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Duration: Full Day + Evening
Location: Mornington Peninsula + Penguin Parade
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Mornington Peninsula & Phillip Island - 1 Day Private Tour

 

This tour is the perfect pairing of Mornington Peninsula wineries and the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. The tour comprises a full day touring Mornington Peninsula, exploring the wineries and gourmet food providores then in the afternoon, we depart for the iconic Penguin Parade at Phillip Island. 

This Combined Tour takes in the best of region for those who want to get the most out of their day. We first travel to the Mornington Peninsula for a scenic chairlift ride atop Arthurs Seat, offering magnificent views of the bay and beaches. Then we head to the wineries to taste the regions’s cool-climate maritime wines.

You’ll enjoy lunch at the award-winning Montalto Estate before we visit the Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary for kangaroo and koala encounters. The wildlife park features all-Australian native animals in a small, family-run environment that enables you to hand feed many of the marsupials.

In the late afternoon, we head off to Phillip Island to see Seal Rocks and then on to view the famous Penguin Parade, where thousands of Little Penguins return to their burrows after a day at sea. We upgrade you to Penguins Plus viewing platform for a premium encounter with the penguins.

Dinner is at the local seaside town of Cowes on Phillip Island. There is a range of restaurants for you to select from and your guide will pre-book for you. Dinner is not included in price. 

Tour Highlights

 

  • Visit 2-3 wineries
  • Lunch at Montalto Winery
  • Famous Bathing boxes
  • Arthurs Seat Chairlift Ride
  • Optional Animal Sanctuary 
  • Hand Feed Kangaroos and Koalas
  • The Nobbies and Seal Rocks
  • Famous Penguin Parade
  • Upgraded to Penguins Plus
  • Seaside Dinner in Cowes

 

Lunch

Alfresco Piazza Dining Restaurant – The Piazza Café is all about sharing: food, wine and good times with loved ones. Connecting with each other and to the surrounding environment. The menu is designed to share, with a generous selection of the best of the seasonal menu arriving as it is made. 

The relaxed elegance of the Montalto Restaurant is set in a striking and harmonious landscape building featuring rammed earth walls, timber frames and rough-hewn floor boards.  Floor to ceiling windows take advantage of the breathtaking and rambling rural outlook of vines, olive groves, sculpture, lakes and wetlands, with pasture, and a hint of the ocean as the backdrop.

FAQ

Whats Included

Expert guide, luxury vehicle, lunch at Montalto (Alfresco dining), wine tasting and entrance fee’s, Arthurs Seat Chairlift, upgrade to Penguin Plus viewing platform. 

Extra fee's per passenger?

The cost is based on a minimum of 1 passenger.. Extra passengers above 1 are charged an additional $ 100.00 pp.

Children 4 and under are free of charge.

Whats for lunch

The award winning Montalto Piazza Cafe Restaurant serves up a selection of the meals on offer for all to share. Set on the patio of this award winning winery. If you want to upgrade to fine dining at Montalto please choose our Mornington & Phillip Island Indulgent Tour.

Alternatively if you want something else please ask and we can take you anywhere. You may just want Fish & Chips and a bottle of wine by the beach..we can do that too. 

How long is the drive

Mornington is only 1 hr from Melbourne and Phillip island is a further 1.25 hr from Mornington.

Departure time & return

Tour departs from your accommodation at 10.00 am and your return is approx 10.30-11.00.

Is this a Winery Tour

This tour includes visiting wineries but it is not specifically a winery tour. If you prefer to visit more, or less wineries, we can arrange this. The standard is to visit 2-3 wineries. Alternatively if you prefer exploring the region and visiting beaches and other specialist food providers like chocolatiers, cheese makers, glass blowers etc, we can arrange on the day.

Do we visit the Hotsprings?

No. We provide the Hotprings on our Indulgent Tour. If you would like to add to this tour select in options. 

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    Steve was active in helping us plan our days before landing in Australia and came up with best ways to build trips customised to our taste and comfort.

    Flexibility in travel plans is something which most tour operators don’t appreciate and provide, but I think Steve understands a traveler’s mind very well and so he teamed up with us even when we changed our plans last moment ( truly appreciate this attitude).

    We got great insights into customs,people and places of Australia during our drive time and he elaborated on the facts and history which helped us connect better with the place.

    He is extremely punctual and still accommodated politely when we got late or stayed around in a place for more time than possible. During a hill climb, my mom got extremely tired and couldn’t walk further up and he happily walked down with her to make her comfortable ( Thanks and we truly appreciate your understanding).

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