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Our most recommended Melbourne City Centre Ecotourism

Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

1. Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

After pick-up from your accommodation in central Melbourne or St Kilda, journey out through the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne to the small country town of Tooradin. Continue above the top of Westernport Bay and stop at Maru Koala and Wildlife Park. Here you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, emus, dingos, wombats and of course, koalas. You’ll also have the option to have your photo taken with a koala (not included, pay at the time) and hand feed kangaroos! From here it is a short drive to Phillip Island where you’ll make your way to the spectacular views of Cape Woolamai and Woolamai Beach. Walk along the beach, dip your feet in or sit back and relax. A short drive along the island will take you to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. The far western end of the Island is some of the most spectacular coast line in Australia, featuring the ancient volcano remains known as The Nobbies. Then, go along the coastline spotting wallabies in the wild on the way to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Settle yourself into the little penguin’s environment as you watch them come ashore for the night, waddling next to and underneath the boardwalks. It’s a beautiful and heart rendering experience that will stay with you forever.

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From Melbourne: Grampians National Park Great Escape

2. From Melbourne: Grampians National Park Great Escape

Depart Melbourne Central Business District and pass over the mighty Westgate Bridge as you make your way through the western suburbs of the city towards western Victoria. Journey through the Victorian goldfields of the 1850s and take a short break in the quaint country town of Beaufort for morning tea.  Approach Grampians National Park and get an appreciation of what makes the giant mountain range so spectacular as it appears from the surrounding flat plains. Marvel at Mt. William as you get your first glimpse of the park, and then go to the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Center to learn about the art, heritage and 6 seasons of the Grampians as described by the indigenous people. Discover an abundance of kangaroos resting in the areas around the center. Next, make your way into the heart of the park, and enter the small township of Halls Gap. Enjoy the drive into the Mt. Difficult range. Take in the breathtaking views of the plains of western Victoria from Boroka Lookout, before walking to the geological icon of the Balconies, featured in the Japanese animation "Princess Mononoke." Continue to the base of the majestic Mackenzie Falls or Silverband Falls, and follow a series of more than 250 stairs to the bottom of the cascades to cool off and relax. As the sun begins to set, keep an eye out for large mobs of kangaroos that call the area home before your return journey to Melbourne.

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Melbourne: Sunrise Wildlife Adventure, SUP, Bike & Breakfast

3. Melbourne: Sunrise Wildlife Adventure, SUP, Bike & Breakfast

Be picked up in Melbourne CBD in the early morning. After a short, 20-minute drive, you’ll find yourself out in the urban Australian wilderness. There, you can view iconic Aussie wildlife up close and personal. Visit a selection of beautiful parks including, Westerfolds Park, Candlebark Park, Warrandyte Park, and Plenty Gorge. The specific park chosen will depend on times and weather conditions. Your first activity is a mountain bike ride along riverside trails through the Aussie bush. Keep your eyes peeled for wombats and kangaroos, and listen out for birdlife. You’ll spend about an hour riding the various trails before stopping for a flask of fresh Melbourne coffee as your paddleboard is set up. Your guide is also a certified SUP instructor and will give you all necessary instructions on standup paddleboarding. Afterward, cruise along on your paddleboard for around an hour. As you paddleboard, enjoy the scenic views along the waterway. After a morning of activities, it’s time for breakfast. Head to a local hangout cafe to enjoy a classic Melbourne brekkie. While you are there, be sure you grab yourself a barista-made Melbourne coffee. Once refueled, hop back in the vehicle and drive the Yarra Scenic Drive back towards Melbourne. Your guide will point out interesting sights along the way and some more incredible Aussie wildlife. Arrive back in Melbourne and be dropped off before lunchtime.

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What people are saying about Melbourne City Centre

it was truly a fantastic trip. I thought going to the Maru Park would be a waste of time, but it was pretty fun. The nature on Phillip Island is utterly breathtaking. However, we only got to see the penguins for 40 minutes, but that was because of a thunderstorm.

Great job done by Simone Q! My wife & I really enjoyed. It would be nice if there were more dinner options. Most stops had minimal menu options. They seemed surprised when we showed up and were out of many menu items.

Wonderful excursion, with wonderful views of nature, waterfalls, encounters with kangaroos, emos

Grampians national park is a charming place. We enjoyed every single station in our trip.

Great value for money, very knowledgeable and helpful guide Simon Q