Mornington Peninsula & Phillip Island – Private Tour

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This tour is the perfect pairing of Mornington Peninsula wineries and the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. The tour comprises a full day touring Mornington Peninsula, exploring the wineries and gourmet food providores then in the afternoon, we depart for the iconic Penguin Parade at Phillip Island.

  • 8-10
All about the Mornington Peninsula & Phillip Island – Private Tour.

This Combined Tour takes in the best of region for those who want to get the most out of their day. We first travel to the Mornington Peninsula for a scenic chairlift ride atop Arthurs Seat, offering magnificent views of the bay and beaches. Then we head to the wineries to taste the regions’s cool-climate maritime wines.

You’ll enjoy lunch at the award-winning Montalto Estate before we visit the Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary for kangaroo and koala encounters. The wildlife park features all-Australian native animals in a small, family-run environment that enables you to hand feed many of the marsupials.

In the late afternoon, we head off to Phillip Island to see Seal Rocks and then on to view the famous Penguin Parade, where thousands of Little Penguins return to their burrows after a day at sea. We upgrade you to Penguins Plus viewing platform for a premium encounter with the penguins.

Dinner is at the local seaside town of Cowes on Phillip Island. There is a range of restaurants for you to select from and your guide will pre-book for you. Dinner is not included in price.

Lunch

Alfresco Piazza Dining Restaurant – The Piazza Café is all about sharing: food, wine and good times with loved ones. Connecting with each other and to the surrounding environment. The menu is designed to share, with a generous selection of the best of the seasonal menu arriving as it is made.

The relaxed elegance of the Montalto Restaurant is set in a striking and harmonious landscape building featuring rammed earth walls, timber frames and rough-hewn floor boards. Floor to ceiling windows take advantage of the breathtaking and rambling rural outlook of vines, olive groves, sculpture, lakes and wetlands, with pasture, and a hint of the ocean as the backdrop.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Tour Highlights 
  • Visit 2-3 wineries
  • Lunch at Montalto Winery
  • Famous Bathing boxes
  • Arthurs Seat Chairlift Ride
  • Optional Animal Sanctuary
  • Hand Feed Kangaroos and Koalas
  • The Nobbies and Seal Rocks
  • Famous Penguin Parade
  • Upgraded to Penguins Plus
  • Seaside Dinner in Cowes
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

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  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Single room accommodations
  • Liquors, beeers and bootled beverages
  • Photography ccessories like cameras etc.

Expert guide, luxury vehicle, lunch at Montalto (Alfresco dining), wine tasting and entrance fee’s, Arthurs Seat Chairlift, upgrade to Penguin Plus viewing platform.

The cost is based on a minimum of 1 passenger.. Extra passengers above 1 are charged an additional $ 100.00 pp.

Children 4 and under are free of charge.

The award winning Montalto Piazza Cafe Restaurant serves up a selection of the meals on offer for all to share. Set on the patio of this award winning winery. If you want to upgrade to fine dining at Montalto please choose our Mornington & Phillip Island Indulgent Tour.

Alternatively if you want something else please ask and we can take you anywhere. You may just want Fish & Chips and a bottle of wine by the beach..we can do that too.

Mornington is only 1 hr from Melbourne and Phillip island is a further 1.25 hr from Mornington.

Tour departs from your accommodation at 10.00 am and your return is approx 10.30-11.00.

This tour includes visiting wineries but it is not specifically a winery tour. If you prefer to visit more, or less wineries, we can arrange this. The standard is to visit 2-3 wineries. Alternatively if you prefer exploring the region and visiting beaches and other specialist food providers like chocolatiers, cheese makers, glass blowers etc, we can arrange on the day.

No. We provide the Hotsprings on our Indulgent Tour. If you would like to add to this tour select in options.

