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Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne Australia

This day, we’re setting off from Melbourne on a two day trip to see the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island. Just outside of Melbourne, is one of the most famous and scenic coastlines in the world, the Great Ocean Road. Oh my! The Twelve Apostles are created by natural erosion, the waves coming up and crashing against these limestone structures. They’re just sticking right out of the water, like skyscrapers of sorts.

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When you walk down here to Loch Ard Gorge, it’s so dramatic. You’re surrounded by these steep cliffs. The water is this turquoise-blue and you can’t help but just take your shoes off and feel the sand between your toes. The Cape Otway Lightstation is the oldest surviving lighthouse on Mainland Australia and it’s been in continuous operation since 1848. The view up here is stunning.

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We have time for a break for lunch. We have this incredible view of the lighthouse. It’s a delicious goodie. Day two is officially underway. We’re on the ferry, making our way to Phillip Island to see some of the best it has to offer including the penguin parade. If you have a sweet tooth, the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is the place for you. Woah! Everything here is made of chocolate and it’s interactive.

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This may just be my favorite museum ever. Churchill Island is right next to Phillip Island and it has a working farm and homestead from the 1800’s. The Moonlit Sanctuary is home to some of the most famous creatures of Australia and plays an important role in the preservation of some of its endangered species. Hi! Oh my goodness, you’re a hungry little fella! It’s the last stop of the day and it’s time to see the world famous penguin parade.

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The penguins wait til dusk to come out of the water because the darkness protects them from predators up above. Here they come, just walking up next to the boardwalk. We’re so close to them! This has been an unforgettable two days, driving down the Great Ocean Road and seeing the Twelve Apostles and then Phillip Island and all of its incredible wildlife. This is an absolute must when visiting Australia.

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