Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

5 stars

Editor's summary:

This budget-friendly small group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne offers a very personal approach. Soak up the scenery in air-conditioned comfort on the leisurely afternoon drive from Melbourne down to Phillip Island. You’ll enjoy a short walk at The Nobbies and a drive around the island to meet some of the other furry and feathered residents, before heading to the Penguin Parade Visitor Information Centre to see the famously cute little penguins returning from the ocean at dusk. Relax in the General Viewing seating area and enjoy the parade up the beach.

Pricing & Dates

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☆ Enjoy the scenic drive from Melbourne to Phillip Island

☆ Learn about the Phillip Island little penguin colony at the Penguin Parade Visitor Information Centre

☆ Watch the world-famous Penguin Parade

☆ Enjoy more sightings of the penguins from the boardwalk

☆ Maximum group size: 11.


☆ Guided small group tour with commentary

☆ Comfortable air-conditioned transport

☆ Friendly and knowledgeable local guide

☆ Short guided drive around the island and a stop at The Nobbies (time permitting)

☆ General Viewing seating for the Penguin Parade

☆ Drop-off at CBD and Docklands hotels.

What you can expect

This renowned small group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne is a friendly and personal way to enjoy the unique spectacle of the island’s famous little penguins returning home at dusk after a day of fishing in Bass Strait.

Setting off from Melbourne in the afternoon with a maximum of eleven guests, you’ll enjoy the wonderfully scenic drive southeast to Phillip Island. The journey takes around two hours (depending on the traffic), and your knowledgeable local guide will point out places of interest along the way. You’ll also learn interesting historical facts about the small rural towns you pass through.

On arrival at Phillip Island, there should be enough time for a scenic drive and a short stop at The Nobbies for a walk around the headland. Local residents you are likely to meet include swamp wallabies and Cape Barren geese.

The next stop on this Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne is the Penguin Parade Visitor Information Centre for the main event. There’s time for a bite to eat in the café, before you’ll head down to the General Viewing tiered seating area by the beach to watch the parade.

As dusk falls you’ll watch the little penguins coming in from the ocean and heading up the beach towards their burrows in the rookery. Once the parade concludes you’ll have lots of opportunities to see more penguins as you make your way back up the boardwalk to the Visitor Centre.

Bring your camera to take photos of Phillip Island but please note that no photography of the penguins is permitted.

At the appointed time you’ll make your way back to the bus for the return trip to Melbourne. If you are staying in a CBD or Docklands hotel you’ll be dropped off at your door.

Enjoy this superb Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne to one of Victoria’s iconic attractions.

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Important information

Once your booking is completed, a confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address, including meeting point details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.

This tour has one central CBD departure point: Rendezvous Hotel, 328 Flinders St, Melbourne, which is within easy walking distance of most city hotels. Guests will be dropped off at their city or Docklands accommodation at the end of the tour.

To book the premium version of this tour (Penguins Plus seating), please click here. To book the Guided Ranger Tour option, please click here. All upgrades are subject to availability.

Please note that no photography of the penguins is permitted.

Please dress appropriately for the season and wear suitable footwear. You will be seated in the open air to watch the Penguin Parade.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.


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