Day Trips to Phillip Island

By Viator, July 2015

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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 3 Park Pass: Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Heritage Farm

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Make the most out of your visit to Phillip Island with this 3-park pass, the best value for checking out three of the island’s top attractions: the Penguin ...  Read more

Location: Phillip Island, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $30.32

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 416 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 $113.50

Phillip Island Little Penguins Parade Evening Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 219 Reviews

Travel from Melbourne to Phillip Island to watch hundreds of little penguins emerge from the surf to return to their burrows for the night. Marvel at the ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $94.46

Phillip Island Day Tour Including Wildlife Park and Grand Prix Circuit

See the best of Phillip Island as you enjoy up-close animal encounters, view stunning scenery and indulge in regional flavors of the local area including wine, ...  Read more

Location: Cowes, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $113.50

Phillip Island Penguin Small Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 295 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 $98.86

Phillip Island Ultimate Penguin Eco Tour or Skybox Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 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 $43.94

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

4 star rating: Recommended 24 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 $129.47

2-Day Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory Tour from Melbourne

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

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 $218.95

Phillip Island Nature Park and Wildlife Seals Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 5 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 $168.43

Penguin Parade with Moonlit Sanctuary and Churchill Island From Melbourne

Enjoy the ultimate tour as you see many Australian animals and also the famous Penguin Parade! Get up close to friendly kangaroos, koalas and other native ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.22

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