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  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration:  Varies
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 with 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.


  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour from Melbourne
  • See koalas in their natural habitat at Maru Koala and Animal Park
  • Visit the Nobbies rock formations, home to Australia's largest population of fur seals
  • Watch the nightly Penguin Parade at Summerland Beach
  • Enjoy the spectacle of cute little penguins waddling to their burrows from the sea
  • Choice of three optional upgrades to enhance your experience of the Penguin Parade

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

See the distinctive and adorable animals that steal the heart of many a visitor to Australia. Take pictures of koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and the most adorable little penguins!

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What You Can Expect

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

Maru Koala and Animal Park
© Received from Laura Tan AAT Kings 05 June 13

Be picked up from your Melbourne hotel, then enjoy a scenic trip through the tree-lined streets of Melbourne's southeastern suburbs and around the harbor of Westernport Bay.

Your first stop is a wildlife encounter at Maru Koala and Animal Park, to interact with koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and other native Australian animals.

Continue to the beach resort of San Remo and cross the bridge to Phillip Island. Travel around the island's surf coast to admire the rock formations of the Nobbies, home to penguins, fur seals and sea birds.

Your next stop is the Penguin Parade at Summerland Beach, where you can visit the information center to learn more about the cute little penguins. Then take your seat to watch the nightly Penguin Parade as the little penguins come home to their burrows after a day spent fishing at sea. Watch as part of the world's largest colony of smallest penguin species leave the water and waddle up the beach to their homes.

Optional Penguin Parade upgrades:

Penguin Plus Viewing Platform
Watch the parade from an exclusive viewing platform next to the main route from the sea followed by the penguins. Limited to 150 people, the experience includes a free drink and small gift.

The Penguin Skybox
View the Penguin Parade from the exclusive vantage point of an elevated viewing tower located at the main viewing stands. Limited to just five people, the Skybox is warm and dry, and gives you the best view of the penguins' burrows on Summerland Beach. Interact with the ranger and join in the nightly penguin count, assisting in the ongoing research to help protect Phillip Island's little penguins. The Skybox experience includes canapes and non-alcoholic drinks.

Ultimate Penguin Tour
The ultimate penguin experience is limited to a maximum of 15 people. Visit a secluded beach location for a special guided tour that allows you to get even closer to the little penguins.

Please note: From the 1st of May 2015 through to the 30th of November 2015, the Penguin Parade Viewing Platform is under construction. You will instead be offered the following:
  • Meet and greet by a Phillip Island Nature Parks Ranger
  • Behind the scenes tour with full Ranger Interpretation
  • Reserved front row seating in the general viewing area
  • Free hot drink

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Hotel pickup list:

- Adina Grand Apartments: 12:40pm
- Atlantis Hotel: 12:25pm
- Bayview Eden: 12:05pm
- Bayview On The Park: 12:05pm
- Crown Metropol: 12:15pm
- Crown Promenade: 12:15pm
- Crown Towers: 12:15pm
- Crown Plaza Hotel: 12:20pm
- Dowtown On Lygon: 12:15pm
- Eastern Townhouse: 12:35pm
- Hilton On The Park: 12:40pm
- Hilton Southwharf: 12:20pm
- Holiday inn Flinders: 12:30pm
- Hotel Sophia:12:40pm
- Ibis Hotel Therry St: 12:15pm
- Ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel: 12:35pm
- Intercontinental Hotel ( front of hotel): 12:25pm
- King St Backpackers: 12:40pm
- Langham Hotel: 12:15pm
- Magnolia Court: 12:35pm
- Mantra On Russell: 12:55pm
- Mantra On The Park: 12:30pm
- Marriott Hotel: 12:30pm
- Mecure Pullman Albert Park: 12:05pm
- Mecure Treasury Gardens: 12:40pm
- Miami Hotel: 12pm
- Novotel Bayside: 11:55am
- Novotel Collins: 12:45pm
- Oaks On Market: 12:45pm
- Park Hyatt: 12:35pm
- Radisson Flagstaff: 12:20pm
- Rendezvous Hotel: 12:50pm
- Rydges Carlton: 12:50pm
- Rydges Melbourne: 12:45pm
- Sofitel Hotel: 12:50pm
- Stamford Plaza: 12:50pm
- Travellodge Docklands: 11:45am
- Vibe Savoy: 12:30pm
- Windsor Hotel: 12:40pm
- YHA Metro (Queensberry): 12pm

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Nice coach for dive to penguins. Had fun feeding the Kangaroos on the way down. The penguins where amazing. Great trip. If you are ring in August dress warm, woolly hat, warm jacket.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour was awesome!! Steve, our tour guide, was fantastic!! Highly recommend this tour as aMUST do when in Melbourne!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We could see lots of cute animals in a day and driver was very nice, thank you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!
The driver very very helpful and everything was absolutely perfect!
The view of the penguins especially from the deck with the rangers it's som it cannot be explained by words!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I consider this the highlight of my trip to Melbourne. These little creatures are amazing. I chose the Ultimate tour and am SO glad because I was literally right next to the penguins as they made their way up to the beach. The tour guide's commentary throughout the tour was very interesting and a wonderful accompaniment to the whole experience. Animal nature is incredible. I only wish I had had a bit more time to peruse the souvenir shop. Having stayed out with the penguins for as long as possible, the tour bus was ready to leave and I didn't get a chance to look around. Must go back!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fabulous! Our driver Adrian, had a great sense of humour, was incredibly knowledgable and gave great information about the trip. The koala park was brilliant but don't give all your kangaroo feed away in the first part, wait for the big field of kangaroos!!! The Penguins were such adorably cute creatures - jumping off curbs and running over the sand in rafts. I would recommend the upgrade. Front row seats next to where the Penguins come to shore - amazing!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Henry was our driver and he was fantastic. He gave us a great tour and was very entertaining. The tour was well organized and ran on time. We'd recommend it! Thanks.

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