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

Phillip Island Little Penguins Parade Evening Tour

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 penguins as they waddle up the beach, feed their young, and vocally interact with each other. Phillip Island has the largest little penguin colony in the world, and you get to see them in action in their natural habitat! En route to the penguin parade, drive through the affluent suburbs of Melbourne, outlying farming communities, and the quaint fishing village of San Remo.


  • Evening tour to Phillip Island to watch the little penguins return home for the night, from Melbourne
  • Drive through Melbourne and scenic countryside on the outskirts of the city
  • Visit the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre to learn about local wildlife, including a large fur seal colony just offshore
  • Get great viewing opportunities to watch the little penguins as they come home for the night
  • Spot migratory birds including shearwaters or muttonbirds
  • Hear informative commentary from your friendly and knowledgeable guide
  • Includes pickup and drop off at select Melbourne hotels

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What You Can Expect

Phillip Island Little Penguins Parade Evening Tour

The Little Penguins Parade Evening Tour is not to be missed!

Depart from Melbourne in the late afternoon by comfortable coach, following the Yarra River through the leafy southeastern suburbs and rural countryside, before arriving at the bridge to Phillip Island. As you travel, listen to informative commentary from your guide about the sights you pass along the way.

Drive through the fishing village of San Remo as you cross the only bridge onto Phillip Island, stopping at the excellent Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre. Browse exhibits about Phillip Island's abundant wildlife, which includes koalas, fur seals, mutton birds and other migratory birds in addition to tonight’s star attraction, the little penguins.

Little penguins are the smallest penguin species, and the fact that the world’s largest colony of them can be easily visited at Phillip Island makes this a don’t-miss opportunity! Penguin experts estimate that as many as 32,000 little penguins live on Phillip Island. During your visit, learn about conservation issues involved in protecting Phillip Island's wildlife. Revenue from ticket sales gets invested back into research, environmental protections, and education projects to ensure that the penguins and other wildlife flourish.

As the sun sets, head to the beach where you have a choice of the basic seating option on stands with tiered seating or choose the upgrade (details below) for prime penguin viewing. Watch hundreds of little penguins emerge from the sea and waddle along the sand to their burrows, where they feed their young with their day's catch of anchovies and pilchards.

Be sure to bring warm clothes as the ocean air can get cold at night. At the end of the penguin viewing, your coach returns you to Melbourne (about a 90-minute drive) to end your tour, with drop off at select Melbourne hotels.

Penguin Plus Viewing Platform
Upgrade your tour to include all of the above while viewing the penguins from even closer quarters for optimal viewing, accompanied by informative commentary from an expert wildlife ranger. Wooden seating and boardwalks provide excellent sight lines, with a maximum of 150 people permitted in the area.

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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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

One of the most amazing things I've ever seen. Well worth the 4-hour round trip from Melbourne. Our bus driver, Steve, played Man From Snowy River on the way home, since by then, it was dark outside. He also showed us wallabies and geese on the protected part of Philip Island.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was truly amazing. Watching the Penguins return to their burrows was a unique experience. Our driver was fun and very knowledgable. I would recommend this tour to anyone!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It's pretty dark on the beach where the penguins come ashore. I think it was worth it to pay the extra money to get closer to where they come up, instead of the general viewing area. Then you walk along the boardwalk, where you can really see them very close. I loved this tour. Our tour guide was personable and friendly..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was amazing and I highly recommend it. It was phenomenal to see these little penguins up close in their natural environment. If you are in Melbourne, it's a must see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was fantastic - bravo to Roger our driver on the day. He kept us informed and was entertaining as well. Would highly recommend this adventure to anyone who wants to see these cute little guys

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Colin the bus driver was excellent, friendly and informative, highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Absolutely brilliant. Highly recommended. Small hiccup with ATT Kings regarding our free fish and chip meals included with our advance payment but the venue provided them anyway.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Even though it was raining, the Little Penguins were incredible to hear and see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

wonderful experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The bus driver is one lovely gentlemn.

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