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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Small Group Eco Tour from 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. Meet and view Australian wildlife at a multi-award-winning conservation park before reaching the highlight of the tour – the nightly Penguin Parade. Your tour on the penguin island is an experience you’ll never forget.

Your Phillip Island Penguin Parade Small Group Eco Tour includes:

  • Visit the famous Brighton Beach boxes
  • Guided tour at the award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park
  • Meet a wide range of Australian animals including koalas, wombats, dingoes & many more
  • View the spectacular “Conservation In Action” wildlife show at Moonlit Sanctuary
  • Hand feed kangaroos, wallabies, pademelons, emus & more
  • 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.
  • Friendly and informative driver / guide
  • Return transfers in air-conditioned comfort
  • Complimentary onboard wifi throughout your journey
  • Flexible fare – no cancellation fees apply for changes up to 48 hours before your tour departure time


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Departs daily from Melbourne:

Includes courtesy inner-city pickup service from most accommodation providers


Pickups are between:

11.00am-12.00 noon

Return to Melbourne approx:

9pm-Midnight (Seasonal)


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** Please note that photography of any kind is not permitted at the the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Photography is permitted at all other locations.

If you’re a lover of amazing views and fabulous fauna, then this is definitely the tour for you!

Departing Melbourne at around midday, we journey to the city’s most colourful attraction – the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes – for an opportunity to visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks.

We continue our Phillip Island tour journey through Melbourne’s bayside suburbs on the way to the award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park for a unique Australian wildlife experience. Here, we’ll 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.

Included in our visit here is the spectacular “Conservation in Action” wildlife show, which showcases a number of lesser-known Australian species in a series of interactive and engaging ranger presentations.

Continuing on to Phillip Island itself, 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 – 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 assist in ensuring you are able to get the best possible vantage point to enjoy the famous Penguin Parade.

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.

Tour Upgrade Options

Penguins Plus Viewing upgrade – Add $30*     (subject to availability during December-January period)

Phillip Island penguin tours provide access to the Penguins Plus boardwalk, where you’ll enjoy unrivalled views of the nightly parade. With visitor numbers limited to 300, and  local rangers on hand to provide interpretation of the world’s smallest penguins and their fascinating lives, this option is well worth the extra $30!

Guided Ranger Tour (formerly Private Penguin Parade Experience) upgrade – Add $60*    (subject to availability during Dec-Jan period)

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.

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”

Nest Building
Egg laying
Chick Feeding
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.

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Best Australian Wildlife Tour!

My son loved getting up close with the Australian wildlife, especially the wallabies and penguins. We had Ricky as our driver and tour guide and he was excellent! He knew so much history and entertained us with Australian songs and witty tales. He’s also a very friendly guide and introduced everyone on board when we first went on the tour bus. We’re very happy with Go West and hope it will continue to provide great service for many years to come.

Lyna M

An Amazing Day!

Had an amazing day exploring Phillip Island under the expert and entertaining hands of Callum, our guide. His cheerful personality (and corny iPod playlist) really made the day trip enjoyable. The itnerary was well-organised with a wide variety of activities – it was good value for money.

Marcus ZQ

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