Hi, I will be visiting Victoria for the first time in November. My friend who stays in the northern suburb of Melbourne suggested that I stay in the South to check out Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island for the first half of my stay before going up to the North to visit her. However, she can only spend one weekend with me to bring me to the Yarra Valley vineyards on a Saturday and some other places on Sunday. So I have to plan my own activities.
I'm thinking of staying in Morningtin Peninsula for the first half (5 days +/-) to explore the area including Phillip Island. Is it too long? Any suggestions of what to do there? Any accommodations to recommend? Are there any local tours that I can join to go to Phillip Island to see penguins + visit the Chocolate Factory? Anything else to do in Phillip Island?
The second half (5 days +/-) will be to Melbourne. Too long? Too short? Any accommodations to recommend? I can probably try to figure out the places to visit in Melbourne City with the help of a good map. Any websites with good Melbourne City map to recommend?
Did some quick browse through on the top questions in the Melbourne forum. Do you think it will be better for this first timer to just spend a week in Melbourne, throw in one or two day tours out to Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island before visiting my friend in the northern suburb.
Appreciate any help and suggestions please.