7 incentive ideas in Melbourne and Victoria

From a penguin parade to a man-made surf park and beach golf, here's the inside track on what to do in the Australian city and state.

Phillip Island's new Penguin Parade

In 2019 Phillip Island Nature Parks launched the new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre (pictured above).

This was a result of AUD$48 million investment from the state government. The new environmentally friendly visitor centre offers fun and interactive activities, high tech theatre and a dedicated education wing.

It meant the restoration of more than six hectares of penguin habitat which benefits Australia’s largest colony of Little Penguins.

URBNSURF Melbourne

Just opened at Melbourne Airport, Urbnsurf Melbourne is the first man-made surf park facility in Australia.

It uses wave-generating technology so that visitors of all abilities will be able to have an authentic surfing experience whatever the weather – without a beach in sight. It has a 320-metre pool that produces waves between 0.6 metres and 1.9 metres, with rides lasting up to 32 seconds.

The attraction includes a fully equipped pro-shop for board and gear hire, a café and training programmes for all levels.

Wildlife Wonders

Based on a 20-hectare property west of Apollo Bay along the Great Ocean Road, this wildlife experience has recently launched as Wildlife Wonders. The ecologist-led guided walk takes visitors through the Otways region to explore Victoria’s native wildlife.

Set in bushland, delegates can watch koalas dozing in the treetops, potoroos and bandicoots foraging on the forest floor and kangaroos hopping along the horizon against a spectacular ocean backdrop. 

The Lakeside Discovery Centre at Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges

Due to open in December 2020, The Lakeside Discovery Centre adjacent to the Puffing Billy Lakeside Station, will highlight the relationship between the Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy (the world's oldest surviving steam locomotive), as well as offering food, beverage and function facilities. 

13th Beach Golf Lodges

Opening in January 2020, 13th Beach Golf Club, Barwon Heads on The Bellarine will launch its new luxury accommodation in January 2020. The 16 new golf lodges overlook the stunning Beach Golf Course and Lake Murtnaghurt.

Each features a luxurious king or twin bedding configuration, outdoor space and modern furnishings. 13th Beach Golf Club is ranked in the top 10 public access golf courses in Australia (Golf Australia) and hosts the Victoria Open Golf tournament every February. 

Wilsons Promontory Cruises – Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

New Wilsons Promontory cruises began September this year and are the latest addition to the award-winning Pennicott Wilderness Journeys ecotours. Visitors can travel in custom-built amphibious boats designed for cruising waters in comfort and safety. 

Check out the iconic South Point, the southernmost tip of mainland Australia and cruise into the waters of Bass Strait and Victoria’s first marine national park. This cruise tour will take visitors to the iconic granite monolith that is Skull Rock, sculpted by waves and surrounded by crystal blue waters.

Bendigo Street Art Tour

Located on the Goldfields region, new tours are available to explore Bendigo’s blossoming street art scene with a talented and passionate local artist from Nacho Station artist collective.

Learn about the unique challenges that a historic city like Bendigo poses for local artists, hear local urban legends, see inter-state and international artists’ work, and even leave your own mark on the walls during the tour.

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