Melbourne: Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguins Tour
- Pickup available
- Duration: 13 hours
Our driver for the day, Jake, was amazing. He was very friendly and told us lots of interesting stories about the area. Before the actual Penguin Parade, which started at sunset (so around 8:15pm if I remember correctly), we spent a few hours at various attractions in the area of Phillip Island. First, we went to the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where we fed Wallaby and Kangaroo and had photos with Koalas. Let me say, this was the best "Zoo" I've visited in my vacation in Australia. Then we went to a farm, to a beach and to a cliff walk. Pretty nice trip. About the actual Penguin Parade I have two things to say: 1. The parade itself it's spectacular, definitely worth seeing. 2. We got the Ranger guided tour upgrade, which granted us better seats compared to the standard viewing area, but the actual tour was mediocre. Our latino ranger was barely speaking English and was constantly laughing and talking non-sense instead of explaining something useful about the place.
Excellent day out, our guide Kelly was really knowledgeable about the local wildlife which was great at the sanctuary. Transport was clean and air conditioned. We booked penguin plus, if you are debating it's definitely worth the extra money. General viewing is a lot further away from where the penguins walk up the sand but with plus they walk within a couple of feet, sadly you can't take photographs of the penguins but it was a fab experience
The venue was a bit smaller than I expected and the kangaroos were kept in their private area where visitors cannot enter (unlike the other place i went to in Brisbane which let us get up close). And the koala encounter was slightly pricey since we were allowed to only pat his back while taking pictures and were given very little time. It was ok overall.
Super Ausflug, abwechslungsreiches Programm mit Höhepunkt der Pinguinparade. Unser Guide Dave war cool drauf und hat viel Infos mitgeben. Thank you Dave - well done and good job. Die Tour ist zu empfehlen. 19.2.2020 Peter, Switzerland
Kellie, our guide picked me up on time, drive safely and very knowledgeable about what was going on. Due to her reading of the conditions and adjusting the timetable accordingly, we saw many examples of Australian wildlife.