An Adventure Downunder
If you care for some wine and wildlife then Victoria in Australia is your best bet for a spectacular honeymoon
With the wedding season around the corner, couples across the nation are gearing up to explore new and undiscovered destinations as newly betrothed couples. Honeymoon agendas have become increasingly offbeat over the years with many newlyweds giving up long walks on the beach to instead travel to international destinations and experience exotic wine tastings and wildlife. The State of Victoria, Australia is a place with many unique features where newlyweds can fulfill their every fantasy.
So if you love wines and are a wildlife enthusiast then this is your chance to introduce the same to your better half.
Places of interest in the State of Victoria
The Yarra Valley is the State of Victoria’s wine capital. Housing more than 50 world-class wineries, dozens of fine restaurants and scores of boutique retreats, this place is a must-see for all tourists. Also nearby, are the Dandenong Ranges that are home to spectacular wildlife, over 300 kms of walking trails and a variety of boutique accommodations. The Dandenongs are also host to the annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival that is on from 15th September – 12th October. The popular festival features live entertainment, a garden sculpture exhibition, multi-cultural food and beautiful garden displays.
Phillip Island hosts Australia’s most popular wildlife event – a parade of little penguins which emerge from the sea and make their way to their burrows in the sand dunes. The island is also home to a large number of Koalas and a colony of up to 16,000 fur seals. Tourists can swim, sail, fish or go boating, while bird watchers can come to the island to see over 100 species of bird that reside on the island.
Great Ocean Road:
The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives that boast of a breathtaking stretch of astonishing seascapes, magical forests and sprawling farmlands. One can witness the spectacular limestone stacks, namely the Twelve Apostles that have formed over 20 million years. Aptly named the ‘Shipwreck Coast,’ one can still come across the anchors of two famous ships, the Marie Gabrielle and the Fiji that are still embedded on the beach. Travellers also have the option of enjoying surfing at this location as some of the nation’s best known surf beaches are located on the Great Ocean Road.
Arching around the eastern rim of Port Phillip Bay and close to the city, the Mornington Peninsula is a holiday spot chosen by many people visiting Melbourne. Mornington Peninsula is a popular destination for golfers as it is home to some of Australia’s best courses that offer year-round golf with magnificent coastal views. It offers more than 50 wineries to sample pinot noir, pinot gris and chardonnay. Visitors can sample organic fruit and vegetables from numerous small orchards, farms and vineyards in the vicinity. Also, tourists can spend time diving, surfing, swimming with dolphins and seals.
The city of Melbourne will always be a product offering that is of prime importance to us. Known as a style setter, Melbourne is home to some of the best shopping and nightlife in Australia, a non-stop program of events and festivals, cutting-edge design, fashion and architecture, major art exhibitions and musical extravaganzas. Melbourne is currently the reigning ‘World’s Ultimate Sports City,’ as awarded by Sports Business International. Every year the city plays host to international sporting tournaments at world-class venues, such as the Spring Racing Carnival, Formula One racing, Australian Open tennis and this November, the city will be hosting The Presidents Cup 2011 from 15-20 November 2011 at the Royal Melbourne Golf Course.
How to reach
Melbourne Airport is serviced by 27 international airlines and the airport is around 22 kms from the city
Within the state you can opt for interstate train or bus services. Both of them are highly efficient
There are options for self drive as well. Qantas Airways has regular flights to Australia from India. Book here
Places to stay
Currency : Australian Dollar
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