Tour ID: 10034125

This wonderful two-day adventure is along the Great Ocean Road, taking in all the sights that make this such a special place. Arrival on Phillip Island includes a trip to the Australian Wildlife Park amid many other fun adventures, concluding with the Penguin Parade Tour.

  • Explore the Great Ocean Road, including the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Otway’s Rainforest, the Australian Wildlife Park and Phillip Island.
  • Survey the outstanding views of the south east coast road, it's variety of flora and fauna and spectacular views.
  • Enjoy some delicious meals, including an Aussie BBQ.
  • Be amazed by the delightful fairy penguins riding in on the waves at sunset.

You will depart Melbourne CBD between 6:50 and 7:45 am (depending on pick up point - hotel pickups available), to begin your fabulous two day adventure along the Great Ocean Road to Phillip Island for the Penguin Parade Tour.

(Please note: The following activities or locations marked with a * symbol are subject to daylight hour restrictions and some may be omitted if time does not allow for them)

Day 1 Highlights (includes lunch & dinner)

After meeting at Colac Park and enjoying a light morning tea, you will travel south along the Great Ocean Road to the Twelve Apostles to view the spectacular limestone stacks, a major highlight on the journey south. You will descend the Gibson Steps where you can examine these magnificent monoliths at eye level. You will enjoy a walk along the beach, surrounded by soaring limestone cliffs to view the Archway, The Razorback and the Dumpling Pots. Your experienced guide will tell the history of the area, including Loch Ard Gorge and Australia's most illustrious shipwreck.

As your first day continues to unfold, you will take a guided bushwalk through Otway's Rainforest, where the towering and ancient canopy is a sight to behold. You will stop for refreshments in the beautiful seaside town of Apollo Bay, before journeying on to find wild koalas and hopefully see a wide array of parrots and kookaburras. We'll drive past Lorne and the Split Point Lighthouse before enjoying a tasty BBQ dinner. Accommodation is overnight at Bells Beach Backpackers.

Day 2 Highlights (includes breakfast)

Begin the day with a continental breakfast of toast, fruit and juice. Next, you'll cruise through the picturesque seaside towns of Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove, before taking a ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento, with seals and dolphins often following alongside. Once arriving at Sorrento Beach, you'll be able to enjoy a leisurely walk on the oceanfront and explore the delightful rock pools. Next up, is a visit to the Australian Wildlife Park; a photographer's dream of up close encounters with koalas, kangaroos, emus, wombats, Tasmanian Devils and an array of colourful native birds. The remainder of your day will be spent exploring Phillip Island, including the rugged beaches at *Woolamai, the Moto GP Track and *Swan Lake, home to wetland birds and groups of wallabies. In addition, Nobbies, Seal Rocks and the Blowhole, where seals love to bathe, as well as Summerlands, home to thunderous surf and sheer cliff faces. Last stop is the famous Penguin Parade where we watch the world's smallest penguins ride in on the waves. You will then be returned to your Melbourne CBD accommodation, arriving at around 9:00 pm during the winter months, or 12 Midnight during the summer.

*subject to weather / season

Optional Activities
Helicopter Flight at 12 Apostles, from $145 per person extra

Note: Accommodation is prearranged and upgrades are subject to availability. If you would like to upgrade to a double or twin, please notify us of your preference prior to booking and we can check availability for you. Please contact us on 03 9393 1300.

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Tour Details

  • Included in price:

    Morning Tea,
    Lunch (Day 1 Only),
    Dinner (Day 1 Only),
    Breakfast (Day 2 Only),
    Dorm Accommodation,
    Queenscliff to Sorrento Ferry ride,
    Wildlife Park & Penguin Parade fees,
    Inner city hotel pick up and drop off.

  • Available for purchase/hire:

  • Duration:

  • Departure:

    7:15 AM Mon, Fri

  • Return:

    Winter 10.00PM
    Summer 12 Midnight

  • Departure points:


  • Pickup/departure instructions:

    Departs: Monday, Friday

    Default departure point is the Athenaeum Theatre (188 Collins Street) at 7.15am.

    A list of our only other available pick up locations and tentative times for this tour can be found here. Please notify us of your preferred pickup location and we will confirm your pickup time.

    It is recommended you arrive at your pick up location at least 10 minutes before you scheduled departure time. If the bus has not picked you up within 10 minutes please phone our office using the number on your booking confirmation.

  • What to bring:

    Appropriate clothing (even in Summer it can get cold),
    Bottled water,
    Towel & toiletries,
    ......and of course a BIG SMILE!!!

  • Fitness level required:


  • Child policies:

    Not recommended for young children under the age of 8 years old, due to the nature and length of this tour. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    No child rates are available and must be purchased on an adult fare on multi-day tours.

    If travelling with children upgrading to a family room is required

  • Additional Information:

  • Destinations:

    Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island, Sorrento, Torquay, Bells Beach, Apollo Bay and Angelsea

Optional Extras

  • Add On: Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies

    Interactive virtual journey into the wonderfull world os the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. Multi-media experience.

    Adults: $18.00 | Pensioners: $18.00

  • Add On: Penguins Plus Viewing Platform

    Enjoy a smaller group experience for you penguin viewing.

    Adults: $37.00 | Children: $27.00 | Pensioners: $37.00

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