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Posted 19 June 2019 - 11:08 PM

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Would strongly recommend to stay overnight. Cos driving back to Melbourne is at least 2 hrs at night. U probably won't have had a proper dinner also if u been at the penguin parade.
I would stay one night then drive out the next day. Which is what I'm doing anyway.

I have 8 days on the ground and it's more than enough to do both Philip Island and the GOR until port Campbell region. But depends on whether u want to spend any time in Melbourne City itself.

Driving from Philip Island to the start of GOR at Torquay takes about 3 hours+.

 

Thanks for the pointers!

 

Yeah, where possible I normally avoid night driving while in overseas. The only time I think i drove was from Brisbane airport to Gold Coast after flight landed around 6+pm.


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 12:15 AM

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No plans to go Yarra Valley? Nice place to relax too.

Got wineries, chocolaterie & ice creamery and dairy.

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 12:54 AM

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Many thanks for the info and recommendation. This trip likely δΈ‰δ»£εŒε ‚, so will be slow and steady. Will research and focus on a few spots. Cheers

 

3G huh? Do you do that often, or first time?

 

i travel 3G most of the time. Did 3 trips to Gold Coast, Perth, NZ on self-drive, and once in Taiwan with a chauffaur driving us around. I would strongly recommend you get a bigger people-mover they call it, for the comfort of the family if you have 6 or more travelling.


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 01:01 AM

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Thanks for the pointers!

 

Yeah, where possible I normally avoid night driving while in overseas. The only time I think i drove was from Brisbane airport to Gold Coast after flight landed around 6+pm.

 

Good choice. i made the mistake of leaving all the planning to my wife all the time.

 

For one trip (to Perth), we landed around 2 pm, went to collect car around 4 pm (it was off the airport, so waited for them to come and pick us up), and started driving off around 5.30 pm - which was right smacked in their peak hours where people got off work!

 

And guess what, our first destination was a good ~250 km away. It was summer but it still got pitch dark by around 7.45-8.00 pm.

 

So i was tired after a long flight, in a foreign land and not familiar with the road, had kids and elderly parents (so needed toilet breaks), starting to get hungry, and their roads only have reflectors and no street lights! [sweatdrop] [sweatdrop] [sweatdrop]

 

Highly not recommended...


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 07:31 AM

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Melbourne is one of my shortlisted destination for the year end holiday... anyone can advise if a trip from Melbourne to Phillip Island required an overnight stay in order to catch the fairy penguin which is in the evening? A 7-8 days trip to include both Phillip Island & GOR will it be too rush?

 

TIA  [:)]

My suggestion is stay over at PI, since year end the penguins only come back around 8+pm, by the time you're done almost 10. 

 

If you wanna head to GOR after that, you can explore Mornington Peninsular then take the ferry across to Queenscliff from Sorrento, saves you driving around the bay to get to the west.


Would strongly recommend to stay overnight. Cos driving back to Melbourne is at least 2 hrs at night. U probably won't have had a proper dinner also if u been at the penguin parade.
I would stay one night then drive out the next day. Which is what I'm doing anyway.

I have 8 days on the ground and it's more than enough to do both Philip Island and the GOR until port Campbell region. But depends on whether u want to spend any time in Melbourne City itself.

Driving from Philip Island to the start of GOR at Torquay takes about 3 hours+.

Very close to 4hrs, unless you really like driving on freeways, hardly anybody would do that in a day..

 

PI can spend 1 day visiting Churchill island/koala conservation center/nobbies, then night go for penguin parade.. next day can follow my suggestion above


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 07:49 AM

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No plans to go Yarra Valley? Nice place to relax too.

Got wineries, chocolaterie & ice creamery and dairy.

My friends recommended. Yerring gorge but I will give it a miss this visit.

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 07:54 AM

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My suggestion is stay over at PI, since year end the penguins only come back around 8+pm, by the time you're done almost 10.

If you wanna head to GOR after that, you can explore Mornington Peninsular then take the ferry across to Queenscliff from Sorrento, saves you driving around the bay to get to the west.

Very close to 4hrs, unless you really like driving on freeways, hardly anybody would do that in a day..

PI can spend 1 day visiting Churchill island/koala conservation center/nobbies, then night go for penguin parade.. next day can follow my suggestion above

Actually I originally wanted to do this. Philip to GOR. But I changed my flight timings to have the weekend in the middle of the trip instead of at the end, not doing the ferry crossing.

Btw if u do the ferry, if will likely take longer than driving around. Ferry takes 40 mins. The drive to sorrento and from Queens cliff to Torquay will take up more time then just directly going up to Melbourne and down back to Torquay.

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:23 AM

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Actually I originally wanted to do this. Philip to GOR. But I changed my flight timings to have the weekend in the middle of the trip instead of at the end, not doing the ferry crossing.

Btw if u do the ferry, if will likely take longer than driving around. Ferry takes 40 mins. The drive to sorrento and from Queens cliff to Torquay will take up more time then just directly going up to Melbourne and down back to Torquay.

 

Agree that it'll take more time, but you'll be exploring the Mornington area as well.. and saves a lot of driving.

Also Mornington is quite similar to Yarra with vineyards/markets etc with pretty nice views from Arthur Seat etc

 

Just a possible suggestion for others..


