This was the best trip I had whilst in Australia. The spectacle of the penguins was amazing. Not only was the sight of the penguins on the beach amazing, but 'the after show' boardwalk back to the vistors centre meant that you saw penguins within a couple of feet of the walkway - and this wasn't just one or two, there were groups of 10 or 20 at a time. I would recommend that anyone going on this trip wrap up warmly, even consider taking a blanket as sitting on the grandstand waiting for the penguins to appear out of the water was extremely 'bracing'.
The views were amazing, even though the weather was not very kind - overcast, ocassional rain and relatively cold. Some negative points about this trip were that the extra day in my opinion was a waste of time as we were dropped off in Apollo Bay and left for 24 hours. Mistakenly I assumed I would have more things to see if I took 2 days instead of one, but this was not the case. Apollo Bay is a very pretty area, but there is very little to do there except go for a walk, sit on the beach or eat. The other negative point was that the driver on the second day was one hour late arriving at the pickup point, so by the end of the day we arrived back in Melbourne 2 hours later than scheduled. I realise that timings are estimated, but a 2 hour delay for no explainable reason was a little irritating.