Two Day Great Ocean Road Private Tour and Penguin Parade
$2490 for a group of up to 13 people
A two day adventure of natural attractions and amazing wildlife travelling along one of the scenic roads in Australia, before heading off to experience the wonder of the little penguins.
We’ll start with a leisurely drive along the beautiful Great Ocean Road, a 244 kilometre stretch with an amazing view around every turn. Explore quaint coastal towns, natural wonders, gorges, rockpools and view the spectacular Twelve Apostles. Your overnight accommodation is in the historic town of Queenscliff, from where, after breakfast, we’ll travel by ferry to Phillip Island. Here, we’ll feed kangaroos, pat a wombat and enjoy a slow drive along the island’s coast. The highlight of your trip is that evening, where you’ll watch Australia’s largest colony of little penguins make their way home at sunset!
On this tour, you’ll love the beautiful scenery and cuddly wildlife and take advantage of regular stops to get plenty of selfies. Our experienced tour guides will share their knowledge of these regions and the stories that make it come alive.
Thank you John for a really wonderful tour, you were always friendly and helpful and you did so well to order sightings of whales, koalas and kangaroos on cue!! Thanks and good luck.
Agnes & Keith Gant
Highlights of this tour include:
- pick up and return to your preferred location in the Melbourne CBD
- stories about Aboriginal history, convicts and the gold rush years
- tales of shipwrecks and lost treasures
- a visit to the Twelve Apostles
- drop off at your accommodation (not included) in beautiful Queenscliff
- ferry crossing from Queenscliff to Sorrento
- feeding the kangaroos and seeing koalas
- seal spotting
- general admission to the world-class Penguin Parade
Some of the attractions we visit include:
The Twelve Apostles
One of Australia’s most iconic views. Enjoy the sight of the magnificent limestone sea stacks that rise from the Southern Ocean and form the official Twelve Apostles; currently there are eight Apostles left, the ninth having dramatically collapsed in July 2005.
These monoliths have been created by the constant erosion of limestone cliffs over 10-20 millions years ago; the stormy Southern Ocean and gusty winds have gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs, then arches, until rock stacks up to 45 metres high have been crafted, completely isolated from the shore. Nature in all its glory.
An exhilarating way to see the Twelve Apostles is from within a helicopter. Scenic flights depart from the visitor centre and prices start from $145.00 for a 15-minute flight. Please speak with your tour guide on the day to arrange time for this.
Loch Ard Gorge
The Loch Ard Gorge is a favourite stop off point along the Great Ocean Road. The picturesque gorge is flanked by two yellow-washed cliff faces, a smooth bay and inlet of clear, blue water. Wander the trail down to the Gorge, take in the natural beauty and view the location of Australia’s most famous shipwreck - the Loch Ard - and hear it’s story of loss and survival. Loch Ard Gorge is the start of the Apostles from the opposite end, where you can also see the Razor Back and Honey Pots rock formations.
Queenscliff and the Sorrento ferry
You’ll enjoy breakfast at Queenscliff café, whilst taking in the views of the Entrance to Port Phillip Bay, surrounded by the Old Fortress. We then board the Searoad ferry and take the one hour long trip to Sorrento, on the Mornington Peninsula. Lookout along the way for dolphins swimming alongside the ferry and see houses of Melbourne’s rich and famous on the foreshore.
Disembark the ferry at Sorrento where we will take a drive around the township. You will have the opportunity to do a secret beach walk and the London Bridge beach walk, taking in the spectacular views of Sorrento and the Mornington Peninsula from the cliff tops.
This area is the southern point entrance to Port Phillip and the most westerly point of the Mornington Peninsula. Here we visit the Point Nepean Quarantine Station that opened in 1852 and is Australia’s second oldest intact quarantine station. Walk through the hospital and other buildings taking in the history and seeing what life would have been like if you lived or worked at the quarantine station.
Maru Koala & Animal (Wildlife) Park
Pat a koala, hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, see wombats, Tasmanian devils, dingoes, native birds and more. Make sure to have your camera ready to take advantage of the ample photo opportunities. Entrance is included.
Penguin Parade Phillip Island
Marvel at the world’s smallest penguin in its natural habitat from viewing stands and boardwalks. Enjoy interactive and educational displays in the visitors centre. This experience is sure to be the highlight of your tour.
A relaxed way to enjoy some of Australia’s most beautiful regions and wildlife, our two day tour is the ultimate getaway!
Your tour guide offers a personalised service and experience for your group. This tour includes pick up and return to your preferred location within the Melbourne CBD and the tour duration is approximately 38 hours (including overnight stay). Please note that tours may be subject to changes and passengers will be advised as appropriate.