OVERVIEW

Solos Only

Mornington Peninsula and Great Ocean Solo Travel Tour

Enjoy Victoria’s pretty Mornington Peninsula and eye-popping southern coastline, following the iconic Great Ocean Road before heading back to Melbourne via Victoria’s gold rush iconic town Ballarat.

Like some time in Melbourne?
This tour connects with a Melbourne City Break (due out 26 April).

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    40+
  • Duration:
    7 Days
  • Status:
    Early preview
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    Due out 26 April
  • Transport:
    Coach, Boat
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    20
REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia
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INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 7 nights quality hotel stays
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 5 dinners 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • Peninsula Hot Springs Entry
  • Private group driver-guide
  • English-speaking locally based guides 

TRAVEL

  • Return private group coach travel ex Melbourne 
  • One way ferry Sorrento to Queenscliff

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Porterage in and out of hotels included where available

Small group, not more than 20 travellers

Departure Dates for this tour

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4-10 OCT 21
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Trip Code: morning21-10

Itinerary


Departs Melbourne > Mornington Peninsula (3 nights) > Great Ocean Road (1 night) > Ballarat (2 nights)

DAY 1
Depart Melbourne. Mornington Peninsula. 

Set off from Melbourne this morning for the easy drive to the Mornington Peninsula. Arriving to the Peninsula we make a stop at Arthur’s Seat Eagle for the gondola ride with scenic views of our Australian landscape across the peninsula, to Port Phillip Bay and towards Melbourne’s skyline.

A prelude to our lovely winery lunch is a stop for some boutique cider tasting. We then enjoy a stunning location for our group lunch at one of Mornington Peninsula’s favourite spots for a relaxing lunch.  After a great start to your peninsula touring, after lunch we make our way to our lovely resort. Tonight, enjoy the surrounds of your resort with a welcome group dinner in house.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2
Mornington Peninsula 

This morning take the option to visit Sorrento with time at leisure. Sorrento’s one of the Peninsula’s coastal towns that is ideal for a wander around at your own pace.  Otherwise, relax inhouse and enjoy the resort facilities; a round of golf or take the resort transfer to the local beach.

Lunch today is at St Andrews Beach Brewery, located on a 38-hectare property and where Australia’s horse racing greats were trained.  Formerly stables for some champions (Makybe Diva, Mummify, and Miss Andretti ) it is now the home to this craft beer brewery. It was once a racetrack and now where you’ll find hops and 8000 apple and pear cider trees. A unique point of interest on the peninsula is the Pt. Leo Estate Sculpture Park and after lunch we visit the estate where there’s the option to enjoy a walk of the park or time for wine tastings or both.

After touring the local area this afternoon we head back to our lovely resort to enjoy a relaxed dinner and evening in house.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3
Mornington Peninsula

Another morning to pick and choose how to spend it. There’s the option mid morning to head out to the near by Cape Schanck Light House for a guided tour, then visit the Blowhole lookout. Otherwise, enjoy the morning at leisure at the resort or make your own arrangements for visits around the local area.

This afternoon is all about relaxation with a visit to Peninsula Hot Springs; an award winning natural hot springs, day spa and wellness destination, this is a highlight visit of relaxation and indulgence.  This is no ordinary hot springs, and is an absolute must visit for any stay on the Peninsula.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4
Mornington Peninsula to Great Ocean Road

Today we cross from the Peninsula at Sorrento to make our way for our overnight stay on the Great Ocean Road.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5
Great Ocean Road to Ballarat

We make our journey along The Great Ocean Road with stops along the way and of course, stop to see the Twelve Apostles. There’s a stop for lunch along the way and by the afternoon we farewell the Great Ocean Road for Ballarat.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6
Ballarat


This morning take the option to visit Sovereign Hill or choose your own visits around Ballarat Town Centre.

Ballarat has a lot on offer including the Ballarat Art Gallery and their beautiful Botanical Gardens.

Tonight, we come together for a farewell group dinner in town.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7
Ballarat to Melbourne

By 10am we depart Ballarat for Melbourne Tullamarine Airport drop off or continue on to Melbourne city drop off at our nominated group hotel. If booking flights departing Melbourne, book for departure after 1:00PM. 

