What To Expect
Plan your stay in Melbourne and enjoy two days of exciting activities that will fit your tight schedule.
After being picked up from your hotel, start your adventure with a comprehensive city tour. Visit the best spots in this vibrant city including the Old Melbourne Gaol, Federation Square and the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Museum. Admire the beautiful architecture of St. Patrick's Cathedral and see the ornate Victorian terraced homes in East Melbourne. Then, take a guided walk through some of Melbourne's best arcades and lane ways including Royal Arcade, Block Arcade and the ones in Center Place and Degraves Street. You will also visit Queen Victoria Market, the prestigious University of Melbourne and drive through the colorful Chinatown.
Next, travel to Phillip Island Nature Park to witness the phenomenal Penguin Parade. Take a waddle on the wild side and experience the magic of seeing little penguins returning home to one of Australia's largest penguin colonies. Savor the view of the French Island and have a chance to meet wallabies, kangaroos, water birds and other endemic animals. Visit Churchill Island and explore this working farm or simply enjoy ocean views from the cafe. Continue to the Koala Conservation Center and spot koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalks.
City Tour Highlights
Old Melbourne Gaol
University of Melbourne
Royal Exhibition Building and Museum
Parliament House and Princess Theatre
St. Patrick's Cathedral (photo stop)
Visit Captain Cook's Cottage (own expense) and Fitzroy Gardens
East Melbourne - ornate Victorian terraced homes
Melbourne's best arcades and laneways
Collins Street - Paris End
Queen Victoria Market*
Penguin Parade Highlights
Views of Western Port and French Island
Churchill Island for afternoon tea (own expense)
Phillip Island Nature Park
Premium viewing of the Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach
Koala Conservation Centre
Visit the Great Ocean Road; one of the world's most scenic coastal drives. Visit the Otway National Park and see the rugged beauty of the Twelve Apostles. Proceed to Loch Ard and Port Campbell, which is impressively shaped by the wild Southern Ocean. On your trip back to Melbourne, enjoy an on-board Australian movie and pass by the West Gate Bridge, where you will have an incredible view of the glittering city skyline after dark.
Great Ocean Road Highlights
Views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay from West Gate Bridge
Torquay and the Surf Coast
Coastal views along the Great Ocean Road
Otway National Park
Port Campbell National Park's rugged coastline, The Shipwreck Coast
The Twelve Apostles
The Island Arch and Razorback
Hotel pick-up (View Hotel Pick-up list)**
Melbourne city tour
Penguin Parade entrance fee
Admission to Penguins Plus Viewing area
Great Ocean Road visit
Aussie-style Bush Billy Tea
Meals and drinks unless specified
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Children below 4 years old are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat.
*Tour will visit the Shrine area of the Royal Botanic Gardens on Mondays and Wednesdays when the market is closed.
**The Intercontinental Hotel pick-up/join in will be at the Collins Street entrance, and will no longer be at the Flinders Lane.
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