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$197.66 Outdoor Activities

Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island, Ticket Pass from Melbourne

Great Ocean Road Classic Tour:Start your Melbourne immersion with the road trip everyone's talking about! Follow the historical Great Ocean Road, one of the world's most scenic coastal routes, as it winds along Victoria's southwest coast, passing long golden beaches, rugged sandstone cliffs and eucalypt-tree rainforest.Pass the beach resort villages of Lorne and Apollo Bay and take in panoramic coastal views from the Cape Otway Lighthouse. Hear the tragic tales of the Loch Ard Gorge and discover why this spectacularly wild part of Victoria is known as the Shipwreck Coast. Then, enjoy a traditional Australian barbeque lunch. The route also takes you among the soaring eucalypt trees of the Otway rainforest, and to the offshore sandstone stacks called the Twelve Apostles. Phillip Island Penguin Parade:On another day (within seven days of your Great Ocean Road tour), travel to Phillip Island to visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park for a hands-on wildlife experience. Learn about the park's conservation efforts, hand-feed a kangaroo, see wallabies and wombats, or have the opportunity to get a photo taken with a koala. You'll also see flying possums and other cute Australian marsupial mammals.Next, you'll see sheep shearing and working dogs in action at the historic farm on neighboring Churchill Island before visiting the Koala Conservation Centre. Visit Phillip Island's wild and rugged surf beaches at Cape Woolamai, and see basking fur seals at Seal Rocks and the rocky outcrop known as the Nobbies.As dusk falls, get ready for the main event at Summerland Beach, as Victoria's largest colony of little penguins return home from a day of fishing at sea, waddling their way up the sands to their burrows.Enhance your penguin-viewing experience with a choice of upgrade options. Choose the Penguin Plus option to have a better view of the penguins from the comfort of an exclusive viewing area with private boardwalk. Or be warm and dry in a Penguin Skybox and watch the penguins from an elevated indoor viewing area while enjoying drinks and canapés. Choose the Private Penguin Parade for front-row seats on the sand with access to the penguins, joining an exclusive small group visit with a private ranger guide.Melbourne Attraction Pass:Then see the best of Melbourne, and save time and money with the Melbourne Attraction Pass. Choose to visit two of four Melbourne's premier attractions -- Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Star Observation Wheel OR SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium and Eureka Skydeck 88. Tickets are issued at departure of the Great Ocean Road Tour. The pass allows single entry to each attraction and is valid for six months from the date of collection.

$90.17 Day Trips & Excursions

Great Ocean Road, 12 Apostles Sunset Day Tour from Melbourne

Start your day by traveling through Victoria’s second largest city, Geelong, before heading south to the coastal town of Torquay, the gateway to the Great Ocean Road.Enjoy the breathtaking coastal views as you drive through the scenic towns of Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell, and visit the Narana Cultural Centre. Enjoy a Didgeridoo performance and a walk through the native garden spotting emus and kangaroos and a cafe lunch. Wind along the coastal road stopping at scenic spots along the Surf Coast and Otway national park including Memorial Arch.Next walk through the Otway Ranges and see Loch Ard Gorge and Gibsons Steps on the western end of the Great Ocean Road before arriving at the world famous limestone rock stacks, the Twelve Apostles. Naturally formed by erosion, these limestone formations were originally caves and arches that collapsed due to the harsh weather conditions into the clear blue waters of Port Campbell National Park. Before returning to Melbourne, take in the gorgeous sunset over the spectacular coastline, which will no doubt be one of the many highlights of your day!

