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  • Address: Phillip Island Nature Park, 1019 Ventnor Road
  • Hours: Penguins arrive daily at sunset

For most visitors to Victoria, Phillip Island means one thing – penguins! People have been coming here for decades to watch the little penguins return from their day at sea as dusk falls over Summerland Beach during what is known as the Penguin Parade. The sight of the little penguins waddling along the beach to their burrows is utterly priceless.

Along with the Penguin Parade, Phillip Island is also home to a wildlife park filled with wallabies and kangaroos. Seals and dolphins frolic at the Nobbies Centre, while koalas doze in the native bushland of the Koala Conservation Centre. The boardwalks here catch the best views of the sleepy marsupials from up in the treetops. There’s also a heritage farm to visit on nearby Churchill Island.

Practical Info

Phillip Island is 140 km (86 miles) south-east of Melbourne, and a popular summer holiday spot for vacationing Melburnites. The Penguin Parade is held at Summerland Beach, on the westernmost tip of dolphin-shaped Phillip Island.

Phillip Island is accessed by bridge from San Remo on the mainland, either by car or bus. You can also catch a ferry to Cowes on Phillip Island from Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula.

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 308 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $142.85

Phillip Island Little Penguins Parade Evening Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 109 Reviews

Take a Phillip Island evening tour from Melbourne and see the heartwarming phenomenon of these little penguins as they emerge from the surf and waddle to the ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.04

Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island plus Melbourne Attraction Pass

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Travel along the Great Ocean Road, see Phillip Island's little penguins and visit your favorite Melbourne city sights! This super saver combines Melbourne's ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $247.61
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Phillip Island Penguin Small Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 220 Reviews

See all the world class attractions of Phillip Island in one day on this small group eco tour from Melbourne. Indulge yourself with wine tasting at The ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 9 - 12 hours

From USD $128.57

Phillip Island 3 Parks Pass - Penguin Parade and more!

4 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

This 3 Park Pass allows you to make the most of your visit to Phillip Island Nature Park. There is no waiting for buses or keeping to schedules, on this ...  Read more

Location: Phillip Island, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $38.47

Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Koala Conservation Centre from Melbourne

Visit Phillip Island to see Victoria’s iconic penguins and koalas on a private tour from Melbourne. After a scenic drive to Phillip Island, you'll see koalas ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $152.37

Melbourne Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Phillip Island Penguin Parade

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

See the best of Melbourne and its surrounding highlights on this super saver that combines two must-do tours at a saving of 20%! After a 3-hour city ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Valid for 2 days over a 7-day period

From USD $162.28
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4-Day Melbourne Tour: City Sightseeing, Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island

Experience the best of Melbourne on this four-day hotel and tour combo, with plenty of free time (on your own) so you can sample Melbourne’s cafe and ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $719.01

Phillip Island Ultimate Penguin Eco Tour or Skybox Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Want the best penguin viewing opportunities in Australia? Take the Penguin Eco Tour for a premium penguin experience that offers a personalized, intimate ...  Read more

Location: Phillip Island, Australia
Duration: 1.5 - 2.5 hours

From USD $70.47

2-Day Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory Tour from Melbourne

Discover the natural beauty of Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory National Park on this two-day small-group tour from Melbourne. Get back to nature with ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $284.75

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