Ultra-Luxury Melbourne Vacation

Explore Melbourne and surrounds in style with in-the-know local guides. Discover hidden gems in the city, explore wineries and beaches in the Mornington Peninsula, and venture into the bushland to see kangaroos in the wild. Then head to Tasmania for more wildlife adventures and beautiful scenery.

From $4,399
per person
12 days
Airfare additional cost
Based on
2 travelers

We designed this Ultra-Luxury Melbourne Vacation for a high-end couple celebrating their 20th anniversary. They loved food, wine, and art, so we sent them to Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital. We set them up with excellent local guides to uncover the hidden gems of this vibrant city. They also enjoyed multiple days of wildlife touring to see Australia’s unique animals in the wild.

We started their Ultra-Luxury Melbourne Vacation with a free day to explore the shops, galleries, restaurants, and cafes. The next day, they joined a small-group tour to explore Melbourne’s bustling lanes and arcades, where surprises await around every corner. They loved getting the local perspective and history from their guide.

Next, they spent a day on the gorgeous Mornington Peninsula. Just an hour away from Melbourne, this serene coastal region feels a world away from the busy city streets. They had a private guide to introduce them to the best wineries, coffee shops, scenic beaches, and shops—and, of course, the unique characters and creators who call the Mornington Peninsula home. They finished the afternoon with a rejuvenating soak in the peninsula’s famous hot springs.

Continuing their Ultra-Luxury Melbourne Vacation, our couple enjoyed a day of wildlife touring in the bushland outside the city. Along with a small group, they joined an expert wildlife guide to see kangaroos, koalas, unique birds, and more up close in the wild and learn about their behaviors.

After a few days of leisure time in Melbourne, they flew to the ruggedly beautiful island of Tasmania. Here, they explored the renowned, avant-garde Museum of Old and New Art and enjoyed a fabulous seaplane excursion, flying over the picture-perfect Wineglass Bay and landing on Maria Island to see the abundant wombats, wallabies, and other wildlife.

They also spent 2 days touring Tasmania with our favorite private wildlife guide. They saw unique landscapes, including towering dolomite columns in Ben Lomond National Park and the boulder-strewn, white sand beaches in the Bay of Fires. They were able to see mobs of kangaroos in the open fields, as well as track down elusive platypus and echidnas. In the evenings, they enjoyed gourmet campfire dinners and watched the wilderness come alive with nocturnal Aussie animals.

As their Ultra-Luxury Melbourne Vacation came to an end, they were sad to leave, yet excited to share their adventures with friends and family back home. They felt they had the perfect mix of exciting cities, incredible food and wine, wildlife encounters, and unique surprises.

Day 1
Welcome to Melbourne! Enjoy a private transfer from the airport to your elegant, centrally located hotel. Your first day is free to explore Australia’s cultural capital. Enjoy some shopping at high-end designer boutiques or quirky shops. Explore historic streets, beautiful parks, and art-covered alleys. When you need a rest, you’re sure to find a cozy cafe nearby, where you can refuel with a cup of Melbourne’s famously good coffee.
Savoy Hotel on Little Collins

Day 2
Today, you’ll explore Melbourne’s bustling lanes and arcades with a local guide. Discover everything from gelato to local designers and day spas with expert commentary on Melbourne’s fascinating past and incredible present. Enjoy authentic Chinese dumplings, savor French style sweet treats, relax with a coffee at one of Melbourne’s best cafes, and finish with a view and a glass of bubbles on a rooftop bar. Be sure to ask your guide for insider tips so you can enjoy Melbourne like a local in your free time!
Savoy Hotel on Little Collins

Day 3
It’s time for another locally guided tour today, but this time you’ll be exploring the beautiful Mornington Peninsula on a private, full-day tour. Just an hour’s drive from the city, the Peninsula is a favorite among locals for its wine, produce, and miles of stunning coastline. Take a beach walk, feel the sand between your toes, and encounter local wildlife… all before lunch. Taste stunning local wines and beer before soaking in the beautiful peninsula hot springs.

On this private tour, your in-the-know guide will tailor the experience to your interests and show off all the hidden gems of this gorgeous region.
Savoy Hotel on Little Collins

Day 4
You’ve seen the city and the winelands; now it’s time to meet Australia’s iconic wildlife! Join a small group tour of the wilderness around Melbourne with an expert wildlife guide. Walk through natural bushland to meet koalas in the wild, then learn about their history and social life from a koala researcher.