Meals: Breakfast

 

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ACCOMMODATION

 

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Mornington Peninsula

Peppers Moonah Links Resort

3

Lorne, Great Ocean Road

Mantra Lorne

1

Ballarat

Mercure Ballarat

2


Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

 

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
If we arrive before the hotel check in time, the hotel will store our luggage until check in time. If luck is on our side, it’s possible hotels may have our rooms (or some of the rooms for our group) ready before the official check in time. If that happens, you’ll be head straight to your room if we arrive before the hotel check in time.  As a guide, hotel check in times for most parts of the world range between 2pm to 3pm.

Moonah Room

Moonah Room, Peppers Moonah Links Resort

Open Room, Peppers Moonah Links Resort

Open Room, Peppers Moonah Links Resort

PEPPERS MOONAH LINKS RESORT, FINGAL, MORNINGTON PENINSULA
Peppers Moonah Links Resort offers deluxe rooms and suites, all with balconies or terraces overlooking the stunning golf courses or central putting green. Each room features natural materials, clean lines and earthy Australian tones with the stylish furnishings and fittings Peppers is renowned for. Open and contemporary, the charm and peaceful ambience you feel at Peppers Moonah Links Resort is all part of a careful plan designed to harmonise the resort with the land.

Moonah Rooms, One Bedroom Suites and Open Rooms feature stylish décor with a natural palette and modern appliances. Look out over the golf course to Cups Estate Vineyard, nearby Peninsula Hot Springs and neighboring farmland. Rest and relax in contemporary and spacious surroundings.

Wi-Fi: Free

MANTRA, LORNE, GREAT OCEAN ROAD 
Lorne is situated right on the famous Great Ocean Road, leading to picture-postcard attractions such as the 12 Apostles and the Great Otway National Park. The property offers a great mix of modern style and rich history. Having been built around the oldest permanently operating guesthouse in Victoria, Erskine House, there is a range of modern apartments and heritage hotel rooms to suit all tastes.

Our group will enjoy the comfort of the resort rooms with garden views.  For stylish Lorne accommodation look to Mantra Lorne. Facilities including broadband internet, croquet lawns and tennis courts, day spa, and an indoor heated mineral pool. The resort room contains includes a king bed (zip) that can be divided into two single beds. With tea and coffee making facilities and a bar fridge in your room, enjoy your break with all the entertainment options at your fingertips, such as TV including Foxtel, and broadband internet access. These rooms are available with garden views or filtered ocean views.


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GETTING THERE

Start (day 1):           Melbourne, Victoria
End (final day):        Melbourne, Victoria  


HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Early check in or late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

ABOUT AIRFARES
On request we provide an airfare quote. If joining the tour from outside Australia it is usually most economical if you make your own flight arrangements or use the service of a travel agent located within your country of residence. 

TRANSFERS
Airport to hotel transfers are not included and are by your own arrangement.

If you are making your own flight arrangements, we require your flight itinerary no later than 28 days priors to travel, even if you are not making airport transfer arrangements with us.

PASSPORTS
If travelling/joining from outside your home country, most countries require visitors to hold a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport.

See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

Always check your destination country for their Customs policies for prohibited or restricted items. Products or legal medications in your country may not always be permitted in other countries.

 

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience. 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 20 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour; you are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join this tour.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
Travellers of 75 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor.  

See MORE INFO > General Information for more about fitness.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

If there’s information about the meals, quantity of meals, type of meals, add the information here.

GROUP DRIVER-GUIDE
This is a private group tour with one driver-guide, leading the group. The trip suits an independent style traveller, content with travelling without the additional services of a tour escort. Your driver-guide will give direction on daily meeting times.

TRANSPORT
A midi size coach for exclusive use of our group is used.

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TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia

'Did a Red Centre solo 7 day tour absolutely fantastic, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley you have to see it and experience it. The coach drivers were professional, excellent knowledge and with a great sense of humor.'

David, Eschol Park, Sydne, New South Wales
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