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Philip Island Tours

Participate in our Phillip Island Tour Penguins Excursion, where we will highlight the finest attractions that Phillip Island offers. Situated along the Southern Coast of Victoria, this island is the habitat for approximately 32,000 of the diminutive Little Penguins. Nightly, a multitude of penguins, sometimes reaching into the thousands, make their appearance from the ocean and parade across the sands during the globally acclaimed Penguin Parade. Our comprehensive day-long journey encompasses exploratory nature strolls across the picturesque beaches and pathways of Phillip Island, interactions with the island’s charming furry inhabitants, and, naturally, the Penguin Parade. Throughout the tour, your guide will provide insights on the most advantageous viewing spots in each Penguin Observation Area to enhance your overall experience.

Highlights  Phillip Island Penguins Tour

  • Experience the natural phenomenon known as the Phillip Island Penguin Parade.
  • Take a guided tour through the Philip Island Koala Conservation Reserve.
  • Learn about the natural beauty, history, and significance of Phillip Island.
  • Explore the less-travelled paths on dirt roads along the coastal cliffs of Phillips Island, where you may spot wallabies and birds of prey.
  • You can explore the Nobbies and Seal Rocks coastal boardwalks by taking a leisurely walk.
  • Visit the Phillip Island Penguin Visitor Centre.

Itinerary

Phillip Island Penguin Tours offers a unique opportunity for animal lovers. The tour includes visiting the Philip Island Koala Reserve, walking along surf beaches, and sighting Kangaroos and Wallabies, culminating with the world-famous Penguin Parade at the end of the day.

Phillip Island is located 140 km southeast of Melbourne and is home to over 7,000 people and various animal species. Despite its small size, the island is rich in natural and cultural beauty, with significant scientific, historical, and archaeological sites.

The drive from Melbourne to Phillip Island takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Upon arrival, a Phillip Island Nature Parks Ranger will welcome you and lead a guided walk through the Koala Reserve. During the walk, a presentation will be given on Koalas, the history and importance of the Reserve, and the remaining natural woodland on the island.

The Yalloc Bulluck, a large clan of the Bunurong people, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and foraging on Phillip Island. They would visit the island during Summer and the ‘egging season’. The area was popular due to the abundant wildlife. Evidence of their foraging remains, with middens at the Penguin Parade and within the Summerlands National Park. Phillip Island Nature Parks is actively working to educate visitors and protect these culturally significant areas.

In Summerlands, there are no houses because it’s all National Park. Penguins hide in wooden caves if they haven’t gone fishing. We can walk along ‘The Nobbies’ boardwalks to look for Little Penguins in their burrows. The Blowhole is a spot where waves crash onto dark volcanic rock. The caves and formations are great photos, especially with Seal Rocks in the background. If you don’t want to walk on the boardwalks, you can visit the Nobbies Information Centre. There, you can shop, get a hot drink, or learn about the ‘Antarctic Journey Experience’. It costs $18 per person to add on Antarctic Journey Entry, which gives you insight into marine animals of the Southern Hemisphere. Your entrance fee helps protect these creatures of the Southern Ocean, as it’s a WWFa attraction.

From the Nobbies, we start our off-road journey with stunning views and chances to see Wallabies along the drive. Your guided tour will enhance the excitement of encountering wild Little Penguins, offering details about their distinctive behaviours and characteristics. Were you aware that they possess more than 3000 feathers?

The time to go to the Penguin Parade is when the sun sets. Little Penguins wait until then to come out of the water to avoid predators. From this moment on, no photography is allowed at the Penguin Parade. This protects the little penguins’ sensitive eyes and prevents scaring them.

Details​​​

Our central meeting point for this tour will be the Immigration Museum (east-side), 400 Flinders St, corner of Market St, Melbourne @ 11:45 AM11:45 am (winter) / 1:45 pm (summer).

Winter | Summer

  • 11:05 | 13:05 – Pegasus Apartments Hotel, 206 A’Beckett St, Melbourne
  • 11:10 | 13:10 – Melbourne Marriott Hotel – Cnr Exhibition St Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • 11:15 | 13:15 – Space Hotel, 380 Russell St, Melbourne
  • 11:20 | 13:20 – Grand Hyatt Melbourne – Russell St entrance, Melbourne
  • 11:30 | 13:30 – Adina Apartment Hotel, 189 Queen St, Melbourne
  • 11:35 | 13:35 – The Savoy Hotel, 630 Little Collins St, Melbourne
  • 11:45 | 13:45 – Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, on the corner of Market St, Melbourne
  • 11:50 | 13:50 – Crown Towers – 8 Whiteman St Queens Bridge St, Southbank

This tour is affected by daylight savings hours and departure time changes to maximize the sunset experience.

  • 02 Oct 2022 – 01 Apr 2023 summer @ 1:45 pm
  • 02 Apr 2023 – 30 Sep 2023 winter @ 11:45 am
  • 01 Oct 2023 – 06 Apr 2024 summer @ 1:45 pm.

***If you cannot find your desired pickup location, please get in touch with our office for a more exhaustive list of locations.* You should arrive at your pickup location at least 10 minutes before departure time. Please be patient and do not panic if your bus is running a few minutes late. If your bus has not picked you up within 10 minutes of your departure time, contact our office on 03 9393 1300.

Fare prices: $165 Adult (13+) / $125 Children (0-12)

To organize your private tour of Phillip Island, contact our charters team at . Follow our itinerary or customize your own; it’s up to you. Enjoy the convenience of a pickup and drop-off at your address, and relax exploring new places with loved ones.

  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm and cool clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • A sense of adventure
  • Penguin Parade entry
  • Inner city pickup and drop-off
  • Experienced driver/guide and tour commentary
  • Koala Reserve Entry Fees

Booking​

FAQs

While it’s possible, spending a few days allows for a more in-depth exploration of the island’s attractions.
The penguins generally come ashore at sunset, but the exact timing varies throughout the year.
Yes, most attractions on Philip Island have eateries on-site.
Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes, and bring a rain jacket.
Absolutely! With its numerous kid-friendly activities, Philip Island is a fantastic family destination.
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