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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

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our tour guide took us on a magical ride seeing walabees and kangaroos in the wild and the parade was a Do not miss evening

Lisa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our guide was awesome, a bunch of fun


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Overall it was a great tour, driver was knowledgeable, courteous and patient. Drive was a bit long but worth it. A job well done by the tour company.

Matthew Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Definitely do the Penguins Plus! It is worth the extra money. There are literally 300 people on that platform vs. grandstands that seat a few thousand like at a football game. Also, when the tide is out, the penguins turn right to the Penguins Plus platform and walk right past it the folks in the grand stands are literally 500m away.

Judith M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

It's so amazing to see these little penguins marching out of the water at the same time, and then going to their burrows on land. It's pretty cold, and you will sit and wait for a while, so dress warmly, or take a blanket with you. I also recommend taking binoculars.

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