1. Australia
  2. Victoria, Australia
  3. Melbourne
  4. Phillip Island

From Melbourne: Penguin Parade and Koalas Tour

Product ID: 83271
Spend a day engaging with native Australian wildlife and exploring the diverse coastline of Phillip Island before watching little penguins waddle across the shores of Summerland Bay during the evening. Get close-up encounters with kangaroos and more.
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Duration: 12 hours
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  • See the little penguins of Phillip Island at sunset
  • Get up-close-and-personal with koalas
  • Hand-feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus
  • View the ancient volcanos of The Nobbies
  • Stroll along the sands of Woolamai Beach
Full description
Depart Melbourne and travel to Phillip Island to watch the smallest penguin species in the world waddle up the beach at sunset.

Before you get to the Island, stop at Maru Koala and Wildlife Park and get up-close-and-personal with cuddly marsupials. Hand feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus, to name a few. Meet the Tasmanian Devils (not recommended for hand-feeding) and the adorable koalas.

Upon arrival at Phillip Island, visit the Cape Woolamai and Woolamai Beach. Let the sand flow through your toes as you stroll along the pristine beach and watch the local surfers carve the often monstrous waves.

Then, journey to the far western end of the Island to view the extinct volcano remains of The Nobbies. Venture onto the boardwalks to explore the beautiful coastline. If you're lucky you may even see some little penguins in their burrows or huddling under the platforms.

Experience the highlight of the day at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Go to the award-winning visitors center before making your way to the shoreline. As the sun sets to the west the little penguins will begin their dangerous journey across the yellow sands of Summerland Beach. Gathering in groups at the waters edge, watch as they waddle to the safety of the sand dunes. Once there, large numbers gather for one big penguin social evening.

Listen as they "huk" to one another and slowly make their way to their burrows for the evening. A truly spectacular experience not to be missed!
  • Wi-Fi
  • Water refill station
  • Waterproof ponchos
  • Hand sanitizer
  • All park fees
  • Guide

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Meeting point

Holiday Inn, 575 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

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Important information
What to bring
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
Know before you go
• This tour can not accommodate infants under 4 years of age, due to the nature and length of our tours.
• Children's ticket prices apply for children aged between 4 and 12 years old.
• Due to the fact that the tour operates with small group vehicles with limited storage facilities, strollers, wheelchairs, prams or pushers can not be accommodated on this tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 76 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Loved the koalas and the animal place we went to, the penguins were so cute but because the penguins didn’t start coming up the each until about 9.30pm we only saw a few as we had to get the coach by 10pm. I understand that you can’t expect the drivers to hang around until 11pm as it was a two hour drive back. Was still a lovely experience. would recommend.

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December 22, 2019

I really enjoyed this tour. Guide Shahara was very professional and funny, and very knowledgeable. Good Value for the money! Beautiful landscapes and places, and Penguin Parade was absolutely worth to see despite the cold. Bring your warm jacket and blanket. !! Really appreciate the cushion seat as a bonus from our lovely guide.

December 8, 2019

Spontaneously decided and enthusiastic but .... !!!

All in all a great tour except for 1-2 little things that have bothered me personally but apparently belong to After everyone was on board the tour would be briefly explained and if I personally one. iChat likes it then if it is heard in every 2Satz is there shops to go shopping your shopping odeg souvenir and the annoying bus for the number unfortunately a bisl small there sitzavstand is low and there is called sitting and driving longer .... Otherwise, everything has worked smoothly as provider locally scarce 1std after booking has sent emails with meeting point and also called Bravo

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April 6, 2017

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Autopia Tours

Product ID: 83271