Melbourne Beach trips

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From Melbourne: Penguin Parade and Koalas Tour

1. From Melbourne: Penguin Parade and Koalas Tour

Discover the beauty of the volcanic formations at Nobbies National Park on this day trip from Melbourne in an air-conditioned coach. Experience local wildlife with a guided tour of the Phillip Island Koala Reserve and entry to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Depart Melbourne and travel to Phillip Island to watch the smallest penguin species in the world waddle up the beach at sunset. Before you get to the Island, stop at Phillip Island Koala Reserve where you will experience a ranger-led tour through the koalas' native habitat. Meet the koalas face-to-face on the spectacular tree-top boardwalk. Upon arrival at Phillip Island, visit the Cape Woolamai and Woolamai Beach. Let the sand flow through your toes as you stroll along the pristine beach and watch the local surfers carve the often monstrous waves. Then, journey to the far western end of the Island to view the extinct volcano remains of The Nobbies. Venture onto the boardwalks to explore the beautiful coastline. If you're lucky you may even see some little penguins in their burrows or huddling under the platforms. Experience the highlight of the day at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Go to the award-winning visitors center before making your way to the shoreline. As the sun sets to the west the little penguins will begin their dangerous journey across the yellow sands of Summerland Beach. Gathering in groups at the waters edge, watch as they waddle to the safety of the sand dunes. Once there, large numbers gather for one big penguin social evening. Listen as they "huk" to one another and slowly make their way to their burrows for the evening. A truly spectacular experience not to be missed!

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

2. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

Begin the day with an early start leaving the Melbourne CBD where you will drive over the Westgate Bridge towards the Great Ocean Road - one of the few places where the destination and the journey are the same thing. Once you arrive on the Great Ocean Road, enjoy morning tea along the Surf Coast at your first stop, a perfect way to meet your fellow travelers and your guide for the day. As you wind along this iconic road, each twist and turn reveals new spectacular views of the rugged coastline and into the Otway Ranges that lie inland. Hear the history of the road and its workers as you make a stop at Memorial Arch, also known as the Great Ocean Road sign. Pass through quaint yet popular holiday resort towns before your guide takes you on a wild koala spotting adventure amongst their natural habitat of the eucaluptus trees. Make your way to the historical town of Apollo Bay for a bite of lunch. Stroll the streets, meander the main beach or try some unique and award-winning ice cream. After lunch, the road ventures away from the coastline and into the heart of the Otways National Park. Embark on a guided walk through the crisp fresh air of an ancient rainforest. A truly magical part of the day as you're emersed amongst ferns and the world's second tallest species of tree. The journey continues through the rainforest before reaching the Shipwreck Coast where you will find some of the biggest attractions for the day. Hear about the coastline's most famous shipwreck before stepping down into the gorge at the center of the story of the Loch Ard ill-fated journey. Be towered by the sheer limestone cliffs that form the gorge as you stand on the beach or step into the cold waters of the Southern Ocean at the bottom before reaching the major attraction - the 12 Apostles. View these ginormous limestone monoliths formed by hundreds of years of erosion as they stand high and strong against the forces of nature. A true sight to behold and a perfect way to cap off the day before making your way back to Melbourne for the night. 

