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Tour code: 2230M11
Watch the Phillip Island Penguin Parade on this evening tour from Melbourne. You’ll delight in watching the nightly ritual of these beloved fairy penguins waddling from the ocean to their burrows in the sand. Phillip Island is home to one of the world’s largest colonies of the world’s smallest penguins, and this fascinating experience is something you don’t want to miss. When booking, select the standard viewing option or the Penguin Plus Viewing Platform for a better vantage point.


  • 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!

Your tour to Phillip Island starts as you depart Melbourne by coach, traveling along the Yarra River and through the countryside while listening to narration from your guide about the sights you see during the drive.

After passing through the fishing village of San Remo, arrive on Phillip Island by bridge and head to the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre to see exhibits about the native wildlife, including fur seals, koalas, birds and, of course, the fairy penguins. Also known as little penguins, these much-loved creatures are the smallest of penguin species and the island’s star attractions due to their nightly ‘parade,’ during which they waddle up from the ocean to spend the night in their sand burrows.

Learn about the conservation efforts in place to protect all of the island’s wildlife, including the research and education projects that are partly funded by your ticket purchase. When the sun starts to set, take your place on the beach (depending on option selected when booking; read below for upgrade details) to watch hundreds of penguins emerge from the water and feed their young with their catch of anchovies and other seafood. When the parade is over, your tour ends with the approximate 90-minute coach drive back to Melbourne.

Upgrade option: Penguin Plus Viewing Platform
When booking, you have the option to select the Penguin Plus Viewing Platform upgrade to enhance your Phillip Island experience. You’ll enjoy all of the above while watching the penguins from a closer observation point, accompanied by a wildlife ranger who provides interesting narration. This area with wooden seating and boardwalks gives you clear sight lines and is limited to 150 people.

Customer Reviews

Ekta R United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Tour guide was informative and accommodating. Gave us sufficient time to spend on the island to see the penguins and look around the centre itself. Really enjoyed this tour! Watching the penguins come in at dusk was something quite magical! :


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

What a fantastic evening, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and it was the perfect visit to the Island.

Paul C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Everything that we dreamt it would be!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The little penguins are gorgeous. If you visit Australia make sure you will do this tour. The the pick up was on time, the tour was well organized. Highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The tour guide is humorous, knowledgable and helpful.

Those little penguins are extremely cute. It was such a wonderful experience to be so close to the little penguins and they came back home at evening.

Lisa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The penguins are gorgeous and well worth the wait! Loved it!

Ellen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fantastic night. Well worth the long drive to Phillip Island from melbourne CBD. The coach was comfortable and the driver was really nice. He was also very informative telling us interesting facts along the way. Thankyou


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our coach driver was excellent, he was very knowledgeable and very committed to protecting the environment.

Jeannie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had a great driver/guide Steve. Before the penguin place, he took us to take pictures on a very scenic spot. Then the kangaroos were everywhere and we were able to take pictures, videos. Steve's instructions were clear and we know exactly where to go and when the penguins will come. We upgraded to the platform and I got a good seat where I can see groups of penguins came up from the sea. It was amazing. They are the cutest thing!

arun j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour. Not enough time before watching the parade. Pick up should be done earlier to allow time to reach considering the traffic which is unpredictable.

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