South east touring route

301 km/187 miles, about 3.5 hours

Take the difficulty out of choosing between an urban adventure in Melbourne's laneways, the wines and beaches of the Mornington Peninsula, the Phillip Island Penguin Parade, and Yarra Valley's vineyards and wildlife – and do the lot.

Astonishingly, you can have it all. These distinct attractions are all just an hour from Melbourne and each other. In four days and with a series of short drives you can tick all your sightseeing boxes.

Take in rolling hills laced with vines and dense forests of towering mountain ash and fern trees. Encounter quirky Australian animals, dive into warm coastal waters and taste wines so good you'll be renegotiating your baggage allowance.

Healesville Sactuary, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Day 1: Melbourne to Yarra Valley

56 km/35 miles, about 1 hour

Swap Melbourne's laneways for the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley, where life's great pleasures of gourmet food, wine and nature are revered.

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Phillip Island Nature Park, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia

Day 2: Yarra Valley to Phillip Island

140 km/87 miles, about 1.5 hours

In just one day you can go from floating high in a balloon, to riding a historic train, to taking in the sight of Phillip Island's famous penguins.

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Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Day 3: Phillip Island to Mornington Peninsula

105 km/65 miles, about 1 hour

Start getting to know the Mornington Peninsula, whether lazing on bayside beaches, tasting iconic wines or taking a lantern-lit tour of a wildlife park.

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Stringers Store in Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Day 4: Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne

85 km/53 miles, about 1 hour

Cram in as many Mornington Peninsula sights as you can before returning to Melbourne, like golfing on famed courses and swimming alongside dolphins.

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Mt Martha, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Mornington Peninsula

Combine the best of Europe's coastal living with traditional Aussie charm on the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour from Melbourne.

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Penguins, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia

Phillip Island

Join families and fans of water sports travelling just 90 minutes from Melbourne to see penguins, international motor sports and waterfront living.

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Rooftop Bar, Curtin House, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne

Venture into Melbourne's hidden spaces and iconic laneways and find an eclectic nightlife, tantalising food and wine, a dynamic arts scene and more.

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Bulong Estate, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges

Escape to the Yarra Valley for indulgent food and wine, and disappear into fern glades and forests in the Dandenong Ranges.

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