Melbourne: Great Ocean Road and Otway Overnight Tour

3. Melbourne: Great Ocean Road and Otway Overnight Tour

Day 1: Melbourne to Port Campbell (D) You'll begin your tour with a drive through the ancient lava fields of Western Victoria on your way to the country seaside town of Warrnambool. You'll take a detour to Tower Hill on the way, to explore Australia's most recently extinct volcano which is bursting with wildlife. Following that, take a guided walk with Worn Gundidj, learning about the traditional lifestyle of Australia's Aboriginal people and learn about their culture. You'll then drive the Great Ocean Road "backward", starting with Shipwreck Coast and its icons such as the Bay of Islands, The Grotto, and London Bridge, with time to explore the village of Port Campbell. Try some locally made beers from the Sow & Piglets Brewery with dinner, before finishing off your day at the 12 Apostles for sunset. Day 2: Great Ocean Road to Melbourne (B) The second day starts off with a climb down the stairs onto the beach at Loch Ard Gorge, well before the crowds arrive, for a unique take on this ever-so-popular attraction. It's then off for a stroll along a section of the Great Ocean Walk and down to the beach level at the Apostles at Gibson Steps before retreating into the Otway rainforest. Hidden in a place most don't venture, the Redwoods of the Otways will simply amaze as you admire the tallest and second-tallest species of trees in the world side by side. It's then back on the road to continue the breathtaking coastal drive with quality stops in the townships of Apollo Bay and Lorne to soak in the Aussie beach town lifestyle. You'll have time to check out the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice-Creamery for some delicious treats, as well as one of the most popular surf beaches in Australia, before heading back to Melbourne at around 7:30pm.

Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Trip

4. Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Rainforest Trip

Leave the city heading over the Westgate Bridge bright and early to maximize your time on the Great Ocean Road. After just over an hour’s drive, stop on a popular surf beach near the town of Anglesea for a rest break. Take a short drive before stopping at Memorial Arch, which commemorates the returned soldiers who worked on the construction of the 151–mile stretch of road following World War I. Continue along the Great Ocean Road taking in the spectacular ocean, beach and cliff views. Your guide will help you spot koalas among the eucalyptus trees, as you journey along this famous coastline. After stopping for lunch at Apollo Bay, the road and the ocean part ways for the next few hours as you head into the Otway Rainforest. (lunch is at the guest's own expense) Take a short 30-minute guided walk right into the heart of the rainforest. Feel dwarfed by some of the largest tree species in the world. Wind further through the forest and return to the ocean, making a stop at the mighty Shipwreck Coast. Here, spend a large portion of the day exploring the 12 Apostles, and Loch Ard Gorge, all a short drive from one another. Your guide will share the tales of disaster, destruction, and survival. After a long day, relax on the drive back to Melbourne and reflect on a great day spent on the Great Ocean Road.

Melbourne: Private St Kilda Tour with History Talk

5. Melbourne: Private St Kilda Tour with History Talk

You will be picked up by your driver and guide in a luxury vehicle and chauffeured to the iconic beachside suburb of St Kilda. We begin the St Kilda experience at the St Kilda Botanic Gardens, the lesser known botanic garden of Melbourne. From here the tour progresses through the main shopping street of St Kilda, the famous Acland St, and onto St Kilda Beach where we can six, relax and take in the sunset. After dark it's time to take a visit to the Little Penguins who reside in their sanctuary at the end of the pier. This penguin sanctuary is one of the best kept tourist secrets in Melbourne. Although you won't be allowed to touch them or take photos with a flash, you will be able to see and hear them from up close. A real nature experience. As we make our way back to your vehicle we take the back streets of St Kilda so that you can learn about the very unusual and specific architecture that can be found in the hidden parts of the suburb.

Melbourne: St Kilda & Brighton Treasure Hunting Experience

6. Melbourne: St Kilda & Brighton Treasure Hunting Experience

Fun, adventure, excitement and learning is what this tour is all about. A family friendly adventure tour with a sightseeing flavour that introduces you to the hobby of metal detecting and treasure hunting. The only tour of this kind in Melbourne. Learn the art of treasure hunting by an experienced treasure hunter. Learn how to use metal detecting equipment and find buried treasure. We provide special equipment to ensure young and small guests are able to participate. Our guest detectors weigh just 1kg. Have hours of fun searching two iconic Melbourne locations. A truly unique way of getting to know Melbourne and its history. You will be picked up by your driver and guide and taken to St Kilda Beach where you will be taught how to use the various pieces of treasure hunting and fossicking equipment which will be made available for your use. After the lesson you will apply your new skills and detect the beach. After an hour we move to the second location, Brighton Beach. This beach is famous for its bathing huts and has often proven to be a location of great finds. At the end of the experience you will be returned back to a mutually agreed upon point.

