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Our most recommended Phillip Island National Parks

Melbourne: Healesville Sanctuary & Phillip Island Tour

1. Melbourne: Healesville Sanctuary & Phillip Island Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Melbourne, ride in air-conditioned comfort with free Wi-Fi to your first stop on this full-day tour. Wander around the world-renowned Healesville Sanctuary and see Australia's native wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, platypus, birds of prey, and more. Take part in animal education lessons and live shows to learn more about these wonderful creatures. Choose to buy your lunch here before heading to the next stop. Visit Nobbies Tourist Information Center, where you will be able to find out all you need to know about the Nobbies Blowhole and Seal Rock precinct. Then, continue to the Nobbies Lookout and Boardwalk. Take on the glorious views of the Nobbies and Seal Rock region from this iconic viewpoint. Walk along the boardwalk with ocean views to the Nobbies Blowhole and Seal Rock and enjoy the spectacular surrounds. Head to Phillip Island, where you can purchase your dinner at the venue. Then, get ready to witness the world-famous Penguin Parade. Watch the penguins emerge from the rolling waves and make their way across the sand to their burrows. After a day to delight animal and nature lovers, return back to Melbourne city center and be dropped back off at your accommodation.

Melbourne: French and Phillip Island Wildlife Expedition

2. Melbourne: French and Phillip Island Wildlife Expedition

Start off your journey with a short ferry crossing across Western Port Bay to French Island. Cruise over the crystal-blue sea, taking in views of the picturesque scenery along the way. Arrive on French Island, a hidden treasure of wilderness and where your guided 4WD tour will take place. Buzz around the island as your guide shares knowledge of the surrounding environment. Admire the koalas and the vast array of wildlife that inhabits the island. Stop for a lunch or afternoon tea at a local farm gate (seasonal), experiencing how locals live. Travel then by ferry across Western Port Bay to one of Australia's most amazing locations, Phillip Island, which is world-renowned and locally loved. Explore this magical place, home to some of the greatest surf conditions, amazing beaches, native Australian wildlife, and the world-famous motorbike circuit. Set off then on a short adventure to Point Grant, known by the locals as Nobbies. Marvel at the remarkable natural sights and discover the home to a seal colony, dramatic sea bluffs, and panoramic ocean views. To finish off the journey, get up close and personal with some cute little penguins and listen to expert ranger commentary on the lives of these delightful creatures at the Penguin Parade.

From Melbourne: 2-Day 12 Apostles & Phillip Island Tour

3. From Melbourne: 2-Day 12 Apostles & Phillip Island Tour

Day 1: Melbourne to Queenscliff Depart from Melbourne and make your way to the 12 Apostles to see the sunshine on these incredible treasures of the ocean. Travel along the Shipwreck Coast and stop at different locations along the way. Savor a picnic lunch on the coast before a stop at Otway’s Rainforest where you can search for local wildlife in its natural habitat. Enjoy dinner before spending the night in the coastal town of Queenscliff.Meals: DinnerAccommodation: Beacon Resort or similar (4 bed dorm with shared bathroom facilities) Day 2: Queenscliff to Melbourne Start your day with a ferry trip across Port Phillip Bay to the Mornington Peninsula. In the afternoon get up-close and personal with some Australian wildlife at a Koala Reserve and the Penguin Parade. Then head to the Nobbies to view the stunning rocky coastline and local seal colony. To cap off the trip, see the magnificent Phillip Island Penguin Parade spectacle before heading back to Melbourne. Meals:Breakfast