$302.26 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Tour from Melbourne

Witness the majestic beauty of the Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park, famed for its natural wonders. History buffs will enjoy hearing stories of the Shipwreck Coast and discovering the traditions and culture of the indigenous people, while nature lovers will revel in the great outdoors, with opportunities to see native plants and wildlife up-close in their local habitats.Day 1: Melbourne to Port Campbell (L)Depart from Melbourne and travel along the Great Ocean Road - Australia's greatest coastal drive. Visit the famed Torquay surf city, a beach town known for its surf culture. Be immersed in Aboriginal history with a stop at Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre before exploring the famous Split-Point Lighthouse, first illuminated in 1891.  Drive through the lovely coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay and continue along the Great Ocean Road and see the Shipwreck Coast, where more than 50 ships met their peril against the rugged coastline in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The most famous was the wreck of Loch Ard, when only two out of 54 people survived and for which the Loch Ard Gorge is named. See the majestic 12 Apostles, a group of limestone rocks formed by the natural elements that jut straight up out of the water.Accommodation:Port Campbell HostelDay 2: Port Campbell to the Grampians (B,D)Today, continue along the Great Ocean Road and explore the Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands known for its ocean views, rock formations and sheer cliffs. Then discover the sleeping volcano of Tower Hill, now a wildlife sanctuary, before arriving at the foothills of the Grampians. Next visit the Brambuk Cultural Center and discover the history and culture of the Indigenous peopleAccommodation: Asses Ears Wilderness RetreatDay 3: The Grampians to Melbourne (B)Explore the Grampians on a guided scenic nature walk (Wonderland, Venus Baths or the Balconies); cool off at Mackenzie Falls, see panoramic views of the park from Reeds Lookout and see birdlife and native animals roam free. Return to Melbourne in the early evening.For those who wish to continue on to Adelaide, there is an option to do this with an on board fee of AUD$30 (payable direct).

$64.20 Day Trips & Excursions

Great Ocean Road Reverse Itinerary Tour

We like to avoid the crowds and keep it intimate, so we’ll be travelling in a small group. What is included: Well planned tour: we avoid the crowds! At least four attractions at the amazing Twelve Apostles Coast The most important: we spend time at the attractions! No rush! Lots of stops for amazing pictures Informative and lovely guide, good chat, great music, roadie atmosphere TOUR DESCRIPTION: First of all, bear in mind that you are going to see one of the most spectacular natural landscapes on the planet! Our day starts early as we want to get to the attractions before the crowds. Pickup at 7am at St Paul's Cathedral. In our tour we do a reverse and smart itinerary: drive inland in the morning, arrive at the attractions earlier and come back through the storm carved coastline, the Great Ocean Rd.  Our first stop will be at Colac rural town for stretching and a coffee at own expenses. From there we'll go straight to the magnificent 12 Apostles, the most popular attraction at the Great Ocean Road and strong candidate to become one of Australia's seven wonders. We guarantee at least another 4 attractions at the Apostles area: the London Bridge, where you'll hear the stories of its collapse in 1990, the Loch Ard Gorge, where you'll feel dwarfed walking on the beach and looking at the 9 meters high limestone cliffs, The Razorback where you will literally lose your breath with such beauty and stop for lunch (at own expense) at the charming Port Campbell small town. Why not to have a little walk to the enclosed beach for some amazing pictures?  In the afternoon we will leave the 12 Apostles area and drive through Great Otway National Park Rainforest to see one of Australia's best rain forest scenery. Always travelling along the Great Ocean Road coastline, we'll drive through the cult Apollo Bay where our guide will tell some interesting stories and facts about the city on our way to Kenneth River where hopefully the cute koalas will be around and certainly the colorful parrots will be there, ready for pictures. Keep going in our roadie, we'll then get to another spot to see our Roos friends (kangaroos) where a family of these marsupials love to hang around in the afternoon. Our final stop will be at the chic coastal town of Lorne for another breathtaking beachfront view, playing with cockatoos and an ice cream (at own expenses) before heading back to Melbourne. During the whole tour our guide will give interesting information about the places, the history, fun facts, on a friendly and informal atmosphere. We create remarkable moments. We definitely do!

