Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne

Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Australia, Victoria, 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

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Reserve, 1810 Phillip Island Tourist Road, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922 Australia

Visit the Koala Reserve, an ecotourism attraction.
essential for saving Phillip Island’s koala population and natural bush environment. Explore the tree-top boardwalks and see koalas up close in their natural habitat.

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 the Koala Conservation Reserve
  • 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 - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Reserve
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • 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.

Departure Time

1:15 PM

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

Tyler P

09 Mar, 2020

Great tour with Roger. Enjoyed all the stops along the way just as much as the penguin parade itself. I booked the ranger tour which was nice bc you get a good seat right where loads of penguins come out of the ocean. Plus they give you binoculars which helps a lot - they are little penguins! Would recommend to anyone looking for a good day trip.

Edward D

05 Mar, 2020

We purchased the guided tour and saw over 1200 penguins. The bus driver Paul was fantastic also. On the trip out we saw wallaby’s and echidnas in the wild. At the wild animal park we saw Tasmanian Devils fed kangaroos and emus and koalas.

Terry O

04 Mar, 2020

Pickup was easy but at the pier would have been better. We took the tram to town ($16 Aus each) and had to walk about two blocks, return was easier as the bus dropped us off back at the pier gates.

Our driver was very personable, well spoken and polite. His driving was very good and while he had a sense of humor he never did the really cheesy, corny comments often used by tour guides. He pointed out numerous facts about life in the region, the history, weather etc and was quick to answer questions asked by those on the bus.

Our visit to the wildlife refuge was a good one (other than the weather) and we got to see Koala's, kangaroos (some with Joey's in the pouch), dingos etc. While it would be better to see them in the wild this was an up close encounter that wouldn't be possible otherwise. We did see numerous Walabee's in the wild when we got to Phillip Island.

The little penguins were the reason for the tour and we were well pleased. Again the weather was a problem, but once it cleared we got to see a lot of the cute little guys. We did the "ranger tour" and would recommend doing the same as we were able to get down closer and see better and on a night where the weather limited the time it made a big difference.

On the return the driver stopped the narrative and allowed the passengers to get some sleep before a midnight return to their hotels or ship,

Highly recommend.

Edward M

04 Mar, 2020

did the sky box tour and it was worth every$$. One guide for just 10 people and Skye took time to answer every question. The underground viewing box was AMAZING


19 Feb, 2020

The penguins are a must see if you are visiting Melbourne! This tour starts at 1 pm and lasts 11 hours, so plan on a late night! The drive out of Melbourne is scenic. Peter was our tour guide and he kept everyone entertained on the 2 hour drive to Phillip island. The first stop at the wildlife sanctuary was just ok! Nobbies area was spectacular. You get to see a lot of penguin burrows and the landscape there with the rugged ocean in the background is simply breathtaking. I would highly recommend you do the ranger guided tour as it is generally a small group and you get to see the penguins up close and personal. I felt bad for the people that did the general tour because they only got to see a handful of penguins cross the beach whereas with the ranger guided tour we got to see hundreds of penguins. There was a penguin chick right under our feet going back and forth looking for it's parents! When you are leaving the beach you will get to see the penguins walking to the burrows. It is really cute to see them walk all over the place! We also got to see goose, wallabies and a snake on this tour!

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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