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Experience the best of coastal Victoria with this packed, 2-day tour that takes you to three favorite destinations around Melbourne. See the spectacular beaches and limestone cliffs of the Great Ocean Road, watch the famous Penguin Parade at Phillip Island, and visit the charming seaside villages and colorful bathing boxes of the Mornington Peninsula. The tour package includes overnight accommodation, two meals, all park fees, and guided transport. 

Highlights

  • 2-day tour of the Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island from Melbourne
  • See the limestone rock formations of the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge along Great Ocean Road
  • Visit the coastal townships of Apollo Bay, Lorne and the Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet
  • Snap pics of Portsea's bathing boxes and the views from Murrays Lookout on the Mornington Peninsula
  • Hand-feed wallabies and kangaroos and meet the koalas at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Watch the famous penguin parade at Summerland Beach

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What You Can Expect

2-Day Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road

Discover the majestic coastal scenery, native wildlife and charming culture of three popular destinations on this 2-day adventure. Travel in an air-conditioned vehicle with a knowledgeable guide, who will share background and interesting facts about the sites you visit. 

On the first day, travel from Melbourne along the magnificent Great Ocean Road, which boasts some of the most beautiful coastal scenery on Earth. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, and spend the night in your choice of private or shared room at an award-winning family resort in Queenscliff (see Pricing for details).  

In the morning, enjoy breakfast and hop aboard a ferry to cross Port Phillip Bay to the charming town of Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula. From there, make your way to Phillip Island, where you'll visit a wildlife conservation park, a local chocolate factory and the striking granite cliffs of the Nobbies. For the grand finale of your tour, watch the mesmerizing Penguin Parade, when hundreds of little penguins emerge from the ocean and waddle home to their burrows.

See Itinerary below for full tour details. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Melbourne – Great Ocean Road (D)
After pickup from your Melbourne hotel, you’ll travel inland through the Western district, stopping for morning tea in Colac, before connecting to the Great Ocean Road, a famously scenic 150-mile (243-km) route that runs along the southwestern coast.

As you drive, you’ll stop at iconic spots like the Twelve Apostles rock formations and the Gibson Steps, where you’ll can admire spectacular limestone cliffs and rock formations. Further down the road, you’ll reach Loch Ard Gorge, named after a famous 1878 shipwreck. Hear the story of the survivors of the wreck as you take in the scenery and learn about other famous spots nearby, including the Razorback, Island Arch, Muttonbird Island, Loch Ard Cemetery, the Blowhole and Thunder Cave.

Midway along the coast you’ll drive through the Otway Ranges, known for lush rainforest and some of the tallest eucalyptus trees in Australia. You’ll then buzz through the quaint coastal townships of Apollo Bay and Lorne on the way to check out the Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet.

Throughout the day you’ll enjoy plenty of stops to take short walks, catch stunning views, and look for wildlife such as koalas and kangaroos. After a full day’s tour of scenic towns and beaches, you’ll stay overnight at the eastern end of the Great Ocean Road. Enjoy dinner as you relax in the evening.

Overnight: BIG4 Beacon Resort, Queenscliff

Day 2: Great Ocean Road – Phillip Island – Melbourne (B)
Have breakfast in the morning and then set out for the ferry across Port Phillip Bay. You'll arrive on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula where your first stop will be the seaside town of Portsea. Admire its picturesque bathing boxes — colorful small structures built on the beach — and enjoy amazing views from Murray’s lookout.

After taking in Portsea, you’ll get a close look at the furry residents of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, have your photo taken with a koala (optional) and learn about the conservation of these native animals. You’ll also see some lesser known endangered species including the southern bettong, eastern quolls and fluffy gliders. From the sanctuary, you’ll head to Phillip Island, where you'll visit the Nobbies, an ecotourism center with boardwalks along the cliffs and great views of the fur seal colony at nearby Seal Rocks.

