Take a journey south-east of Melbourne to explore two of Victoria’s most beloved travel destinations, Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory. During this two-day tour, you will have a bounty of opportunities to observe and interact with Australian native wildlife and appreciate the spectacular coastal scenery of the Gippsland area.
We kick off the tour from Melbourne and head straight to the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Seventy species of rare and adorable Australian native animals and birds call this award-winning wildlife park home, offering you a rare opportunity to observe koalas, Tasmanian devils, wombats and more. Take a stroll down Wallaby Walk for the chance to hand-feed and pat kangaroos and wallabies.
Next up is the Nobbies, a rocky viewpoint that overlooks the Bass Strait and Seal Rocks. Follow the boardwalk to admire the sweeping views and keep an eye out for the animals that call the area home, including seals, penguins and echidnas.
Before the sun sets, we make our way to Summerland Beach for the famous Penguin Parade and take a seat for a truly incredible wildlife experience. Once the sun has disappeared behind the horizon, the Little Penguins that inhabit the area emerge from the ocean after a day of fishing to waddle across the beach and into the sand dunes. Follow them along the boardwalks to watch as they make their way back to their burrows for the night. Once the penguins have headed off to bed, then it’s our turn to call it a night in our accommodation on Phillip Island.
Day Two (breakfast)
After a light breakfast, we’ll meet again for day two, travelling to Wilsons Promontory. ‘The Prom’ as it’s known locally, is a 50 000-hectare reserve on the southernmost part of mainland Australia. The area is home to wombats, kangaroos, emus and more, so keep your eyes peeled throughout the day for native animals.
Here you will have the chance to explore the pristine wilderness via a hike along one of the several walking tracks that criss-cross the park including Mount Bishop and Lilly Pilly Gully. Feel the refreshing turquoise water and quartz sand of Squeaky Beach between your toes as you listen to proof of how the beach got its name. Admire the mammoth granite formation, Giant Rock, and the strange purple-yellow tinge of the water at Tidal River, dyed by the local tea trees. After a joyful day of bushwalking and wildlife spotting in this astonishing wilderness, we jump back on the bus to return to Melbourne.