Take the classic Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour and add a stop at a renowned Mornington Peninsula wildlife park and a working heritage farm. It's a top day out, and it includes a delicious classic Aussie lunch.

AUD $139pp

Phillip Island Penguins, Wildlife Park and Farm Tour from Melbourne with Lunch
Runs: Daily
Departs at: 10am/11am depending on the season — check your confirmation document for details
Departs from: Selected CBD hotels and 570 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Featured guest review:

‘Adam was our guide on this 12 hour trip with lunch and afternoon tea, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, Tasmania devils, eagles and of course penguins. Plus a working farm with cow milking, sheep shearing and stock whip cracking. We really appreciated the professionalism and enthusiasm. Adam went way above and beyond. Thank you!’ Alan

Tour highlights

  • Enjoy the scenic drive from Melbourne to Phillip Island
  • Spend time at Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary meeting the locals
  • Step back in time at fascinating Churchill Island Heritage Farm
  • Enjoy a delicious Aussie-style lunch
  • Learn about the Phillip Island little penguin colony at the Penguin Parade Visitor Information Centre
  • Watch the world-famous Penguin Parade
  • Maximum group size: 24.

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 the Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary and Churchill Island Heritage Farm
  • Lunch
  • General Viewing seating for the Penguin Parade (upgrades available).

Pricing

Adults: AUD $139pp
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 Penguins, Wildlife Park and Farm Tour from Melbourne is a friendly and relaxed way to enjoy the spectacle of Phillip Island’s famous little penguins returning home at dusk after a day of fishing in Bass Strait, and get up close and personal with regional Victoria’s countryside and native wildlife as part of the deal!

Selected CBD hotel pick-ups completed, you’ll set off for Phillip Island in air conditioned comfort. You’ll enjoy the wonderfully scenic drive southeast towards the Mornington Peninsula, and your knowledgeable local guide will point out places of interest along the way. You’ll learn lots of interesting historical facts about the small rural towns you pass through. [More]

Your first stop on this Phillip Island Penguins, Wildlife Park and Farm Tour from Melbourne is the famous Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary — home to all manner of furry and feathered native Australian wildlife. You’ll have time to feed the kangaroos and meet the koalas in a pristine bushland setting.

Next, enjoy a scenic drive along Westernport Bay to magnificent Phillip Island, then across the bridge to Churchill Island to visit the fascinating Churchill Island Heritage Farm. This is a chance to step back in time to the 19th century and learn about traditional farming practices, or just take a stroll and meet the farm animals.

The final stop on this Phillip Island Penguins, Wildlife Park and Farm Tour from Melbourne is the Penguin Parade Visitor Information Centre for the main event! Here you’ll take your seat in the General Viewing area to watch the little penguins returning up the beach at dusk. Upgrades to Penguin Plus seating or the Guided Ranger Tour option are available. Simply follow the prompts when booking.

Bring your camera to take photos throughout the day, 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, and drop-off at your original pick-up point.

This Phillip Island Penguins, Wildlife Park and Farm Tour from Melbourne offers something for everyone. It’s a fabulous day out!

Guest reviews

  • Alan (2/9/2018) - Via TripAdvisor

    Adam was our guide on this 12 hour trip with lunch and afternoon tea, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, Tasmania devils, eagles and of course penguins. Plus a working farm with cow milking, sheep shearing and stock whip cracking. We really appreciated the professionalism and enthusiasm. Adam went way above and beyond. Thank you!

  • belgiantravelbird (17/8/2018) - Via TripAdvisor

    Had such an amazing day. We saw koalas wombats and even a Tasmanian devil. We also went to farm house where we could see how the settlers used to live. Very interesting.

  • BrownEyedGirl11 (30/11/2017) - Via TripAdvisor

    To begin - the tour company was great, the staff was excellent which makes this hard to rate. It was a full day Phillip Island Tour that included Moonlit Sanctuary, a Sheep farm on Churchill Island, Koala Sanctuary, and then Penguin Parade. Background information - this was the start of the third week we were in Australia (so we had already seen koalas, kangaroos, and wallabies). As well I grew up on a Canadian sheep farm - so that wasn't anything new. I was mainly going for the penguin parade, and this was a 13 hour tour for 1.5 hours with the penguins. However, a highlight was feeding the kangaroos at the Moonlit Sanctuary. Llunch was below average, but nice of them to feed us. Churchill Island farm was cool and informative (if you haven't watched sheep shearing and a work dog show), and our guide was AMAZING - very informative, relaxed and easy to talk to. Then came the Penguin Parade! We had underground tickets, so we got to watch the penguins walk right in front of your eyes. The guide in there taught us a lot about the penguins, and there was a TV screen down there to watch the penguins climb up the rocks. We were picked up in Melbourne at 9:00am and we weren't dropped off at our hotel until 12:30am (this was in November and the sun was setting at 8:45pm). Be mindful of the hours of this tour, and what the plan for the following day is before booking.

  • Russell (9/11/2017) - Via TripAdvisor

    Fiona was our guide/driver for the day and did an exceptional job. It is a 2 hour drive from Melbourne. We stopped at Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary, and a working farm on Phillip Island where we saw a sheep shearing demonstration. We also had a brief stop in Currie. The Penguin Parade was great and we had VIP tickets so we got a personal tour with the ranger and a private viewing box with binoculars. Fiona did a great job driving, and got us all back to our hotels safely.

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.

Penguin viewing upgrades
* Penguins Plus seating: Adults and children $30.00pp
* Penguins Plus seating with access to underground viewing area: Adults and children $45.00pp
* Guided Ranger Tour with beachfront seats: $60.00pp (12 years old and above only)
Select the upgrade you want when you book. All upgrades are subject to availability.

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.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.