Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne (Penguins Plus Seating)

Enjoy a premium encounter with the little penguins of Phillip Island on this fabulous group tour. Soak up the stunning scenery in air-conditioned comfort on the leisurely afternoon drive from Melbourne down to the island, visit a wildlife park, and watch the Penguin Parade from the exclusive Penguins Plus viewing area.

5 stars

Jenny33333 (via TripAdvisor)

‘This was an excellent day out. Our tour guide was friendly and shared interesting information about the area and wildlife. I really enjoyed seeing the animals at the wildlife park and Philip island.’

  • Duration:

    10 hours (approx.)

  • Runs:

    Daily

  • Departs at:

    12.00pm

  • Departs from:

    Selected CBD hotels

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'This was an excellent day out. Our tour guide was friendly and shared interesting information about the area and wildlife. I really enjoyed seeing the animals at the wildlife park and Philip island.' - Jenny33333 (via TripAdvisor)

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  • This tour offers pick-up from selected CBD hotels. There is also a central pick-up point for those staying outside the city. Please add your hotel details below, and refer to your booking confirmation for your pick-up location and time.

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  • Enjoy the scenic drive from Melbourne to Phillip Island
  • Meet the furry and feathered Aussie locals at a wildlife park
  • Learn about the Phillip Island little penguin colony at the Penguin Parade Visitor Information Centre
  • Watch the Penguin Parade from the exclusive Penguins Plus seating area
  • Maximum group size: 24.
  • Guided small group tour with commentary
  • Pick-up and drop-off at selected CBD hotels
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board your transport
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
  • Wildlife park entry
  • Short guided drive around the island and a stop at The Nobbies (time permitting)
  • Premium Penguins Plus seating for the Penguin Parade.

  • Jenny33333 – Via TripAdvisor

    This was an excellent day out. Our tour guide was friendly and shared interesting information about the area and wildlife. I really enjoyed seeing the animals at the wildlife park and Philip island.

  • Jeremy N – Via TripAdvisor

    A really lovely day out with the family, if a bit long. The bus driver and host was the effervescent and welcoming, full of tips and enthusiasm and not short of words (even his homily at the end of the day when most just wanted to get to our beds!). We were lucky with the weather and the penguins were stunning. Downside - no lunch provided. However, the day was enjoyed by us all.

  • Namitac3009 – Via TripAdvisor

    The journey started with a Wildlife Park. You get to feed the Kangaroos here and get a photo with the Koalas. Our guide was extremely good. Following that, he took us to the helicopter base for the Philip Island Helicopter Tours which was 1/3 options you are presented with. This was courtesy to the day being wonderful and sunny - a perfect day for an aerial view of the island. Finally, the day ended with the Penguin Parade. Thanks to JP’s advice, I had an amazing view of the parade. It’s an absolute pleasure to watch. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who would like to interact with Kangaroos and would enjoy a good Penguin Parade.

  • Tour Highlights
    • Enjoy the scenic drive from Melbourne to Phillip Island
    • Meet the furry and feathered Aussie locals at a wildlife park
    • Learn about the Phillip Island little penguin colony at the Penguin Parade Visitor Information Centre
    • Watch the Penguin Parade from the exclusive Penguins Plus seating area
    • Maximum group size: 24.
  • What's Included
    • Guided small group tour with commentary
    • Pick-up and drop-off at selected CBD hotels
    • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board your transport
    • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
    • Wildlife park entry
    • Short guided drive around the island and a stop at The Nobbies (time permitting)
    • Premium Penguins Plus seating for the Penguin Parade.
  • Guest Reviews

    • Jenny33333 – Via TripAdvisor

      This was an excellent day out. Our tour guide was friendly and shared interesting information about the area and wildlife. I really enjoyed seeing the animals at the wildlife park and Philip island.

    • Jeremy N – Via TripAdvisor

      A really lovely day out with the family, if a bit long. The bus driver and host was the effervescent and welcoming, full of tips and enthusiasm and not short of words (even his homily at the end of the day when most just wanted to get to our beds!). We were lucky with the weather and the penguins were stunning. Downside - no lunch provided. However, the day was enjoyed by us all.

    • Namitac3009 – Via TripAdvisor

      The journey started with a Wildlife Park. You get to feed the Kangaroos here and get a photo with the Koalas. Our guide was extremely good. Following that, he took us to the helicopter base for the Philip Island Helicopter Tours which was 1/3 options you are presented with. This was courtesy to the day being wonderful and sunny - a perfect day for an aerial view of the island. Finally, the day ended with the Penguin Parade. Thanks to JP’s advice, I had an amazing view of the parade. It’s an absolute pleasure to watch. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who would like to interact with Kangaroos and would enjoy a good Penguin Parade.

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. Make your experience even more special by opting for Penguins Plus seating, which puts you closer to the action on a fabulous purpose-built viewing platform.

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.

Your first stop is a 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 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. When it comes time for the stars of the show to make their appearance (around dusk), you’ll take your seats in the Penguins Plus viewing area, which is much smaller than the General Viewing area and set in a different section of the beach.

The Penguins Plus viewing platform was constructed as a joint venture between Phillip Island Nature Parks and the RACV. The architects drew inspiration from the surrounding landscape, and the platform’s shape mirrors the coves of Phillip Island’s southern coastline. Typically these premium seats allow guests to see more penguins, and at closer range.

Penguins Plus ticket holders can also access the General Viewing seating area.

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. 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.

 

Important notes

  • Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for your tours. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
  • This tour is not suitable for children under the age of four.
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions. Please dress appropriately for the season and wear suitable footwear. You will be seated outside to watch the Penguin Parade.
  • The itinerary provided may change due to weather conditions and operational requirements.
  • Penguin Parade and Underground Viewing upgrades are subject to availability on the night. You will receive a refund if your upgrade is not available.
  • Please note that no photography of the penguins is permitted.
  • To purchase a gift certificate, please click here.
  • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
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