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

Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

Product ID: 66635
The Penguin Parade sees hundreds (sometimes thousands) of little penguins crossing the shore in one of natures true spectacles and is not to be missed. Enjoy nature walks along stunning beaches, boardwalks and coastlines that will capture your soul.
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Duration: 12 hours
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Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese
Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese
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  • Explore an Australian Wildlife Park
  • Visit Woolamai Beach
  • See a grand prix circuit
  • Experience Swan Lake
  • Visit Seal rocks
  • See the Nobbies
  • See Summerlands Peninsular
  • Experience Penguin parade
Full description
After pick-up from your accommodation in central Melbourne or St Kilda, journey out through the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne to the small country town of Tooradin. Continue above the top of Westernport Bay and stop at Maru Koala and Wildlife Park. Here you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, emus, dingos, wombats and of course, koalas.

You’ll also have the option to have your photo taken with a koala (not included, pay at the time) and hand feed kangaroos! From here it is a short drive to Phillip Island where you’ll make your way to the spectacular views of Cape Woolamai and Woolamai Beach. Walk along the beach, dip your feet in or sit back and relax. A short drive along the island will take you to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. The far western end of the Island is some of the most spectacular coast line in Australia, featuring the ancient volcano remains known as The Nobbies.

Then, go along the coastline spotting wallabies in the wild on the way to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Settle yourself into the little penguin’s environment as you watch them come ashore for the night, waddling next to and underneath the boardwalks. It’s a beautiful and heart rendering experience that will stay with you forever.
  • Park
  • Entry fees
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Friendly and informative guide
  • Inner-city pick-up
  • Drop off service
What’s Not Included
  • Meals & Snacks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Holiday Inn, 575 Flinders Lane, Melbourne at 10:15 AM (Winter) and 12:15 PM (Summer)

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 97 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Organization was really fine, everything worked out and Tara was a very nice and funny guide. To watch the penguin parade was a great experience, too. So funny and cute to watch the little guys walking along the seaside to their homes. Maybe good to know: Photography is not allowed with the penguins, but at all other events it's no problem. Take warm clothes (windbreaker, scarf and cap) for the penguins, because in late evening/night it gets really cold with the wind at the beach. Not as good as expected the go-together with the Koalas. It's quite expensive to get in touch with them (~30 AUD) for a quick photo - and that's all. No option for stay longer close to them, maybe little feeding or just watch them close. And my photo wasn't that nice, too (couldn't see it before printed :\). So think about the Koala photo (you have to wait in queue -> time loss), but at all I would recommend the tour and do again :)

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March 5, 2020

This trip is really all about the penguins which was just magical. The animal farm is really for children and the visit to to chocolate factory and beach, whilst pleasant, did feel like the operator was trying to fill the day. Good (and necessary) for a solo traveller but if you’re in a group I’d recommend hiring a car and doing it yourself.

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February 25, 2020

Very well organized outing, we were not bored for a moment. We got to see koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and Tasmanian devils up close. The visit to the chocolate factory (chosen rather than the helicopter, we also had the right to the superb beach) is really fun. The Penguin parade site is superb. As for the Pinguoins parade, we waited for them in the cold and the wind (early January, however) on the platform set up on the beach, while staying on the fitted bridge, we observed them very closely. Given their pace and the direction taken, they certainly did not want to swim that night !!!

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January 14, 2020

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Product ID: 66635