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My wife and I signed up for this – our first tour in Australia – and it was wonderful. The itinerary is rich and varied, with several interesting stops, nicely paced and each enjoyable. The small group of 10 visitors was ideal, but most of all, the tour guide, Beth, was excellent. Not only was she informative, and wonderfully she was plucky, amusing and engaging. She managed to create a social group for the trip that added to all of our enjoyment, and she participated in each of the stops. It was a memorable experience.
Satish Bisale Rao
Tour was well managed by our tour guide come driver Mr Chris Ann.He was very passionately explaining about the various plants/trees at Bush tucker farm and also about the little Penguins. Visit to the Bush Tucker farm and experiencing the native bush food for lunch was great. Visit to Koala conservation center was a great opportunity to take pictures of Koala. But taking good pictures of Koala can be a challenge! The main attraction was penguin parade. Watching the little Penguins, returning in groups back to their nests at dusk was a great experience. Any lover of animals/ nature will be thrilled with this great evening show by little cute Penguins. An upgrade to at-least to Penguin plus is needed to appreciate these little animals closely. Free WiFi in the mini bus was useful to upload pictures immediately.
Overall, it was a fantastic day trip despite the occasional showers and cold wind. My two girls and I loved the Koala Conservation Centre and the visit to Rhyll Trout and Bush a Tucker Farm. It was refreshing to see, touch, smell and taste the various plants grown here at the farm. It was a little disappointing that we saw no seals at Nobbes, but it was the fault of no one. The highlight would have to be the viewing of the penguins when they returned from the ocean. The upgrade to the viewing platform was definitely worth the money.
Driver cum guide Travis from Gowest was entertaining throughout the day. My family would remember this trip for a long time to come.
What a unique experience! The stops along the way are a nice diversion from the long ride (the chocolate is yummy!) and seeing the penguins come in at sunset is a "do not miss" event.
Would highly recommend this. There is nothing much cuter than the penguins waddling their way to their burrows. We had a guide sit with us on the beach and who provided lots of information about these penguins. I really loved this. Very unique and much fun.
Very enjoyable day. We stopped at the amazing chocolate factory. Make sure you pay that little bit extra to see the penguins. I sat on the beach front row and you watch these little penguins come out of the water right in front of you and waddle up the sand. By paying the extra you get your own small guided tour. They give you a cushioned seat to also sit on the sand and then take you down the boardwalk to see the penguins going into their burrows explaining things along the way.
Lovely tour, guide was excellent, penguins exciting even thought the weather was bleak.
This tour is awesome. It's a full day, but worth it. With a short stay in Melbourne, this is a perfect way to see a few different places.
The day Started with our Friendly tour guide Zac picking us up from our Melbourne Hotel - Zac was a fantastic tour guide who made us feel quite welcome. The Tour itself was fantastic, The day is evenly paced yet packed with different activities and some wonderful experiences during the way. The Winery, The Koala Sanctuary and Penguin parade were fantastic (I never imagined to see quite THAT MANY penguins ).
The only downside was that the Chocolate factory was quite stingy with its free samples - however the factory itself was a lot of fun and had a few interesting oddities.
I would thoroughly recommend this tour to anybody.
Wonderful, we had a fantastic day and seeing the penguins at the end of the day was definitely a highlight. Thank you for a great day. It was everything we hoped it would be
What a difference the guide makes. Our driver Daniel was full of "cheese" but that made the journey so much fun and we learned a great deal about the history and Sites on the way to Phillip Island. It is a late night so be prepared (particularly if it is raining and cold). I went on the guided tour at the Penguin Parade and would highly recommend you pay the extra to get up closer and more personal with the Penguins. A natural event that is beautiful and rare :)
This is not just a tour to see the little penguins on Philip Island, it is a great way to enjoy the different things this lovely island has to offer. We had a great time thanks to our tour guide Katie, please pass on my sincere thanks! Thoroughly enjoyed the penguins but also the wine and cheese tasting, chocolate factory and spotting animals in the wild or parks. Thanks so much.
Everyone has to see the penguins! Bring a coat, and probably something water proof too. Since the penguins don't make their way in until after dark you can get very cold. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun to be with for the entire day. The only thing that would make this day trip better is to go to the wildlife park to play with the Kangaroos.
This was a brilliant trip highly recommended. Well worth doing.
This was an EXCELLENT tour and I would highly recommend it. It was such a nice selection of things to do for a day, I loved the variety. We started off by visiting a chocolate factory, where you can win FREE chocolate! Then a visit to a koala sanctuary, where we got to see several koalas up close in the trees, which was much better than the zoo. Next stop was a visit to a vineyard where we sat outside for delicious cheese and wine tasting, followed by a stop to the Nobbies. Finally, the absolute highlight of the day was the penguin parade. A few people had said to me that they didn't think the penguin parade was very good as it was too dark and you couldn't get very close, but we paid a few extra bucks for the Penguin Plus option, which was absolutely worth it (you also get a free souvenir book and drink with this option too). We saw the penguins really close as they came up the beach in their groups, then could follow them closely as we walked alongside them on the boardwalk as they made their way up in to the sand dunes. Even if you don't get the Penguin Plus option, you can still follow the penguins along the boardwalk, even if you can't see them on the beach. I would highly rate this tour to anyone thinking about doing it. It was such a wonderful, varied and well-planned day, it absolutely was the highlight of my Australia holiday.
This is a once in a lifetime experience and is fantastic. We paid for the private penguin parade and it was clearly far better than the standard or penguin plus packages (although they would have been very enjoyable too). The private parade gives you a guide ranger who tells you all about the penguins and can answer any questions you throw at them and you also get front row seats and binoculars to use. Well worth the extra money!
Definitely worth the extra money for the private tour. Fantastic day, great tour, great tour guide (Joel). Will be coming back again (hopefully in the very near future) for some more fantastic tours with your company
Great tour with go west . Our guide Katy was the best. It rained all day but she made it fun still.The Pennys chocolate factory was the greatest ever.
The penguins are worth the trip by themselves. The tour was very well organized, guide very pleasant. Wine testing and koala sanctuary was nice as well.
This was a fantastic tour and well worth the money. The tour guide was friendly and informative. The penguins at the end of the day are the star of this tour -- super adorable and so close. They walk along the boardwalk where you can just stand and watch groups of them come and just their adorable selves. However, in addition to the penguin parade, the visit to the winery (wine + cheese tasting), several stops at various attractions at Philip Island make this trip worth every penny. My friend and I had a great time!
I don't usually like tours but this one surprised me because of the good organization, variety of activities and above all the great guide (Leo) who was friendly and knowledgable.