Sandstone landforms at the Mornington Peninsula National Park.
Away from the slick sights of Melbourne, the surrounding Victoria region has long provided many alluring day-trip experiences for locals who enjoy its scenic bay beaches and some of the best Australian produce from boutique wineries and growers.
Now, corporate incentive groups from Singapore to the US are getting in on these local gems and experiences.
Life by the sea
Among the most-visited spots is Mornington, a seaside town an hour's drive southeast from Melbourne along the eastern coastline of Port Philip Bay.
There, groups get to experience its laid-back alfresco lifestyle with impressive bay views. More importantly, they will get to discover some of the best gourmet treats and wines, as well as natural spring water and premium skin care products. Planners will be able to pick from some 50 or so cellar doors across the peninsula.
Consider partnering with tour agency Localing Tours, which can tailor day-trip itineraries for groups to the Greater Melbourne region, based on themes from culinary and wine appreciation, to wildlife and nature.
Stop by a local farm to taste some wine and learn about how fresh cheeses are made.
The ultimate farm-to-plate experience
Starting out from Melbourne, groups will head to the Mornington Peninsula to kick off the day's wine tasting. The region is perhaps most famous for its farm-to-plate experiences at restaurants and cellar doors.
An unmissable experience for groups is a stop at Montalto Winery, where groups get to taste award-winning wines, such as its Pennon Hill, Estate and Single Vineyard ranges. After that, go big with a gourmet winery lunch that includes two courses with matching wines. With good weather, planners can even upgrade the experience to a private picnic lunch at a sprawling estate on Red Hill.
Following that, groups can continue their culinary appreciation with another wine or beer tasting at Polperro Estate, a vineyard seated on a 25-acre property in Red Hill. Arrange for groups to go behind the cellar door to meet the makers and sample their award-winning beverages like the Polperro and Even Keel wine.
To cap things off, groups can head to a local dairy farm to taste freshly made goat cheeses or pastries. Finally, groups can take a bush walk in the hinterland's native eucalyptus forest, like those of Arthurs Seat, Red Hill and Main Ridge.