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Jaunting to Melbourne

Jaunting to Melbourne

Trip Plan Tags: 
beach + island,
day trip,
diving + snorkeling,
outdoors + nature
Australia + Pacific,

Written description of the Melbourne trip itinerary goes here


$199 or less


InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, Australia

495 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000, Australia
Tel: 888 424 6835 (toll-free), Tel: 61 396 209111

See + Do

Phillip Island

About a third of a mile offshore from Melbourne, the 40-square-mile Phillip Island is best known for its resident colony of adorable fairy penguins (about 90 minutes by car or bus, with an additional half hour needed to reach the penguins). Every evening, hordes of camera-toting tourists converge to watch thousands of the fat feathered creatures waddle from sea to burrow; the parade can be witnessed from viewing platforms or from a secluded sand strip with infrared goggles and a naturalist guide. Contact Phillip Island Nature Park for more information (Cowes; 61-3-5951-2800; Phillip Island also has large colonies of koalas, Australian fur seals, and shearwaters; spectacular coastal walks; and excellent fishing and surfing. Stay overnight at the Glen Isla House, a luxurious country home with an exceptional private dining room and wine cellar (230-232 Church St., Cowes; 61-3-5952-1882;; or hole up in an ultra-modern suite at The Hill of Content, which caters to couples (33 Rhyll-Newhaven Rd., Rhyll; 61-3-5965-0100;

See + Do

Melbourne Aquarium, Australia

Flinders Street (at King Street)
Melbourne 3000, Australia
Tel: 61 3 9620 0999

A cool blue refuge in the heart of the city, Australia's only aquarium specializing in Southern Ocean creatures houses 10,000 marine and a few dozen land-based animals in a series of spiral-down displays. Start at ground level with the creepy venomous-critters exhibits, and work your way down to the vast oceanarium. En route, peruse surreal sea jelly displays, kid-friendly touch pools, and a massive coral atoll teeming with tropical fish, moray eels, and sea stars. The aquarium's showpiece, the 600,000-gallon oceanarium, has glass tunnels allowing close-up views of the underbellies of cruising sharks, sea turtles, and massive rays. (Arrive at twice-daily meal times and you'll see these awesome creatures in a feeding frenzy.) Intrepid souls can even arrange to dive in this vast tank (advance bookings are a must, and the cost is $180).

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.