Great Ocean Road & Grampians (3-Day)

A 3-day road trip combining the Great Ocean Road with the rugged beauty of the Grampians National Park

The rugged coastline of Great Ocean Road and great sandstone mountains of the Grampians National Park are two of the Australia’s most spectacular regions. The diverse scenery, native wildlife, and incredible food and wine experiences from the coast to the mountains provide the ultimate three-day Australian road trip.

Your journey begins tracing the full length of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road. Visit azure surf beaches, quaint seaside hamlets and spot lazy kangaroos and sleepy koalas in their natural habitat along the way. Enjoy a verdant rainforest interlude in the Great Otway National Park before arriving at the scenic highlight of the Great Ocean Road – the iconic Twelve Apostles. Stroll cliff-edge boardwalks for the perfect vantage point to see these magnificent limestone stacks rise majestically from the Southern Ocean. There is also the option to view from above with a short helicopter flight.

Spend the night in the charming maritime village of Port Campbell with a relaxed dinner at a classic Australian pub where you may meet some of the locals and sample the regions produce. The next morning consider rising early for an unforgettable sunrise viewing at the Twelve Apostles and explore less visited natural wonders of the Port Campbell National Park – all before the tourists arrive!

Continue inland to the Southern Grampians National Park for lunch in the quaint rural town of Dunkeld. The mountainous beauty of the region is showcased to its fullest extent with an optional hike to the summit of The Piccaninny. This easy, gradual climb through open forest (with stunning wildflower displays during spring) culminates with jaw-dropping views of Mount Abrupt. Tonight, you will fall asleep to the nocturnal sounds of the Australian bush.

A leisurely breakfast will be followed by a visit to the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre where you’ll learn the indigenous history of this beautiful region. Your guide will take you on another breathtaking hike before you enjoy a well-earned lunch in Halls Gap. En route back to Melbourne visit an esteemed boutique winery for a structured tasting of cool-climate wines.

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Morning highlights:

  • Watch surfers at Bells Beach
  • Morning Tea at Split Point Lighthouse
  • Photograph stop at Memorial Arch
  • Coastal panorama at Teddy’s Lookout
  • Observe koalas at Kennett River

Afternoon highlights:

  • Lunch overlooking the ocean in the township of Apollo Bay
  • Great Otway National Park rainforest walk
  • Explore the Port Campbell National Park including the iconic Twelve Apostles & Loch Ard Gorge

Evening highlights:

  • Dinner at a local restaurant (own expense)
  • Overnight in your Port Campbell accommodation

Sunrise (Optional):

  • Admire the sun rising over the Twelve Apostles crowd free

Morning highlights:

  • Breakfast at leisure
  • Explore lessor visited attractions of the Port Campbell National Park such as London Bridge, The Grotto, The Arch and more

Afternoon highlights:

  • Lunch in the rural Southern Grampians town of Dunkeld
  • Explore the rugged beauty of the Grampians National Park with the option to hike the Piccaninny trail

Evening hightlights:

  • Dinner at a local restaurant (own expense)
  • Overnight in your Dunkeld accommodation

Morning highlights:

  • Breakfast at leisure
  • Learn the Aboriginal history of the Grampians National Park at the Brambuk Cultural Centre
  • Option to hike to The Pinnacle Lookout and admire the vast views of the Grampians. Keep an eye out for native wildlife including koalas, kangaroos and even echidnas.

Afternoon highlights:

  • Structured wine tasting and café-style lunch at Great Western Estate
  • Wine tasting at the scenic Mount Langi Ghiran Vineyard
  • The historic gold-rush city of Ballarat

Night One: Southern Ocean Villas, Port Campbell

Southern Ocean Villas are positioned in a tranquil, landscaped environment.
Comfortable villas offer an open-planned kitchen and lounge/dining area plus an outdoor deck.
Villas are 5-minutes easy walking distance of Port Campbell’s town centre and main beach.

Alternative Port Campbell Accommodation

Alkina Lodge, AnchorsThe Port O Call Motel 

Night Two: Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

With sweeping views of Victoria’s Grampians, Deluxe Mountain View rooms idyllically showcase the peaceful surrounds of Dunkeld. Complete with private balconies and rainfall showers, it is conveniently located moments away from award-winning food and wine experiences on-site at the Royal Mail Hotel.


