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From Sorrento: 3-Hour Dolphin and Seal Swim Tour

1. From Sorrento: 3-Hour Dolphin and Seal Swim Tour

Departing from Sorrento Pier, enjoy a welcome tea or coffee, before venturing into the sheltered shallows of Port Phillip Bay to embark on an exciting once in a lifetime adventure.   Make your way to Chinaman's Hat, a man-made structure built to protect local Australian fur seals. Go for a snorkel in the structure’s shallow waters and get up close and personal with the ever-curious seals who are waiting to share their underwater world with you. Next, go for a swim with dolphins. Float on the water’s surface as these playful creatures swim beneath you and circle the group, showing off their amazing abilities. Finish your experience with a snorkel with the sea dragons, a unique species of seahorse native to the area, and discover the prehistoric looking creatures for yourself in their natural habitat.

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From Sorrento Pier: 2-Hour Great Southern Reef Snorkeling

2. From Sorrento Pier: 2-Hour Great Southern Reef Snorkeling

Depart from Sorrento, the native land of the Boonwurrung people, and the site of the first European settlement in 1803. Pass beneath the 20-million-year-old calcarenite cliffs of the Mornington Peninsula National Park, and in less than 15 minutes start discovering the vast Great Southern Reef beneath the water. Do some snorkeling at three different sites where you'll meet nature's finest temperate marine animals, many that exist nowhere else on Earth. See an array of colorful fish, graceful stingrays, unusual weedy seadragons, and entertaining seals. Swim freely listening to the grunts and clicks of fish working the reef and be mesmerised by the rich colours. In a swift RIB boat, travel quickly between each location, looking out for dolphin sightings as the tour explores the southern end of the peninsula.

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Sorrento: 1.5-Hour Port Phillip Bay Adventure Cruise

3. Sorrento: 1.5-Hour Port Phillip Bay Adventure Cruise

Your tour commences with an introductory on-board safety briefing, before cruising past the amazing cliff top mansions out into the sheltered shallows of Port Phillip Bay. With your family or friends, you will head off to Chinaman's Hat, a local spot where the ever-curious Australian fur seals are waiting to show off their way of life. From Chinaman's Hat, cruise over to Popes Eye at the Marine National Park for a look at the Australasian gannets, where your guides will share with you some interesting and educational facts about these amazing birds. From there, you'll cruise the magnificent Port Phillip Bay in search of the inspiring bottle nosed dolphins. There is no need to jump into the water; the captain's technique will place you right next to the action where you will receive a fantastic view into the world of the dolphins and seals. At the conclusion of your guided insight into Australia's flora and fauna, you will be returned to your point of origin.

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Port Phillip Bay: 2-Hour Seal Swim

4. Port Phillip Bay: 2-Hour Seal Swim

Embark on an unforgettable underwater adventure, snorkeling with cheeky and cheerful Australian fur seals. Departing Sorrento Pier in Victoria's picturesque Mornington Peninsula, your cruise commences with welcome tea or coffee as you revel in views of the coastline and cliff-top mansions. Arriving at Chinaman's Hat, a structure built just for the seals in Port Phillip Bay, you will take the plunge to swim with these gentle, playful and curious creatures. This sheltered area has a maximum depth of four meters and participants can float on the surface and watch the seals swim freely around them if they wish.

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From Melbourne: Peninsula Hot Springs & Bathing Boxes Tour

5. From Melbourne: Peninsula Hot Springs & Bathing Boxes Tour

Kick off the day with a relaxing break at the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs, a group of thermal mineral pools complete with reflexology walk, Turkish hamam, sauna, cold plunge pool, and the iconic Hilltop Pool which boasts a 360-degree view of the region. Head up to Arthurs Seat where you will admire the panoramic views from Murrays Lookout across the bay to the city. The final stop is an iconic local attraction, the Peninsula Bathing Boxes. Found on beaches along the coast of the Mornington Peninsula, these renowned bathing boxes are set against the wonderful backdrop of the crystal-blue ocean. This is one scene from the day to be remembered.

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Mornington Peninsula Winery Bus Tour with Lunch & Wine

6. Mornington Peninsula Winery Bus Tour with Lunch & Wine

Visit 4 of the region's best wineries with a guide who will provide you with lots of local knowledge. Enjoy an amazing experience and create everlasting memories. Stop along the way for panoramic views of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula where you can take photos. Lunch, with a glass of wine and tastings, is offered at any of the wineries visited. See for yourself why the Mornington Peninsula wine region is rated as one of the best wine regions in Australia.

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From Melbourne: Half-Day Trip to Peninsula Hot Springs

7. From Melbourne: Half-Day Trip to Peninsula Hot Springs

Exhilarate your senses with a visit to the award-winning coastal oasis of Peninsula Hot Springs, located less than 90 minutes from Melbourne. Experience complete relaxation, connection, and rejuvenation, as you unwind and experience geothermal bathing in a stunning natural setting. Explore over 50 different globally-inspired bathing experiences in the renowned Bath House and soak in 50°C mineral-rich waters. Try out unique experiences such as a cave pool, reflexology walk, hydrotherapy pool and much more. Simply board your direct shuttle from Central Melbourne and prepare for a day of complete rejuvenation of the mind and soul.

