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  • Location:Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration:9 - 12 hours

Phillip Island Penguin Small Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

See all the world class attractions of Phillip Island in one day on this small group eco tour from Melbourne. Indulge yourself with wine tasting at The Phillip Island Winery and tasting of a range of Gippsland's cheeses, visit a trout and bush tucker farm and get up close to koalas at the Phillip Island Koala Conservation Center. The highlight of your Phillip Island experience will begin at dusk as you watch the fairy penguins waddling up the beach into their burrows in the sand dunes. Traveling in a small group, maximum 24 people, will allow you to explore all that Phillip Island has to offer in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.


  • Be enchanted as you witness the fairy penguins waddle past you into from the ocean to their sand dune burrows
  • Small group tour with expert guide
  • Range of penguin viewing options including the exclusive viewing boardwalk or the more intimate option of the secluded beach location
  • Indulge yourself at the Phillip Island Winery
  • Free WIFI available on all tours

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Koalas and penguins are at the heart of this tour, but you'll also get to taste wine and cheese at Phillip Island Winery. I suggest upgrading for the best view of the penguins!

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What You Can Expect

Phillip Island Penguin Small Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

Nobbies, Phillip Island

En route to Phillip Island enjoy wine tasting at The Phillip Island Winery. The winery is set in a beautiful rural location with views over Bass Strait and Berry’s Beach. Enjoy a personalized guided tour and indulge in the tastes of various cheeses and other local products including olives, olive oils, honey, chutney and cherries to match the locally produced wines.

Your first stop on Phillip Island is the Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm. Take a guided tour to learn about the edible native plants that can be used in everyday cooking. Enjoy lunch featuring produce from the farm including rainbow trout and native bush foods.

Next is a chance to get up close to the cuddly koalas at the Koala Conservation Center. You'll also have the opportunity to walk amongst the treetops to view the wild koalas.

Continue to the southwestern tip of the island to enjoy panoramic views of the Nobbies, a group of rugged rocks rising from the sea abundant in marine life and Seal Rocks, the home of Australia's largest fur seals population.

At dusk every evening the world's smallest penguins waddle ashore after spending the day fishing out at sea. Be truly enchanted as the stars of the show emerge from the surf and pass right before your eyes. You will be seated in the main viewing area to watch the parade of waddling penguins. To make this experience even more unforgettable, upgrade to either the Penguins Plus or the Private Penguin Parade Experience. See below for more details.


Penguins Plus

See the Penguin Parade from an exclusive viewing platform. The Penguins Plus boardwalk seats half the number of people than the main viewing platform. It located in an area that always experiences high penguin traffic. About 50-60% of the penguins arrive close to the Penguins Plus boardwalk meaning more penguins and less people.

Guided Ranger Tour

This is a small group ranger-guided interpretive experience. It includes a priority seating position on the beach in front of the general viewing area.

Phillip Island Penguins seasonal cycle:

Feb - Apr: Moulting
May - Jul: Nest Building
Aug - Oct: Egg laying
Nov - Jan: Chick Feeding

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

What a great tour. Tour guide was terrific - very knowledgeable. Enjoyed the entire tour, but of course the best part was the Penguin parade. Bought the guided Ranger tour and it was well worth it. Sat directly on the beach in front of everyone else. The Penguins came out of the water directly up to us and walked around. Came within a few feet. With out the Ranger tour you sit in bleachers back off the sand, and although you can still see the penguins, the best way to get close is the Ranger tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was a lot of fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The whole trip was very well managed and we all saw plenty of wildlife before arriving at the penguin viewing area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Best tour ever!!! Nicky was adorable, with a great sense of humor. She entertained us all the time. We had a lunch on the trout and bush tucker farm, where Nicky made us a tour and explained about local plants - it was very interesting. We visited a very nice small winery where we tasted wines and cheeses - it was very good. The Phillip island is spectacular, especially Nobbies views. The only time I saw a koala that was not sleeping, was in this tour. And of course, the best conclusion of this tour is a penguins parade - the cutest thing I ever saw.
As I said - the BEST tour ever!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour, guide was laid back and had just the right approach. Really enjoyed the wine tasting and the highlight of the Penguins wrap up warm if you go in the winter!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

OMG. What a fantastic trip. Lunch was exceptional, koalas cute, wine and cheese tasting lovely and the cute penguins a joy. Absolutely wonderful tour. It was made so much better by our tour guide / driver / entertainer Katie. She was brilliant. Very informative, witty and knowledgeable.
Would recommend this tour to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was a very informative and well planned trip. I couldn't have asked for a better tour guide. Nicky from Go West was fabulous!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

An amazing experience! The small group made it well worth the cost. The guides were knowledgeable and entertaining.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Whole day was wonderful. Every stop and the variety of the stops was very enjoyable. Our tour guide Dave was knowledgeable and friendly. Would recommend to anyone

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