Book this tour and save 20% compared to booking the tours separately
- Combine two unforgettable Melbourne tours for a discounted price
- Relax on a city sightseeing tour and see top Melbourne attractions like St Patrick’s Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens
- Visit Melbourne's best arcades and laneways including Royal Arcade, Block Arcade, Centre Place and Degraves Street
- Explore incredible sites at the Phillip Island Nature Park: The Nobbies, Churchill Island and the Koala Conservation Centre
- See the world’s smallest penguins at Phillip Island Penguin Parade
- Stand in a Penguins Plus viewing area on Summerland Beach and see little penguins up close
Recent Photos of This Tour
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What You Can Expect
Later, take an afternoon tour to Phillip Island for a koala encounter and a VIP seat at the beloved Penguin Parade. You can opt to complete both tours in the same day, or take the Phillip Island tour within 7 days of the Melbourne sightseeing tour. See Itinerary below for complete details.
Start your tour with pickup by air-conditioned coach from your central Melbourne hotel or, alternatively, meet your guide in Federation Square. Hear about Melbourne's world-class sporting events like the Australian Open Tennis Championships and the Melbourne Cup horse race, and the city’s vibrant markets, cafes and galleries.
As you drive through the downtown streets, watch out for top Melbourne attractions like St Patrick’s Cathedral and Melbourne Cricket Ground. Pass the hustle and bustle of Queen Victoria Market and visit the iconic Fitzroy Gardens (own expense) – home to Captain Cook’s Cottage.
Take in the Docklands – Australia’s premium waterfront development – and enjoy the drive over Bolte Bridge for spectacular city views. Your tour also takes you on a stroll through Chinatown and includes a guided walk through some of Melbourne's best arcades and laneways.
Your morning tour ends at Federation Square or your hotel. If you choose to do both tours on the same day, you’ll have a 2-hour break before your next tour starts in the early afternoon.
Phillip Island Trip Including Penguin Parade (10 hours):
Leave your Melbourne hotel by air-conditioned coach with free WiFi on-board, and head southeast to Western Port – the gateway to Phillip Island. After passing through the maritime fishing village of San Remo, cross the bridge and begin your visit of this enchanting little island.
Phillip Island Nature Park is one of southern Australia’s highlights. On a tour with your guide, visit the park’s best sites like the Nobbies headland, home to Australia’s largest fur seal colony; Churchill Island for afternoon tea (not included) , where you’ll see kangaroos and wallabies roaming freely around the vast site; the Koala Conservation Centre; and the wetlands for a spot of bird watching (April to October only). Your tour will stop for dinner (own expense) either before or after the tour’s highlight – the Penguin Parade!
Stand on floodlit Summerland Beach in the premium Penguins Plus viewing zone – right next to the main path of penguins. This area is limited to 190 people, ensuring the best views of the little penguins coming in from the waves and waddling towards their burrows. Relax with a drink as you watch them hopping along the sand, and learn about their life on the island from the informative displays on-site.
After their nightly ritual has taken place, enjoy some time at leisure here. Perhaps wander over to see the penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk or check out the Visitor’s Centre.
Meet your guide back on the coach at the prearranged time, and then head back to your Melbourne hotel where your tour ends.
you get to hit all of the little islands and the coach was clean and comfortable even had a toilet and water fountain seeing the little penquins was worth it. they were so cute they don't allow photo-flash or no flash-or video so just keep the memory of them in your mind. i was surprised by how fast they move. The koalas didn't do much, but koalas never do lol, but they were out. even spotted a few wallabies
Nice overview of the city with lots of time to walk and explore stop sites.
The Farm was a pleasant walk about stop- the sheep shearing demo was interesting.
5 portion -Park area with free roaming Wallabies and the Penguin burrows was exciting. The Penguins are so determined and they waddle close by viewing seating and paths. The Penguin parade starts at dusk and quite windy so it get chilly,January bring your jacket and be prepared for a late return to city. A good day with lots of variety.
Everything was great and as mentioned about tour.. we took both tours on same day... Our tour operators wad grey line,.. Tour operators were very friendly, puntual and welcoming... there is not much to enjoy in city tour but Philip island is good... its a bit windy and cold at philip island... little penguins are so cute.. its worth waiting to watch them emerge from sea...
Diane F United States of ...
Excellent trip. Everything we expected. Terrific guides.
Gordon, our guide, did a nice job of showing us the in-town sites despite the heavy traffic. Enjoyed the walking part of the tour through the fancy downtown malls.
The trip to Philip Island was well worth the longish bus ride. Guide Richard was outstanding with his enthusiasm and knowledge. The return of the little penguins was amazing. One should spent a little extra to get the more favorable seating for that event. Glad we decided to make the trip.
Great service. The penguin parade was simply wonderful. We were located in a VIP seat.
Excellent tour. The penguins are a real highlight. Recommended.
Morning Tour sufficient to see Melbournes Key sites. Trip to Phillip Island to see the Penquins a must but very long day getting back around midnight as penquyins don't appear until sunset.
Commentary by driver on city tour excellent.
2 VERY GOOD TOURS ! BE SURE TO WATCH THE PENGUING PARADE ON PHILLIP ISLAND !
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