My husband and I will be arriving in Melbourne on Sunday the 14th August from Sydney. We are staying in Melbourne on the Sunday night and are picking up a hire car on the Monday morning, when we will drive to Philip Island to see the island and to watch the Penguin Parade, stay on the island on Monday night and then drive along the Great Ocean Road, spending Friday 23rd at Mount Gambier before dropping the car off in Adelaide on Saturday 24th August.
I have read a lot of the questions and answers on the travel form but I am still unsure where we should spend the intervening nights. I do understand that it is too far to drive from Philip Island to Apollo Bay in one day so was wondering if we should leave Philip Island after the parade to get to a stop from where we could reach Apollo bay on the Tuesday. If this is a good idea where should we stay on the Monday night? Also is it possible to watch the penguins going back into the water at dawn? If so that is something I would be interested in seeing in which case we would need to stay on Philip Island on Monday night, thereby throwing open the question again about where to stop on Tuesday night.
Finally, is it necessary to pre-book accommodation for August now or is it possible to see how we are going and either turn up or book a day ahead?