Platypus Two Day Great Ocean Road

The platypus is one of the most difficult animal to see in the wild. Join us on this incredible 2 day Platypus Great Ocean Road tour. You get to see the main highlights of the Great Ocean Road on the first day and then on the second day you get to paddle out onto Lake Elizabeth looking for the platypus. Finally we visit a waterfall and the view the tall redwood trees.

Cost: $595.00


2 days

Suitable for all ages above 5

Tour Highlights:

  • See the highlights of the Great Ocean Road
  • See Koalas
  • Visit a waterfall
  • See the 12 Apostles in the morning
  • Optional Helicopter flights
  • Visit the Californian redwoods
  • Paddle out onto Lake Elizabeth looking for the Platypus
  • Maximum of 7 passengers (must be 5yr and older)

Tour Includes:

  • Free pick ups from most City hotels/hostels
  • Free chilled water for each day (remember to bring your own water bottle)
  • Free overnight accommodation
  • Free paddle on Lake Elizabeth
  • Free park entry
Pickup details

We pickup from most Melbourne city locations and a few places in St Kilda. Most of our pickups are early, the reason for this is to avoid the traffic and depart Melbourne nice and early. We aim to stay ahead of other tour busses, so that when we reach our lookouts they are not crowded. We aim to give you the best possible experience.
All our vehicles are small 12 seater mini busses, with our logo ‘Around And About’ on the side. Please be ready 5 minutes prior to your pickup time. Bus might be slightly late due to traffic and unforeseen circumstances. Please keep a look out for your bus. Your pickup details will be on your confirmation email. Below is a list of our most common pickup locations and times. If your location is not listed, email us your details and we can advice the closet pickup spot for you.
At the end of the tour we will drop off only in the Melbourne city, we don’t do any St Kilda, Southbank or surrounding suburbs drop offs. We will endeavour to drop you as close as possible to your original pickup but this is not always possible due to traffic. Melbourne does offer a very good tram service that is free within the city area. Sometimes a short tram ride is the quickest way to get back to your accommodation. We look forward in taking you Around And About and showing your what our wonderful State of Victoria has to offer.

Day One

  • Depart Melbourne at 6.15 am
  • Note: Pickup starts 45 minutes prior to departure time
  • (we stay ahead of the other buses allowing you to enjoy the stops)
  • We travel inland passing via Colac travelling through dairy farm country direct to the London Bridge
  • We stop at Colac for toilets and a drink (own cost)
  • We join the Great Ocean Road at Port Campbell
  • Our first stop on the Great Ocean Road is the infamous London Bridge
  • The Arch
  • Port Campbell
  • Loch Ard Gorge, Razorback, Island Archway
  • 12 Apostles
  • Helicopter flight available (own cost)
  • Stop at Lavers Hill for lunch (own cost)
  • We travel through the Otway Forest
  • Maits Rest temperate rainforest walk
  • Look for Koalas and wild parrots in the Kennett River area
  • Stop at some wonderful scenic lookouts to take the magnificent Great Ocean Road
  • Lorne largest village on the Great Ocean Road, Quick stop to view the beach, have a swim and visit the local shops
  • We then head inland to Forrest, a small rural township in the Otway Ranges
  • We spend the evening in Forrest

Day Two

  • Early start, before sunrise, we leave the little town of Forrest. We take you on our canoe tour to discover Australia’s most elusive animal (life jackets provided)
  • Share some time with our unique 100 million year old egg laying mammal in its natural habitat
  • This is a rare chance to see Platypus in the wild
  • Lake Elizabeth is a is a remote mountain lake formed by a landslide and a beautiful place to spend some time searching for the Platypus
  • There is a 1 km walk to the Lake
  • Paddle if you want or sit back and enjoy
  • Fantastic photographic opportunities
  • This is a surreal experience that you will remember forever
  • After the Platypus adventure we head back to Forrest for breakfast (own cost)
  • It is then time to go and see the Californian Redwood plantation
  • Final scenic stop is the Hopetoun Falls
  • When then head back to Melbourne via Colac
  • Arrive in Melbourne at approx 4 pm

What To Bring

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Rain jacket (just in case)
  • Warm clothes (just in case)
  • Bathers
  • Towel
  • Camera (spare battery and memory card – you will need it)
  • Comfortable walking shoes

Accommodation Options

Forrest Accommodation
  • Various accommdation throughtout the village of Forest
  • Your accommodation is included. We make use of various different properties depending on availability and number of passengers – These properties are either guesthouses, cottages
  • All properties are very unique and we are sure you will enjoy your short stay
  • Rooms sleep 2 people (either double or queen beds. Some can be split into 2 singles)
  • Single traveler surcharge of $50

Platypus and Echidna are monotremes. These are different from other mammals because they lay eggs and have no teats.

Cost: $595.00


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