Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne

Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Australia, VIC, Melbourne

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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Melbourne
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


See penguins, koalas and kangaroos on a day trip to Phillip Island, Melbourne's wildlife wonderland and holiday island. Visit a wildlife park to see some 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.
Note: Nobbies viewing is seasonal and dependent on daylight hours


  • 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

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Maru Koala and Animal Park, 1650 Bass Hwy, Grantville, Victoria 3984 Australia

Visit Maru Koala & Animal Park, an award-winning family ran park exhibiting some of Australia's most iconic animals including Koalas, Kangaroos and Tasmanian Devils. Listen to one of the regular talks to learn more about the animals and their rehabilitation program.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Nobbies Centre, 1320 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922 Australia

The Nobbies Centre is an ecotourism destination surrounded by boardwalks which overlook Seal Rocks, the Nobbies, and the Blowhole. View the spectacular coastal scenery abundant in marine life.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cowes Beach, The Esplanade, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria Australia

Cowes is the main town on Phillip Island. Enjoy a dinner stop here (own expense) in the summertime. In the winter season due to the sun setting earlier, this stop is not part of the itinerary.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade, 1019 Ventnor Rd Summerlannds Estate, Summerlands, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922 Australia

Explore the educational Phillip Island's Penguin Parade Visitor Centre, learning about the Little Penguins. Afterwards, head down to Summerland Beach to witness penguin magic. As the sun sets, watch the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard day's fishing and waddle across the sand to their dune burrows. See the Little Penguins up close as they return to their nests to greet their young families. Consider upgrading to one of the premium viewing options (see options). In the winter season, longer time will be spent here due to the sun setting earlier and not stopping in Cowes.

Duration: 3 hours

  • Pickup from select Melbourne hotels. Pick up locations appear in a drop down box at time of booking
  • Entry to Maru Koala and Animal Park
  • Ticket for general viewing platform (Penguin Parade) unless upgrade selected
  • Super comfortable luxury vehicle including: free wifi, in seat USB and air conditioning
  • Learn all about the spectacular Phillip Island with your expert local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Maru Koala and Animal Park
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade

  • Food and drinks
  • Selected hotel drop off
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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 Ranger Guided Tour
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Guests that require a wheelchair are welcome on our tours providing they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from the supplier to embark and disembark the vehicle. Wheelchairs will be stored under the vehicle whilst in transit. If travelling with a wheelchair, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure your wheelchair can be accommodated. no access to upgrades to Guided Ranger or Skybox at Phillip Island Nature Parks, Penguins Underground is the recommended upgrade.
  • If travelling with an infant that requires a stroller, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure the can be accommodated.
  • Please note photography or filming is prohibited at the Penguin Parade. Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate a penguin.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Departure Point

1: AAT Kings Melbourne Day Tours, Federation Square, Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
2: Phillip Island, Phillip Island, Victoria

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick-ups commence prior to the tour start time. You will be collected from the hotel you have selected in the drop down list during the booking process. Your hotel pick-up time will be displayed on your voucher. If you wish to change your pick-up location from the one selected, you must call the operator at least 24 hrs prior to travel. If your hotel does not appear on the drop down list, the operator does not pick-up from your hotel. Please phone the operator to arrange an alternate pick-up time and location.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


9 hours 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 08 Jul 2019 -

Tracy D

Took this tour with our 15 year old, departing from Cairns. A nice comfortable bus ride with a stop over at Mau Wildlife Sanctuary. We enjoyed the sanctuary, though we had already been to about five others on our trip. This sanctuary was smaller but well maintained and we really enjoyed feeding the kangaroos. The Sky box tour is the way to go! We had a personalized tour with a ranger to guide us and give us information. We were able to see the penguins with binoculars (provided), perched atop the hill overlooking the beach (basically sitting on top of the masses of people crowded on bleachers). The sky box tickets also got us into the underground and into the up close viewing platform. Highly recommend splurging on the sky box tickets! This was an excellent tour and very special to experience. We found the bus comfortable (with a bathroom!), the guide knowledgeable and friendly and the pick up/drop off to be smooth. We left Melbourne about 1pm and arrived back about 9pm.

Image - 03 Jul 2019 -

CarrieAnn G

take the Ranger tour - so worth it. IF you're going all the way out there might as well do the best. THis gets you a private ranger and gets upclose and personal with the fairy penguins while learning amore about them, their habitat and preservation going on.

Image - 26 Sep 2018 -

Billie J

This was the perfect day trip from Melbourne. The tour company was on time, the bus was clean, our driver Steve was very knowledgeable, he provided details about points of interest as we were leaving Melbourne, then once out of the city advised that he would start talking again once we got closer. The trip was timed out perfectly. The cost of the trip was perfect, and part of the cost goes back into conservation. We went in September and saw hundreds of penguins. Highly recommend this trip.

Image - 10 Sep 2018 -

Patricia M

This was the best! Liam was a great guide. I liked seeing wallabies in the wild rather than in the wildlife centers. The penguins were the best thing ever. They were my favorite of the whole trip.

Image - 14 Jul 2018 -

Lubomir I

This was a fantastic trip. The drive was quite a bit longer than I though, but absolutely worth it. The driver, Mark, was excellent, friendly, funny, and personable. The little wildlife park stop was great the only time I saw an albino grey kangaroo - actually two of them, but the sunset views from the cliffs on Phillip Island were breathtaking. And the little penguins are awesome!!

User's Picture Gallery





Koala Conservation Center, Phillip Island

Local at the Koala Conservation Center on Phillip Island


Tell us who is in the photo, what you were doing, etc.


On the way to Penguin Parade


Quick photo opportunity at Woolamai Beach


One of the nicest Chicken Parmas I have had in a long time


Me feeding one of the kangaroos at the wildlife park.






Wildlife Encounter at Maru Koala Animal Park

Feeding Wallabies, soooo cute, wish to have one at home


Wildlife Encounter at Maru Koala Animal Park

Take a snap with the sleepy koala at Wildlife Encounter At Maru Koala


Penguins Parade at Summerland Beach

Penguins Parade at Summerland Beach


Beach Resort of San Remo Philip Island

On the way to Philip Island, we stop by at Beach Resort of San Remo, fantastic view


Phillip Island

Breathtaking view at Phillip Island


Little Penguins

Superimposed pic with the penguins


Penguin in the hiding

Taken at the Nobbies (tip of the island). We can't take pictures of the penguins at the parade but we found some hiding in these artificial habitats made for them here.



Picture with koala at the wildlife park.



Our awesome tour guide, Roger, made a stop at the beach and the view was amazing!


Penguin Tour

Getting ready for our penguin tour. All the stuff you get with the Ultimate Penguin Tour.



Koala at wildlife park.



Feeding the kangaroos.


Koala kisses

At the wildlife park.


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