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Discover Australia’s cultural capital, take a thrilling road trip along the Great Ocean Road and spot wildlife on Phillip Island with this action-pack 4-day tour, including accommodation. Explore Melbourne on a 3.5-hour sightseeing tour; see koalas, kangaroos and Tasmanian Devils at Maru Animal Park; and watch the evening Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. Then, set out along the Great Ocean Road, stopping to snap photos of the Twelve Apostles and Apollo Bay, and learn the legends of the Shipwreck Coast.

Highlights

  • 4-day Melbourne city stay tour with Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road
  • See the history and heritage of Melbourne on a sightseeing tour
  • Visit Warrook Cattle Farm and homestead
  • View koalas in their natural environment at the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Watch the nightly ritual of the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Marvel at the stone monoliths of the Twelve Apostles as you travel down the spectacular Great Ocean Road
  • Hear stories of the shipwrecks at Loch Ard Gorge

What You Can Expect

4-Day Melbourne Tour: City Sightseeing, Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island

Penguin Parade

Day 1: Melbourne
After making your own flight arrangements to arrive at Melbourne Airport, be picked up by airport transfer and taken to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day in Melbourne at your leisure, discovering the waterfront cafes of Southbank by the Yarra River or following the city’s network of lanes lined with boutiques and coffee shops.

Overnight: Mercure Hotel Welcome (standard hotel) or Crowne Plaza (superior hotel), Melbourne


Day 2: Melbourne -- Phillip Island -- Melbourne (B)

After breakfast at your hotel, get picked up and taken to see Melbourne’s major attractions on a 3.5-hour city tour. Discover that Melbourne is a wonderful blend of heritage buildings and modern skyscrapers on your tour past Parliament House, Queen Victoria Market, tree-lined Collins Street, St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne Town Hall, the arts precinct and Shrine of Remembrance. Stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens, and see the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Rod Laver Arena (home of the Australian Tennis Open). Then get out into the country to travel around Westernport Bay to Maru Animal Park, for up close and personal encounters with koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils and much more. Enjoy the opportunity to pat and feed kangaroos, wallabies and a host of farm animals and see the Nobbies rock formations overlooking Bass Strait. As dusk falls, watch the nightly Penguin Parade as cute little penguins break free of the surf and waddle home across the sand to their nesting places. Leaving Phillip Island, relax on the drive back to Melbourne, where you’ll have the evening to spend at your leisure.

Overnight: your choice of accommodation, Melbourne

Day 3: Melbourne -- Great Ocean Road -- Melbourne (B)

Following breakfast at your hotel, take a Great Ocean Road day tour that begins with panoramic views as you leave Melbourne from the West Gate Bridge. You'll soon be on the coast, passing world-famous Bells Beach, host of the World Surfing Championships, and the seaside holiday resorts of Anglesea, Lorne and Wye River before traveling along one of the world’s greatest scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road. Pass under towering limestone cliffs, along sweeping beaches and through the mountain-ash rainforests of the Otway National Park all the way to the Twelve Apostles rising abruptly from the sea, as your tour guide shares the tragic legends of Victoria’s Shipwreck Coast. Relax on the drive back to Melbourne, following the rural inland route, and have the evening to enjoy at your leisure.

Overnight: your choice of accommodation, Melbourne

Day 4: Melbourne (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, be transferred to Melbourne Airport to connect with your onward flight.

Itinerary

Accommodation:

Mercure Hotel Welcome
The hotel has comfortable accommodation, restaurant and bar facilities and is a convenient location from which to explore all the attractions and events in Melbourne.

Crowne Plaza
The Crowne Plaza is in the heart of the city's vibrant docklands and surrounded by restaurants on the Yarra's north bank, just over the bridge from the Crown Casino and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The hotel has all the facilities you would expect from a 5-star hotel, including bars, restaurants, swimming pool and fitness center.

Customer Reviews

Kristine H

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2014

Overall it was a good experience. The hotel (Mercure Welcome) was a good standard hotel. Friendly staff and clean rooms. Definitely would recommend the hotel.
The itinerary for the trip lacked a lot of information. We knew what time we would leave but did not know or even have an idea of when we would come back. On the website it said that we would have our evenings at leisure, however that was not the case. The penguin parade started around 9pm which meant that we were only back at the hotel by midnight. We were not informed of that and it would have been nice to know.
I thought the Mabu zoo was very small and ordinary. Nothing special. Could have skipped that. Although the sheep shearing show was entertaining.
For the city sight seeing tour, it would have been nice to get off the bus more.
The Great Ocean road day is a bit long but definitely worth it. Again, it would have been nice to get a detailed itinerary of the day before getting on the bus in the morning.

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