Phillip Island
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From Sorrento: 3-Hour Dolphin and Seal Swim Tour

1. From Sorrento: 3-Hour Dolphin and Seal Swim Tour

Departing from Sorrento Pier, enjoy a welcome tea or coffee, before venturing into the sheltered shallows of Port Phillip Bay to embark on an exciting once in a lifetime adventure.   Make your way to Chinaman's Hat, a man-made structure built to protect local Australian fur seals. Go for a snorkel in the structure’s shallow waters and get up close and personal with the ever-curious seals who are waiting to share their underwater world with you. Next, go for a swim with dolphins. Float on the water’s surface as these playful creatures swim beneath you and circle the group, showing off their amazing abilities. Finish your experience with a snorkel with the sea dragons, a unique species of seahorse native to the area, and discover the prehistoric looking creatures for yourself in their natural habitat.

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Melbourne: French and Phillip Island Wildlife Expedition

2. Melbourne: French and Phillip Island Wildlife Expedition

Start off your journey with a short ferry crossing across Western Port Bay to French Island. Cruise over the crystal-blue sea, taking in views of the picturesque scenery along the way. Arrive on French Island, a hidden treasure of wilderness and where your guided 4WD tour will take place. Buzz around the island as your guide shares knowledge of the surrounding environment. Admire the koalas and the vast array of wildlife that inhabits the island. Stop for a lunch or afternoon tea at a local farm gate (seasonal), experiencing how locals live. Travel then by ferry across Western Port Bay to one of Australia's most amazing locations, Phillip Island, which is world-renowned and locally loved. Explore this magical place, home to some of the greatest surf conditions, amazing beaches, native Australian wildlife, and the world-famous motorbike circuit. Set off then on a short adventure to Point Grant, known by the locals as Nobbies. Marvel at the remarkable natural sights and discover the home to a seal colony, dramatic sea bluffs, and panoramic ocean views. To finish off the journey, get up close and personal with some cute little penguins and listen to expert ranger commentary on the lives of these delightful creatures at the Penguin Parade.

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Great Ocean Road & Phillip Island 2-Day with Accommodation

3. Great Ocean Road & Phillip Island 2-Day with Accommodation

Reconnect with nature and experience one of the world's most dramatic coastlines on a 2-day small group tour of the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island. Day 1: Great Ocean Road (D) Travel along one of the world's most scenic roads and get breathtaking views of the coastline of Victoria by air-conditioned minibus. See stunning beaches and the lush rainforest of the Otway Ranges as you make your way towards Geelong. Head south through the coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay and look for native wildlife in their natural habitat. Go for a rainforest walk in the Otway Ranges before arriving at the limestone sea stacks of the 12 Apostles. Marvel at the natural beauty of Loch Ard Gorge before heading to your overnight accommodation on the Bellarine Peninsula. Day 2: Penguin Parade (B) Catch the morning ferry from picturesque Queenscliff to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, and see the famous Bathing Boxes at Portsea. Get panoramic views from Murrays Lookout, and then encounter Australia's wildlife with a guided walk at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Visit Seal Rocks and the Nobbies, and stroll along the boardwalk to enjoy spectacular views along the rugged south coast of Phillip Island. Experience the famous Penguin Parade at dusk and watch hundreds of Little Penguins cross Summerland Beach on their way home for the night.

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From Melbourne: 2-Day 12 Apostles & Phillip Island Tour

4. From Melbourne: 2-Day 12 Apostles & Phillip Island Tour

Day 1: Melbourne to Queenscliff Depart from Melbourne and make your way to the 12 Apostles to see the sunshine on these incredible treasures of the ocean. Travel along the Shipwreck Coast and stop at different locations along the way. Savor a picnic lunch on the coast before a stop at Otway’s Rainforest where you can search for local wildlife in its natural habitat. Enjoy dinner before spending the night in the coastal town of Queenscliff.Meals: DinnerAccommodation: Beacon Resort or similar (4 bed dorm with shared bathroom facilities) Day 2: Queenscliff to Melbourne Start your day with a ferry trip across Port Phillip Bay to the Mornington Peninsula. In the afternoon get up-close and personal with some Australian wildlife at a Koala Reserve and the Penguin Parade. Then head to the Nobbies to view the stunning rocky coastline and local seal colony. To cap off the trip, see the magnificent Phillip Island Penguin Parade spectacle before heading back to Melbourne. Meals:Breakfast

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French Island: Wildlife and History Guided Tour with Ferry

5. French Island: Wildlife and History Guided Tour with Ferry

Discover French Island alongside local guides during this trip including round-trip ferry transportation and lunch or afternoon tea. Explore this unique, pristine, off-the-grid destination in a 4WD vehicle, accessing hidden spots and scenic outlooks. The tour begins with a fast 15-minute ferry ride aboard Western Port Ferries from either Cowes (Phillip Island) or Stony Point (Mornington Peninsula) to Tankerton Jetty, French Island. Look for dolphins, seals, or penguins all year and even whales in winter. Meet your tour guide at the jetty where you will board an 11-passenger OKA 4WD vehicle. The 4WD vehicle allows access to hidden spots, the national park, and wilderness terrain. During the ride, learn about the history of the island and the local wildlife. The tour ends with the guide dropping you at the jetty for the return ferry ride. Take advantage of local guides who offer a personalized and authentic touring experience, bringing to life the stories, history, and lifestyle that is French Island. Each tour is designed to be respectful of the environment and the small island community. 

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What people are saying about Phillip Island

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 20 reviews

The natural view along the road is absolutely stunning, which means it would be an impressive journey of discovery. However, travelling is not only a thing about seeing new things, as a period it is in reality a part of ourselves' life. That is the reason why company and care are so important in travel. I took part in the trip by myself and I enjoyed all of such subjective things, making friends, music and of course introductions of landscape. Finally, I sincerely thank my guide Shannara for the warm care and patient company.

Awesome dolphin experience. Seals was good but strong current and a lot of habibi’s on jetskis bubbling up the water so snorkeling was tough. Great boat and great staff with a bar for a beer on the way back in can’t ask for a better day out

I love it! So much to see & learn.. enjoy the breeze and Lizzy our tour guide is very taking care of us and she is so entertaining.. thank you so much!!

It was a really nice day. We stopped for a lot of beautiful views. Matt, our tour guide, was super friendly and knowledgeable.

Outstanding tour. Fabulous crew! We couldn’t have asked for more