Winter Tour Package

Winter is coming to Australia. In June.

Here in Down Under, you don't have to wait until December to build a snowman. Experience a chilly June with GPS Travel. Here's our ideal itinerary to make the most of your Melbourne winter trip.

Day 1 - Phillip Island

You've just landed in Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport in the early morning. To shake off the jetlag and get you used to the wintry conditions, we'll begin your trip with a drive to Phillip Island. What better way to welcome you other than watching a group of penguins marching from the sea?

Phillip Island is just 1.5 hours away from Melbourne, a perfect visit for your first day. Just as we cross the bridge into the island, we'll make a brief stop to Panny's Chocolatery. In the cold weather, drinking a cup of hot chocolate here is heavenly.

For a complete guide to our Philip Island itinerary - click here.

Day 2 - City Tour

Yesterday's agenda was quite packed, so we'll turn it down a little bit. You will not want to miss seeing Melbourne's CBD, and that's exactly what we're going to do today. Visit the Federation Square, where you'll see the iconic Flinders Street Station and walk along the alleyway of the graffiti-filled Hosier Lane. Continue to Fitzroy Gardens to pay a visit to the home of Captain James Cook, the famed explorer who discovered much of the Pacific Islands.

When you make your way to the shops at Bourke Street or Southbank DFO, do not miss the cornerstone of Melbourne's lifestyle - Coffee!

Day 3 - Mount Buller

And we've come to the main highlight of your trip. This is why you're here! Get up early, it's going to be quite a long drive.

We'll begin the day with a 3 hour drive towards Mansfield. Situated at the base of Mount Buller, this is where we'll pick up our gear. Make sure you hire a comfortable jacket and a pair of boots to keep yourselves warm on the mountaintop. Get a toboggan too, so you can slide off the snowy slopes later on. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, hire a pair of ski.

When you've arrived at Mount Buller, here's where the fun begins. Grab whatever equipment you've hired, and go nuts! We highly recommend you to hire the dogsled. Feel the thrill as you drive a group of Siberian Huskies down the hill - truly an experience you'll never forget. Don't forget to Snapchat yourself making a snow angel before you leave!

Day 4 - Yarra Valley & Mount Dandenong

Still reeling from yesterday's subzero weather? We'll get you warm by driving you to Yarra Valley. It is famed for its vineyards, where you can try a sip and then some. Yarra Valley's Chocolaterie is also located nearby, where you can buy some sweet confectionery for your loved ones back home.

We'll continue today's trip by going to Mount Dandenong. Have a breathtaking view of Melbourne's skyline here, accompanied by a slice of piping hot meat pie.

Day 5 - Great Ocean Road

You've seen the mountainous ranges, but have you seen what Australia's coasts have to offer?

The Great Ocean Road is a 240km long drive, with the spectacular view of cliffs along the Bass Strait. Stop at the Twelve Apostles, a series of eroded stacks of rock in the area. The landscape at Loch Ard Gorge is not to be missed either. Check with your driver for the best phototaking spots along the road - there's just too many of them to be listed here!

Day 6 - Sovereign Hills, Ballarat

After 5 days here in Melbourne, you'll start asking, "Why would people want to come from far away to live in Melbourne?"

Money makes the world go round. This was especially true in 1851, where gold were first found in Ballarat. Here, you will travel in time to the late 19th Century, interacting with what the colony of Victoria looked like back then. Experience digging in the gold mines of Sovereign Hill. Or, if you think the life of a miner is not for you, catch a horse-drawn coach to inspect the site.

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Melbourne has a lot more to offer. If you're interested to follow this list, or you think you can draw up a better itinerary than this, do contact us and make your booking now!

Phillip Island

Phillip Island is a sanctuary for little penguins, parading on the beaches by sundown. Travel from Melbourne CBD will take around 2 hours, but there are attractions to visit before arriving there. Here's what a typical trip to Phillip Island is like.

Maru Koala and Animal Park

Begin the day visiting Maru Koala and Animal Park, where you can view and feed animals such as the kangaroo, emu, and wallabies. The park is one of a kind, where you can see the animals in the natural woodlands - their own habitat. Don't forget to take a picture up close with a koala, just make sure not to touch its paws.  They're sharp!

San Remo Fisherman's Co-op

You're almost entering Phillip Island. By now, you should have travelled for 1 hour or so. Breathe fresh air and grab lunch at the famous San Remo Fisherman's Co-operative , while overlooking the San Remo Bridge. Their fish and chips are guaranteed fresh from the shore.

