Travel to Phillip Island by deluxe coach with complimentary Wi-Fi on board, before taking your seat to watch the plucky little penguins parade up the beach after a day of fishing in Bass Strait. You'll also visit the Koala Conservation Centre.

AUD $167pp

Deluxe Penguin Parade Tour by Coach from Melbourne
Runs: Daily
Departs at: 1.15pm
Departs from: Selected Melbourne CBD hotels and Federation Square
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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5 stars

Featured guest review:

‘The tour was well structured, quite informative and we feel we were allowed enough time at each of the different locations we went to. Our driver and guide had a great sense of humour too. I would highly recommend this tour.’ Jennifer M

Tour highlights

  • Take in the panoramic views of Western Port and French Island
  • Explore magnificent Phillip Island — home to koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, seals, shearwaters and little penguins
  • Visit the Koala Conservation Centre and look for koalas in their natural habitat from the tree top boardwalk
  • Make a stop at The Nobbies coastal boardwalk, where you may spot little penguins
  • Watch the Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach from the General Viewing seating bank (seating upgrades are available).

What's included

  • Guided group tour with commentary
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coach transport
  • CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board your coach
  • Entry to the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Penguin Parade General Viewing seating (upgrades available).

Pricing

Adults: AUD $167pp
Children (4 to 15 years): AUD $83.50pp

There is no charge for children under the age of four, however spare seats are subject to availability on the day of your tour.

What you can expect

This Deluxe Penguin Parade Tour by Coach from Melbourne is one of the most comfortable ways to travel from the Melbourne CBD to Phillip Island for the famous nightly Penguin Parade. Settle into your air-conditioned coach and prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as your driver/guide transports you to Phillip Island to see one of nature’s most wondrous spectacles. You are welcome to make use of the complimentary Wi-Fi available on board your coach throughout the journey.

Once CBD hotel pick-ups have been completed, this Deluxe Penguin Parade Tour by Coach from Melbourne will get underway. It will be a day you’ll remember for years to come. You’ll head south-east from the city towards Phillip Island, which is a haven for many Australian animals — including seals, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, and of course, little penguins. You’ll visit the Koala Conservation Centre to look for koalas in their natural habitat, and have the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies (additional cost applies). [More]

You’ll arrive at the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre just before sunset. Take some time to peruse the exhibits to learn more about these fascinating birds, before heading down to Summerland Beach to take your seat for the Penguin Parade. General Viewing seating is included in the cost of your tour, and seating upgrades are available (just follow the prompts when you book).

The following are all highlights of this fabulous day out:

  • Visit Warrook Homestead for afternoon tea (own expense)
  • Take in the panoramic views of Western Port and French Island
  • See the fishing village of San Remo
  • Explore magnificent Phillip Island — home to koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, seals, shearwaters and little penguins
  • Visit the Koala Conservation Centre and look for koalas in their natural habitat from the tree top boardwalk
  • Make a stop at The Nobbies coastal boardwalk, where you may spot little penguins
  • Watch the Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach from the General Viewing seating bank (seating upgrades are available)
  • See more penguins in the rookery on your way back up to the Visitor Centre.

This Deluxe Penguin Parade Tour by Coach from Melbourne ends with drop-off at your point of departure. A dinner stop (own expense) will be made before or after the Penguin Parade, depending on the season.

The itinerary provided may change due to weather conditions and operational requirements. 

Guest reviews

  • Happytravdeller (14/1/2019) – Via TripAdvisor

    Yesterday we did this penguin parade tour with driver James. Had a brilliant day. Saw loads of wildlife, more than just penguins. We have limited time in Melbourne so was a great way to get a few ticks off list. James definitely knew his stuff about area so we were well informed and got the best from trip. Pick ups were on time, coaches clean and comfy. If I had to make a negative comment, I wasn't keen on the zoo. It didn't have the same attitude to animal management. Pens were small and kangaroos when feed we're keen to eat, are they being under fed or are we tourists overfeeding them. In all a great day, and fun thanks to James' humour.

  • Riddhi P (7/9/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    It was so amazing. Our tour guide made our day. Your sharing was so useful for us. It was so beautiful. I will definitely recommend this tour to my friends and family. Thank you so much guys for make things so comfortable.

  • CNStraveller (24/8/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    It was an eventful 9 hours and despite the long commute and our guide Ben made it funny! The trip started with a stopover on Churchill Island where the scenery was simply picturesque, followed by the Koala Conservation Centre where we could see cutie Koalas eating or sleeping in front of us (well that was luck though). On our way to Phillip Island my kids were counting the wallabies they saw from the bus and there were 68! Needless to say the penguins’ return home was a perfect finale for the trip but one needed more patience. Some people were so impatient that they left very quickly and we managed to get to the front row. We eventually saw quite a few groups of penguins returning home and my kids were thrilled! No photos are allowed there so I can’t show how lovely the tiny penguins were!

  • Wendyannj2015 (14/4/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    James was our driver and guide and he was amusing, friendly and very informative about Melbourne and Australia in general. He gave us some great tips for where to sit for the penguins, and where to get the best views of them coming in. We would highly recommend this trip to anyone and they would be very lucky to have James as their driver!

  • Jennifer M (28/2/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    The tour was well structured, quite informative and we feel we were allowed enough time at each of the different locations we went to. Our driver and guide had a great sense of humour too. I would highly recommend this tour.

Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent automatically to your email address, including hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed pick-up time.

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Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.

Please dress appropriately for the season and wear suitable footwear. You will be seated in the open air to watch the Penguin Parade. Please note that no photography of the penguins is permitted.

Seating upgrades are subject to availability on the night. You will receive a refund if your upgrade is not available.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.