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Published on April 15th, 2009 | by john.weir

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Lose yourself in Melbourne’s new tourist triangle

A new self-drive tour has been launched by Tourism Victoria linking Melbourne to the renowned Yarra Valley wine region, the gourmet Mornington Peninsula and wildlife haven Phillip Island.

Located southeast of Melbourne, the three regions make up a convenient touring triangle, bringing together some of the very best experiences a visitor can have in Australia’s most compact and diverse state.

The tour, conveniently named Melbourne’s Southeast Touring Triangle, winds through scenic valleys and coastline, award-winning wineries, delectable food, boutique accommodation, world-class golf courses, beautiful parks and gardens and Australian nature at its best.

With nearly 100 wineries to visit -including Moët & Chandon’s Australian base- head to the Yarra Valley for hot air ballooning at dawn before descending into a vineyard to enjoy a breakfast of sparkling wine and local produce; a favourite destination for lovers of nature, each evening Phillip Island hosts the little penguins’ parade, Australia’s most popular wildlife event; while on the Mornington Peninsula you will be immersed in a Mediterranean feel, driving through rolling hills of olive groves and vineyards, past lavish cliff-top mansions and stopping to enjoy waterfront restaurants and cafés.

From the quiet, self-catering Yering Gorge Cottages, surrounded by nature, to the stunning brand-new, family-friendly Silverwater Resort or the iconic Glynt Manor lavish mansion, there are accommodation options to suit every taste and budget throughout the way.

The three regions are no more than ninety minutes apart from each other so you can plan your journey over three, four, five days – or even longer.

– Melbourne to Yarra Valley: 56km/35 miles, 60 minutes’ drive
– Yarra Valley to Phillip Island: 140km/87 miles, 90 minutes’ drive
– Phillip Island to Mornington Peninsula: 105km/65 miles, 75 minutes’ drive
– Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne: 104km/64 miles, 75 minutes’ drive

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