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Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Daily morning teas
  • Daily lunches with beverages
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Exclusion

  • Dinners (Your local guide can assist with arrangements and transfers)

Commence

Day 1: 08:00am from your Melbourne hotel / address

Duration

This is a 3 day / 2 night tour




Mornington Peninsula Helicopter Journey

By land and by air – the ultimate way to experience Melbourne’s coastal playground

Board a private helicopter from the heart of Melbourne for a spectacular ascent through a canyon of skyscrapers then fly over Port Phillip Bay before touching down on the on the Mornington Peninsula. This idyllic haven feels a world away – a place where stunning vineyards tumble down undulating hills to clear blue seas and pristine beaches.

Be greeted on arrival by your guide then visit the spectacular coastal boardwalks at Cape Schanck. Offering awe-inspiring vistas of the rugged coast, watch as waves pound the dramatically shaped Pulpit Rock. Breathe deep Cape Schanck’s pristine air which also acts as the world reference standard for “zero pollution”.

The region is home to more than fifty boutique wineries producing quality Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Shiraz. Visit one of the most awarded wineries for a structured tasting before settling in for a gourmet lunch at esteemed Pt. Leo or Port Phillip Estates.

As for the afternoon, your guide’s intimate knowledge of the region puts you in the perfect position to explore breezy seaside villages, discover gourmet delights in the Red Hill hinterland, continue to sample boutique wines or perhaps see Australian wildlife at Moonlit Sanctuary – the choice is yours.

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Highlights

  • Scenic helicopter flight from Melbourne to the Mornington Peninsula
  • Spectacular coastal and lighthouse walk at Cape Schanck
  • Lunch at one of the region’s finest vineyard restaurants
  • Wine tasting at a selection of boutique Mornington Peninsula wineries tailored to suit your personal taste
  • Explore breezy seaside villages with eclectic artists’ studios and boutique stores
  • Sample sublime produce during farm gate visits at an orchard, dairy, strawberry farm and more

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Private 30-minute helicopter flight (Melbourne – Mornington Peninsula) including vehicle transfer to helipad
  • All wine and/or produce tastings
  • Vineyard lunch with beverages
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

10:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address

Duration

Up to 8-hours




Mornington Peninsula Wildlife Encounters

Exclusive wildlife encounters, gourmet produce and stunning coastal walks

Only an hour from Melbourne, the stunning coastal beaches and rolling hills of the Mornington Peninsula are home to many of Australia’s most beloved wildlife. Enjoy exclusive wildlife encounters before spending an afternoon sampling local wines and incredible gourmet delights the region is known for.

Your day begins with a visit to the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park where you will meet the who’s who of Australian animals during an exclusive keeper-led experience. Hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, pet a koala, walk with dingos, feed furry little sugar gliders, and meet many more Australian animals.

Continue along winding roads lined with giant gum trees to one of the region’s leading vineyard restaurants, where you will enjoy lunch with picture perfect views over undulating vineyards.

As for the afternoon, your guide’s intimate knowledge of the region puts you in the perfect position to explore breezy seaside villages, discover gourmet delights in the Red Hill hinterland, walk rugged coastal tracks or perhaps sample boutique wines – the choice is yours.

On return to Melbourne, admire expansive views of Port Phillip Bay and Melbourne’s city skyline as you descend Arthurs Seat, the highest point of this beautiful region.


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Highlights

  • Exclusive keeper-led tour of Moonlit Sanctuary, including encounters with koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, dingos and more
  • Lunch at one of the region’s finest vineyard restaurants
  • Spectacular coastal and lighthouse walk at Cape Schanck
  • Explore breezy seaside villages with eclectic artists’ studios and boutique stores
  • Sample sublime wines and produce during vineyard and farm gate visits

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Exclusive keeper-led tour of Moonlit Sanctuary
  • Vineyard lunch with beverages
  • All wine and/or produce tastings
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

09:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address

Duration

Approx. 8-hours




Mornington Peninsula Epicurean

The discerning Gourmands journey through Melbourne’s coastal playground

The Mornington Peninsula’s fertile soil, maritime climate and skilful winemakers have rightfully earned the region its reputation as a leading producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and a sterling record for incredible food.