Panny's Chocolate Factory

Not far from the San Remo Bridge, take a tour at the Panny's Chocolate Factory. Here, you can look at how their confectioneries are made. The factory also have some unique artworks made entirely of chocolate. End the factory tour by making your own customized chocolate. Their products are unmissable. Here's a pro-tip: give their chilli chocolate shot a try!

The Nobbies

The Penguins would only reach the beach by sunset, so you still have enough time to take some pictures at The Nobbies. The Nobbies is a magnificent natural lookout, where you can see the waves crashing onto the rocky south coast of the island. If you're lucky, you can also spot some sharks and dolphins in the area.

Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade

Finally, the moment you're waiting for! If we arrive early, we can grab some seats. The closer to the beach, the better view we can get. Don't forget that the penguins' eyes are very sensitive of bright light, so flash photography is a big no-no. Keep your cameras away for now, and watch the penguins walk side by side slowly uphill to their own burrows.

After all the penguins arrive safely, have a look at the educational centre to see how far did the penguins swim for the day. You can also see some of the burrows from peekholes to see their families!

Bonus: Phillip Island Circuit

Channel your inner racer by go-karting in the Phillip Island Circuit, home to Australian MotoGP. If racing's not for you, there's a 45-minute daily tour, where you can pose on the podium with a bottle of champagne like a true race winner.

Melbourne’s Wildlife

Melbourne is home to 3 zoos. Get up close with different animals and explore what Australian wildlife has to offer.

Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo is where you can see more than 300 species of animals, both uniquely Australian and also from different parts of the world. The zoo gives you a unique experience where the animals' usual habitat are replicated, so you can see and feel how the animals live in the wild.

Healesville Sanctuary

The Healesville Sanctuary exclusively exhibits and breeds animals native to Australia. Located in a natural bushland area, you will experience the normal habitat of kangaroos, dingoes, wallabies, and over 200 different species of birds.

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Why travel far away to Africa when you can visit Werribee Open Range Zoo? The environment simulates an African village, where you can join an African ranger getting up close with lions, meerkats, and cheetahs. You can also walk down a trail where you can see the signature Australian animals, such as the kangaroo and cassowary.

Great Ocean Road

Enjoy a 240 kilometres drive between Anglesea and Port Campbell, where you can view breathtaking landscape of cliffs and Bass Strait. You'll find along the drive that Victoria's south coast is riddled with stunning beaches. Here's how our ideal trip to the Great Ocean Road looks like.

Bells Beach

Here's where the road begin. Bells Beach boasts excellent landscape along the cliff. If you're an experience surfer, the waves on Bells Beach will also provide a challenge.

Anglesea

In this town by the Southern Ocean, you can walk along the beach by following the 44-km Surf Coast Walk trail. But don't stay too long, we still have heaps of beaches to explore today!

Erskine Falls

Next stop, we drop by at Erskine Falls, one of the famous waterfalls in the region. You can view the waterfall from two different lookouts. The upper lookout is easily accessible, just 5 minutes walk from the car park. If you're naturally inclined, take a walk 240 steps down to the lower lookout, where you can view the waterfall from down below.

Lorne

By now, you must have been a bit restless after quite a long drive. We'll stop by at Lorne for lunch. While you're here, why not have a look at the Great Ocean Road Heritage Centre? It is an permanent exhibition at the Lorne Visitor Centre, telling the story how the Great Ocean Road was built back in 1919.

Twelve Apostles

The main highlight of all Great Ocean Road trip. The Twelve Apostles are a series of stacks of rocks rising from the sea. If you're here by sunset, you can see the Twelve Apostles gradually change colours to brilliant yellow under the sun.

Loch Ard Gorge

All good things must come to a close, but who says our drive along Great Ocean Road cannot end with a bang? Here in Loch Ard Gorge, you can follow the steps down to a small beach hiding behind the gorge.

Bonus: Gibson Steps

Tread carefully on the Gibson Steps, an 86-steps pathway carved into the face of the cliff by a local settler, Hugh Gibson. When you've reached the beach, be amazed by the 70-metres twin giant limestone stacks rising offshore, affectionately nicknamed Gog and Magog. (Please note that Gibson Steps may or may not be included in the trip, subject to weather and tidal conditions during the day.)

Mount Buller

Mount Buller in Winter

Forming a part of Australia's Alpine National Park, Mount Buller is 4 hours' drive away from Melbourne CBD. A recommended destination during Australia's winter (around July to August), Mt. Buller is unmissable. Learn to ski or to snowboard, while the kids slide down the slopes on a toboggan. End the day with a hot cup of chocolate.