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!
Thursday, 30 January 2014 04:31
Yarra Valley Winery Tour.
Yesterday I went on the 1 day tour to Yarra Valley and it was one of my best days in Australia so far!
I went on the tour together with one of my friends that I've met here in Melbourne. We got picked up at our hostel which was really convenient, in a bus called Cafe Bus. The bus had a coffee machine on board which I really loved. After we picked up some other passengers from the city our guide Lee drove us to the Yarra Valley and told us a lot about Melbourne and the Yarra Valley on the way up there.
The first stop of the Yarra Valley tour was a delicious chocolaterie. We got to try some really good chocolate samples and I also bought a few chocolates for on the way back, although I already ate them all before we even got to our next stop ;). After that we went to our first winery, the Coombe farm winery. There was a really lovely lady who told us everything about the wines and the winery, she made us feel very welcome and we got to try a range of really good wine, this was an excellent start of the morning.
Then we went to the Gateway Estate, where we could try some delicious strawberry liquor, strawberry cream and a few relishes. After this stop we went off to a little town called Healesville where we had a delicious lunch. I chose the bacon risotto and my friend went for a nice focaccia. Me and my friend wandered around for a little bit afterwards and found some really cool vintage clothing and shoe stores, it felt as if we went back in time for a little bit. I really enjoyed this part of the Yarra Valley Tour. After we had a little bit of time to wander around in this nice village we were ready to taste some more wine at the next Winery Dominique Portet. It was a little chilly inside which was nice because it got a little warm outside. Andrew who worked at the winery could tell us a lot about the wines and let us try a nice variety of wines. There was also a possibility to play petanque after trying the wines, however there were some bulls that escaped from a farm nearby and they walked around the winery, which was a little unexpected, so we couldn't play petanque, but that didn't matter at all because we had a good laugh. Then we went on to the next stop, the White Rabbit Brewery. This was a very vibrant place with some awesome guys working behind the bar. It was good to try some beers and ciders in between the wineries.
We had some newlyweds on the bus who were on their honeymoon and Lee bought a bottle of champagne and some strawberries with chocolate for them to share with the bus, which was very nice of him. Then we went on to our very last stop of the 1 Day tour to Yarra Valley, which was the Killara Estate Winery and I have to say, they saved the best for last. The view was breathtaking and we got some really good oven baked pizza's which made this day complete.
Then we drove back into the city, everyone got a little sleepy because of the nice long day and probably also because of the wine ;). Thank you Lee and Cafe Bus for this great Day to Yarra Valley! It was the best!
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 02:55
2 day Great Ocean Road and Grampians tour
We recently took a 2 days Great Ocean Road and Grampians tour on January 6. That was the best on offer from what we were told whilst staying in Melbourne. Amazing views, good drive. Our guide was Scott, awesome and funny guy, who made the trip even more interesting and fun! Day 1 was fantastic, seeing all the amazing sights the Great Ocean Road day tour has to offer, and overnight in Halls Gap where we celebrated orthodox christmas drinking wines and champaign:) On the second day, in the Grampians National Park, beautiful nature (kangaroos – wow!), wildlife, amazing waterfall, and big thanks to Scott, he made it back to Melbourne absolutely in time! Good thing that we skipped the winery tour. Otherwise we would miss our flight!!! Worth going for the 2 day Great Ocean Road and Grampians tour and ask for Scott! 2 fantastic days out. Thanks Wildlife and thanks Scott.
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 02:17
We went on the Great Ocean Road and Philip Island 1 day tours on two separate days because our experience was so wonderful with the former that we decided to book with Wildlife Tours for the second trip
1 day Great Ocean Road tour : Our driver Scott was really humorous and passionate about surfing. He gave us lots of tips about Melbourne and the history of the attractions on the way. Lunch was at a homely restaurant and the guide took our orders in the morning and called ahead so the food arrived soon after we sat down. Our favourites stops along the way were the 12 apostles and Loch Ard Gorge!!).
Philip Island 1 day tour : Our guide was Mike, a really affable person. He knew just where to stand at the Penguin Parade such that we were able to witness the Little Penguins walking up to their chicks and feeding them right under our feet (less than a metre away!!) He was really knowledgeable about wildlife as well. The other highlight was the Maru Koala park, where we got to hand feed sheep, alpacas, horses, wallabies and kangaroos. The animal feed was only 2aud.
Overall the cheapest tour and best experience you'll get. :-) Thanks Wildlife Tours for 2 very wonderful and fun filled days. The 1 day Great Ocean Road tour and the 1 day Phillip Island tour are both fantastic. Highly recommended.
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