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Port Phillip Bay: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

1. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

Discover the beauty of Port Campbell National Park on this day trip from Melbourne. Travel in a comfortable and airconditioned coach and enjoy a refreshing morning tea. Stop for pictures viewpoints, take a stroll at Apollo Bay and admire the 12 Apostles limestone stacks. Enjoy morning views of Melbourne city and Port Phillip Bay as you cross the Westgate Bridge, Australia’s longest bridge, at just under 1.5 miles (2.6 kilometers). Embark on one of the world’s greatest drives to tour the Great Ocean Road. Take in a scenic journey along the Great Ocean Road. Stop for photos opportunity the Memorial Arch at Eastern View as well as at Kennett River, home to a large population of cute and cuddly wild koalas. A sighting is almost guaranteed as they munch away on Eucalyptus leaves. Marvel at Apollo Bay and walk around the famous coastal town. Afterward, follow the Great Ocean Road away from the water and into the mountains. Proceed through the spectacular Otway Ranges and stop to enjoy a stroll in the cool, temperate rainforest at Maits Rest. Continue to Port Campbell National Park, with its iconic array of rock formations. Visit Loch Ard Gorge and Gibson Steps, and be awestruck by the majestic monoliths of the 12 Apostles. Take advantage of a dinner stop on the journey back to Melbourne at the township of Colac. Enjoy a scenic view of the illuminated city as you cross Westgate Bridge on the way home.

From Melbourne: Penguin Parade, Koalas & Kangaroos

2. From Melbourne: Penguin Parade, Koalas & Kangaroos

Spend the day exploring Phillip Island and Brighton Beach on this day trip from Melbourne. See native wildlife at the Maru Koala and Animal Park and coastal views at Brighton Beach, Nobbies Boardwalk, and Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Start the day by being picked up by an air-conditioned vehicle and head to Brighton Beach. Explore the area and take photos of the iconic Brighton beach boxes. From here, you can also see views of the Melbourne skyline. Next is a visit to Maru Koala and Animal Park. Here you can see a variety of species of Australian animals who live on the property. There will be time to purchase lunch here before driving to the next location. Stop at Nobbies Tourist and Information Center to learn about Nobbies Blowhole and Seal Rock precinct. Then walk along Nobbies Boardwalk and enjoy coastal views. After a relaxing walk along Nobbies Boardwalk, visit Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Purchase dinner before watching the penguins emerge from the rolling waves and make their way across the sand to their burrows. From here, head back to Melbourne and be dropped off at your accommodation.

Port of Melbourne & Docklands Cruise with Coffee & Tea

3. Port of Melbourne & Docklands Cruise with Coffee & Tea

The history of Melbourne centers on its strategic location where the Yarra River empties into Port Phillip Bay. Learn about Melbourne’s early settlement and its evolution from a 19th-century boomtown to the largest port in the Southern Hemisphere on this leisurely, 1-hour river cruise. Relax as you cruise downriver past ultramodern skyscrapers and the active Docklands area, taking in the sights from an outside sundeck or through panoramic windows inside the cabin. During this cruise, you'll get stunning views of Melbourne city center, as well as float past some amazing points of interest, like the Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the 19th century sailing ship "Polly Woodside", the World Congress and Trade center, and more - don't forget to bring your cameras!

Sorrento: 1.5-Hour Port Phillip Bay Adventure Cruise

4. Sorrento: 1.5-Hour Port Phillip Bay Adventure Cruise

Your tour commences with an introductory on-board safety briefing, before cruising past the amazing cliff top mansions out into the sheltered shallows of Port Phillip Bay. With your family or friends, you will head off to Chinaman's Hat, a local spot where the ever-curious Australian fur seals are waiting to show off their way of life. From Chinaman's Hat, cruise over to Popes Eye at the Marine National Park for a look at the Australasian gannets, where your guides will share with you some interesting and educational facts about these amazing birds. From there, you'll cruise the magnificent Port Phillip Bay in search of the inspiring bottle nosed dolphins. There is no need to jump into the water; the captain's technique will place you right next to the action where you will receive a fantastic view into the world of the dolphins and seals. At the conclusion of your guided insight into Australia's flora and fauna, you will be returned to your point of origin.