Phillip Island: Nature Hike and Penguin Parade with Guide

4. Phillip Island: Nature Hike and Penguin Parade with Guide

It’s time to hit the road with a small group (max 8 guests). Enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee and sit back and relax as you take the 1hr 45min drive down to Phillip Island. First stop is a surfer’s dream beach, Cape Woolamai. From here, lace up the boots and start the hike that will guide you through rugged rock formations, known as the Pinnacles. As you make your way around the Nature Park of Phillip Island, witness stunning views over the Bass Strait and pounding surf below. Look out for wallabies, echidnas, shearwater birds and whales in the winter months. After an easy/moderate 6.8km hike, you will head into Cowes for a delicious lunch or dinner (depending on the season) at one of the favourite local cafes or restaurants before making your way to the Phillip Island Koala Reserve. Stroll through this eucalyptus woodland and come ‘face-to-face’ with koalas in their natural habitat. The Koala Reserve’s unique tree top boardwalks and close viewing areas allow visitors to see how truly amazing koalas are. Next stop is The Nobbies for an easy stroll along the boardwalk to discover breathtaking coastline views and the impressive thundering blowhole. This area is home to Australia’s largest seal colony, little penguins and silver gulls. And to finish the day you will take a waddle on the wild side and see hundreds (sometimes thousands) of penguins emerge from the surf at sunset at the world-famous Penguin Parade. This experience is a wildlife lover’s dream! Please note: During the summer months, be sure to eat prior to our 11:30 am departure.

Phillip Island: 12-Hour LGBTQ+ Private Guided Day Tour

5. Phillip Island: 12-Hour LGBTQ+ Private Guided Day Tour

Enjoy an LGBTQ+ Friendly private tour of Phillip Island with your very own vehicle and dedicated LGBTQ+ guide/driver for the day. Visit hot spots such as the Koala Conservation Centre, plus other must-see attractions including Churchill Island, and The Nobbies Centre. Encounter the famous penguin parade as the largest Little Penguin colony in the world waddles home from the ocean to their burrows. Discover forests, coastal cliff parks, and even a secluded lake on beautiful guided walks. Learn about the area's rich history from your expert guide. Find out what life is like for the locals that call the area home.

Melbourne: Phillip Island & Penguin Parade Private Tour

6. Melbourne: Phillip Island & Penguin Parade Private Tour

Embark on a private small-group guided tour of Phillip Island beginning with a pickup directly from your chosen Melbourne Hotel, in an air-conditioned vehicle. En route, stop off at a popular local Wildlife Park. Meet some of Australia's iconic animals and hand-feed kangaroo's in their natural environment. Head to Churchill island and visit a famous old heritage working farm. Experience some old traditional farming techniques and activities, including sheep shearing, a working dogs demonstration, and whip cracking.  Go to The Koala Conservation Center to explore the boardwalks and see koalas up close in their natural habitat. Get the chance to visit some quieter locations of the island with your guide, an excellent opportunity for some wildlife spotting. After dinner, visit the Nobbies Center, home to Australia's largest fur seal population and an incredible cliff-top boardwalk with panoramic views out to sea. Make a last stop at the Penguin Parade - the main highlight for any visit to Phillip Island. Take your seats and experience one of nature's most natural wildlife sights. Be shown the best vantage spots from your guide who will also supply you with binoculars, cushions, and warm blankets to maximize your Penguin Parade experience.

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What people are saying about Phillip Island

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 13 reviews

The natural view along the road is absolutely stunning, which means it would be an impressive journey of discovery. However, travelling is not only a thing about seeing new things, as a period it is in reality a part of ourselves' life. That is the reason why company and care are so important in travel. I took part in the trip by myself and I enjoyed all of such subjective things, making friends, music and of course introductions of landscape. Finally, I sincerely thank my guide Shannara for the warm care and patient company.

I love it! So much to see & learn.. enjoy the breeze and Lizzy our tour guide is very taking care of us and she is so entertaining.. thank you so much!!

It was a really nice day. We stopped for a lot of beautiful views. Matt, our tour guide, was super friendly and knowledgeable.

The penguin parade was not as good as was told on the internet. But the rest was very nice to see. And very beautiful

that's an amazing experience with beautiful views and the guide Mathew is as awesome as genius loved his presence.