Our Reviews

Five Days of Excellent Touring with Great Private Tours and Elijah My wife and I spent six nights in Melbourne and three days on the Great Ocean Road in February. I researched and talked with many tour operators when I planned our month-long visit to Australia, including at least five tour operators in the Melbourne area. My interactions with Steve, the owner of Great Private Tours in Melbourne, were extensive and valuable. He provided excellent insights and suggestions that improved our visit to the Melbourne area. His offerings were very reasonable and included excellent tour vehicles and amenities. It was a wonderful experience dealing with him. I highly recommend him. We ended up spending six days with Great Private Tours in one of their Mercedes Viano vans. The first two days included the Full-day Melbourne Tour and the Phillips Island Penguin Parade. Both were led by Elijah McLeod. The third tour went to the Mornington Peninsula with Steve, the owner. Mornington is a beautiful area and really shouldn’t be missed if you have the time while in Melbourne. We then spent the last three days on a tour of the Great Ocean Road with Elijah again. The quality of these tours was excellent and included little extras like (a) varying maps and really high quality publications relevant to our destination for the day; (b) Wi-Fi hotspots in the car so we never lacked Internet access when needed; (c) bottles of water; (d) a small refrigerator in the car; etc.. While Steve was the man I most interacted with while planning the trip, Elijah was the man who had to implement the plans. There’s little to add about Elijah beyond he is simply the very best guide we’re had in our years of touring. He’s the kindest man I’ve ever met. He greeted everyone we passed. He always asked and remembered the names of everyone we dealt with at shops, restaurants, hotels, wineries, etc. He offered to take pictures of folks who were struggling to include themselves in photos. My wife doesn’t walk distances or go up steps well, so he always found ways to get her to where we were going with as little walking and steps as possible and was always at her side to help her. He always asked if we needed water, a restroom break, a better temperature in the car, a charge for our phones, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a blanket, etc. He drove safely. He came up with wonderful new ideas for places to see and things to do as he learned about our interests. For example, on the second day of our Great Ocean Road trip, he arranged for us to visit the Narrapumelap Home, a Victorian-era French Gothic Revival country mansion in Wickliffe built by John Wyselaskie in 1873, and meet its new owner and restorer, Kevin McIntyre, for a personal tour of the magnificent house and grounds. Elijah grew up with Kevin and his family in this area. I can guarantee this is a stop not on anyone else’s tour. I highly recommend Great Private Tours and Elijah to anyone thinking of private tours in Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road.
Silverstreak46
Silverstreak46
2020-02-26
Jam-packed day! Steve from GPT was great to work with and was a fantastic tour guide. I am the type that likes to do as many things as possible and Steve created an agenda that helped us do and see all the things we wanted. He was very accommodating, polite, and professional. Steve was flexible with timing since some locations we wanted a little longer time at and others we were ok to move along. Steve was great at giving us the background and history to many of the locations and answered many questions. Wouldn't hesitate to book a tour with him again.
Derek
Derek
2020-02-16
Amazing private tour! Despite the bad weather the day we had the tour, Steve still made it an absolutely enjoyable tour, he was very knowledgeable and answered all the questions we had and we had great conversations on our journey. We got to see the beautiful natures of Victoria, the 12 apostles, rain forests, and even koalas and kangaroos, we had a delicious seafood lunch and a few small refreshing hikes. The car was also extremely comfortable! Would highly recommend this private tour!
Rania L
Rania L
2020-01-14
Really amazing great private tour We were picked up at our hotel by Brenden. He was a great guide and gave us a lot of information about the tour, but also about Australia. On forehand we changed the restaurant for lunch (our kids do not like seafood) and we went to the best lunchplace ever, great burgers and curry! The helicopterride was really a bonus, what a beautifull views and because we did the reverse tour we were there just before the big crowd arrived, this also was the case for the walk to the 12 Apostles. Seeing those made me emotional.
Dianne D
Dianne D
2020-01-11
Best way to see Australia! Best way to see Australia! I can not say enough good things about Steve Andrew and our day with him on the Great Ocean Road. Approaching the GOR in reverse was exactly what we were looking for to avoid the crowds. Steve was very knowledgeable about the things that we saw and experienced. The vehicles were very clean and comfortable. Steve was on time to pick us up and return us to our house so we could make connections for other activities. We had such a positive experience on this tour that we booked another tour for a second day. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Australia.
Robin F
Robin F
2019-12-31
Traveling with a disabled person Steve took us on a half a day tour of Melbourne and we enjoyed it so much we asked him to take us on a full day to Dandenong Ranges/Rickett Sanctuaries/steam train tour. He was friendly and very knowledgeable but what made the tours special was his flexibility accommodating my disabled friend so she could enjoy the experience fully. He went out of his way to spot wild life for her since she wished it so much. We’re thankful to Steve for helping us enjoy Melbourne and showing us great places for shopping and eating too!
T6717TUelenab
T6717TUelenab
2019-12-23
Couldn't have asked for more. I have to say that this was probably one of our favorite tours while in Australia. Others just couldn’t measure up to this one. Our tour stared with a pick up at our hotel by Steve in a really nice Benz van, with water. From the very start Steve was friendly, warm, and informative. He was very knowledgeable and made the entire trip enjoyable. Our first stop was a small coffee shop run out a garage. A welcome first stop after we got out of the city traffic, with good coffee and a delicious sticky muffin. Steve took us on a “reverse” loop so as to arrive at the Apostles before the larger bus tours would. At the 12 Apostles we had a 15 minute flight over the Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. What wonderful view, one you can’t get by they shoreside lookouts. We got some really cool pictures, and splurged to buy the video taken during the flight. On the way back, we stopped in Apollo Bay for lunch. The included lunch exceed all expectations. Delicious seafood, relaxing environment, and a friendly, and talented, chef. Apollo Bay provided for some retail therapy too. From there we went to Melba Gully, named after Dame Nellie Melba. The best way to describe it is a rain forest park. On the way back had stops to see koalas, feed parrots, see kangaroos “playing golf”, visit historical sites, all while Steve provided colorful and entertaining commentary. I felt this trip wasn’t just a guide taking us around, but a mate who enjoyed showing guests the Great Ocean Road. For a full day adventure of 12 hours, this was well worth price. I would highly recommend tour.
S2161TMfred
S2161TMfred
2019-12-15
AUZ2019 What a fantastic trip!!! Steven Andrew was a phenomenal guide - so many fun and interesting facts plus first-rate tour experience. Could not have been more pleased! A must item to book when you are in Melbourne!
GBAllen
GBAllen
2019-12-14
Dandenong, Puffing Billy Tour, William Ricketts It was a fantastic tour, Steve is very knowledgeable and personable. He explained what we were seeing and ensured we had a good time.
Mike P
Mike P
2019-09-03
Amazing tour A fabulous tour of an amazing place with an excellent informed guide. A real treasure. I recommend this tour to everyone
Alicia P
Alicia P
2019-08-24