The diverse dining scene of the region is characterised by a casual elegance that has become synonymous with “Peninsula style”.  The combination of the stunning setting and expert technique makes a good argument for declaring the Mornington Peninsula the country’s finest regional dining spot.

Your epicurean journey commences at Montalto where a member of this awarded vineyard and olive grove will take you on a guided exploration of the property and will show you the best of the seasonal cycle. Montalto combines a working vineyard and olive grove, kitchen gardens, fruit orchard and berry plantation with a commitment to the arts and an extensive sculpture collection.

Season dependant, you could taste the grapes around vintage, learn how to grow and make use of seasonal produce or explore the property’s natural wetlands and extensive permanent sculpture collection.

Visit the breathtaking private wine room with 360-degree views across the gardens and estate to experience a private structured wine tasting of Montalto’s flagship single vineyard wines. Finally, experience Montalto’s estate to plate philosophy in action, with a stunning 5-course lunch served with matched wines in the restaurant overlooking the undulating vineyards dotted with incredible works of art.

The afternoon will see you meet local growers and artisan producers, sampling their gourmet delights along the way, before a relaxing drive back to Melbourne.


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Highlights

  • A private guided exploration of Montalto – the ultimate foodie destination
  • Structured wine tasting overlooking the vines
  • A stunning multi-course lunch with matched wines showcasing Montalto’s estate-to-plate philosophy
  • Wine tasting at a selection of boutique Mornington Peninsula wineries tailored to suit your personal taste
  • Farm gate experiences sampling gourmet cheeses, olive oil, or cider

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Exclusive Montalto Estate to Plate experience
  • Multi-course lunch with matched wines at Montalto
  • All wine and/or produce tastings
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

From 09:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address

Duration

Approx. 8-hours




Mornington Peninsula

Wineries, gourmet produce, busy bayside villages and stunning coastal walks

Regarded as Melbourne’s summer playground, there’s something magically transporting about the Mornington Peninsula. Only an hour’s drive from the city, it’s a place where vineyards meet the seaside – an idyllic haven that feels a world away.

Your Mornington Peninsula experience begins with a visit to the spectacular coastal boardwalks at Cape Schanck. Offering awe-inspiring vistas of the rugged coast, watch as waves pound the dramatically shaped Pulpit Rock. Breathe deep Cape Schanck’s pristine air which also acts as the world reference standard for “zero pollution”.

The region is home to more than fifty boutique wineries producing quality Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Shiraz. Visit one of the most awarded wineries for a structured tasting before settling in for lunch at esteemed Pt. Leo or Port Phillip Estates.

As for the afternoon, your guide’s intimate knowledge of the region puts you in the perfect position to explore breezy seaside villages, discover gourmet delights in the Red Hill hinterland, continue to sample boutique wines or perhaps see Australian wildlife at Moonlit Sanctuary – the choice is yours.

On return to Melbourne, admire expansive views of Port Phillip Bay and Melbourne’s city skyline as you descend Arthurs Seat, the highest point of this beautiful region.


Optional Additions

Visit Moonlit Sanctuary

Just 60-mins from Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula, Moonlit Sanctuary is an award-winning wildlife and conservation park where you can get up-close at Australia’s amazing wildlife.  Hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, pet friendly koalas and enjoy encounters with colourful birds, reptiles, dingoes and many other animals.

Ride Arthurs Seat Eagle

Soar the heights of the Mornington Peninsula with scenic views across Port Phillip Bay towards Melbourne, around the coast and beyond.
Gliding quietly through the sky in a gondola at Arthurs Seat Eagle, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported a million miles away, rather than one hour’s drive from Melbourne.

Swim with Dolphins and Seals

Join a 3-hour snorkel adventure with resident Bottlenose Dolphins, swim alongside cheeky Australian Fur Seals, explore underwater marine parks filled with colourful fish and join the search for weedy sea dragons.

Relax at the Peninsula Hot Springs

Immerse yourself in natural thermal mineral waters which flow from deep underground into pools and private baths at Peninsula Hot Springs. Awaken your senses and nourish your soul in nature.


