Melbourne City Sightseeing Tour (3 hours):
Start your tour with a pickup by air-conditioned coach from your central Melbourne hotel, or alternatively, meet your guide in Federation Square. Hear about Melbourne's famous world-class sporting events like the Australian Open Tennis Championships and the Melbourne Cup horse race, and the city’s vibrant markets, cafes and galleries.
As you drive through the downtown streets, watch out for top Melbourne attractions like St Patrick’s Cathedral and Melbourne Cricket Ground. Pass the hustle and bustle of Queen Victoria Market and visit the iconic Fitzroy Gardens (own expense) – home to Captain Cook’s Cottage.
Take in the Docklands – Australia’s premium waterfront development – and enjoy the drive over Bolte Bridge for spectacular city views. Your tour also takes you on a stroll in Chinatown and includes a guided walk through some of Melbourne's best arcades and laneways.
Your morning tour ends at Federation Square or your hotel, and if you choose to do both tours on the same day, then you’ll have a 2-hour break before your next tour starts in the early afternoon.
Phillip Island Trip Including Penguin Parade (10 hours):
Leave your Melbourne hotel by air-conditioned coach with free WiFi on-board, and head southeast to Western Port – the gateway to Phillip Island. After passing through the maritime fishing village of San Remo, cross the bridge and begin your visit of this enchanting little island.
Phillip Island Nature Park is one of southern Australia’s highlights. On a tour with your guide, visit the park’s best sites like The Nobbies headland, home to Australia’s largest fur seal colony; Churchill Island for afternoon tea (not included) , where you’ll see kangaroos and wallabies roaming freely around the vast site; the Koala Conservation Centre; and the wetlands for a spot of bird watching (April to October only). Your tour will stop for dinner (own expense) either before or after the tour’s highlight – the Penguin Parade!
Stand on floodlit Summerland Beach in the premium Penguins Plus viewing zone – right next to the main path of penguins. This area is limited to 190 people, ensuring the best views of the little penguins coming in from the waves and waddling towards their burrows. Relax with a drink as you watch them hopping along the sand, and learn about their life on the island from the informative displays on-site.
After their nightly ritual has taken place, enjoy some time at leisure here. Perhaps wander over to see the penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk or check out the Visitor’s Centre.
Meet your guide back on the coach at the pre-arranged time, and then head back to your Melbourne hotel where your tour ends.