Phillip Island Penguin Tours
So much to see and do on a Phillip Island day tour
Phillip Island day tours from Melbourne are a great way to explore one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations. Indulge your senses with the finest food and wine in the region and view Australian wildlife in its natural habitat before reaching the highlight of the tour – the penguin parade. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Your Phillip Island day tour includes:
Includes courtesy pickup from most
inner city accommodation providers
10am - 11am (Apr-Oct)
11am - 12pm (Nov-March)
Return to Melbourne approx
9pm - midnight
** Please note that photography of any kind is not permitted at the the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Photography is permitted at all other locations.
Tour Upgrade Options
Penguins Plus Viewing upgrade – Add $22
Phillip Island penguin tours provide access to the Penguins Plus boardwalk, where you’ll enjoy unrivalled views of the nightly parade. With local rangers on hand to provide interpretation of the world’s smallest penguins and their fascinating lives, this option is well worth the extra $22!
Private Penguin Parade Experience upgrade – Add $50*
Join a fully ranger-guided group of no more than ten at the Penguin Parade for an experience you’ll never forget. This option offers priority seating in front of the general viewing area, as well as access to the Penguins Plus boardwalk.
Tantalise your taste buds with Phillip Island’s finest food & wine
If you’re a lover of fine food and fabulous fauna, then this is definitely the tour for you! Our Phillip Island day tour visits the very best of the Gippsland region’s gourmet attractions, where your sampling of the local produce is all included in the tour price.
The first destination on our Phillip Island tour is the region’s sweetest attraction, the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory. Watch the chocolatiers at work as they hand make delicious chocolate varieties, using recipes handed down over many generations. Enjoy complimentary samples while exploring the Amazing World of Chocolate, where you will marvel at the astonishing array of chocolate creations.
From here we’ll travel to the famous Koala Conservation Centre to meet some of the friendly locals. We’ll walk among the treetops and view the numerous wild koalas up close at this iconic wildlife attraction.
Our next stop on the Phillip Island day tour journey is to the delightful Phillip Island Winery. You’ll enjoy a structured sampling of not only the locally produced wines, but also a selection of Gippsland’s finest cheeses and other gourmet produce. The tasting is accompanied by an informative presentation about each of the foodstuffs sampled, ensuring an experience that is educational as well as truly mouth-watering.
Revel in the highlight of the penguin parade tour
A visit to Point Grant and The Nobbies gives us an opportunity to enjoy views over Westernport Bay and Bass Strait, including Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest population of fur seals.
And then we’ll reach what will undoubtedly be the highlight of your Phillip Island tour. We’ll head onwards to the main event, where just after dark the world’s smallest penguins waddle ashore after spending the day fishing out at sea. You’ll be truly enchanted as the stars of the show emerge from the surf and pass right before your eyes on their journey back to their homes. Your guide will ensure you are able to get the very best vantage point to enjoy the Penguin Parade and will help to keep you toasty warm with a complimentary hot cuppa.
Just on sunset, as some visitors begin to doubt that the birds will arrive, dark patches appear in shallow waters. The penguins’ familiar “huk huk” call is heard and they magically appear on the water’s edge. The penguins stand in the shallows, sometimes retreat in to the sea if they sense danger, regain confidence and again come to the beach. They usually regroup, sometimes numbering over 100 birds, and make their way up the beach to the dunes.
For an exclusive viewing experience on your Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour, upgrade to the more personalised “Penguins Plus” viewing platform. With numbers limited to 150, you’ll enjoy special ranger interpretation in a more natural setting. This option also includes a complimentary hot beverage.
Phillip Island tours from Melbourne that you’ll never forget
After the parade we allow plenty of time to explore the Visitor Centre before beginning our own journey back to Melbourne. With free Wi-Fi on board and a convenient drop off right back to your inner city accommodation, you’ll remember this Phillip Island day tour as a true highlight of your Australian holiday!
The Phillip Island Penguin Parade takes place every night of the year as the little fairy penguins surf in on a wave, waddle up the beach and make their way to their burrows in the dunes as their ancestors have done for thousands of years.
The number of birds arriving on the beach varies significantly throughout the year due to seasonal factors. The penguin’s year is divided into four different “seasons”
February / March / April
For an unforgettable day tour experience, contact Go West today and book your place on one of our Phillip Island day tours from Melbourne. Call 1300 736 551 or book your tour online today.