Make an enquiry


Highlights

  • Spectacular coastal and lighthouse walk at Cape Schanck
  • Wine tasting at boutique Mornington Peninsula wineries tailored to suit your taste
  • Explore breezy seaside villages with eclectic artists’ studios and boutique stores
  • Lunch at one of the region’s finest vineyard restaurants
  • Sample sublime produce during farm gate visits

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • All wine and/or produce tastings
  • Vineyard lunch with beverages
  • Moonlit Sanctuary or Arthurs Seat Eagle (Optional)
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

09:00am from your Melbourne hotel/address

(Start time is flexible)

Duration

Up to 8-hours




Phillip Island & Helicopter Journey

Indulge with a scenic one-way flight to Phillip Island

Take a private helicopter to the tiny island of pristine white beaches and incredible wildlife. A day of luxury and excitement meeting native wildlife, exploring rugged clifftops and seeing the world-famous penguin parade.

Beginning in the heart of Melbourne board your private helicopter. Following a spectacular ascent through a canyon of skyscrapers, fly high over metropolitan Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula before touching down on the island.

Visit the Koala Conservation Centre to wander treetop walkways offering superb eye-level viewing of Australia’s most-loved and cuddly marsupial. Keep an eye out for resident wallabies and echidna’s that can often be spotted in the surrounding bushland.

Stroll the boardwalks around The Nobbies absorbing coastal views at lookout points set amongst natural sea bird gardens. Be transfixed by the thundering blowhole and keep your eyes out for a daylight sighting of the Little Penguins. As the sun begins to set, the journey continues along the Summerland Peninsula toward the Penguin Parade visitor centre. Travel off-road along the rugged island coastline and spot wild wallabies and Cape Barren geese as they graze at dusk.

Prior to the arrival of the penguins, join a local ranger who will lead you on an intimate and informative journey through the penguin colony then take your seat away from the crowds in the wonderfully located beachfront viewing stand offering superb viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach. Watch in awe as members of the 32,000 strong Penguin colony waddle their way to their nests.

Dinner will be served in popular seaside village of Cowes at a favourite local restaurant serving a palette-pleasing menu that demonstrates the freshest seasonal produce the island and its surrounds have to offer.


Penguin Viewing Options

1) GUIDED RANGER TOUR (Min age 12 years)

Join your ranger guide for an informative journey through the penguin colony, enjoying their commentary via your personal headset. Take your seat in the beachfront viewing stand offering intimate viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach.

Best for: A more intimate and educational experience. Maximum: 10 per group.

2) UNDERGROUND VIEWING

Get an eye-level view of the Little penguins in the unique Underground viewing experience. Enjoy up-close viewing of the Little penguins waddling along the Parade’s most popular pathway through an underground viewing window.

Best for: Cooler months, families, mobility impaired. Maximum: 70 guests.

3) PENGUINS PLUS

The Penguins Plus viewing platform offers visitors up-close viewing of the little penguins as they waddle along the most popular pathway at the Penguin Parade.

Best for: Affordable premium viewing option for all ages. Maximum: 300 guests.


Make an enquiry


Highlights

  • Scenic 35-minute helicopter flight from Melbourne to Phillip Island
  • Wander tree top boardwalks for up-close viewing at the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Premium viewing of the 32,000 strong penguin colony parading along the beach
  • Explore the rugged coastline and cliff top boardwalks of The Nobbies and the Summerland Peninsula
  • Spot Wallabies and native Cape Barren Geese
  • Explore the displays at the Penguin Parade visitor centre and discover more about Phillip Island’s little penguins

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Private 35-minute helicopter flight (Melbourne – Phillip Island) including vehicle transfer to helipad
  • Entry to the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade (Your choice of viewing option)
  • Dinner with beverages
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

Approx. 02:00pm

Tour departs from your Melbourne hotel / address

Duration

Approx. 7 – 8 hours




Phillip Island Wildlife Encounters

The ultimate tour for encounters with Australian wildlife

Your day begins with a visit to the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park where you will meet the who’s who of Australian animals during an exclusive keeper-led experience. Hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, pet a koala, walk with dingos, feed furry little sugar gliders, and meet many more Australian animals.

