Phillip Island & Penguin Parade Day Tour

Penguins

Discover Phillip Islands Nature Park with magical views, native wildlife, and visit the world-famous Penguin Parade.

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 we take the 1hr 45min drive down to Phillip Island. Our first stop is a surfer’s dream beach, Cape Woolamai. From here we will lace up the boots and start our hike that will guide you through rugged rock formations, known as the Pinnacles. As we make our way around the Nature Park of Phillip Island you can 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 our easy/moderate 6.8km hike we will head into Cowes for a delicious lunch or dinner (depending on the season) at one of our favourite local cafes or restaurants before we make our 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 treetop boardwalks and close viewing areas allow visitors to see how truly amazing koalas are.

Our 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 we 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.

HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS

  • Entry into Penguin Parade & Phillip Island Koala Reserve
  • An easy to moderate 6.8km guided circuit hike around Phillip Island’s Nature Park
  • Plenty of chances to see wildlife including penguins, wallabies, kangaroos and unique birds such as the shearwater and silver gull

INCLUSIONS

  • Organic fruit & healthy snacks
  • Freshly Brewed Coffee Supreme & Organic Tea
  • Modern VW Caravelle – 9 seater with Air Con
  • Rain Ponchos, First Aid & Towels
  • Friendly and knowledgeable tour guides
  • Unforgettable memories

NOT INCLUDED

  • Lunch / dinner
  • Hotel pickup

WHAT TO BRING

  • Comfortable trainers or hiking boots
  • Water bottle (1L)
  • Cash or credit card for lunch / dinner (around $25)
  • Warm layers & waterproof jacket just in case
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses & a hat
  • Swimsuit & a towel for a swim in the ocean (optional on summer months)

PICK UP

Winter:

St Kilda pick up: 9:05 am @ Luna Park, St Kilda, Melbourne (Main entrance)

CBD pick up: 9:30 am@ Undercover Taxi rank between Hamer Hall & the Arts Centre. Please note it’s approximately 200m from Flinders Street Station over the Yarra River.

CBD drop off: 9:30 pm

St Kilda drop off: 9:45 pm

Summer:

St Kilda pick up: 11:05 am @ Luna Park, St Kilda, Melbourne VIC 3182 (Main entrance)

CBD pick up: 11:30 am @ Undercover Taxi rank between Hamer Hall & the Arts Centre. Please note it’s approximately 200m from Flinders Street Station over the Yarra River.

CBD drop off: 11:30 pm

St Kilda drop off: 11:45 pm


Phillip Island Penguin Parade & Wild Koala Day Tour

Penguins

Get up close with a host of Aussie wildlife, see the fantastic coastline of Phillip Island and then witness one of Australia’s most spectacular wildlife experiences as hundreds of tiny penguins waddle ashore!

You’ll also get the chance to get up close to koalas in their natural habitat and enjoy the spectacular rugged beauty of Phillip Island. We begin our day with a stop at the Phillip Island Koala Reserve, where you’ll be making some new friends with our local Australian animals as you’re taken on a guided ranger walk through the woodland. Famous for its natural beauty, stunning beaches, rugged cliffs, and unique wildlife it’s then to the western end of the island to the Nobbies. Experience the majestic rocky coast and views of an Australian fur seal colony and spot wild wallabies and native birds on a back road journey to the main show at the Penguin Parade. Explore the award-winning Visitor Centre before witnessing the world’s smallest penguins emerge from the sea and waddle ashore. It’s truly a magical and unforgettable experience! Driving Distance: 300km

*No photography or filming is permitted at the Penguin Parade. Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate a penguin.

INCLUSIONS:

  • Penguin Parade general viewing entry
  • Admission into Koala Conservation Reserve
  • World-class wildlife encounter up close
  • Experienced driver-guide
  • Comprehensive tour commentary
  • Air-conditioned mini-coach travel
  • Select inner city pick up and drop off points
  • Access to audio translation is available in 10 languages

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Any meals not indicated – breakfast/lunch/dinner at own expense
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended
  • Personal expenses

WHAT TO BRING:

Refillable water bottle, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, all-weather warm clothing, windbreaker, comfortable walking shoes, small day bag 5-7kg, money for snack and meals, camera to capture every moment.

CHILD POLICY:

Child fare prices apply from 0 to 12 years old. Infants aged 0 to 4 are not permitted to travel on adult laps and must be safely restrained within a child protective seat. Infant protective seats are free of charge and must be requested at the time of booking.

WEATHER:

In the event of rain or inclement weather, your experience will still go ahead, unless contacted by the provider.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • No photography or filming is permitted at the Penguin Parade. Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate a penguin.
  • Infants aged 0 to 4 are not permitted to travel on adult laps and must be safely restrained within a child protective seat. Infant protective seats are free of charge and must be requested at the time of booking.
  • We offer Audio Translation for our guests, passengers can download the app application and access all available translations for our Phillip Island Tour. Available in 10 different language translations: Mandarin, Cantonese, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Italian, German, French and Dutch.