Air New Zealand Activities

Phillip Island Little Penguins Parade Evening Tour

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  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2230M11
Travel from Melbourne to Phillip Island to watch hundreds of little penguins emerge from the surf to return to their burrows for the night. Marvel at the penguins as they waddle up the beach, feed their young, and vocally interact with each other. Phillip Island has the largest little penguin colony in the world, and you get to see them in action in their natural habitat! En route to the penguin parade, drive through the affluent suburbs of Melbourne, outlying farming communities, and the quaint fishing village of San Remo.

Highlights

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  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • All entrance fees included
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Depart from Melbourne in the late afternoon by comfortable coach, following the Yarra River through the leafy southeastern suburbs and rural countryside, before arriving at the bridge to Phillip Island. As you travel, listen to informative commentary from your guide about the sights you pass along the way.

Drive through the fishing village of San Remo as you cross the only bridge onto Phillip Island, stopping at the excellent Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre. Browse exhibits about Phillip Island's abundant wildlife, which includes koalas, fur seals, mutton birds and other migratory birds in addition to tonight’s star attraction, the little penguins.

Little penguins are the smallest penguin species, and the fact that the world’s largest colony of them can be easily visited at Phillip Island makes this a don’t-miss opportunity! Penguin experts estimate that as many as 32,000 little penguins live on Phillip Island. During your visit, learn about conservation issues involved in protecting Phillip Island's wildlife. Revenue from ticket sales gets invested back into research, environmental protections, and education projects to ensure that the penguins and other wildlife flourish.

As the sun sets, head to the beach where you have a choice of the basic seating option on stands with tiered seating or choose the upgrade (details below) for prime penguin viewing. Watch hundreds of little penguins emerge from the sea and waddle along the sand to their burrows, where they feed their young with their day's catch of anchovies and pilchards.

Be sure to bring warm clothes as the ocean air can get cold at night. At the end of the penguin viewing, your coach returns you to Melbourne (about a 90-minute drive) to end your tour, with drop off at select Melbourne hotels.

Penguin Plus Viewing Platform
Upgrade your tour to include all of the above while viewing the penguins from even closer quarters for optimal viewing, accompanied by informative commentary from an expert wildlife ranger. Wooden seating and boardwalks provide excellent sight lines, with a maximum of 150 people permitted in the area.

Please note: From the 1st of May 2015 through to the 30th of November 2015, the Penguin Parade Viewing Platform is under construction. You will instead be offered the following:
  • Meet and greet by a Phillip Island Nature Parks Ranger
  • Behind the scenes tour with full Ranger Interpretation
  • Reserved front row seating in the general viewing area
  • Free hot drink

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Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Your selected Melbourne hotel or Federation Square
Departure Time:
4:30pm - October to March
3pm - April to September

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Duration:
6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately between:
10:30pm - 11:30pm - October to March
9:30pm - April to September

Pricing information

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Standard Penguin Parade
Code: K11

See the Phillip Island Penguin Parade from public boardwalks and viewing stands. Dinner is not included

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USD $100.16
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Penguin Plus Viewing Platform
Code: K11P

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. Dinner is not included

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USD $123.45
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Phillip Island Little Penguins Parade Evening Tour

Phillip Island Little Penguins Parade Evening Tour

Inclusions:
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Admission to the Penguin Parade
Exclusions:
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations
  • Departure times subject to change due to daylight savings
  • Please note: From the 1st of May 2015 through to the 30th of November 2015, the Penguin Parade Viewing Platform is under construction. Please refer to itinerary for alternate offerings
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: dave, June 2015

Absolutely brilliant. Highly recommended. Small hiccup with ATT Kings regarding our free fish and chip meals included with our advance payment but the venue provided them anyway.

Reviewed by: macottone, June 2015

Even though it was raining, the Little Penguins were incredible to hear and see.

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Tour code: 2230M11