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  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration: 9 - 12 hours (approx.)
From USD $104.91

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See all the world class attractions of Phillip Island in one day on this small group eco tour from Melbourne. Get up close to koalas and other Australian animals at the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park. Then, indulge yourself with wine tasting at The Phillip Island Winery and savor a range of Gippsland's cheeses. 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.

Highlights

  • Instant Confirmation
  • 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
Your first stop on Phillip Island is the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park, where you'll learn about a broad range of Australian wildlife. You'll have a chance to get up close to cuddly koalas and other animals for feeding time.

Afterward, enjoy a 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.

Continue to the southwestern tip of the island to enjoy panoramic views of the Nobbies, a group of rugged rocks rising from the sea, 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. 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.

Please note: This is the tour's new itinerary as of April 1, 2016.


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Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:

Tour departs from most Melbourne hotels

Departure Time:
11am (April-October)
12pm (November – March)

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

Duration:
9 - 12 hours
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

Pricing information

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Standard Penguin Parade
Code: SPP

See the Phillip Island Penguin Parade from public boardwalks and viewing stands. No maximum number of people

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USD $104.91
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Penguin Plus Viewing Platform
Code: PPVP

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

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USD $124.34
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Guided Ranger Tour
Code: GRT

Small group ranger guided interpretive experience including priority seating on the beach in front of the general viewing area

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USD $147.65
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Phillip Island Penguin Small Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

Phillip Island Penguin Small Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

Inclusions:
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Small group tour
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan fitted with free WIFI
  • Moonlit Sactuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Food and wine tasting at The Phillip Island Winery
  • Sightseeing at Nobbies and Seal Rocks
  • Entry to the famous Penguin Parade
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Lunch
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • iPods audio language translators are provided for use and must be requested at time of booking
  • Please Note: Photography of any kind is not permitted at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Please note: Children under the age of 12yrs are not able to join the Guided Ranger Tour. Please choose either the Penguin Plus or Standard Penguin Parade
Itinerary:
Penguins Plus
See the Penguin Parade from an exclusive viewing platform. Located in an area that always experiences high penguin traffic, the Penguins Plus boardwalk seats half the number of people than the main viewing platform. About 50-60% of the penguins arrive close to the Penguins Plus boardwalk, meaning more penguins and fewer people!

Guided Ranger Tour
This small group ranger-guided interpretive experience includes a priority seating position on the beach in front of the general viewing area.

Phillip Island penguins seasonal cycle:
Feb - Apr: Molting
May - Jul: Nest Building
Aug - Oct: Egg laying

Nov - Jan: Chick Feeding

Voucher Info
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jeong Min J, July 2016

had very bad weather, yet our guide was extremely friendly, and the events/destinations are well spread out with enough time at every place. would definitely do it again when the weather is better!

Reviewed by: Amanda K, July 2016

This was a very well-paced and worthwhile tour. Visiting the Moonlit Sanctuary park provided some nice opportunities for getting close to well-fed kangaroos and other Australian animals. The winery offered a nice break before the penguin parade at sunset. And of course, the penguins: they took their time appearing, but were a delight when they did. The guide, Daniel, clearly loves Melbourne and enjoys his job, and he made sure to address everyone's needs. Overall, a good day out, and a good value.