Melbourne – Philip Island – Melbourne
Today we travel to Melbourne by flight. Melbourne is known as cultural capital of Australia, situated on banks of Yarra River and recognised for its mix of Modern - colonial architecture. City was first discovered in British Colonial era and progressed rapidly during Australian Gold Rush.
Upon arrival we explore Melbourne city, we see St. Patrick Cathedral, Town Hall and Parliament House, followed by visit to Fitzroy Garden – a Victorian style garden dotted with ornamental lake, pavilions, fountains, sculptures and huge number of trees. Here we see Captain Cook’s Cottage – James Cook was a Royal Navy Captain, navigator, cartographer and explorer who was the first person to map Oceania accurately and opened the gates of Australia to British Empire for the first time.
In the evening we proceed to Philip Island – discovered by British Explorer George Bass and named after the first governor of New South Wales Arthur Philip, this beautiful island is home to the Fairy Penguins - the smallest of their species. Upon arrival we witness the World famous Penguin Parade where a large number of Fairy Penguins, race up Summerland Beach to their burrows. Experience the thrilling moment as you spot the first little penguins emerging from the sea and waddling along a Philip Island beach at dusk.