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Day Trips to Phillip Island

By Viator, October 2013

4.5 40 Reviews | Add your review

Less than two hours outside Melbourne, Phillip Island is an incredibly popular day trip destination for visitors to Victoria’s capital city.

Phillip Island has one of the world’s most accessible penguin colonies. Every evening hundreds of visitors line up along specially constructed boardwalks to watch the Little Penguins waddle up the beach after a long day fishing at sea.

It’s truly a sight you can’t miss.

Though the penguins are only ‘on display’ at dusk, there are still plenty of things to fill your day trip to Phillip Island with.

Start with a visit to Maru Koala and Animal Park. It’s not actually on Phillip Island itself, but its close proximity and abundance of native wildlife make it an essential stop on your Phillip Island trip. Kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, koalas, Tasmanian devils, dingoes and more are on display for you to see, and there’s a mini golf course to play on after you’ve seen all the animals.

For those travelling without children, structuring your day trip around gourmet food and wine will ensure you have a more elegant experience. The Phillip Island Winery offers wine tastings and guided tours, as well as offering samples of local cheeses, honey and chutney. On Phillip Island itself, the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is a must-do destination – the Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate exhibit has lifesize statues and murals made entirely out of chocolate!

The Koala Conservation Centre is also on the island, and a great location to learn more about the animals and the efforts of conservationists to preserve the species. If you fancy seeing some amazing views and natural formations, head to the southwest tip of the island the see the Nobbies, and Seal Rocks’ resident fur seal population.

The penguins, of course, are the main event. The Penguin Parade is made up of boardwalks from which you can watch the penguins waddle right past, and often under, your feet. The Private Experience however might be just what you need to finish off your day. With priority seating with your own expert, plus an exclusive viewing platform, the private experience is a truly special way to see the best of Phillip Island’s Little Penguins.

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 331 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 $142.67

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

4 star rating: Recommended 13 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 $162.07

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

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

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 $152.18

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 $70.38

Phillip Island 3 Parks Pass - Penguin Parade and more!

4 star rating: Recommended 19 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 $38.42

Phillip Island Nature Park and Wildlife Seals Cruise

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Phillip Island Nature Park is close to Melbourne yet abounding with wildlife. The Little Penguins coming home for the sea and the spectacle of thousands of ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $218.76

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