room per night.
The 4th Person will only be charged for breakfast at SGD 24 per day. 
Ibis Styles Kingsgate (FREE WIFI)
Triple Room only available for 01 Double + 01 Single.
Family room 01 Double + 02 Single.
Fraser Place Melbourne
Continental Breakfast (with 4 x Hot Dishes).
NO Housekeeping service on Sun & PH
Causeway Inn on the Mall  – Triple MUST be Superior Room.
Melbourne Marriott (FREE WIFI)
Room subject to surcharge application, date & rate to be advise. 
Bedding configuration strictly 02 double / 01 Queen (no extra bed).
Park Hyatt
Room subject to surcharge application, date & rate to be advise.

 

MELBOURNE TRAVEL TIPS
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO MELBOURNE??? Most Melbourne attractions and places of interests are not affected by the different seasons hence, tourists can be seen arriving into Melbourne all year round.
(MARCH TO MAY) – During autumn, (March, April and May) visitors will be able to travel in comfortable weather while enjoying the changing colors of the city. Melbourne Fashion Festival and Formula 1 Grand Prix is normally held in the month of March.
  (JUNE TO AUGUST) – Winter season, is especially popular amongst tourist that are planning trips to Mount Buller, which is a 3 hours drive from Melbourne City. A range of winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding awaits you at the resort. 
  (SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER) – Springtime visitors will enjoy blooming flowers and rising temperatures. Despite rising temperatures, it can be quite windy during this time of the year, hence, visitors should still pack on warm sweaters. Daytime spring temperatures average out at between 17 and 20°C. Spring is also the season of sports as regional events (such as Australian Football Finals/Melbourne Cup) are held during the month of November when temperatures are slightly lower.
  (DECEMBER TO FEBRUARY) – Summer is the peak tourist season in Melbourne. The city and beaches gets significantly busier during this period. Attractions such as the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island Penguins are usually filled with tourist during this season as well. If you are travelling during summer, do bring along a hat, sun block, sun glasses, anything that can protect you from the UV rays, but also do bring along some light warm clothing as the temperature may dip below 20°C in the night.
MUST DO IN MELBOURNE: Melbourne is popular for the several markets scattered across the city. The markets can be categorized into General Markets that sell art and crafts, clothings, flowers, books and antiques artifacts. If you are looking for food, wine, beer and cheese, check out the Produce Markets instead. Be sure to visit at least one Melbourne market during your stay. 
SHOULD I TAKE OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE BEFORE VISITING MELBOURNE: We know that a lot of things can happen from the time you book your holiday to the actual date so whenever you are travelling it would be good precaution to have travel insurance. 
Click here to check out our discounted rates for Sompo & Chubb Insurance
WHAT SHOULD I PACK? When visiting Melbourne, it is better to be safe than sorry. Bringing along a variety of short, cool clothing and long, warm clothing is advisable as weather in Melbourne my change quite drastically. Also, bring along an umbrella and wind breaker even if you are travelling in the summer. 
WHAT FORM OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED? Credit cards are widely accepted in Melbourne. Major currencies are accepted at money changers that you can find readily available througout the city. For credit card cash advances, Automatic teller machines (ATMs) can also be found in most corners of the city. For a visit to the bank, most banks are open Monday to Thursday from 9.30am to 4pm, and Friday, 9.30am to 5pm.
WHAT KIND OF ELECTRIC OUTLET IS USED IN GOLD COAST? Electrical sockets (outlets) in the Commonwealth of Australia usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. The plugs in Australia have two flat metal pins shaped live a "V" and some may contain a third flat pin in the centre
DO I NEED A VISA? For Singaporeans or Malaysians working in Singapore, we are able to assist you with the Electronic Travel Advisory (ETA) application, rates may vary from $20-$25 per person, however if you book the package with us, this application will be complimentary! For other nationalities, do check with us so that we can advice the relevant Visa fees.
MEAL OPTIONS? Most of the packages are with breakfast only. For some tours, depending on your selection, it may include a lunch, otherwise any other meals will be at your own expense.
WHAT HAPPENS UPON ARRIVAL AT MELBOURNE AIRPORT? For our packages, we will issue an itinerary voucher for you to follow the steps accordingly. Vouchers are individually attractions/hotel/transfers will be provided for you. With this vouchers, you can exchange them for their physical tickets on the day of arrival. Do let us know if you require a tour guide/coordinater, however extra charges are applicable for this case.
THINGS TO NOTE? Tipping is not a customary in Australia, and usually not expected. Nevertheless, if good service was rendered, you may choose to offer a 10% tip of the bill at cafes or restaurants; In taxis, the best practice would be to round up the payment according to the final billed amount.
MELBOURNE FACT SHEET City: Melbourne; Victoria Australia
Population: 4.1 million
Area: 9,990 km²
Fun Facts: Melbourne was the capital city of Australia for 26 years between 1901 and 1927 before the capital shifted to Canberra
Shopping: Shops are usually open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Some shops may extend shopping hours to 9pm on Fridays. On Sunday, most retailers are open 10am to 5pm.
Currency: Australian Dollars Click HERE for exchange rate.

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  1. mini_cheong

    LOVE it! great experience for our melbourne trip, we're luv to visit yarra valley, mornington peninsula & great ocean road….there are so much natural beauty!

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