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Romantic indulgence touring route

Inspiration and relaxation

Take a break from the hectic city pace and slow down amid Victoria's pristine natural landscapes. Reconnect and spend time together, treat yourself to a little bit of luxury, and explore the rolling hills, quiet bay beaches and manicured gardens that surround Melbourne.

Sample seasonal delights paired with impeccable local wines at renowned vineyards, from the Yarra Valley to the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas. Watch the sun set over the hinterland at a thermal mineral spring, stroll through seaside villages and along coastal trails, or sign up for a memorable wildlife encounter.

Nature lover or foodie, wanderer or romantic – you'll find plenty here that inspires and seduces. The only thing left to do is pack your bags and hit the road.



Day one

Romantic indulgence touring route

Melbourne to Geelong and the Bellarine

Start your romantic journey by travelling just 1.5 hours from Melbourne to the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula. Settle into the slower pace with lunch at Jack Rabbit Vineyard while taking in expansive views of beautiful Corio Bay.

Stretch your legs on a walk along one of the stunning surf beaches nearby, or take some time to explore the villages and seaside hamlets along the peninsula. Barwon Heads, Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff offer boutique shopping, cafes and providores.

Catch a late ferry across the bay from Queenscliff to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, keeping an eye out for playful dolphins on the way. Journey on to Big Blue Backyard, a boutique B&B nestled in the dunes of St Andrews Beach, and then book your dinner onsite. Paul and Lisa, the owners, will bring a meal direct to your suite for that perfect quiet night in.

Day two

Romantic indulgence touring route

Mornington Peninsula

A five-minute ramble through the dunes to St Andrews Beach signals the start of your day. Take a walk along the sand and fill your lungs with fresh sea air before heading to the hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula for a day of wine, food and indulgence.

Schedule lunch at the stunning Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove, and leave time to explore the works of the renowned sculpture park. Wine lovers will enjoy further tastings of the Mornington Peninsula's wine offerings at nearby Red Hill Winery and T'Gallant.

Visit the famous beach boxes at Dromana, Mornington or Mt Martha, and then pick up something for home at the Red Hill Market or vintage stores in the villages of Red Hill and Flinders.

Enjoy an indulgent afternoon with a massage at Peninsula Hot Springs and a soak in a private bath of geothermally heated mineral water. Sunset can be seen from the top pool of this relaxing complex, with a 360-degree view of the Peninsula.

Local fine dining options abound. Perhaps Paringa Estate or The Long Table? Be sure to allow time for an outdoor bath or shower surrounded by candles at Big Blue Backyard.



Day three

Food & wine touring route

Dandenong Ranges to Mornington Peninsula

Uncover the bounty of the Dandenong Ranges at gardens and orchards across the region. Fill your basket at farm gates and local provedores, or pick your own fruit right at the source. Grab your stock up on strawberries, raspberries and cherries in the height of summer, or visit Rayners Orchards for stonefruit, citrus and quinces as the season cools. 

Savour a delectable lunch at Burnham Beeches, a hidden treasure tucked away in Sherbrooke Forest run by Vue de Monde's Shannon Bennett. The place is home to the emu farm that provides the eggs for the famous emu egg omelettes, as well as the herb and vegetable gardens that supply Shannon's Melbourne restaurants. 

Travel south to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, and settle into a late afternoon wine tasting at Port Phillip Estate, watching the shadows lengthen over the vines. If you're here late in the week, be sure to visit one of the Peninsula's award-winning restaurants for dinner – 10 Minutes by Tractor or Paringa Estate perhaps. 

Stay overnight in the gourmet village of Flinders and experience the contemporary luxury of Quarters at the Flinders Hotel.

Day four

Food & wine touring route

Mornington Peninsula to Bellarine Peninsula

Tempt the palate and treat the tastebuds as you make your way along the Wine Food Farmgate trail. Take in Main Ridge Dairy (say hi to the goats), Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, Green Olive at Red Hill, or Mornington Peninsula Chocolates. If you'd rather have someone else do the driving, take a tour with MP Experience and meet the locals behind the sensational regional produce. 

Schedule a late lunch at Max's at Red Hill Estate and look out to Phillip Island across the water. Alternatively, stop for lunch at Montalto and combine a walk through their sculpture park and olive grove, with a stunning meal overlooking the vines. Peruse the callar doors and sample wines of other nearby vineyards and then wind your way to the pointy end of the Peninsula. 

Ride the ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff with Searoad Ferries and then head straight to Geelong where your accommodation at the Vue Apartments awaits. All settled in – top off a day of spectacular eating with dinner at Igni, Geelong's (and possibly Victoria's) finest new restaurant.



Day five

Romantic indulgence touring route

Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges

Start the last day of your romantic journey with a hot-air balloon ride over the Yarra Valley at sunrise. Watch from above as the vineyards and farms come to life and then enjoy a champagne breakfast when you land.

Healesville Sanctuary is next and offers the chance to get up close to some of Victoria's iconic wildlife. Sign up for the Wade with the Platypus, or experience a Magic Moment with some of the other friendly locals – hand feed an echidna, or give a wombat a tickle behind the ear.

Savour a seasonal lunch at Herd in Healesville, dine outdoors at Levantine Hills, or sit overlooking the vines at Meletos or Oakridge, before taking the short one-hour drive back to Melbourne.