Stroll the boardwalks around The Nobbies absorbing coastal views at lookout points set amongst natural sea bird gardens. Be transfixed by the thundering blowhole and keep your eyes out for a daylight sighting of the Little Penguins. As the sun begins to set, the journey continues along the Summerland Peninsula toward the Penguin Parade visitor centre. Travel off-road along the rugged island coastline and spot wild wallabies and Cape Barren geese as they graze at dusk.

Prior to the arrival of the Little Penguins, take an informative journey through the penguin colony then take your seat away from the crowds in the wonderfully located beachfront viewing stand offering superb viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach.

Dinner will be served in popular seaside village of Cowes at a favourite local restaurant serving a palette-pleasing menu that demonstrates the freshest seasonal produce the island and its surrounds have to offer.


Penguin Viewing Options

1) GUIDED RANGER TOUR (Min age 12 years)

Join your ranger guide for an informative journey through the penguin colony, enjoying their commentary via your personal headset. Take your seat in the beachfront viewing stand offering intimate viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach.

Best for: A more intimate and educational experience. Maximum: 10 per group.

2) UNDERGROUND VIEWING

Get an eye-level view of the Little penguins in the unique Underground viewing experience. Enjoy up-close viewing of the Little penguins waddling along the Parade’s most popular pathway through an underground viewing window.

Best for: Cooler months, families, mobility impaired. Maximum: 70 guests.

3) PENGUINS PLUS

The Penguins Plus viewing platform offers visitors up-close viewing of the little penguins as they waddle along the most popular pathway at the Penguin Parade.

Best for: Affordable premium viewing option for all ages. Maximum: 300 guests.


Make an enquiry


Highlights

  • Exclusive keeper-led tour of Moonlit Sanctuary, including encounters with koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, dingos and more
  • Premium viewing of the 32,000 strong penguin colony parading along the beach
  • Explore the rugged coastline and cliff top boardwalks of The Nobbies and the Summerland Peninsula
  • Spot Wallabies and native Cape Barren Geese
  • Explore the displays at the Penguin Parade visitor centre and discover more about Phillip Island’s little penguins

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Exclusive keeper-led tour of Moonlit Sanctuary
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade (Your choice of viewing option)
  • Dinner with beverages
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks


Commence

11:00am (05 April 2020 – 03 October 2020)

12:00pm (04 October 2020 – 04 April 2021)

Tour departs from your Melbourne hotel/address


Duration

Approx. 11 – 12 hours



Phillip Island Private Tour

Explore the wildlife haven of Phillip Island

A tiny island of pristine white sand surf beaches and a haven for wildlife, Phillip Island is known worldwide for one of the most unique nature experiences, the nightly Penguin Parade.

On arrival at Phillip Island visit the rugged surf beach of Cape Woolamai and breathe deeply what is considered the cleanest air in the world. Wander the treetop walks at the Koala Conservation Centre enjoying superb eye-level viewing of Australia’s most-loved and cuddly marsupial – and keep an eye out for resident wallabies and echidnas often be spotted in the surrounding bushland

Stroll clifftop boardwalks at The Nobbies and absorb coastal views and hear the thundering blowhole from lookout points set amongst natural sea bird gardens. As the sun begins to set, travel off-road along the rugged island coastline to spot wild wallabies and Cape Barren geese, as they graze at dusk.

Prior to the arrival of the Little Penguins, take an informative journey through the penguin colony then take your seat away from the crowds in the wonderfully located beachfront viewing stand offering superb viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach.

Dinner will be served in popular seaside village of Cowes at a favourite local restaurant serving a palette-pleasing menu that demonstrates the freshest seasonal produce the island and its surrounds have to offer.

Your Phillip Island tour will conclude with a comfortable return to journey to Melbourne.


Penguin viewing options

1) GUIDED RANGER TOUR (Min age 12 years)

Join your ranger guide for an informative journey through the penguin colony, enjoying their commentary via your personal headset. Take your seat in the beachfront viewing stand offering intimate viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach.

Best for: A more intimate and educational experience. Maximum: 10 per group.

