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Private Day Tour, Mornington Peninsula Guided Wine Tour

Indulge in fine wines at the stunning Mornington Peninsula wine region with a private guided wine tour.

The Mornington Peninsula is a glorious tapestry of changing topography, vegetation and cultivation, lending itself to be one of Victoria’s leading food and wine regions.

Some of the most picturesque wineries in Victoria can be found throughout this area. Regarded highly as a quality cool climate wine-growing region you will find some of the best Australian examples of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Noir.

The Mornington Peninsula has captivated visitors for more than 100 years. Attracted by the gentle hills, miles of sparkling bay beaches, rugged surf beaches and stunning coastal scenery, people flock to the peninsula to enjoy all it has to offer.

Enjoy private tastings, delectable farm grown produce and meet a variety of artisans throughout this coastal wine region. Lunch will be served at a stunning vineyard restaurant, and the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Sample more fine wine or try something a little different with a visit to Main Ridge Dairy, Red Hill Cheese or Mornington Peninsula Chocolates. Your guide is at hand to whisk you away to where your tastes desire.

Operates

Daily, on request.

Need to Know

  • Maximum of 10 guests allowed.
  • Mobility accommodations available – please speak to your About Australia Destination Specialist at time of booking.
  • Dietary accommodations available.
  • Child seats available.

Times

Departs at 9am and lasts approximately 8 hours.

Inclusions

  • Private guided wine tour.
  • A memorable coastal drive, passing historic colored bathing boxes.
  • Scenic views from Arthur’s Seat lookout.
  • Spectacular ocean and Port Phillip Bay beaches.
  • Seaside villages.
  • Morning tea.
  • Seated range tasting with sommelier at Crittenden Estate.
  • Wine tasting at local wineries – fully tailored to the interests and passions of our client.
  • The finest Mornington Peninsula produce with wine at a vineyard restaurant for lunch – 2-course lunch with a beverage (beer, wine or soft-drink).
  • Travel in a luxury vehicle.
  • Return transfers from Melbourne accommodation.
Day Tour, Puffing Billy Steam Train & Wine Country in Style - Full Day

See some of the most beautiful scenery in Victoria with a ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train!

See some of the most beautiful scenery in Victoria with a ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train!
Travel to the Dandenong Ranges, where you’ll enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea in the mountains, followed by an unforgettable ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train. Then you;ll visit the delightful village of Sassafras for boutique shopping.

The Dandenong Ranges, known to the locals as the Dandenongs, are beautiful low mountain ranges just 21 miles east of Melbourne. At their peak, they rise to more than 2,066 feet and are cloaked in lush rainforests of Mountain Ash trees (the tallest flowering plant in the world), waterfalls, rolling hills and steep valleys. The region is home to the famous Puffing Billy Railway, numerous art and craft stores and cafes offering delicious homemade produce.

Nestled in the heart of the Dandenong Mountains is Grant’s Reserve, a haven in the wilderness. On arrival you will be charmed by the surrounding mountain hue and crisp clear air. While here you will enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea of homemade scones, served warm with jam and cream, and tea served in china tea cups – just a treat!

Grant’s Reserve is a paradise for bird life and will be you’ll be serenaded by the wonderful bird song that fills the valley. You can also handfeed some of the most striking Australian birds such as the colorful Crimson Rosella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and pink-chested Galah. It’s a lot of fun and a great opportunity to get a photo.

Next you head the short distance to Belgrave, home of the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train, where you are in for a real treat!

This century-old steam train is maintained in its original glory and runs to this day on its own mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook. Here you’ll go back in time as you get on board for a 30-minute ride through the heart of the rainforest.

You’ll see the locomotive depot that services and maintains the train, head through the gorgeous Sherbrooke Forest and ride over the old Trestle Bridge. Just before Menzies Creek you can see stunning views of Port Phillip Bay before heading through Paradise Valley and on to the townships of Emerald and Gembrook. What a great ride!

From Gembrook you will then be on your way to the lovely little village of Sassafras. You’ll be travelling through thick rainforest that is home to all sorts of wildlife, so keep an eye out for Lyre Birds and Wallabies. Once in Sassafras you can take your time to explore the delightful antique and craft shops dotted throughout the village. You might even find a little something to take home with you.

After your journey on the Puffing Billy Steam Train, travel into the prosperous heart of picturesque wine country, the Yarra Valley, and visit Rochford Wines to taste some of their award-winning wines. You’ll have the opportunity to relax over lunch and a glass of one of their superb regional wines (additional cost). Then you’ll stop at two more wineries to sample a selection of quality wines.

Day Tour, Yarra Valley Wine Tour

Enjoy a personalized Yarra Wine Valley tour guided by a friendly wine expert.

Join a fun, educational and delectable day out on this specialized Yarra Valley Wine Experience.

Itinerary

9:00am – 9:40am: Meet at pick up points.

10:00am: Depart final pick-up point for Yarra Valley, just under an hour in a deluxe coach.

11:00am: Punt Road Wines
The enthusiastic and knowledgeable cellar door staff will share with you some of Punt Road’s award winning wines. This winery has a rich history and is the ideal place to sample a selection of exciting wines that reflect the earthiness and personality of the Yarra Valley. The wines here speak for themselves but we will let you be the judge.

12:00pm: Balgownie Estate Clearly one of the most stylish venues in the Yarra Valley with wines to match; Balgownie Estate have a marvelous restaurant with fantastic views and great wines to taste at the cellar door. Enjoy a high quality restaurant lunch with a glass of Balgownie Estate wine to compliment your meal.

1:30pm: Yering Farm One of the Yarra Valleys more boutique wineries, Yering Farm has stunning views and is oozing with rustic charm. Experience wines made with traditional methods in their cellar door, which showcases antique copper wine making tools used by pioneer wine makers.

