Soak up the natural beauty of Australia’s coast as you spend two days visiting the highlights of the Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island. Traveling to some of southern Australia’s most iconic destinations — including the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, the Otway Ranges and the penguin parade on Phillip Island — you'll discover Victoria’s breathtaking coastline and make stops for wildlife viewing, visits to small towns and walks in scenic locations along the route.
Your 2-day tour of the Great Ocean Road and Mornington Peninsula gives you time to explore the spectacular natural beauty and wildlife of the area with ample opportunities to stop at small towns and iconic landmarks. Your local guide will share the history of the area and details about the animal and plant life that you encounter along the way. At the end of your first day, enjoy dinner at a resort before retiring to your private or shared room (click Price & Bookings button for details).
After pickup from your Melbourne hotel, you’ll travel inland through the Western district, stopping for morning tea in Colac, before connecting to the Great Ocean Road, a famously scenic 150-mile (243-km) route that runs along the southwestern coast.
As you drive, you’ll stop at iconic spots like the Twelve Apostles rock formations and the Gibson Steps, where you’ll can admire spectacular limestone cliffs and rock formations. Further down the road, you’ll reach Loch Ard Gorge, named after a famous 1878 shipwreck. Hear the story of the survivors of the wreck as you take in the scenery and learn about other famous spots nearby, including the Razorback, Island Arch, Muttonbird Island, Loch Ard Cemetery, the Blowhole and Thunder Cave.
Midway along the coast you’ll drive through the Otway Ranges, known for lush rainforest and some of the tallest eucalyptus trees in Australia. You’ll then buzz through the quaint coastal townships of Apollo Bay and Lorne on the way to check out the Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet.
Throughout the day you’ll enjoy plenty of stops to take short walks, catch stunning views, and look for wildlife such as koalas and kangaroos. After a full day’s tour of scenic towns and beaches, you’ll stay overnight at the eastern end of the Great Ocean Road. Enjoy dinner as you relax in the evening.
Overnight: BIG4 Beach Resort, Queenscliff
Have breakfast in the morning and then set out for the ferry across Port Phillip Bay. You'll arrive on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula where your first stop will be the seaside town of Portsea. Admire its picturesque bathing boxes — colorful small structures built on the beach — and enjoy amazing views from Murray’s lookout.
After taking in Portsea, you’ll get a close look at the furry residents of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, have your photo taken with a koala (optional) and learn about the conservation of these native animals. You’ll also see some lesser known endangered species including the southern bettong, eastern quolls and fluffy gliders. From the sanctuary, you’ll head to the Nobbies, an ecotourism center with boardwalks along the cliffs and great views of the fur seal colony at nearby Seal Rocks.
Next, you'll enjoy a well-deserved treat with a self-guided tour and tasting at the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory. The factory boasts a range of features, including a demonstration of the chocolate production process, a chocolate waterfall, art made from chocolate, and equipment that allows you to design your own tasty treats.
Your last stop of the tour will take you to Summerland Beach, home to Victoria’s largest colony of little penguins. Watch the 'penguin parade' as hundreds of birds march across the beach at dusk to return to their nests for the night. Viewing platforms on the beach allow you to get a good look at the birds while maintaining a respectful distance.
You will be returned to Melbourne late in the evening at the end of your 2-day tour.
2 days (approx.)
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