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Combining the best of coastal living with real Aussie charm, the Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island are ideal day tours from Melbourne. Both regions offer peaceful coastal walks, great surfing beaches and some excellent rural restaurants to feast on local fish. You can also restore your inner well-being at Victoria's only natural thermal springs or one of the luxurious day spas dotted throughout the region,

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The Mornington Peninsula is one hour south-west of Melbourne. Explore the area's vineyards and boutique wine cellar doors for top-class wines, gourmet meals and country hospitality, or take to the fairways on the prestigious golf courses. Try your luck fishing from one of the atmospheric jetties, or discover the colourful bathing boxes at Mornington Beach. Dine on sumptuous fresh local seafood while watching the fishing boats come and go in the village of Hastings, or experience the rugged beauty of the southern Australian coastline at Mornington National Park.

Phillip Island, just 90 minutes south-east of Melbourne, is a nature-lover's paradise, with a myriad of outdoor options to enjoy. Visitors flock to Phillip Island to view its most famous attraction – the nightly Little Penguin Parade. The gorgeous little creatures emerge from the surf each evening at twilight and waddle their way up to their burrows in the sand dunes. It is a magical experience perfect for the whole family. The surf is up nearly every day of the year at Phillip Island, with beaches to suit everyone from seasoned pros to newbies. Surfing lessons are easily arranged. Bike, bush-walking, and fishing tours are also available. Phillip Island is a popular spot for Melbournians escaping the city and you'll find many gourmet dining options and quaint cafés on the island.

Summer (December to February), is the most popular time to visit, when many visitors from Melbourne arrive for their annual vacations, however the Penguin Parade runs throughout the year.

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Many visitors chose to explore the Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island on day tours from Melbourne, however for longer stays there are some lovely accommodation options available, from friendly B&Ba, to eco-resorts, and family holiday cottages. The following Melbourne Surrounds hotels provide some of the best deals for a holiday in Victoria – please search below for availability and get the very best room rates sourced from over 100 local and online booking agents:

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Both Mornington and Philip Island are about an hour to two hours drive from Melbourne and are best explored by hiring a car from the one of the cities rental outlets.


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