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

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

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 sightseeing tour incorporating top Melbourne attractions like Queen Victoria Market, St Patrick's Cathedral, Lygon Street and Melbourne's best arcades and laneways; head to Phillip Island to admire its abundance of Australian wildlife. Explore Phillip Island Nature Park and then finish your day on a high note at the Penguin Parade. With access to the privileged Penguins Plus viewing area, your tour ensures unbeatable views of the world’s smallest penguins as they waddle in from the sea!

The Phillip Island tour can be taken on the same day or within seven days of the Melbourne city tour; simply reconfirm with the local supplier before traveling!


  • 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

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What You Can Expect

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

Melbourne Super Saver: A glimpse of Phillip Island Nature Park

Melbourne City Sightseeing Tour (3 hours):
Start your tour with a pickup by air-conditioned coach from your central Melbourne hotel, or alternatively, meet your guide in Federation Square. Hear about Melbourne's famous 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 in 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, and if you choose to do both tours on the same day, then 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 pre-arranged time, and then head back to your Melbourne hotel where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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 America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent trip. Everything we expected. Terrific guides.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great service. The penguin parade was simply wonderful. We were located in a VIP seat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour. The penguins are a real highlight. Recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Excellence city tour in the morning. The afternoon trip was also excellent, the Penguin parade is one of the most beautiful experiences we have had. It was great to have wifi on the bus

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