5 star rating: Highly Recommended 304 Reviews

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

Phillip Island Penguin Small Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

Discover the natural and culinary delights of Phillip Island with an eco-tour from Melbourne. Taste regional wines and other specialty products at Phillip Island Winery, and enjoy a farm-to-table lunch at an island farmstead. Visit the Koala Conservation Centre for an up-close encounter with the adorable furballs, and finish the day at a local beach where you can watch hundreds of petite fairy penguins waddle out of the ocean and across the sand to their burrows. Group numbers are limited to 24 people for a more personalized experience.


  • Be enchanted as you witness small fairy penguins waddle past you 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

A popular day trip destination from Melbourne, Phillip Island offers spectacular coastal scenery, unique wildlife encounters and an eco-friendly farming culture that goes back generations. Your Phillip Island adventure begins with late morning pickup at your Melbourne hotel in an air-conditioned minivan equipped with onboard Wi-Fi.

Your first stop is the rural Phillip Island Winery, where you can taste a variety of regional wines accompanied by cheeses and other specialty products. Tantalize your taste buds while enjoying glorious views of Bass Strait. 

After you cross the bridge onto the island, visit the award-winning Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm for a guided tour of native Australian herb gardens and trout ponds. Learn about the farm’s sustainable growing and fishing practices and enjoy a farm-to-table lunch featuring organically grown produce and fresh-caught rainbow trout.

Continue on to the Koala Conservation Centre, where you can stroll along elevated boardwalks to spot koalas climbing and sleeping in a eucalyptus grove. Visit the on-site museum to learn more about these captivating critters. Next, head to the island’s southwestern coast for dramatic views of the Nobbies and Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest fur seal colony.

For an enchanting finale to the day, make your way to a local beach and settle in to a shoreline viewing platform for the famous Penguin Parade. As dusk falls, watch hundreds of adorable fairy penguins — the smallest in the world — emerge from the ocean and waddle across the sand and shrub to their nearby burrows. Opt for the Penguin Parade Plus or Guided Ranger Tour upgrade for an even closer view of this marvelous natural spectacle (see Itinerary below for details).

Once the penguins are safely tucked into their burrows for the night, relax on the approximately 1.5-hour return drive to Melbourne, where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.


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

Guided Ranger Tour
This small group ranger-guided interpretive experience 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

William K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016



5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

I would highly recommend the guided ranger tour for the penguin parade. Personally I would have skipped the dinner stop in Cowes to spend more time at the site of the penguin parade. This is food at the visitors center and well as interesting information on the penguins as well as the gift shop.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour, really worth to join. The driver same person as the guide is experienced and professional. He made much fun to the tour. Lunch is good and delicious. The white and red wine as well as cheese tasting also impressed me very much. Of course, the little penguins are the highlight. They are very cute and lovely! Be reminded that to bring a thick cloth when awaiting to see the Penguin Parade at the viewing platform. Otherwise, you will be freeze!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great trip, Guide was very friendly and professional. I enjoy it very much

Louise W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great day would highly recommend upgrading to the guided ranger tour. Dane was a top guide and it was the perfect mixture of wildlife, scenery, food and walking

Anne Flore B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

c'est un tour très bien organiser avec un guide super qui prenait vraiment le temps de répondre avec gentillesse à toutes vos questions.


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.

K Pamela D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was a lot of fun!

Albert W

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.

Marina L

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!

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