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.
- 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 and Lorne
- 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
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 on the Bellarine Peninsula, where you will spend the night at the multi award winning Beacon Resort Holiday Park (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 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.
Day 1: Melbourne – Great Ocean Road (D)
After leaving the city of Melbourne behind, 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. Then it's off to see the coastal towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne.
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 boardwalk and have access to the best views of Phillip Island's rugged south coast.
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.