ISPPD is working with a local partner, Best of Victoria, to provide a variety of touring options before and after the Symposium. Below you will find a sneak peek at some of the exciting tours that will be offered.
For further information and to book a tour, please contact Best of Victoria on firstname.lastname@example.org or +613 9928 0000.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD
One of the most stunning coastal scenery and home to the famous 12 Apostles. The Great Ocean Road is a photographer's delight and it consistently features in the Top 10 of world's greatest scenic coastal drives. Begin your trip in Torquay and pop into the bustling seaside towns of Lorne, Anglesea and Apollo Bay. Relax on sandy beaches, hike through the rainforest near by Otway Ranges. Stop off at one of the most visited stretches of the road at the 12 Apostles. See the rugged splendour of these huge rock stacks that rise majestically for the Southern Ocean. Take a helicopter ride to get a bird's eye view of these famous natural wonders.
PHILLIP ISLAND PENGUIN PARADE
Phillip Island is a treasure trove of Australian wildlife; seals, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birdlife and penguins! Get up close to little penguins on the beach, come face-to-face with snoozing koalas, and cheer on Grand Prix heroes as you savour every inch of Philip Island less than two hours from Melbourne. Visit Churchill Island where you can explore this working farm or simply enjoy ocean views from the cafe. At Koala Conservation Centre, look for koalas in their natural habitat and before sunset, head to the Penguin Parade where you can wander through the "Penguin Experience" exhibit to learn more about them. Walk out to Summerland Beach and take your seat for the Penguin Parade with premium viewing area for best views of the penguins' arrival.
The Dandenong Ranges is renowned for its cool climate gardens, with spectacular collections of rare plants to explosions of seasonal colour. Situated in the Sherbrooke Forest, Grants Picnic Ground is one of the top attractions of the Dandenong Ranges, famous for its bird feeding. Puffing Billy is Australia's favourite steam train and is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. This century old steam train is still running on its original 25 kilometres mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook, through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.
HEALESVILLE & YARRA VALLEY
Get your foodie fix in Healeville, a regional food and wine hub surrounded by stunning scenery, before experiencing iconic encounters of the wildlife kind. Stare into the snarling jaws of a Tasmanian Devil and peer at a joey in its mother's pouch at Healeville Sanctuary wildlife park. Get up-close-and-personal to 200 species of native animals and birdlife on meandering paths and walk through exhibits. You may be in awe of the iconic name of Healesville's wineries, including Domain Chandon, Rochford Wines and Coldstream Hill, but the approachable winemakers ensure a visit to the cellar door is both informative and entertaining. Experience Yarra Valley from high above by taking a hot air ballooning flight at dawn and witness the sun rise as you float gently over the vineyards. The Flight last approximately one hour, the memories last a lifetime.
GRAMPIAN NATIONAL PARK
Travel into the heart of the Grampians National Park, one of the world's oldest and most spectacular mountain ranges. This area is rich in Aboriginal history & culture surrounded by an abundance of Australian wildlife. Hike the trails to some of the best lookout views the National Park has to offer with some seriously breath-taking scenery at Reeds or Boroka lookout and take stroll down to Mackenzie or Silverband falls.
Travel north of the city through to Carlton which is also known as 'Little Italy' with its plethora of restaurants and boutique shops. Experience some of the exquisite architecture of Melbourne University and Royal Exhibition Building before making a brief photo stop at St Patrick's Cathedral. Spend time at Fitzroy Gardens. Walk through some of Melbourne's best arcades and laneways with a guide for the chance to enjoy the atmosphere and have a coffee break. Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, tour through the relatively new Docklands waterfront development or make your way over the Bolte Bridge to travel along the bayside suburbs of Port Melbourne, St Kilda, Elwood and Brighton. Take a break in trendy Acland Street in St Kilda while a photo stop at Brighton Beach bathing boxes are a real highlight! Though if you want to travel in style treat yourself to a hot air ballooning flight, take off at dawn and witness the sun rise as you float gently over the city of Melbourne. Depending on the winds you may fly over the CBD, or you may head over the inner suburbs, parks and gardens to discover why Victoria is labelled the Garden State. The Flight last approximately one hour, the memories last a lifetime.
Take a trip down the Mornington Peninsula and be dazzled by the vibrant coastal villages and charming hinterland hamlets full of boutique wineries and acclaimed restaurants, art galleries, manicured gardens geothermal springs and renowned golf courses. Transfer to Peninsula Hot Springs and spend 2 or 3 hours discovering why Peninsula Hot Springs is the world`s best. Choose from a mineral pool, hilltop pool with 360 degrees views, Turkish steam bath, reflexology walk, cave pool, cold plunge pool and more.