2) UNDERGROUND VIEWING

Get an eye-level view of the Little penguins in the unique Underground viewing experience. Enjoy up-close viewing of the Little penguins waddling along the Parade’s most popular pathway through an underground viewing window.

Best for: Cooler months, families, mobility impaired. Maximum: 70 guests.

3) PENGUINS PLUS

The Penguins Plus viewing platform offers visitors up-close viewing of the little penguins as they waddle along the most popular pathway at the Penguin Parade.

Best for: Affordable premium viewing option for all ages. Maximum: 300 guests.


Make an enquiry


Highlights

  • Wander tree top boardwalks for up-close viewing at the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Premium viewing of the 32,000 strong penguin colony parading along the beach
  • Explore the rugged coastline and cliff top boardwalks of The Nobbies and the Summerland Peninsula
  • Spot Wallabies and native Cape Barren Geese
  • Explore the displays at the Penguin Parade visitor centre and discover more about Phillip Island’s little penguins

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Entry to the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade (Your choice of viewing option)
  • Dinner with beverages
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

01:00pm (05 April 2020 – 03 October 2020)

02:00pm (04 October 2020 – 04 April 2021)

Tour departs from your Melbourne hotel/address

Duration

Approx. 9 – 10 hour




Express Penguins

Take the fast track to the Penguin Parade

The sight of hundreds of Little Penguins waddling to their beachside nests at Phillip Island is one of the world’s most unique nature experiences. The islands proximity to Melbourne and compact size allows you to make the most of this evening visit to this haven for diverse wildlife.

Departing Melbourne late afternoon, you will soon find yourself strolling along the boardwalks around The Nobbies, absorbing coastal views at lookout points set amongst natural sea bird gardens. Be transfixed by the thundering blowhole and keep your eyes out for your first sighting of the Little Penguin.  As the sun begins to set, travel off-road along the rugged island coastline to spot wild wallabies and Cape Barren geese, as they graze at dusk.

Prior to the arrival of the penguins, join a local ranger who will provide intimate and informative commentary on the penguin colony as you take your seat away from the crowds to witness the penguins emerge from the water and cross the beach. Watch in awe as members of the 32,000 strong Penguin colony waddle their way to their nests.


Penguin Viewing Options

1) GUIDED RANGER TOUR (Min age 12 years)

Join your ranger guide for an informative journey through the penguin colony, enjoying their commentary via your personal headset. Take your seat in the beachfront viewing stand offering intimate viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach.

Best for: A more intimate and educational experience. Maximum: 10 per group.

2) UNDERGROUND VIEWING

Get an eye-level view of the Little penguins in the unique Underground viewing experience. Enjoy up-close viewing of the Little penguins waddling along the Parade’s most popular pathway through an underground viewing window.

Best for: Cooler months, families, mobility impaired. Maximum: 70 guests.

3) PENGUINS PLUS

The Penguins Plus viewing platform offers visitors up-close viewing of the little penguins as they waddle along the most popular pathway at the Penguin Parade.

Best for: Affordable premium viewing option for all ages. Maximum: 300 guests.


Make an enquiry


Highlights

  • Premium viewing of the 32,000 strong penguin colony parading along the beach
  • Explore the rugged coastline and cliff top boardwalks of The Nobbies and the Summerland Peninsula
  • Spot Wallabies and native Cape Barren Geese
  • Explore the displays at the Penguin Parade visitor centre and discover more about Phillip Island’s little penguins

Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade (Your choice of viewing option)
  • Light meal with a beverage
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Commence

02:00pm (05 April 2020 – 03 October 2020)

04:00pm (04 October 2020 – 04 April 2021)

Tour departs from your Melbourne hotel/address

Duration

Approx. 6 – 7 hours




Melbourne to Adelaide (3-Day)

An unrivalled journey along the awe-inspiring Great Ocean Road between Australia’s southern capitals

An unrivalled journey between Australia’s southern capitals takes you from the eclectic streets of Melbourne past windswept beaches, rainforests and natural wonders to Adelaide –along one of the world’s most incredible coastal drives.

