Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

5 stars

Editor's summary:

Enjoy a premium encounter with the delightful little penguins of Phillip Island! This small group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne offers great value and a very personal approach. Soak up the scenery in air-conditioned comfort on the leisurely afternoon drive from Melbourne down to the 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 watch the iconic Penguin Parade from the premium Penguins Plus viewing area.

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 Penguin Parade from the premium Penguins Plus seating area

☆ Access the exclusive ‘underground’ viewing area to watch the penguins at ground level (additional cost applies)

☆ 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)

☆ Premium Penguins Plus 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. When it comes time for the stars of the show to make their appearance (around dusk), you’ll take your seats in the premium Penguins Plus viewing area, which is much smaller than the General Viewing area and set in a different section of the beach. Typically these premium seats allow guests to see more penguins at closer range.

When booking this premium tour, you’ll have the option to add access to the exclusive ‘underground’ viewing area, which provides visitors with a unique opportunity to watch the penguins at ground level.

Once the parade concludes, you’ll see many 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 document 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. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed tour meeting point and departure time.

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 standard version of this tour (General Viewing seating), please click here. To book the Guided Ranger Tour option, please click here. When booking this premium tour, you will have the option to add access to the exclusive Penguins Plus ‘underground’ viewing area (adults $20.00pp, children $10.00pp). Simply follow the prompts. 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.

Guest reviews

  • Elizabeth (16/4/2018)

    We had a great day our guid Mac was great. He looked after us all, was very friendly and made us feel very welcome. I would recommend the trip to everyone.


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