Melbourne: Private City & Beaches Helicopter Ride

5. Melbourne: Private City & Beaches Helicopter Ride

Discover a bird's-eye-view of Melbourne with this private helicopter tour. Have time to snap some action shots in front of the helicopter before your flight. Enjoy the option of capturing in-flight video recordings or live streams during your flight so you can share your adventure with your friends. Head over to the activity provider's office and get checked in for your flight. As you walk out on to the tarmac you'll be met with incredible views of Melbourne's city skyline, the perfect background for a quick photoshoot in-front of your helicopter before take-off. Protect your ears with the provided headphones and feel the thrill of take-off. Fly by the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and Docklands Marina at just 1,200 feet above the ground (400 metres) on your way out to Port Phillip Bay. Spot the Spirit of Tasmania which is docked at Station Pier.  Make a left-hand turn to fly you along the coast over St Kilda's famous Boardwalk and Luna Park. Your flight path continues over the Formula 1 Track at Albert Park, the Shrine of Remembrance, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).  Finish your tour with the perfect opportunity to capture a photo of the MCG, the Yarra River and CBD all in one frame. Land back at your meeting point at the end of your tour. 

Port Phillip Bay: 2-Hour Seal Swim

6. Port Phillip Bay: 2-Hour Seal Swim

Embark on an unforgettable underwater adventure, snorkeling with cheeky and cheerful Australian fur seals. Departing Sorrento Pier in Victoria's picturesque Mornington Peninsula, your cruise commences with welcome tea or coffee as you revel in views of the coastline and cliff-top mansions. Arriving at Chinaman's Hat, a structure built just for the seals in Port Phillip Bay, you will take the plunge to swim with these gentle, playful and curious creatures. This sheltered area has a maximum depth of four meters and participants can float on the surface and watch the seals swim freely around them if they wish.

Melbourne: Private City Skyline and Bay Helicopter Ride

7. Melbourne: Private City Skyline and Bay Helicopter Ride

Your flight path will take you over Flemington Racecourse, towards the South Western side of the city. Check out Docklands and Marvel stadium before your flight continues to Albert Park Lake (Famous for the Melbourne GP) and the St Kilda beaches. Take a look inside the Melbourne Cricket Ground and spot the steps in front of Parliament house. Before turning back take a snap of the Melbourne skyline with Port Phillip Bay in the backdrop. There's no better way to see Melbourne! This flight is perfect for those who want to celebrate a special occasion, propose to a loved one, or sumply experience the thrill of flying. Our pilots are highly experienced and trained to provide you with a safe and comforatble experience. During your helicopter tour, you'll take in some of Melbourne's most iconic landmarks, including the Yarra River, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the iconic Melbourne 108 Tower, and the impressive Melbourne skyline. This helicopter scenic flight is the perfect way to experience Melbourne in all it's glory. You'll create memories that will last a lifetime. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to take to the skies and see Melbourne like never before!

Full-Day Private Australian Wildlife Tour of Phillip Island

8. Full-Day Private Australian Wildlife Tour of Phillip Island

Phillip Island is the a safe haven for thousands of penguins, seals, wallabies and lots other birds unique to Australia. Over here you can see the pure sandy beaches ideal for surfers stretching towards rugged shorelines where you can have amazing photos from glorious southern ocean. Every sunset, and after that you had a full on encounter with Australian animals, hundreds of little penguins getting out of the water together, waddling toward their burrows while, calling each other and from time to time tumbling over, such view which likes more to a dream than reality. Your full day Little Penguins Tour will be a fantasy escape from big city that will create an unforgettable memory like no other thing. - Take a break from the city and discover the diverse wildlife of Australia on this full-day excursion to Phillip Island. - Learn about the area’s wildlife from your guide - Visiting one of the most beautiful sandy beaches of Australia in Cape Woolamai, next to the nesting place of thousands of mutton birds, who have the longest migration route among all the other birds in the world - Enjoy the breath taking lava based rugged shorelines of the nobbies, where you can have the astonishing views of wave lashing the coastline, have the view of seals rock, the second largest colny of the seals in the world and watch wild wallabies hopping around and the wild geese stopping your car

