From Melbourne: Penguin Parade and Koalas Tour

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Activity provider: Autopia Tours

From Melbourne: Penguin Parade and Koalas Tour

Activity provider: Autopia Tours
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From US$ 100.18 per person

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Spend a day engaging with Australian wildlife and exploring the diverse coastline of Phillip Island on a bus tour. Watch little penguins waddle across the shores of Summerland Bay in the evening.

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Duration 8.5 hours
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  • Witness hundreds of the world’s smallest penguins at sunset
  • Get up-close with the koalas on a guided tour of the Koala Conservation Reserve
  • Stroll along the sands of Woolamai Beach
  • Uncover the wonder of Phillip Island’s natural beauty and majestic coastline
  • Explore the boardwalk at The Nobbies Centre and views of Seal Rocks
Full description

Discover the beauty of the volcanic formations at Nobbies National Park on this day trip from Melbourne in an air-conditioned coach. Experience local wildlife with a guided tour of the Phillip Island Koala Reserve and entry to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade.

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 Phillip Island Koala Reserve where you will experience a ranger-led tour through the koalas' native habitat. Meet the koalas face-to-face on the spectacular tree-top boardwalk. 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!

  • Entry to Penguin Parade (general viewing)
  • Entry and range-led tour of the Koala Reserve
  • National Park entry fees
  • Experienced driver-guide with commentary
  • Water refill station
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Food
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are optional for this activity
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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Meeting point

Meet at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne. Departure time varies during the year based on daylight savings hours and the season in order to maximize the sunset experience.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Windbreaker
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Baby carriages

Know before you go

  • Children's ticket prices apply for children aged up to 12 years
  • 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
  • Infants aged 0 to 4 are not permitted to travel on adult laps and must be safely seated in a child protective seat. Infant protective seats are free of charge and must be requested at time of booking.
  • No photography or filming is permitted at the Penguin Parade
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 80 reviews

Review summary

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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

Product ID: 83271