Next, you'll enjoy a well-deserved treat with a self-guided tour and tasting at the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory. The factory boasts a range of features, including a demonstration of the chocolate production process, a chocolate waterfall, art made from chocolate, and equipment that allows you to design your own tasty treats.

Your last stop of the tour will take you to Summerland Beach, home to Victoria’s largest colony of little penguins. Watch the 'penguin parade' as hundreds of birds march across the beach at dusk to return to their nests for the night. Viewing platforms on the beach allow you to get a good look at the birds while maintaining a respectful distance.

You will be returned to Melbourne late in the evening at the end of your 2-day tour.

Customer Reviews

floriafoglia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Absolutely fantastic. We, a group of 5 Italian friends , liked all the activities, the places, the accommodation , our tour companions but above all our great guide Kyle

PING SENG T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great Tour, Good Hospitality !! Thanks Rebecca for being our excellent tour guide !!
I am really happy with the stay, enjoy the breeze, and get to know new friends.. Strongly recommended !!

JESSIE S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

the tour was amazing. the whole journey was really smooth and pleasant. the tour guide cum driver was fanastic! we had a great time and enjoyed ourselves. highly recommended

Lori A. L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was an amazon trip! Excellent tour guide, beautiful sites, great accommodations and I LOVED seeing the Penguins coming home from a day of fishing!

Cheryl H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Amazing tour! Amazing tour guide! Would recommend to everyone.

Tim B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

I highly recommend this trip. It was our 2nd highlight of our 3 week Australian trip. Sydney Harbour was our Number 1. Kyle was our overnight tour guide and he made our trip very special and fun. You can tell he loves his job by his involvement with the group and the special care he takes to make sure all are happy. The hotel was nice and only a short distance to the beach but dinner was just ok. Breakfast was very good. My husband enjoyed having someone else drive so he could see all the beauty Australia and the Great Ocean road has to offer. Our second driver Alan was friendly and informative and the seeing the penguin parade was wonderful. The only thing I would change about the trip is I would not stop at the Chocolate Factory unless you were taking the tour. When we stopped the cafe was closed and the chocolates were way to expensive. I dont anyone bought anything in our group of 24. Overall, a wonderful, fun, educational tour.

Rachel F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was a great way to see Melbourne and the sites. We were staying in St Kilda with friends and the pick up site was close and easy to get to. Oir friends said that there would be no way to see all those sites in one day on your own, definitely worth the price! Tour guide was very knowledgeable!

Karyaen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This trip was great! Our guide Peter gave us a lot of lessons about settlement, although it's sleepy on the way to destinations, but the scenery view never fail us!

Jennifer W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I will absolutley be recommneding this tour to everyone I talk to, I had the best two days and I am really glad I was told to visit the great ocean road and see the penguins when I came here or else I am may not have come across this tour! There was so much beautiful sights, I found the tour very well planned, I learned so much and I did everything I possibly could have! My tour guides were Peter and Rob, and they both get gold stars, they were funny and quirky and they gave a ton of knowlegde and information about all the stops we took as well as interacted very well with ALL of the members. I am Jennifer from Canada, and I would like to thank you for two fabulous days! I will also upload some pictures when I get to a computer :

Tak Yan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our first stop was Twelve Apostles in the morning, therere few tourists around there because we travelled the other way round. We could take as many photos as we wanted without anyone jumped into my pictures. At night, my friend and I shared a cozy and comfortable house with another four tourists. Dinner and breakfast were included and food was served by a winning café. Quiches, salad, all were delicious! Besides, our tour guide, Tom, shared a lot of history and knowledge to us. Hes dutiful and took care of us all the time.
The next day, another tour guide replaced the original one and he instructed us where we should sit in order to get a good spot for penguin parade. Hes absolutely right and I saw three groups of penguins walking from the shore to land.
Its an awesome experience! Two tour guides, the itinerary, food, accommodation, I definitely recommend this tour to my friends.

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