This Penguin Parade tour from Melbourne to Phillip Island offers great value for money. Visit a renowned wildlife park and relax in the General Viewing seating area to watch the world-famous parade of little penguins returning from the ocean at dusk.


Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne (General Viewing Seating)
Runs: Monday to Saturday
Departs at: 1pm/2pm depending on the season — check your confirmation document for details
Departs from: Selected CBD hotels and 570 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

5 stars

Editor's summary:

‘Soak up the stunning scenery in air-conditioned comfort on the leisurely afternoon drive from Melbourne down to Phillip Island. You’ll enjoy a visit to the Moonlit Sanctuary wildlife park and a short walk at The Nobbies for amazing views before heading to the Penguin Parade Visitor Information Centre to see the famously cute little penguins waddling up the beach at dusk.’

Tour highlights

  • Enjoy the scenic drive from Melbourne to Phillip Island
  • Meet the furry and feathered Aussie locals at the Moonlit Sanctuary wildlife park
  • 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: 27.

What's included

  • Guided tour with commentary
  • Pick-up and drop-off at selected CBD hotels
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
  • Entry to Moonlit Sanctuary wildlife park
  • Short guided drive around the island and a stop at The Nobbies (time permitting)
  • General Viewing seating for the Penguin Parade.


Adults: AUD $115pp
Children (4 to 12 years): AUD $95pp

This tour is not suitable for children under the age of four.

What you can expect

This Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne is a friendly and relaxed 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.

After having your morning free for activities in the CBD, you’ll set off from Melbourne in the early afternoon for 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. [More]

Your first stop is the renowned Moonlit Sanctuary wildlife park on the Mornington Peninsula. Here you’ll meet some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas and wallabies. The park is also home to Tasmanian devils, wombats, emus, dingoes and lots of amazing birdlife. It’s the perfect warm-up for the wildlife spectacle you’ll enjoy later in the day!

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 to their burrows in the rookery. Once the parade concludes you’ll have plenty 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.

Enjoy this wonderful Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne to one of Victoria’s most famous natural attractions.

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.

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Once your booking has been 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.

Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.

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.