Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour, Melbourne
Our Phillip Island tours from Melbourne will be sure to get you acquainted with the cutest little penguins in Australia on our Penguin Parade 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. Your tour on the penguin island is an experience you’ll never forget.
Your Phillip Island day tour includes:
- Guided tour at the award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park
- Meet a wide range of Australian animals including koalas, wombats, dingoes & many more
- Hand feed kangaroos, wallabies, pademelons, emus & more
- Cheese & wine tasting at the boutique Phillip Island Winery.
- Enjoy a tasting of Gippsland cheeses and locally produced wines.
- Visit Point Grant to view the Nobbies and Seal Rocks.
- Stroll the coastal boardwalks to enjoy amazing panoramic views
- The amazing Phillip Island Penguin Parade.
- Standard Penguin viewing at the Penguin Parade.
- Time to explore the award-winning visitor centre.
- FREE onboard Wi-Fi service.
- Complimentary city pickup and drop off from most accommodation providers.
Departs daily from Melbourne:
Includes courtesy inner-city pickup service from most accommodation providers
Pickups are between:
11am-12 noon (Apr-Oct)
12 noon-1pm (Nov-March)
Return to Melbourne approx:
** 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 $25
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 $25!
Guided Ranger Tour (formerly Private Penguin Parade Experience) upgrade – Add $55*
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 a separate area from other attendees.
*Please note, a minimum age of 12 years applies to this upgrade.
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 award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park for a unique Australian wildlife experience. Here, we’ii enjoy a guided wildlife walk where we have the opportunity to meet and hand-feed many species of native Australian animals. Learn about iconic species such as kangaroos, koalas, emus & wallabies, as well as some of our lesser known favourites including quolls, owls, bandicoots & Tasmanian devils.
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.
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 parade 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 tour 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
May / June /July
August / September / October
November / December / January
For an unforgettable day tour experience, contact Go West today and book your place on one of our Phillip Island day tours from Melbourne. Otherwise, make sure you check out our other Melbourne sightseeing tours including Great Ocean Road trips, Yarra Valley wine tours and more. To learn more, call (03) 9485 5290 or book your tour online today.