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:42 AM

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Agree that it'll take more time, but you'll be exploring the Mornington area as well.. and saves a lot of driving.

Also Mornington is quite similar to Yarra with vineyards/markets etc with pretty nice views from Arthur Seat etc

 

Just a possible suggestion for others..

 

yes. I do want to take the ferry the next time.

Already thinking of driving down there, then crossing over, heading to grampian etc.

 

Haha you are local head snake, my advice is for the others who are doing planning.

 


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Anyway for those going Philip Island with pre-schoolers,

The Koala conservation center is more suitable for adults and older children based on some reviews i read. Cos it's not easy to spot them at times. The younger kids will get bored easily.

 

For something more similar to what u can do in Perth.

This is just outside Philip island on the drive there.

 

Maru Koala and Animal Park

 

  • Open 930am. Family ticket $60

  • Koala Entry and Talk at 10,11, 12, 1, 2 , 3pm. Sheep Shearing at 230pm


You may easily miss this attraction cos it's not within PI (hence so when u google u won't see it) and also everyone just think of the Koala reserve.

You also won't see this mentioned commonly.


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Those looking for decent cafe food on the way to PI can consider this place.

 

https://goo.gl/maps/PrJ11U4cDEdkKGFd8

 

It's nested within the residential area, with views of the bay and area for kids to play around.

 

I chanced upon it while driving to PI last weekend..


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 09:19 AM

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3G huh? Do you do that often, or first time?

i travel 3G most of the time. Did 3 trips to Gold Coast, Perth, NZ on self-drive, and once in Taiwan with a chauffaur driving us around. I would strongly recommend you get a bigger people-mover they call it, for the comfort of the family if you have 6 or more travelling.

The usual 3G hols were the resorts or cruises. Road trip of this size (potentially up to 15 pax) is a record itself should it materialise.

A 2 MPV convoy should be easier than a 4 car convoy, I guess. Hiring a bus with driver is another option but should be more expensive.

Right now those working trying to block their leave to pin down a common date.
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Posted 20 June 2019 - 10:38 AM

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The usual 3G hols were the resorts or cruises. Road trip of this size (potentially up to 15 pax) is a record itself should it materialise.

A 2 MPV convoy should be easier than a 4 car convoy, I guess. Hiring a bus with driver is another option but should be more expensive.

Right now those working trying to block their leave to pin down a common date.

 

Wah piang... 15 pax is either play basketball 3 teams round robin, or form football team with 4 substitutes already [sweatdrop]

 

you the man to even contemplate this [thumbsup]

 

If all big-size, then 2 MPVs will likely not be enough. Long distance drives, better to seat more comfortably, as in 2/2/2 in MPV. Besides, you'll likely need quite a bit of luggage space too.

 

If got some kids, and everyone is prepared to squeeze a bit to fit into 2 MPVs, then your best bet is the Hyundai iMax there, can seat 2/3/3 without anyone needing to 'intrude' into another's space. Got ample luggage space too.

 

Kia Carnival might be ok too. It drives much better but space-wise loses out, and luggage space might be a stretch.

 

Toyota Previa is a no-no. Confirm not enough luggage space, cos half of the sunken boot is occupied by a spare tyre.

 

Good luck on the plan.


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15 pax, you need at least 3x 7 seater.. 5 in each car and rest for luggage space.

Good luck in finding accommodation as well..


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Wah piang... 15 pax is either play basketball 3 teams round robin, or form football team with 4 substitutes already [sweatdrop]

you the man to even contemplate this [thumbsup]

If all big-size, then 2 MPVs will likely not be enough. Long distance drives, better to seat more comfortably, as in 2/2/2 in MPV. Besides, you'll likely need quite a bit of luggage space too.

If got some kids, and everyone is prepared to squeeze a bit to fit into 2 MPVs, then your best bet is the Hyundai iMax there, can seat 2/3/3 without anyone needing to 'intrude' into another's space. Got ample luggage space too.

Kia Carnival might be ok too. It drives much better but space-wise loses out, and luggage space might be a stretch.

Toyota Previa is a no-no. Confirm not enough luggage space, cos half of the sunken boot is occupied by a spare tyre.

Good luck on the plan.

Thanks bro, it's definitely a challenge.πŸ˜…

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 11:26 AM

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Those looking for decent cafe food on the way to PI can consider this place.

 

https://goo.gl/maps/PrJ11U4cDEdkKGFd8

 

It's nested within the residential area, with views of the bay and area for kids to play around.

 

I chanced upon it while driving to PI last weekend..

 

For those with kids. There's feeding of pelicans at San Remo's Fisherman co-op every noon time supposedly.

At least this is from a blog i read.



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Thanks. marked on google maps.



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15 pax, you need at least 3x 7 seater.. 5 in each car and rest for luggage space.
Good luck in finding accommodation as well..

Thanks. Any idea about hiring a bus with driver?

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https://www.minibush...e-minibus-hire/

 

Found something here, you can try get a quote, but it seems these are for per day

 

If you're looking for someone to drive the entire duration of your trip, I doubt there's one..

 

Thanks. Any idea about hiring a bus with driver

 


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I see. Many thanks.


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