St Kilda: Group Lesson for Stand-Up Paddleboarding

7. St Kilda: Group Lesson for Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Learn stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) at iconic St.Kilda Beach in the heart of Melbourne. Enjoy this experience with no minimum number of people required or ability level necessary, this tour is perfect for everyone. Get to know stand-up paddleboarding which is a fantastic way to experience St.Kilda. Learn the correct technique from day one with the expert instructors. You will be up and going in no time. The SUP instructors will have you paddling effectively in a short period of time, and ensure you leave with adequate knowledge to paddle on your own. The paddleboarding lessons are conducted in a fun format that all family members can enjoy, and most importantly, in a safe and nurturing environment.

Melbourne: Private Helicopter Flight to the 12 Apostles

8. Melbourne: Private Helicopter Flight to the 12 Apostles

Soar over the limestone stacks at the 12 Apostles beach with this 1.25-hour flight from Melbourne. Land nearby and have free time to appreciate the views or descend the Gibson Steps to the beach. Capture pictures with your helicopter before the flight.  Travel above stunning countryside on the ride to the 12 Apostles beach. Marvel at the golden stacks from the helicopter's large windows as the blue and white waves crash over them. Spot the Great Ocean Road before your private landing at the 12 Apostles Helipad. Enjoy 2-hours of free time once you land where you can take the Gibson Steps all the way down to the sands of the 12 Apostles beach or head up to the Castle Rock lookout, one of the best scenic viewpoints to capture pictures of this unique landscape. 

Melbourne: Brighton Beach Treasure Hunt and Coin Cleaning

9. Melbourne: Brighton Beach Treasure Hunt and Coin Cleaning

Even more fun, adventure, excitement and learning is what the Melbourne Treasure Hunt is all about. A longer and more comprehensive tour than Melbourne Treasure Hunt 101, this tour includes a workshop on equipment use and silver coin cleaning, as well as an additional location to explore. A more advanced treasure hunting tour that will take you to some of Melbourne's most iconic locations - except with a big difference. You will explore these locations with metal detecting equipment in order to look for treasure! The only tour of this kind in Melbourne!! A truly unique way of getting to know Melbourne and its history guided by an internationally experienced metal detectorist and treasure hunter. You will be picked up by your driver and guide and taken to Brighton Beach where you will be taught how to use the various pieces of treasure hunting and fossicking equipment which will be made available for your use. After the lesson you will apply your new skills and detect the beach. The second location is St Kilda Beach where you will hunt for treasure and be provided with a workshop on silver coin cleaning. The third and final location is Fawkner Park where you will search for silver coins and other treasures. At the end of the experience you will be returned back to a mutually agreed upon point.

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Die perfekte Mischung aus Wildlife und Natur. Das Koala Reservat ist wirklich sehr schön und wie eine Art Baumwipfelpfad aufgebaut. Auf dem Weg zu den Nobbis haben wir dann auch sehr viele freilebende Wallaby’s gesehen. Dort angekommen konnte man die ersten Pinguine erspähen - wenn man nicht von der Landschaft zu verzaubert war. Die Pinguin Parade selbst war recht schön, aber nicht mein Highlight. Hier ist es am besten nach 20-25 min auf der Tribüne zurückzulaufen, da die Pinguine neben den Stegen ihre Behausung suchen. Ein viel besserer und spannenderer Blick auf die Tiere. Und natürlich deutlich näher. Die Tour ist nur zu empfehlen!!

This was a fantastic trip and totally worth it! The penguins parade was the best wildlife/animal experience I have had so far in Australia. It was so cool!! Seeing the other areas of Phillip island was also amazing but the day was really about the penguins. Our group did also have a very special experience at the Koala Conservatory! One of the koalas was awake for us :)

Our guide was funny and informative. Our traveling group was small which was good. Excellent experience overall and can recommend the experience and this company.

it was a wonderful experience to see penguins back from ocean. the tour guide is very professional and sense of humour.

Excellent driver/tour guide. Very professional, accommodating, knowledgeable. Many thanks to him.