Day 1: Arrive Melbourne
On arrival in Melbourne you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The afternoon is at leisure. This evening you will have the opportunity to dine on the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant (own expense).
Hotel: Mercure Hotel Welcome (standard) or Swanston Hotel Grand Mercure (first class), Melbourne, 3 nights.
Day 2: City Sights – Penguin Parade
Experience the beautiful sights of Melbourne. See Parliament House, Queen Victoria Market and visit the Royal Botanic Gardens. Travel around Westernport Bay to Warrook Farm. See sheep, cattle, kangaroos and Australian birds. Enjoy Devonshire Tea of hot scones with tea or coffee. Visit koalas in their natural habitat at the Koala Conservation Centre. See the Nobbies rock formations overlooking one of the most treacherous oceans in the world, Bass Strait. Arrive at the famous Penguin Parade and watch the nightly ritual, as the little penguins march up the sand to their nesting places.
Day 3: Great Ocean Road
See world-famous Bells Beach, home to the World Surfing Championships. Travel along Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road before arriving at the white sandy beaches of Apollo Bay. See the stone monoliths of the Twelve Apostles. Enjoy the amazing shipwreck story of survival of the Loch Ard and visit its famous Gorge and Razorback Lookout. Visit the rock known as London Bridge, parts of which collapsed in recent years.
Day 4: Depart Melbourne
You will be transferred to Melbourne Airport to connect with your onward flight (flights anytime).