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Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road

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Locally Guided Coach Group Short Break Scenic / Sightseeing
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 Trip Length
4 Days
 Trip Starts
Melbourne
 Trip Finishes
Melbourne
4 Day Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road Itinerary (AAT Kings)
Countries Explored: Australia
Accommodation
3 - 4.5 Star
Max. Group Size
49
Trip Style
City Break
Trip Code
MM11

Overview

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings 4 Day Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road. Take in the sights of Melbourne and its surrounds. Weave your way through the city precinct discovering the must-see sights. Experience the magical Penguin Parade at Phillip Island and travel along the scenic Great Ocean Road to the Twelve Apostles.

Itinerary

On arrival at Melbourne Airport, make your own way to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Standard: Mercure Welcome Melbourne
  • Superior: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

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. (B)

Discover Melbourne’s famous laneways and arcades on foot with a local guide. See Federation Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders Street Station before arriving at Degraves Street, a popular pedestrian laneway. Explore the heritage Block Arcade and Royal Arcade, the oldest surviving arcade in Australia known for its elegant light-filled interior. See vibrant Flinders Lane filled with boutique designers, trendy cafés and bars before arriving at Hosier Lane, famous for its graffiti-covered walls. See Parliament House, the State Library, Queen Victoria Markets, Law Courts Precinct, drive along the Australian Grand Prix track and see the GP Pit stop. Stop at the MCG with the chance to see some sporting stars during training before returning to Federation Square.

This afternoon discover Phillip Island. On your journey you will encounter iconic wildlife and stunning scenic views and get up close to the world’s smallest penguins in their natural habitat. Visit the Koala Conservation Centre, learning the importance of the conservation work done by Phillip Island Nature Parks in protecting this island haven and the biodiversity of Victoria. You’ll join an experienced park Ranger and explore the tree top boardwalks to see the koalas up close in their natural habitat. Explore the iconic Nobbies, the home of one of the largest fur seal colonies in Australia. Then there is the main attraction – The little penguins waddling up the sand to their dune burrow homes returning from their daily fishing excursion.

Arrive at Phillip Island Parade Visitors Centre and learn about the life cycle of the little penguins and learn of the environmental and conservation initiatives in place to ensure the wildlife and vulnerable geology of Phillip Island remains protected. As the sun goes down, head to the beach and watch as the Little Penguins battle the surf and make their way to their dune burrows. See the Little Penguins up close as they return to their nests to greet their families. During the Summer season there will be time for dinner (own expense) at the seaside town of Cowes, or the Penguin Parade Café before returning to Melbourne. (B)

Your Short Break concludes this morning after breakfast. Make your own way to Melbourne Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Great Ocean Road
  • The Twelve Apostles
  • Koala Conservation Centre
  • Little Penguins Phillip Island
  • City Sights Tour
  • Otway & Port Campbell National Parks

  • Accommodation - Choose from a range of accommodation standards
  • Entry the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Entry into Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Experienced Driver Guide
  • Comprehensive commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

  • Breakfast (3) included on this trip

  • Enclosed walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Warm waterproof clothing is recommended for the Penguin Parade
  • We suggest wearing long pants and a warm jacket while viewing the Penguins, as the sea air can be cold

  • Trips begin daily (Apr-Mar). Flights to arrive anytime into Melbourne airport
  • Trips conclude morning of day 4: Flights to depart anytime from Melbourne airport

  • Low level of fitness required

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.
  • Airport transfers are an additional cost.

Trip Reviews (1) Most Recent 'Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road' Reviews

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Disappointing Transfer and Accommodations 4 , Ontario, Canada, Feb 2017
We arrived late at night in Melbourne. The transfer took a long time as we had to wait for almost an hour for the van to arrive and then for the driver to negotiate with three different individuals who had no reservations. At the Mercure Welcome Hotel, despite having requested a double bed we ended up in a tiny little room with two single beds, looking at a wall. The air conditioner was blasting over the beds and there was no way of controlling it. We were right by the elevators and it was noisy. The city tour was very good but the trip to Philip Island is of dubious value when you have to arrive hours in advance to get a good seat to see the penguins for a few minutes when they are hardly visible in the dark when they come out of the water. The Great Ocean Road trip is "pretty good" but it's a lot of time spent on the coach!
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