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Written by Ben Tuesday, 01 April 2014 03:25

Great Ocean Road day tour

Last week I did this fantastic day tour to the Great Ocean Road. It was with a company called Wildlife Tours, and I had simply an awesome day out. We were picked up at our accom bright and early, and met our driver for the day Paul. From the very beginning of the day, he was full of energy, and many weird and wonderful facts about Australia, and of course the Great Ocean Road. He is as Australian as a meat pie, and had such a great sense of humour. Loved every minute of this tour.

Our first stop on the 1 day Great Ocean Road tour, was at Torquay Beach, where we stretched our legs and had morning tea, nothing like a nice strong coffee to wake you up for the day!

Then onto the Great Ocean Road memorial, for a group photo. It was shaping up to be a nice warm sunny day, and we were all looking forward to some fun! Along the way through the morning, we stopped for a few photo ops, and just before lunch at a tiny little town, called Kennett River to see some koala's in the wild. There were even 2 koalas (mum and a joey) nice and low in the tree, which made for some once in a lifetime photos.

Our lunch stop in Apollo Bay was really lovely. The beach is well worth a wander, and it's also a really good spot to stop and buy all of your Great Ocean Road souvenirs. Lunch was pretty tasty too.

The afternoon was jam packed full of beautiful scenery and made the day a tour to remember.

We took a short and peaceful walk through Mait's Rest, a beautiful temperate rainforest. Then onto the 12 Apostles, where I took the most wonderful helicopter flight over this amazing area. A little time at the lookout as well, just to see the rocks from every different vantage point. So far the 1 day Great Ocean Road tour was everything I imagined and more.

Our last 2 stops of the day, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge, both brought massive cliff faces and stunning beaches. By the time we crawled back on the bus at the end of the day, we had all taken many amazing photos. The day tour to the Great Ocean Road was just awesome. Great value for money and just the perfect time at every stop along the way.

Thanks Wildlife Tours for an amazing day out!

Ben, UK!

 

Written by Emma Saturday, 29 March 2014 07:22

1 day Grampians National Park tour

I just got back to Melbourne from a 1 day Grampians tour. It was a fantastic day out, enjoyed by all of us on this great little day tour. We were picked up about 7.30am from the door of our backpackers, and shortly after made our way west out of Melbourne. It's a long drive, but we all napped and chatted amongst each other. Along the way into the mountains, we stopped for a morning tea break, and then back on the road again towards the Grampians National Park.

When we arrived into Halls Gap, our driver Simon, took us straight to Brambuk, the Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Here we learnt a great deal about the local aboriginals. Being our first week in Australia it was fascinating! We spent almost an hour here soaking up the culture and taking photos of the kangaroos and emus.

Then into Halls Gap, where we wandered the shops for a short while, and then grabbed some lunch. With the view of the majestic mountains surrounding us, and kangaroos hopping through town, it was a lunch to remember.

In the afternoon, we made our way into the heart of The Grampians National Park, to visit some beautiful places. We visited Reed's Lookout, and took a wander out to The Balconies, where the view was simply stunning. Simon told us a fascinating Aboriginal Creation story with the most perfect backdrop! Then onto Boroka Lookout and back down to Halls Gap for a visit to the Grand Canyon, and then Silverband Falls. All of the walks we did were pretty easy going, though the steps at The Grand Canyon were a little challenging!

Through the day the scenery was perfect, the mountains were crawling with kangaroos and emus (though Simon told us if the weather is really hot they normally hide under the shade of the trees!). All in all the 1 day Grampians National Park tour was absolutely brilliant. If you love hiking and gorgeous scenery, you will love this tour. Thanks Wildlife Tours, and thanks to Simon for being a wonderful guide.

Emma UK

 

   

Written by Christina Friday, 28 March 2014 09:09

“Awesome Tour!! 2 Day Great Ocean Road/Phillip Island”

The 2 day Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island tour was absolutely perfect! It was just the right amount of time, and we actually had time to hang out in some of the areas and swim at the beaches instead of just jumping out of the van for a quick picture. The sights on the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island 2 day tour are all amazing, and the itinerary knocked off pretty much everywhere on my list of places I wanted to see along the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island.

On day 1 we saw all the highlights of the Great Ocean Road, including 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Gibsons Steps (oh so many steps down huge cliff faces to the beach), as well as a beautiful walk through the rainforest, and my first koalas in the wild. We had a few other quick photo stops, a lovely swim at the beach, and saw a fantastic sunset. A fantastic day. Day 2 dawned, and we caught the ferry across to Sorrento, and made our way slowly towards Phillip Island, or PI as the locals call it. Beautiful beaches, rugged coastlines and the highlight - The Phillip Island Penguin Parade. The wildlife park was great and we even got a hand feed a few kangaroos.

Our guide Sean was extremely knowledgeable and gave us lots of history and random facts, and he cooked the most incredible BBQ I've ever had. Seriously -- this trip is worth it based on that BBQ alone. The trip is also a great price for what you get. I compared pricing/itineraries for countless tours before choosing this one, and this was definitely the best value for the money. All in all: fun group of people, breathtaking sights, coolest guide ever... book this 2 day Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island tour if you get a chance; you won't regret it!!

Christina W

 

   

Written by Sarina Wednesday, 26 February 2014 03:14

This trip was beautiful by nature. The bus was very comfortable and well air conditioned on a very hot day. There was an iPod with an "easy listening playlist" that had something for everyone. Experiencing the Australian wildlife up close was amazing. Some might find the Maru experience childish, but if it is your first experience with these animals it is well worth the time and money. A few more fun stops along the way. The penguin parade at the end was the best part.. Definitely pay the extra 20 for the Penguin Plus. Throughout the day we saw Kangaroos, Wallabies, Koalas, Many indigenous birds, A copperhead snake, turtles, and the Penguins. Some in captivity, some wild, some both.

On to the guide..... Teagan was exactly what you would hope for. Charming and attentive from the word go. Very polite, funny, and engaging. She was very accommodating with pick up and drop off. She had a thorough answer for every single question about the wildlife. She was able to mark different locations like supermarkets and bathrooms at all stops. She was a wealth of information on all matters wildlife. Overall a GREAT guide. Made the experience.

Thanks Wildlife Tours! 

   

Written by Lisa Monday, 24 February 2014 02:53

Phillip Island Penguins 1 Day Tour.

Hi there, I just went on a 1 day tour to Phillip Island 2 days ago with Wildlife Tours and this has been a fantastic day out! I got picked up at my hostel by tour guide Simon and after we picked up some other people in the city we went to our first stop, Brighton beach, where we could take some pictures with some nice, colourful beach huts. After a short drive we stopped along the road to have sandwiches. Then we went to the Maru Wildlife Park, which was one of my favourite parts of the Phillip Island Tour. I got on a picture with a koala, which was really awesome and I got to feed some kangaroos and wallabies as well :).  After the wildlife park we went to a beach called Woolamai Beach on Phillip Island, where we had a nice stroll along the beach. Then we went to Swan Lake, where we had some afternoon tea and cookies and I've spotted a few black swans and a wild wallaby as well! After a stop at the Nobbies and the Blowhole, where we spotted some wild penguins(!!), we went to our last stop, the penguin parade! It took a little while for the penguins to come out of the water, but it was definitely worth waiting. It was the cutest thing I've seen in a long time, to see all the penguins waddling onto the beach! I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone! 

 

-Lisa, Germany

   

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