Phillip Island FAQs
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park is home to many common and rare Australian animals including kangaroos, wombats, emus and Tasmanian Devils (and many, many more). The kangaroos and wallabies can be fed with food purchased from Moonlit Sanctuary’s counter.
Please do not feed any animals inside enclosed areas!
Koala handling is not included on this tour. You will, however, still see these furry little guys in their habitats at Moonlit Sanctuary. From here, you will also be able to take photos of them munching away on eucalyptus or sleeping throughout the day!
Photos are permitted at all locations except the Phillip Island Penguin Parade.
Penguins’ eyes are very sensitive, and any bright or sudden flashes can frighten them. Please do not use cameras of any kind including phones and camcorders at any time during your visit to the Penguin Parade.
Over the many years that we have operated to this destination, only a very small proportion of our guests have expressed interest in swimming during the tour. However, if you’re keen to have a dip, this is possible at Brighton Beach, as well as at the town of Cowes (when we visit here in the summer months).
Please note that we do not make any special “swimming stops” so if you’re keen to have a swim you’ll need to do this in the available time, rather than expecting time to be allocated for this purpose. We also note that changing facilities are not available, so you will want to keep this in mind if planning to enter the water at all.
We do not include meals on this tour, but there are opportunities to purchase meals at appropriate times throughout the day. Guests are also welcome to bring food with them if they prefer.
As the time that the penguins arrive on the beach changes significantly during the course of the year, our return time to Melbourne also varies significantly.
On an indicative basis, this tour returns to Melbourne at approximately the following times:
- Nov – Feb midnight
- March 11.00pm
- April 10.00pm
- May – Aug 9.00pm
- September 9.30pm
- October 10.30pm
Go West Tours does not support usage of single-use water bottles. Being an eco-certified company, we feel a strong responsibility to act as environmentally friendly as possible. Plastics are a huge problem in Australia, particularly in our oceans. By bringing your own water bottle, you are helping make Australia a cleaner country!
Please check the weather forecast the morning of your tour and dress accordingly. Keep in mind the area to which you are travelling as it can be very different from Melbourne city. During the summer months, please be sure to bring a hat, drinking water & sunscreen.
Please check the weather forecast the morning of your tour and dress accordingly. Keep in mind the area to which you are travelling as it can be very different from Melbourne city. While it only rarely snows in Melbourne, the temperature can drop significantly at night. Make sure a warm jacket and shoes are worn on tour or carried in a day pack.