Small Group Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne (optional private tour)

  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
  • Operates: Daily
  • Departs from: Selected CBD hotels & St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Departs at: 11.30am

Overview

Encounter the famously cute little penguins of Phillip Island on this boutique tour, which guarantees a maximum group size of eleven guests. Soak up the scenery on the journey to the island, pay an included visit to the Phillip Island Wildlife Park, then sit back, relax and enjoy the Penguin Parade.

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Small Group Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne
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JSC (via TripAdvisor)

‘I wanted a stereotypical Australian animal experience, but I feel like I got so much more than that. Our guide Walter, despite the awful weather, gave us the best experience he could. He was patient while we took all our pictures, and even took some for us. He provided great commentary along the way and gave us useful advice about where to sit at the penguin parade. The penguins are beyond words. Highly recommended.’

Featured guest review

'I wanted a stereotypical Australian animal experience, but I feel like I got so much more than that. Our guide Walter, despite the awful weather, gave us the best experience he could. He was patient while we took all our pictures, and even took some for us. He provided great commentary along the way and gave us useful advice about where to sit at the penguin parade. The penguins are beyond words. Highly recommended.'- JSC (via TripAdvisor)
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
  • Operates: Daily
  • Departs from: Selected CBD hotels & St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Departs at: 11.30am
$145.00 $135.00

  • Relax on the drive from Melbourne to Phillip Island with your small group
  • Meet the furry and feathered locals at the Phillip Island Wildlife Park
  • Explore the historic town of Cowes
  • Enjoy a drive around Phillip Island and a stop at the picturesque Nobbies
  • Learn about the famous little penguins of Phillip Island at the Penguin Parade Visitors Centre
  • Watch the Penguin Parade from the seated viewing platforms
  • See more penguins in the rookery after the parade.
  • 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 Phillip Island Wildlife Park
  • General Viewing seating for the Penguin Parade (seating upgrades —available).

  • JSC – Via TripAdvisor

    I wanted a stereotypical Australian animal experience, but I feel like I got so much more than that. Our guide Walter, despite the awful weather, gave us the best experience he could. He was patient while we took all our pictures, and even took some for us. He provided great commentary along the way and gave us useful advice about where to sit at the penguin parade. The penguins are beyond words. Highly recommended.

  • Highlights
    • Relax on the drive from Melbourne to Phillip Island with your small group
    • Meet the furry and feathered locals at the Phillip Island Wildlife Park
    • Explore the historic town of Cowes
    • Enjoy a drive around Phillip Island and a stop at the picturesque Nobbies
    • Learn about the famous little penguins of Phillip Island at the Penguin Parade Visitors Centre
    • Watch the Penguin Parade from the seated viewing platforms
    • See more penguins in the rookery after the parade.
  • 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 Phillip Island Wildlife Park
    • General Viewing seating for the Penguin Parade (seating upgrades —available).
  • What You Can Expect

    This relaxed Small Group Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne is a wonderful way to enjoy the unique spectacle of Phillip Island’s famous Penguin Parade — without being overwhelmed by the crowd on a large tour bus.

    Enjoy a sleep in before your hotel pick-up late morning. Setting off from the city at around 11.30am, you’ll enjoy the wonderfully scenic drive down to Phillip Island. The journey takes around two hours, depending on the traffic, and your extremely friendly and knowledgeable guide will point out places of interest along the way.

    The first stop on this Small Group Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne is the Phillip Island wildlife park, where you will have the opportunity to see kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and many other iconic Australian native animals.

    Then it’s on to the village of Cowes, where you’ll have time to explore the shops, purchase a snack for lunch (own expense), and even enjoy a stroll on the beach.

    Your next stop is the rocky headland known as the Nobbies — where you may see swamp wallabies, Cape Baron geese, and even a few little penguins. Then it’s time to head to the official Penguin Parade Visitor Centre for the main event!

    You can grab a quick bite to eat for dinner in the café (own expense), peruse the informative interpretive boards, and browse in the gift shop before heading down to the General Viewing area on the edge of the beach to settle in to watch the parade at dusk. It’s an amazing sight to see the local population of hardy little penguins returning to the beach following a day’s fishing in Bass Strait. As they bob in to shore, you’ll see them shake themselves off and waddle up the beach to their burrows in the rookery.

    You’ll have the opportunity to see even more penguins as you make your way back up the boardwalk to the Visitor Centre.

    At the appointed time, you’ll re-join your guide and group for the journey back to Melbourne for hotel drop-off.

    If you’re looking for a friendly, relaxed, and most importantly — boutique tour, this small Group Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne is for you.