$165.92 Day Trips & Excursions

Great Ocean Road Full-Day Tour with 12 Apostles, Gourmet Lunch

Your tour host will pick you up at your accommodation to begin your small group adventure along the Great Ocean Road. Travelling towards your first stop keep your eyes out for wild kangaroos before arriving at the gateway to the great ocean road, Anglesea where we will enjoy a gourmet morning tea on the beach (weather permitting).Journey through Aireys Inlet past the Split Point Lighthouse before arriving at the Memorial Archway built in 1939, marking the gateway to this famous drive that winds and hugs the coastline and cliff faces.  Take the opportunity to get a postcard shot of the Great Ocean Road sign hung from the Memorial Arch. Make your way down to the beach for your first coastal walk, keeping your eyes out for wild koalas and learn how to spot them in their natural habitat.Continue towards Cape Patton the highest elevation of this morning’s drive, the last section of the Great Ocean Road was complete in 1940. At the time, it was considered an engineering feat of the modern world supported by thousands of tonnes of boulders. Stop for an incredible photo opportunity before making our way to Apollo Bay.On arrival to the seaside town of Apollo Bay we will escort you to our reserved table at a local restaurant to enjoy our freshly prepared lunch. All dietary requirements will be catered for and after lunch you will have the option to explore Apollo Bay with its gift shops and cafes with time to buy an ice cream or wander to the beach.After lunch in Apollo Bay we make our way across the Great Otway National Park heading towards your next stop a beautiful bush walk through a temperate rainforest showcasing an ancient world once known as Gondwana.  Here you will see one of the best living examples of what dinosaurs would have seen 180 million years ago. We will also discover the amazing Mountain Ash the 2nd largest species of tree in the world reaching heights of over 300 feet. Be amazed by the wild Shipwreck Coast and world famous 12 Apostles Lookouts are next where  you will see the row of limestone stacks lined up one behind the other.  A thrilling way to see the 12 Apostles formations is from a scenic helicopter flight!  (conditions permitting.Loch Ard Gorge is next. Dripping with maritime history you'll hear stories of bravery & historic tall ships bringing to life these dramatic coastlines. As you descend into the gorge be mesmerised by the scenes of one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. You'll then round out an exceptional day with time to explore Island Archway, Salt and Pepper Shakers, The Razorback and Mutton Bird Island.

$1042.40 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Melbourne to Adelaide 3-Day Tour Including Great Ocean Road

After pick up from your Melbourne city hotel or Federation Square, travel through the vast volcanic plains on route to Geelong where you have time to stroll along the beautifully transformed waterfront. The first stop along the coast is at Bells Beach, a famous surfing beach. The focus then turns to Australian native wildlife as you have the opportunity to observe Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the wild. You'll then begin traveling the very scenic, cliff-hugging section of the Great Ocean Road. While winding along, stop to view the ‘Arch’ while your guide shares the story of this memorial road. After lunch in Lorne, you'll stop at many scenic spots including Kennett River where you can see koalas and many colorful native birds in the wild. Take a 1-kilometer guided walk through a cool temperate rainforest gully to see the world’s tallest flowering plants and prehistoric plants. Your private self contained villa at Beacon Point Ocean View Villas is set high on a hill overlooking the Southern Ocean. A great place to relax and unwind. Dinner tonight is at the iconic Chris's Restaurant. Day 2 starts with breakfast at Bay Leaf Cafe before a scenic drive through the Otway Ranges and onto the ‘Shipwreck Coast’. The first stop is at Castle Cove overlooking the Aire River valley. The 12 Apostles are Icons of Australia’s natural beauty. You'll arrive as the stacks are lit with the morning sun making them perfect for photos and crowd free. After hearing of the creation of the stacks and holding some of the limestone rock you can explore the boardwalks or brave a helicopter flight along the coastline (own expense). You'll then visit ‘Loch Ard Gorge’, the site of the most famous 19th century Australian shipwreck. While hearing the tale you will be able to see and hold some original artifacts from the ‘Loch Ard’.  Port Campbell is the lunch stop for today. After lunch, visit London Bridge, Bay of Islands and Bay of Martyrs. The journey then continues through Warrnambool and onto Tower Hill Game Reserve where you may have the chance to see koalas, kangaroos and emus. Continue through picturesque Port Fairy towards Mount Gambier, home of the ‘Blue’ crater lake. Check into your accommodation at ‘The Commodore’ in Mount Gambier where dinner and breakfast are included.  Day 3 starts with a drive through the Coonawarra wine region and a visit to the World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves National Park for a cave tour with a local guide. Continue through another South Australian wine region of Padthaway to Keith for lunch. Visit the very popular tourist village of Hahndorf and Mount Lofty summit for impressive, birds-eye views of Adelaide and surrounds. Arrive in the Adelaide at around 6pm where your tour ends.