Phillip Island Penguin Small Group Eco Tour from Melbourne
See all the world class attractions of Phillip Island in one day on this small group eco tour from Melbourne. Indulge yourself with wine tasting at The Phillip Island Winery and tasting of a range of Gippsland's cheeses, visit a trout and bush tucker farm and get up close to koalas at the Phillip Island Koala Conservation Center. The highlight of your Phillip Island experience will begin at dusk as you watch the fairy penguins waddling up the beach into their burrows in the sand dunes. Traveling in a small group, maximum 24 people, will allow you to explore all that Phillip Island has to offer in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
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- Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Small-group tour by minibus
- All entrance fees included
- Ideal choice for families
En route to Phillip Island enjoy wine tasting at The Phillip Island Winery. The winery is set in a beautiful rural location with views over Bass Strait and Berry’s Beach. Enjoy a personalized guided tour and indulge in the tastes of various cheeses and other local products including olives, olive oils, honey, chutney and cherries to match the locally produced wines.
Your first stop on Phillip Island is the Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm. Take a guided tour to learn about the edible native plants that can be used in everyday cooking. Enjoy lunch featuring produce from the farm including rainbow trout and native bush foods.
Next is a chance to get up close to the cuddly koalas at the Koala Conservation Center. You'll also have the opportunity to walk amongst the treetops to view the wild koalas.
Continue to the southwestern tip of the island to enjoy panoramic views of the Nobbies, a group of rugged rocks rising from the sea abundant in marine life and Seal Rocks, the home of Australia's largest fur seals population.
At dusk every evening the world's smallest penguins waddle ashore after spending the day fishing out at sea. Be truly enchanted as the stars of the show emerge from the surf and pass right before your eyes. You will be seated in the main viewing area to watch the parade of waddling penguins. To make this experience even more unforgettable, upgrade to either the Penguins Plus or the Private Penguin Parade Experience. See below for more details.
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Tour departs from most Melbourne hotels
- 11.00am (April - October)
- 12.00pm (November - March)
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
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Penguin Plus View Platform
Unique up-close and interactive penguin viewing with commentary by an eco-qualified ranger. Excellent penguin viewing from wooden seating and boardwalks. Max. 150 people
Private Penguin Parade
Small group ranger guided interpretive experience including priority seating on the beach in front of the general viewing area as well as access to the exclusive Penguin Plus boardwalk
Standard Penguin Parade
See the Phillip Island Penguin Parade from public boardwalks and viewing stands. No maximum number of people
Phillip Island Penguin Small Group Eco Tour from Melbourne
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Small group tour
- Local guide
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan fitted with free WIFI
- Entry to the Koala Sanctuary
- Entry to Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm
- Food and wine tasting at The Phillip Island Winery
- Sightseeing at Nobbies and Seal Rocks
- Entry to the famous Penguin Parade
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- iPods audio language translators are provided for use and must be requested at time of booking
See the Penguin Parade from an exclusive viewing platform. The Penguins Plus boardwalk seats half the number of people than the main viewing platform. It located in an area that always experiences high penguin traffic. About 50-60% of the penguins arrive close to the Penguins Plus boardwalk meaning more penguins and less people.
Private Penguin Parade Experience
Phillip Island Penguins seasonal cycle:
Feb - Apr: Moulting
May - Jul: Nest Building
Aug - Oct: Egg laying
Nov - Jan: Chick Feeding
Reviewed by: John K, September 2014
My wife and I signed up for this – our first tour in Australia – and it was wonderful. The itinerary is rich and varied, with several interesting stops, nicely paced and each enjoyable. The small group of 10 visitors was ideal, but most of all, the tour guide, Beth, was excellent. Not only was she informative, and wonderfully she was plucky, amusing and engaging. She managed to create a social group for the trip that added to all of our enjoyment, and she participated in each of the stops. It was a memorable experience.
Reviewed by: Satish Bisale Rao, India, August 2014
Tour was well managed by our tour guide come driver Mr Chris Ann.He was very passionately explaining about the various plants/trees at Bush tucker farm and also about the little Penguins. Visit to the Bush Tucker farm and experiencing the native bush food for lunch was great. Visit to Koala conservation center was a great opportunity to take pictures of Koala. But taking good pictures of Koala can be a challenge! The main attraction was penguin parade. Watching the little Penguins, returning in groups back to their nests at dusk was a great experience. Any lover of animals/ nature will be thrilled with this great evening show by little cute Penguins. An upgrade to at-least to Penguin plus is needed to appreciate these little animals closely. Free WiFi in the mini bus was useful to upload pictures immediately.