Your journey begins tracing the full length of one of the world’s most spectacular coastal touring routes, the Great Ocean Road. Visit azure surf beaches, quaint seaside hamlets and spot lazy kangaroos and sleepy koalas in their natural habitat along the way. Enjoy a verdant rainforest interlude in the Great Otway National Park before arriving at the scenic highlight of the Great Ocean Road – the iconic Twelve Apostles. Stroll cliff-edge boardwalks for the perfect vantage point to see these magnificent limestone stacks rise majestically from the Southern Ocean. There is also the option to view from above with a short helicopter flight.

Spend the night in the charming beachside village of Port Campbell with a relaxed dinner at a classic Australian pub where you may meet some of the locals and sample the regions produce.  The next morning consider rising early for an unforgettable sunrise viewing at the Twelve Apostles and explore less visited natural wonders of the Port Campbell National Park – all before the tourists arrive!

Continue west to Tower Hill’s ancient-volcanic crater, now a wildlife reserve teeming with native Australian flora and fauna. Then break for lunch in the picturesque maritime town of Port Fairy before crossing the South Australian state border. Overnight will be in the gorgeous regional country town of Mount Gambier.

The final day offers wonderfully diverse riches – from the sunken gardens of the Umpherston Sinkhole to the azure brilliance of South Australia’s Blue Lake, nestled in a dormant volcano crater. Taste fine cabernet at boutique wineries in the acclaimed Coonawarra wine region and explore the Naracoorte Caves World Heritage site, housing ancient fossils dating back 50,000 years before arriving into the South Australian capital city of Adelaide.

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

MELBOURNE TO PORT CAMPBELL

Morning highlights:

  • Watch surfers at Bells Beach
  • Morning Tea at Split Point Lighthouse
  • Photograph stop at Memorial Arch
  • Coastal panorama at Teddy’s Lookout
  • Observe koalas at Kennett River

Afternoon highlights:

  • Lunch overlooking the ocean in the township of Apollo Bay
  • Great Otway National Park rainforest walk
  • Explore the Port Campbell National Park including the iconic Twelve Apostles & Loch Ard Gorge

Evening highlights:

  • Dinner at a local restaurant (own expense)
  • Overnight in your Port Campbell accommodation

PORT CAMPBELL TO MOUNT GAMBIER

Sunrise (Optional):

  • Admire the sun rising over the Twelve Apostles crowd free

Morning highlights:

  • Breakfast at leisure
  • Explore lessor visited attractions of the Port Campbell National Park such as London Bridge, The Grotto, The Arch and more
  • Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve – see wild Koalas, Kangaroos, Emus

Afternoon highlights:

  • Lunch in the historic maritime town of Port Fairy
  • Walk to the lighthouse at Griffith Island

Evening highlights:

  • Dinner at a local restaurant (own expense)
  • Overnight in your Mount Gambier accommodation

MOUNT GAMBIER TO ADELAIDE

Morning highlights:

  • Breakfast at leisure
  • Marvel at the sunken gardens of the Umpherston Sinkhole and the azure brilliance of Blue Lake

Afternoon highlights:

  • Structured wine tasting in the Coonawarra wine region
  • Lunch at a vineyard restaurant
  • Explore the Naracoorte Caves World Heritage site

Night One: Southern Ocean Villas, Port Campbell

Southern Ocean Villas are positioned in a tranquil, landscaped environment.
Comfortable villas offer an open-planned kitchen and lounge/dining area plus an outdoor deck.
Villas are 5-minutes easy walking distance of Port Campbell’s town centre and main beach.

Alternative Port Campbell Accommodation

Alkina Lodge, AnchorsThe Port O Call Motel 

Night Two: The Barn, Mount Gambier

The Barn accommodation features generously proportioned suites featuring Mount Gambier Limestone and is set amongst five acres of carefully manicured gardens. Located on-site is the award winning Barn Steakhouse featuring regional produce and Coonawarra wines – perfect for dinner.


Make an enquiry


Inclusions

  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Daily morning teas
  • Daily lunches with beverages
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks

Exclusions

  • Dinners (Your local guide can assist with arrangements and transfers)

Commence

Day 1: 08:00am from your Melbourne hotel / address

Duration

This is a 3 day / 2 night tour