Mornington Peninsula

Swim with dolphins, stroll the bay and surf the beaches of the historic seaside village of Sorrento. Take in the cliff-top walks, stunning views and million-dollar mansions of Portsea at the tip of the Mornington Peninsula. Pick your own berries and visit wineries and galleries in Red Hill and Main Ridge. In Flinders, you'll find great beaches, wineries and golf courses.

 Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges

Sample the health-giving mineral waters of Hepburn Springs and explore Kyneton's antique shops. Bushwalk past gardens and hillside estates at Mount Macedon and picnic at legendary Hanging Rock. This region is a fairytale at the end of a fast highway from Melbourne, filled with galleries, boutique accommodations and fine places to eat.

 Phillip Island

See koalas and waterbirds in the wild at Rhyll and watch fairy penguins waddle home at dusk on Summerland Beach. For a different kind of wild life, visit the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, home to the Australian Motor Cycle Grand Prix and V8 Supercar 500. To get there, take a car ferry from Stony Point to Cowes, the island's main town. Or, arrive in the gateway of San Remo—also a fishing and pelican haven—via suspension bridge.

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