Explore Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road and visit the Little Penguins on Phillip Island on this Mini Stays trip. Combine the Capital of Cool and Australia’s Great Ocean Road with a special encounter with the wild, waddling penguins of Phillip Island as they emerge from a hard day’s fishing.
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Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne
On arrival at Melbourne Airport, make your own way to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure.
- Mercure Welcome Melbourne (Standard), 3 nights
- Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (Superior), 3 nights
Day 2: Great Ocean Road
Journey through the lush tree-fern gullies and towering mountain-ash rainforests. The imposing Twelve Apostles loom in the distance. Survey the grandeur of this iconic site from the cliff-top and stroll along the boardwalk. See Loch Ard Gorge and discover the romantic and tragic story of love and lives lost aboard the schooner Loch Ard in 1878. Explore Port Campbell National Park and delve into the tragic history of over 50 ships wrecked along this unforgiving coastline. Travel the length of the Great Ocean Road, built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932.
Day 3: Melbourne Sights & Penguin Parade
Discover Melbourne’s famous laneways and arcades on a walking tour with a local guide. Visit Degraves Street, a popular pedestrian laneway. Explore the heritage Block Arcade and Royal Arcade. See vibrant Flinders Lane filled with boutique designers, trendy cafés and bars before arriving at Hosier Lane, famous for its graffiti-covered walls. This afternoon, travel to Phillip Island, home to an array of wildlife, including Australia’s largest fur seal colony and the endearing Little Penguins. Along the way, visit an animal park for up-close encounters with koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils and more. View spectacular coastal scenery at The Nobbies, two rocky outcrops abundant in marine life, and browse through the educational Visitor Information Centre. At sunset, watch the Little Penguins as they battle the surf and make their way to their dune burrows to feed their young.
Day 4: Farewell from Melbourne
Your Short Break concludes this morning after breakfast. Make your own way to Melbourne Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
|1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
April to March: Daily
|1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 Dates & Prices|
|** Child & Triple prices available upon request|
** Single Traveller must pay the Single Price
|Transport:||Travel in an air-conditioned coach|
|Accommodation:||3 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||Experienced Driver Guides|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.