Join this new and highly unique Two Day Tour of Victoria’s best regions. On Day 1 you will head to Port Campbell before meandering your way back along the Great Ocean Road ticking off the star attractions along the way plus a special visit to the Great Ocean Road Eco Lodge. A restful night in historic Queenscliff will allow you to unwind and get to know your fellow travellers.
0800 hrs (Day 1)
2030-2330 hrs* at hotel (Day 2)
|Min: 2 adults (single supplement if single rooms)
Max: 11 people
Tuesdays & Thursdays
On Day 1, your driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you inland to Port Campbell before you embark on a spectacular drive along the Great Ocean Road towards Queenscliff. First stop, the awe-inspiring 12 Apostles and time-permitting Loch Ard Gorge to commence the exciting road ahead.
You will enjoy a relaxed lunch in Port Campbell and then embark on an exciting trip along the Great Ocean Road. We will head off the beaten track through the Otways Forest to the Great Ocean Road Ecolodge. Here you will have unique access to an ancient Eucalyptus Forest walk for close encounters with native animals. As a passenger with us, you will be contributing to the Great Ocean Ecolodge’s conservation program to protect the local fauna and flora of the region.
We will continue along the Great Ocean Road through the tranquil seaside towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne before arriving in Queenscliff in the early evening. Here you will have some free time to enjoy dinner (not included) before retiring to your bed for a well-deserved rest.
On Day 2, you will board the Searoad Ferry to cross Port Phillip Bay to arrive in Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula. On board this luxury ferry, you will enjoy a light breakfast and admire the beautiful beaches on arrival towards Sorrento. You will also have a good chance of spotting dolphins on the way.
We will drive through the Sorrento, site of the first Victorian settlement and stunning sandstone village before winding our way through the Peninsula to arrive at the world-famous Peninsula Hot Springs for an indulgent soak in natural hot mineral waters*
We then drive through the windy roads to Arthur’s Seat where you will be treated to a ride on the new Arthur’s Seat Eagle, a state of the art gondola to fly up to the highest point of the Mornington Peninsula for incredible views across the bay and along the Peninsula. On a clear day, you an even spot the skyscrapers of Melbourne.
It’s then time for lunch, and depending on the day of travel, we will select one of the incredible dining choices on the Peninsula for a delicious two course lunch and a glass of local wine.
After lunch, you can rest a little in the Oceania vehicle as your driver takes you to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. In this bushland setting, you will have the chance to meet endangered species, feed kangaroos and wallabies, pet koalas and encounter many Australian native animals.
Our final destination will be to Phillip island, and over to the west coast where you will visit the Nobbies and then travel around the coast to the famous Penguin Parade. You will have time to meander along the boardwalk to the viewing platform where you will see the little penguins come ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows.
It is then time to return to Melbourne, your guide will ferry you back to your hotel filled with memories of three beautiful Victorian regions.
*If you do not wish to visit the Peninsula Hot Springs, your guide will take you on a personalised 90 minute tour of the Mornington Peninsula visiting highlights like the burgeoning town of Mornington, Point Nepean National Park and a visit to the manicured edible gardens of Heronswood House with morning tea.
Warm and waterproof clothing is recommended for both days.
This tour does not run (either day) on 25 Dec, 31 Dec
*Seasonal Timings on Day 2 due to the arrival variations of the Penguins will result in a varied return time to Melbourne.
**Upgrade Options at the Penguin Parade
Underground viewing (lets you enjoy close-up viewing of small penguins through an underground, protected viewing window), limited to 70 people.
Ranger-Guided Tour (in English) via headset. Binoculars included.
VIP box – access to a small viewing cabin for a maximum of 10 adults where you can help the ranger count the penguins, includes drinks and fingerfood.
Highlights & Inclusions
- Small group touring (max 11 passengers)
- Expert guide(s) with extensive local knowledge
- Hotel pick up and drop off from Melbourne City Hotels
- Pub lunch
- Admission and touring at Great Ocean Road Eco Lodge
- Overnight accommodation (single or twin/double share) in Queenscliff
- Searoad Ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento
- Light breakfast
- 90 minute soak in Thermal baths at Peninsula Hot Springs or 90 minute tour of the Peninsula
- One-way gondola Ride at Arthur’s Seat Eagle
- Two-course lunch and a glass of local wine in the Red Hill area
- Admission to Moonlit Sanctuary
- Penguin Parade at Phillip Island (Penguins Plus premium viewing platform)