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See penguins, koalas and kangaroos on a day trip to Phillip Island, Melbourne's wildlife wonderland and holiday island. Visit a wildlife park to get up close with koalas and kangaroos, then watch sea birds and fur seals in the rocky formation known as the Nobbies. At sunset, take your place at Summerland Beach to enjoy the nightly Penguin Parade, as cute little penguins waddle up the beach to their burrows after a day spent fishing at sea. To enhance your Penguin Parade experience, choose from a range of upgrade options: view the penguins from an exclusive viewing platform with Penguin Plus, interact with rangers and watch the parade from the exclusive Skybox, or choose the Ultimate Penguin Parade and enjoy a specially guided small-group tour at a secluded beach location.


  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Led by a local guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Be picked up from your Melbourne hotel, then enjoy a scenic trip through the tree-lined streets of Melbourne's southeastern suburbs and around the harbor of Westernport Bay.

Your first stop is a wildlife encounter at Maru Koala and Animal Park, to interact with koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and other native Australian animals.

Continue to the beach resort of San Remo and cross the bridge to Phillip Island. Travel around the island's surf coast to admire the rock formations of the Nobbies, home to penguins, fur seals and sea birds.

Your next stop is the Penguin Parade at Summerland Beach, where you can visit the information center to learn more about the cute little penguins. Then take your seat to watch the nightly Penguin Parade as the little penguins come home to their burrows after a day spent fishing at sea. Watch as part of the world's largest colony of smallest penguin species leave the water and waddle up the beach to their homes.

Optional Penguin Parade upgrades:

Penguin Plus Viewing Platform
Watch the parade from an exclusive viewing platform next to the main route from the sea followed by the penguins. Limited to 150 people, the experience includes a free drink and small gift.

The Penguin Skybox
View the Penguin Parade from the exclusive vantage point of an elevated viewing tower located at the main viewing stands. Limited to just five people, the Skybox is warm and dry, and gives you the best view of the penguins' burrows on Summerland Beach. Interact with the ranger and join in the nightly penguin count, assisting in the ongoing research to help protect Phillip Island's little penguins. The Skybox experience includes canapes and non-alcoholic drinks.

Guided Penguin Plus Tour
The ultimate penguin experience is limited to a maximum of 15 people. Visit a secluded beach location for a special guided tour that allows you to get even closer to the little penguins.

Underground Viewing Experience
Get an eye level view of the little penguins in this brand new underground viewing area. Enjoy the closest possible view of the penguins in their natural habitat with the comfort and convenience of being undercover and out of the elements. Limited to 70 people.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from selected Melbourne hotels
Federation Square, Melbourne City
Departure Time:

      Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time

      Return Details:
      Returns to original departure point at approximately:
      10:30pm April - September
      11:30pm October - March

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      Standard Penguin Parade
      Code: M10

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

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      Penguin Plus Viewing Platform
      Code: M10V

      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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      Penguin Skybox
      Code: M10S

      See the Phillip Island Penguin Parade from an exclusive elevated viewing tower, accompanied by a personal ranger. Max. 5 people

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      Ultimate Penguin Tour
      Code: M10B

      More personal penguin viewing on exclusive viewing area of beach. Includes mat, headset for live commentary and guided tour of Penguin Parade Visitors Center. Max. 15 people

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      Underground Viewing Experience
      Code: K10U

      Experience the penguin parade at eye-level from a unique underground viewing area. Maximum 70 people

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      Phillip Island: Penguins, Koalas and Kangaroos Day Tour from Melbourne

      Penguin Parade Phillip Island

      • Hotel pickup and drop-off
      • Transport by air-conditioned coach
      • Driver/guide
      • Live commentary on board
      • Entrance fees
      • Food and drinks
      • Port pickup and drop-off
      • Gratuities (optional)
      Additional Information:
      • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
      • Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations
      • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
      • Children under 16 are not permitted on skybox tour
      • Children under 12 are not permitted on the private parade tour
      Hotel pickup list:
      12:40pm Adina Grand Apartments
      12:25pm Atlantis Hotel
      12:05pm Bayside Eden
      12:05pm Bayview on the Park
      12:15pm Crown Metropol
      12:15pm Crown Promenade
      12:15pm Crown Towers
      12:20pm Crowne Plaza
      12:15pm Downtowner on Lygon
      12:20pm Hilton Southwharf
      12:30pm Holiday Inn Flinders
      12:40pm Hotel Sofia
      12:15pm Ibis Hotel Therry Street
      12:35pm Ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel
      12:25pm Intercontinental Hotel The Rialto
      12:40pm Kings Street Backpackers
      12:15pm Langham Hotel
      12:35am Magnolia Court
      12:55pm Mantra on Russell
      12:30pm Mantra on the Park
      12:30pm Marriott Hotel
      12:10pm Melbourne Short Stay Apartments
      12:05pm Mercure Pullman Albert Park
      12:40pm Mercure Treasury Gardens
      12:00noon Miami Hotel
      11:55am Novotel Bayside
      12:45pm Novotel Collins
      12:45pm Oaks on Market
      12:35pm Park Hyatt
      12:20pm Pullman on the Park
      12:20pm Radisson Flagstaff
      12:50pm Rendezvous Hotel
      12:10pm Rydges Carlton
      12:45pm Rydges Melbourne
      12:50pm Sofitel Hotel
      12:50pm Stamford Plaza
      11:45am Travelodge Docklands
      12:15pm Travel Inn Carlton
      12:30pm Vibe Savoy
      12:40pm Windsor Hotel
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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: Martin D, February 2017

      This was a full day and most enjoyable. Our driver and guide was Roger and he was a lot of fun and made the day interesting. He shared lots of information along the way about customs in Australia and unique words and their meanings, and of course the Penguin Parade was a great visit - it was a cooler and windy day, so we appreciated that we booked the 'viewing tower' which was protected from the elements and provided binoculars plus we had a knowledgeable park ranger as well who shared lots of information we would not otherwise have gotten. I have no hesitation in recommending this tour. My only disappointment is that photography is prohibited at the Penguin Parade, but we bought a photo of us that was superimposed with the penguins that is a nice treat less than 20 and we found some nice souvenirs in their gift shop. The stop at a Wildlife sanctuary was interesting as we had a chance to feed kangaroos who doesn't want a photo of themself feeding a kangaroo and see koalas, and the sheep shearing demo was pretty cool too. When we got home at the end of a long day, we both agreed it was money well spent and it was certainly one of the highlights of our vacation to Australia.

      Reviewed by: alfred h, February 2017

      We did the upgraded package where you could watch the penguins waddle by up close from behind the glass. It was worth the extra cost.