Join mobs of kangaroos in the wild on the plains and in open forests. Their natural instinct is to flee humans, but with care you are able to get close enough to take photographs and observe their complex social life. The natural environments you’ll visit are also home to parrots, fairy-wrens, emus, honeyeaters, possums, wallabies, and lizards. Your wildlife guide will help you find and understand them, and show you how to look for wildlife wherever you travel in Australia.
Savoy Hotel on Little Collins

Day 5 – 6
Your final 2 days in Melbourne are yours to enjoy at your leisure. With insider tips from your guides of the last few days, you’ll have plenty of unique and hidden treasures to explore in this vibrant city.
Savoy Hotel on Little Collins

Day 7
It’s time to head to Tasmania for more wildlife adventures. Fly to Hobart, the capital of this remote island-state, and pick up your rental car. Your home for the next 2 nights is the boutique MACq 01 Hotel in Hobart. This luxury hotel truly reflects the quirkiness of Tasmania, with each room uniquely designed to tell the story of a real Tasmanian character.

Explore one of the highlights of Tasmania, the innovative Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Enjoy a ferry ride to and from the museum in the “Posh Pit,” where you’ll be treated to complimentary drinks and canapés. If you get in early, you can also enjoy a complimentary tour of the Moorilla winery on arrival (subject to availability).
MACq 01 Hotel

Day 8
Today, you’re in for a treat: a scenic airplane ride to the wildlife-filled Maria Island. Fly over the pink granite mountains and pristine white beaches of Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay before touching down on Maria Island, which is famous for its unique scenery and native Australian wildlife. Enjoy an hour and a half exploring the island, including a sumptuous lunch with local Tasmanian seafood and wine, before returning to Hobart via scenic flight.
MACq 01 Hotel

Day 9
Rise early this morning and make the 3-hour, scenic drive from Hobart to Scottsdale. Here, you will meet up with a private naturalist guide for 2 days of wildlife and wilderness touring. First, explore Ben Lomond National Park, a spectacular mountain of dolerite columns and scree slopes. Travel via the Roses Tier forests to the Tyne Valley for a campfire dinner with the forester kangaroos.

Relax by the fire with a glass of Tasmanian wine or beer and see the bush come alive with eastern quolls, brush-tail possums, and Tasmanian pademelons (a relative of the kangaroo and wallaby) visiting the campfire, while Bennett’s wallabies and wombats graze nearby.
Beulah Heritage B&B

Day 10
It’s another day exploring the Tasmanian wilderness with your private guide. Today, you’ll be searching for 2 of Australia’s most unique and elusive animals: the platypus and echidna. Travel to the far northeast corner of Tasmania to the Mt William National Park.

Take a stroll among the stunning white beaches and round red rocks in the Bay of Fires region, enjoy lunch with the Bennett’s wallabies, and see the resident wildlife in the area. The forester kangaroo and the wombat are just a couple of the inhabitants who share this coastal national park with over one hundred species of birdlife.

You can choose to enjoy another nocturnal wildlife experience this evening. Enjoy a campfire dinner and a nocturnal walk in the forest to see and hear the brushtail and ringtail possums, pademelons, Bennett’s wallabies, and bettongs go about their nightly business.
Beulah Heritage B&B

Day 11
Your fabulous Australia adventure comes to an end today. Drive to Launceston or Hobart to catch a flight back to mainland Australia and onward to your international flight.

  • 6 nights Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, Melbourne
  • Melbourne culture and food walking tour – includes coffee, sweet treat, shared plates of dumplings, and a glass of bubbles
  • Private, full-day tour of Mornington Peninsula with a local guide
  • Private, full-day wildlife tour near Melbourne – includes picnic lunch
  • Return Melbourne airport transfers in a private sedan vehicle
  • 3 nights MACq 01 Hotel, Hobart – includes daily breakfast
  • Admission to Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) with “Posh Pit” ferry transfers
  • Scenic flight over Wineglass Bay and wildlife tour of Maria Island – includes seafood lunch with wine
  • 2-day/2-night private wildlife tour in Tasmania – includes 2 nights Beulah Heritage B&B, 2 full days of touring with a private wildlife guide, and all meals throughout
  • 5 days rental car in Tasmania