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Mornington Peninsula: Sightseeing Tour with Bay Sailing

8. Mornington Peninsula: Sightseeing Tour with Bay Sailing

Departing from your chosen pickup location in the area, head first to a marvel of nature set upon the pristine Portsea Beach, the London Bridge Lookout. This unique rock formation is a local attraction not to be missed. Savor the moment as you sail the bay on a ferry and enjoy a regional produce picnic lunch while taking in the serene bay views. The tour continues after lunch with a visit to the St. Andrews Brewery. This craft brewery was once a world-class horse training facility. Here you’ll join the locals for a beer paddle tasting and watch the brewers crafting and pouring great brews right from their stable doors. Next, go up to Arthurs Seat and admire the panoramic views from Murrays Lookout across the bay to the city. The final stop is another iconic local attraction, the Peninsula Bathing Boxes. Found on beaches along the coast of the Mornington Peninsula, these renowned bathing boxes are set against the beautiful backdrop of the blue ocean. This is one scene from the day to be remembered. Finally, return to central Melbourne for drop-off at the Mail Exchange Hotel.

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Great Ocean Road & Phillip Island 2-Day with Accommodation

9. Great Ocean Road & Phillip Island 2-Day with Accommodation

Reconnect with nature and experience one of the world's most dramatic coastlines on a 2-day small group tour of the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island. Day 1: Great Ocean Road (D) Travel along one of the world's most scenic roads and get breathtaking views of the coastline of Victoria by air-conditioned minibus. See stunning beaches and the lush rainforest of the Otway Ranges as you make your way towards Geelong. Head south through the coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay and look for native wildlife in their natural habitat. Go for a rainforest walk in the Otway Ranges before arriving at the limestone sea stacks of the 12 Apostles. Marvel at the natural beauty of Loch Ard Gorge before heading to your overnight accommodation on the Bellarine Peninsula. Day 2: Penguin Parade (B) Catch the morning ferry from picturesque Queenscliff to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, and see the famous Bathing Boxes at Portsea. Get panoramic views from Murrays Lookout, and then encounter Australia's wildlife with a guided walk at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Visit Seal Rocks and the Nobbies, and stroll along the boardwalk to enjoy spectacular views along the rugged south coast of Phillip Island. Experience the famous Penguin Parade at dusk and watch hundreds of Little Penguins cross Summerland Beach on their way home for the night.

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From Melbourne: Day Trip to Peninsula Hot Springs with Lunch

10. From Melbourne: Day Trip to Peninsula Hot Springs with Lunch

Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, the Peninsula Hot Springs offers a truly unique and relaxing experience of natural thermal hot springs and a day spa. Inspired by the finest international bath houses, the location offers over 50 unique bathing experiences from steam baths, to massaging mineral showers, to a panoramic hilltop pool.  Get picked up and transferred from a centrally located hotel in Melbourne and then get ready to unwind as you enjoy the natural surroundings, stunning views, and local bird life. After your bathing experience, enjoy a delicious tapas-styled lunch at a local farm gate and a tasting of regional wines. After lunch, either choose to try your hand picking strawberries at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm (only available from November–March and subject to fruit availability) or visit Mornington Peninsula Chocolates to indulge in some locally produced sweet treats (available all year round). The final attraction of the day is the Arthurs Seat Eagle. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the state park as you fly overhead, admiring the breathtaking scenery of Port Phillip Bay and the Peninsula’s stunning white beaches.  Relax on your journey back to Melbourne and make use of free wifi onboard to share your new memories with family and friends. Get dropped off back at your pickup location at around 6:15 - 6:45 PM.

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What people are saying about Mornington Peninsula

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 50 reviews

Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs was the highlight of my Melbourne getaway. The hill top pool was the best but I enjoyed every other pool and sauna I was able to try. I have to say special thanks to Polly and Matt from Explore Australia for making my day. If it was them, this tour wouldn't have happened. Getyourguide let me book this tour for 26 April (Monday) and kept me in that belief that everything was alright. I even talked to them 2 days prior to the schedule departure about the possibility of cancellation (due to covid, many tours are not going ahead). They said everything was as planned, no problem. I haven't got any confirmation from the tour company though, so by Monday morning I was really nervous and worried about missing the tour. Called Explore Australia and they said they didn't have a booking for that day!! Thank God I had one more day in Melb, so Polly from the office reschedule my tour, can't be greatful enough for her. And Matt, the tour guide, he's just awesome.

Lots of beautiful spots enjoy and pools to soak in. Staff are excellent, changing room are clean, keeping your stuff are easy and safe. A bit long queue at the Hill top pool since it's not too big. Might need to come on weekdays. Beautiful Melb views from the gondola. Staff are super friendly and gave great options. Met and talked with the friendly locals at Bathing Boxes those shared the history and other gem spots to explore around.

Norm was an excellent host, taking us to a variety of good wineries. We found that some of the wineries would even freight our purchases home free of charge. Lunch at the Old Apple Shed was an absolute feast. Then finally we had a tour around the sights of the Mornington Peninsula. A great day!

Explore Australia staff were very responsive and proactive in making sure my booking was good to go. The Hot Springs were busy but overall relaxing. I was able to get a space when I wanted one.

Great day out. Jam-packed with activities and exciting events. Great lunch. Excellent guide.