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  • Location:Melbourne, Australia
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With this package you are guaranteed to save over 25% compared to booking the tours separately!

Travel along the Great Ocean Road, see Phillip Island's little penguins and visit your favorite Melbourne city sights! This super saver combines Melbourne's top experiences by taking you to the Twelve Apostles on a Great Ocean Road classic tour, drops in to see the parade of cute little penguins on Phillip Island, and includes entry to Melbourne's top attractions -- all with an overall savings of more than 25% compared to booking the tours separately.

Highlights

  • Great Ocean Road classic tour plus Phillip Island Penguin Parade and Melbourne Attraction Pass
  • Admire the Twelve Apostles as you travel along the iconic Great Ocean Road
  • Witness the little penguin parade as they return home to their burrows on Phillip Island
  • Upgrade to the Penguin Plus, Penguin Skybox or Private Penguin Parade (extra costs)
  • Use the Melbourne Attraction Pass to watch sharks swim at Melbourne Aquarium and view Melbourne from above at Eureka Skydeck 88.
  • Enjoy commentary from friendly and informative guides
  • Small-group tour with maximum 24 people ensures a more personalized attention from your guide

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What You Can Expect

Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island plus Melbourne Attraction Pass

Phillip Island Penguin Parade

Great Ocean Road Classic Tour:
Start your Melbourne immersion with the road trip everyone's talking about! Follow the historical Great Ocean Road, one of the world's most scenic coastal routes, as it winds along Victoria's southwest coast, passing long golden beaches, rugged sandstone cliffs and eucalypt-tree rainforest.

Pass the beach resort villages of Lorne and Apollo Bay and take in panoramic coastal views from the Cape Otway Lighthouse. Hear the tragic tales of the Loch Ard Gorge and discover why this spectacularly wild part of Victoria is known as the Shipwreck Coast. Then, enjoy a traditional Australian barbeque lunch.

The route also takes you among the soaring eucalypt trees of the Otway rainforest, and to the offshore sandstone stacks called the Twelve Apostles.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade:
On another day (within seven days of your Great Ocean Road tour), travel to Phillip Island to visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park for a hands-on wildlife experience. Learn about the park's conservation efforts, hand-feed a kangaroo, see wallabies and wombats, or have the opportunity to get a photo taken with a koala. You'll also see flying possums and other cute Australian marsupial mammals.

Next, you'll see sheep shearing and working dogs in action at the historic farm on neighboring Churchill Island before visiting the Koala Conservation Centre. Visit Phillip Island's wild and rugged surf beaches at Cape Woolamai, and see basking fur seals at Seal Rocks and the rocky outcrop known as the Nobbies.

As dusk falls, get ready for the main event at Summerland Beach, as Victoria's largest colony of little penguins return home from a day of fishing at sea, waddling their way up the sands to their burrows.

Enhance your penguin-viewing experience with a choice of upgrade options. Choose the Penguin Plus option to have a better view of the penguins from the comfort of an exclusive viewing area with private boardwalk. Or be warm and dry in a Penguin Skybox and watch the penguins from an elevated indoor viewing area while enjoying drinks and canap├ęs. Choose the Private Penguin Parade for front-row seats on the sand with access to the penguins, joining an exclusive small group visit with a private ranger guide.

Melbourne Attraction Pass:
Then see the best of Melbourne, and save time and money with the Melbourne Attraction Pass. Visit two of Melbourne's premier attractions -- the Melbourne Aquarium and Eureka Skydeck 88. Tickets are issued at departure of the Great Ocean Road Tour. The pass allows single entry to each attraction and is valid for six months from the date of collection.

Itinerary

Melbourne Aquarium
See the amazing world of aquatic animals such as sandbar whaler sharks, gray nurse sharks, Port Jackson sharks, king penguins, gentoo penguins, freshwater sawfish, smooth stingrays, green sea turtles and big-bellied seahorses at Australia's largest aquarium.

Eureka Skydeck 88

Enjoy unparalleled views of Melbourne from the top of the Eureka Tower on the banks of the Yarra River. Take in 360-degree floor-to-ceiling views of Melbourne, equally brilliant by day or when twinkling with lights at night.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour package. Both the great ocean road and phillip island tours were great,we upgraded to vip on the phillip island penguin parade and it was well worth it. In the package we also got tickets for the aquarium and tower.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

2 fantastic tours. Thank you to Mary and Phillip, our guides for the days. They were the best.

Tiffany Y
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Phenomenal experience of Australia! Both tours had breathtaking views on natural landmarks, so I was able to get plenty of gorgeous photos. The tour guide was delightful and very informative, I learned a lot about Australia from these tours. The wildlife in the area was spectacular and I was able to get fairly close-up look on a variety of species, including being able to feed some of them like the wallabies! The Phillip Island penguin parade was quite chilly, but it was by far worth it for the experience. Over the course of both days we were able to hit many spots within good timing. I've absolutely fallen in love with the state of Victoria, so much that hopefully I'll be back very soon! Thank you Viator for this lovely tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

These 2 trips are long but you get yours money worth. It was definitely worth it and would recommend it. I took my 2 elderly parents with walkers and the drivers were so helpful and patient. Thanks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tom our driver was great! The scenery was lovely. Lots of great pictures including the option we chose to take the helicopter ride at the 12 Apostles. Well worth the little extra. The day started raining and we saw so many rainbows. Had more of a clear day when it really counted. We traveled the first day of winter so a little chilly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Both the Great Ocean Road and Philips Island tour were great. If you go to Melbourne I think both are a must do. I saw a few people complaining about the lunch, it was good. Not really a lot but people you should always bring a snack of your own on these kinds a day trips. The lunch location was beautifull as well.

As said, both tours are a must do. There is really no need to book it on Viator though. You can also book it while you're there, there are heaps of tour companies that offer these kinds of tours and you may even get them cheaper!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The driver is very, very good in terms of the knowledge. Especially the guild for Great Ocean Road, Sorry that I forget his name thought.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Excellent tours, fantastic tour guides worth every penny, lots of memories made !!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The tours were fantastic. Great tour guides. We had an awesome time. We will be back.

Gin
Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Wow....we saw so much in 2 days! We did the Great Ocean Road on January 12th, our 1st day in Melbourne, and were blessed with wonderful sunny weather and a momma and baby koala bear sighting. Lots of time spent on the bus but I still managed to get a sunburn UNDER my t-shirt. Our 2nd day it rained most of the day as we toured Phillip island but even the rain didn't dampen our spirits as we toured this incredible place. Our guides for both tours were excellent as was the itinerary. Well done!

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