Melbourne: Peninsula Nature Private Day Trip with Dinner

9. Melbourne: Peninsula Nature Private Day Trip with Dinner

This all inclusive tour begins with your driver and tour guide picking you up from your location. The drive will take you along the scenic route which follows the curves of Port Phillip Bay, until we reach our first destination - Dendy St Beach. After a short photo session at the beach your luxury, air-conditioned, leather seated vehicle will take you further along the scenic coastal route where you will experience the breath-taking views of the bay on side and be amazed at the beautiful architecture of the various palatial villas on the other side. There will be opportunities to stop for photos. Our first key Peninsula destination is the Moonlit Sanctuary, about 60km from Melbourne's CBD. You will spend 90 minutes here enjoying the various wildlife that live at the sanctuary. You will see and hear Australian native animals such as the koala, kangaroo, dingo, wombat and many others. There are animal sessions for you to enjoy where trained wildlife staff discuss the lives and habits of various native animals. Our final destination is The Eagle, where you will fly high in a chairlift and the end of which you will be invited to enjoy an Australian picnic dinner in a bush setting. To burn those newly acquired calories, we go for a short bushwalk to a lookout where you will have great view of the Peninsula, before being chauffeured back to your destination.

Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula Waterbike Tour

10. Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula Waterbike Tour

After a safety briefing and operational overview, participants will be fitted to their waterbike and fitted with lifejackets before departing Sorrento Pier and heading south towards Capel Sound. The tour will continue south following the Millionaire's Walk along the Sorrento to Portsea cliff top and getting an insight into how Melbourne's elite spend time at their summer mansions. This stunning cliff top walk has historic significance as it was the first time the Union Jack was used to claim possession of Australia. Continuing along past Point King Beach and Shelley Beach, we will pull in alongside the Portsea Pier right out front of the huge, Tudor-style pub, The Portsea Hotel. We return towards Sorrento, perhaps accompanied at times by some of the Mornington Peninsulas Bottlenose Dolphins known to frequent this stretch of water and friends of our eco-friendly waterbikes. Giving way to the Queenscliff to Sorrento Searoad Ferries, we will finish back at the Sorrento Pier at the base of the Hotel Sorrento. A truely unique way to experience of some of the most popular destinations on the Mornington Peninsula.

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What people are saying about Port Phillip Bay

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4.8 / 5

based on 1,082 reviews

Laney was the best tour guide ever. She blended education with time for rest and relaxation. She was very mindful for breaks and had the whole buss appreciative of her services. I enjoyed the personal conversations with her and learned a lot about Australias Gold Coast and Rainforest. Her expertise on the rainforest was great and giving the tourists time during this part personal time without feeling rushed. #BigAl will be the next big Instagram trend out there. I loved and appreciated the story around Big Al the penguin and his sweater. Laney’s playlist of songs was the best. One thing that I wish would change is the opportunity for tips electronically. Guides like Laney does a great job but I can’t truly show my appreciation because I don’t carry cash for a tip

A must Do for everyone travelling around Melbourne! Simon was the best Tourguide i could have wished for! Really kind, patient and funny he explained a lot of interesting Details about Australian flora and fauna, animals and culture during the ride. We stopped many times, so we could enjoy the view and take pictures. Also loved the short coffee break, it was a good opportunity to get to know others as a solo traveller. Would 100% recommend!

We had a wonderful day trip to the great ocean road with Bill! His smart sense of humour, great taste of music and thorough guidance made the trip an unforgettable experience! Highly recommend it! Do notice that this kind of trips include a lot of hours in the bus though that can be a bit tiring. But if you wanna do it as a day trip.. go west ;-)

Many thanks to our guide Damian, he did an incredible job. We were more than enthusiastic about the whole tour and were even able to observe koalas up close

Amazing! We did more photostops than I expected, the views were incredible. Really enjoyed the rainforest too!