    Penguin Parade seating upgrades

    The following Penguin Parade seating upgrades are available. Please follow the prompts to book your upgrade. Please note that all upgrades are subject to availability on the night of your tour. Where an upgrade is not available, the upgrade fee will be refunded.

    Penguins Plus

    The Penguins Plus seating area 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.

    Guided Ranger Tour

    At the Penguin Parade Visitor Information Centre, you’ll be met by a park ranger who will take you and a small group of guests (a maximum of ten people) on a guided walk through the rookery and down towards the beach. Along the way you’ll hear lots of interesting facts about the resident little penguins. Your ranger will then accompany you to your reserved seats right on the edge of the beach for the Penguin Parade. As the parade gets underway, the ranger will provide expert commentary on the behaviour of the penguins, and answer any questions you may have.

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  • Guest Reviews

    • JSC – Via TripAdvisor

      I wanted a stereotypical Australian animal experience, but I feel like I got so much more than that. Our guide Walter, despite the awful weather, gave us the best experience he could. He was patient while we took all our pictures, and even took some for us. He provided great commentary along the way and gave us useful advice about where to sit at the penguin parade. The penguins are beyond words. Highly recommended.

  • Important Information
    • 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 meeting point details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
    • This tour operates with a minimum of five participants. Your booking may be on request initially, but we should be able to confirm the tour within a day or two. Where a tour does not proceed, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund.
    • This tour can be booked as a guaranteed private tour for five or more participants at the standard tour price per person. If you have less than five people, but you still wish to travel privately, you can book and pay for the additional seat(s) to secure a private booking. Please contact us to make your booking.
    • This tour has one standard price for adults and children.
    • 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 seating 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 voucher, please click here.
    • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
    • View our booking terms and conditions here.
What You Can Expect

This relaxed Small Group Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne is a wonderful way to enjoy the unique spectacle of Phillip Island’s famous Penguin Parade — without being overwhelmed by the crowd on a large tour bus.

Enjoy a sleep in before your hotel pick-up late morning. Setting off from the city at around 11.30am, you’ll enjoy the wonderfully scenic drive down to Phillip Island. The journey takes around two hours, depending on the traffic, and your extremely friendly and knowledgeable guide will point out places of interest along the way.

The first stop on this Small Group Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne is the Phillip Island wildlife park, where you will have the opportunity to see kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and many other iconic Australian native animals.

Then it’s on to the village of Cowes, where you’ll have time to explore the shops, purchase a snack for lunch (own expense), and even enjoy a stroll on the beach.

Your next stop is the rocky headland known as the Nobbies — where you may see swamp wallabies, Cape Baron geese, and even a few little penguins. Then it’s time to head to the official Penguin Parade Visitor Centre for the main event!

You can grab a quick bite to eat for dinner in the café (own expense), peruse the informative interpretive boards, and browse in the gift shop before heading down to the General Viewing area on the edge of the beach to settle in to watch the parade at dusk. It’s an amazing sight to see the local population of hardy little penguins returning to the beach following a day’s fishing in Bass Strait. As they bob in to shore, you’ll see them shake themselves off and waddle up the beach to their burrows in the rookery.

You’ll have the opportunity to see even more penguins as you make your way back up the boardwalk to the Visitor Centre.

At the appointed time, you’ll re-join your guide and group for the journey back to Melbourne for hotel drop-off.

If you’re looking for a friendly, relaxed, and most importantly — boutique tour, this small Group Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne is for you.

Penguin Parade seating upgrades

The following Penguin Parade seating upgrades are available. Please follow the prompts to book your upgrade. Please note that all upgrades are subject to availability on the night of your tour. Where an upgrade is not available, the upgrade fee will be refunded.

Penguins Plus

The Penguins Plus seating area 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.

Guided Ranger Tour

At the Penguin Parade Visitor Information Centre, you’ll be met by a park ranger who will take you and a small group of guests (a maximum of ten people) on a guided walk through the rookery and down towards the beach. Along the way you’ll hear lots of interesting facts about the resident little penguins. Your ranger will then accompany you to your reserved seats right on the edge of the beach for the Penguin Parade. As the parade gets underway, the ranger will provide expert commentary on the behaviour of the penguins, and answer any questions you may have.

Important Information
  • 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 meeting point details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
  • This tour operates with a minimum of five participants. Your booking may be on request initially, but we should be able to confirm the tour within a day or two. Where a tour does not proceed, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund.
  • This tour can be booked as a guaranteed private tour for five or more participants at the standard tour price per person. If you have less than five people, but you still wish to travel privately, you can book and pay for the additional seat(s) to secure a private booking. Please contact us to make your booking.
  • This tour has one standard price for adults and children.
  • 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 seating 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 voucher, please click here.
  • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
  • View our booking terms and conditions here.
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