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Excellent value for money
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
This combo experience from Melbourne allows you to save money by booking two bestselling tours at one price. The Great Ocean Road and Penguin Parade tours can be done on consecutive days or not—it's up to you.
Penguin Parade tour: Depart Melbourne in the afternoon by coach, heading to Phillip Island. Stop for about an hour at the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, where you can admire picturesque views and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea, if you wish (own expense), consisting of Devonshire tea with scones, jam, and cream.
Continue to the Koala Conservation Centre on Phillip Island, and walk along an elevated boardwalk where koalas are looked after in their natural habitat, sleeping in and munching on eucalyptus trees. After about 20 minutes here, it’s time to head to the Penguin Parade, where every evening at sunset, the island’s wild fairy penguins, aka little penguins, make their way up from the sea to their burrows on Summerland Beach. Watch as they waddle across the sand, a sight best seen from the Penguins Plus Premium Viewing Area. The time you spend here varies depending on the season and when the penguins emerge from the water.
Your tour ends with return to Melbourne.
Great Ocean Road tour: After meeting your driver-guide in the morning, depart Melbourne on the roughly 2-hour drive to your first stop, the Twelve Apostles. Stop at the boardwalk lookout for another vast perspective of the rocks. (Weather permitting, you also have the opportunity to take a helicopter ride over the coastline, if you wish, at your own expense.)
After about 45 minutes, continue your day trip for more views of the Great Ocean Road’s golden sandy beaches and stark cliffs at Loch Ard Gorge, the site of the Loch Ard shipwreck. During this 45-minute stop, you also have time to visit Island Arch and Razorback, formed by the rough seas.
For morning tea, your guide treats you to an Aussie bush-style billy tea served with the traditional lamington cake. During this 25-minute stop, you can also enjoy some crackers and Vegemite, a beloved Australian spread that typically takes some getting used to for foreigners. Then stop at the seaside resort town of Apollo Bay, where you can purchase lunch—perhaps some fish and chips—and enjoy it on the beach (own expense).
Before the journey back to the city, make a 20-minute stop for afternoon tea in the seaside town of Port Campbell (own expense). Your day trip ends with drop-off in Melbourne.
2 separate days of touring
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned coach
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Food and drinks, unless specified
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated as long as the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist with boarding and disembarking
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
The Penguin Parade is an outdoor experience so please dress warmly; wear sturdy footwear (slip-on shoes and high heels not permitted
Photography and video are prohibited at the Penguin Parade
Federation Square East
Great Ocean Road tour: 8am Penguin Parade tour: 1:15pm
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.