2:15pm Domaine Chandon How better to finish the day than with a visit to French champagne company Moet & Chandon’s Australian production house. If you’ve ever wondered at the magic that puts the bubbles in bubbly, wonder no more – your privileged- access guided tour of the winery will reveal all. You’ll leave the riddling room to enjoy breath-taking views over a relaxing glass of Australia’s best bubbly.

3:30pm: Depart the Yarra Valley for Melbourne.

4:30pm – 5:00pm: Return to Drop off points.

Operates

Daily, except December 25 & 26.

Need to Know

– Maximum number of guests is 24, typical group size is 12-20.
– Group bookings are limited to 8.
– Meeting points are at:

  • Radisson Flagstaff Hotel 380 William Street Melbourne
  • 570 Flinders Street Melbourne
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral 200 Flinders Street Melbourne
  • Old Melbourne Gaol 377 Russell Street Melbourne

Times

Begins pick up from designated locations at 9am and returns between 4:30pm – 5pm.

Inclusions
– A Real Wine Expert, (not a snob!) as your guide that will entertain and educate you.
– Cellar Door Tasting at Yering Station, Yering Farm and Balgownie Estate.
– A La Carte Lunch at Balgownie Estate including a glass of estate wine.
– A private tour of Domaine Chandon plus a glass of their premium sparkling wine and light tasting platters.
– Travel in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.

Private Day Tour, Yarra Valley Private Wine Explorer Tour

Private Premium Wine Tour of Yarra Valley. Tour can be customized.

Immerse your senses in a tour of your own design. Our discreet (no signage) super deluxe Chrysler Voyager carries up to 6 people, allowing you to adapt your itinerary as the day unfolds.

Or put your faith in the ability of our amazing tour guides to match a day to match your style for wine, food and tempo.

Choose to fit as many wineries as you can from among the many wineries in the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula, or take it leisurely, you set the pace. Our guides will use their expertise to ensure your day comes off just the way you like it.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Day Tour, Unique De Bortoli Wine Experience

Experience a behind-the-scenes vineyard and winery tour to see what goes into making premium Yarra Valley wine.

Taste some of the maturing wines straight from the barrel. Enjoy a seated gourmet cheese and wine tasting held in the De Bortoli Trophy Room.

During the 60 minute session, taste a selection of current and older vintages, all served with a gourmet cheese platter.

Enjoy a seasonal 3 course Italian-inspired Chef’s Menu lunch with matched wines. Tea and coffee are served with home-made biscotti to finish off your special day.

Operates

Thursday – Monday, except on Easter holidays, April 25, December 25, 26, 31, January 1, 26 & 27.

Need to Know

  • Minimum number of 2 guests required.
  • Maximum of 4 guests allowed.
  • All guests must be over the age of 18.
  • Dietary accommodations available – ask your About Australia Destination Specialist.

Times

Tour begins at 10am and lasts approximately 4.5 hours.

Inclusions

  • Guided winery tour.
  • Private cheese and wine tasting.
  • 3-course lunch with matching wines.

Upgrades

Upgrade to include return transfers, chauffeured car services or helicopter services.

Day Tour, Puffing Billy Steam Train & Wine Country in Style - Full Day

See some of the most beautiful scenery in Victoria with a ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train!

See some of the most beautiful scenery in Victoria with a ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train!
Travel to the Dandenong Ranges, where you’ll enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea in the mountains, followed by an unforgettable ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train. Then you;ll visit the delightful village of Sassafras for boutique shopping.

The Dandenong Ranges, known to the locals as the Dandenongs, are beautiful low mountain ranges just 21 miles east of Melbourne. At their peak, they rise to more than 2,066 feet and are cloaked in lush rainforests of Mountain Ash trees (the tallest flowering plant in the world), waterfalls, rolling hills and steep valleys. The region is home to the famous Puffing Billy Railway, numerous art and craft stores and cafes offering delicious homemade produce.

Nestled in the heart of the Dandenong Mountains is Grant’s Reserve, a haven in the wilderness. On arrival you will be charmed by the surrounding mountain hue and crisp clear air. While here you will enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea of homemade scones, served warm with jam and cream, and tea served in china tea cups – just a treat!

Grant’s Reserve is a paradise for bird life and will be you’ll be serenaded by the wonderful bird song that fills the valley. You can also handfeed some of the most striking Australian birds such as the colorful Crimson Rosella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and pink-chested Galah. It’s a lot of fun and a great opportunity to get a photo.

Next you head the short distance to Belgrave, home of the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train, where you are in for a real treat!

This century-old steam train is maintained in its original glory and runs to this day on its own mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook. Here you’ll go back in time as you get on board for a 30-minute ride through the heart of the rainforest.

You’ll see the locomotive depot that services and maintains the train, head through the gorgeous Sherbrooke Forest and ride over the old Trestle Bridge. Just before Menzies Creek you can see stunning views of Port Phillip Bay before heading through Paradise Valley and on to the townships of Emerald and Gembrook. What a great ride!

From Gembrook you will then be on your way to the lovely little village of Sassafras. You’ll be travelling through thick rainforest that is home to all sorts of wildlife, so keep an eye out for Lyre Birds and Wallabies. Once in Sassafras you can take your time to explore the delightful antique and craft shops dotted throughout the village. You might even find a little something to take home with you.

After your journey on the Puffing Billy Steam Train, travel into the prosperous heart of picturesque wine country, the Yarra Valley, and visit Rochford Wines to taste some of their award-winning wines. You’ll have the opportunity to relax over lunch and a glass of one of their superb regional wines (additional cost). Then you’ll stop at two more wineries to sample a selection of quality wines.