- Watch the mesmerizing Penguin Parade from a secluded beach, an elevated VIP skybox or an underground viewing area
- Chat with knowledgeable rangers to learn about the penguins' lifecycle and habitat
- Don't miss a thing with the use of night-vision technology or binoculars
- Browse interactive marine life displays and watch a local fur seal colony at Nobbies Conservation Centre
What You Can Expect
Loved this tour! Was very personalised - only 10 people on the tour. We got to see penguins up close on a secluded beach with no one else around. Wonderful experience.
From start to finish it was perfect. We are so glad we did the VIP package. We had a wonderful ranger meet us and answer all our questions. We had reserved seats at the very front of the parade. If you're going, make it extra special.
This was an outstanding trip. Very unique and individualized, with a great tour guide/ranger Cecilia who was fantastic at explaining everything. We saw 200 penguins at very close range on a wonderfully secluded moonlit beach, with a total of 10 people. The only things that I would suggest viator emphasize up front so that people are well aware are that there is NO photography, and NO transport from Melbourne.
Ultimate Eco tour was an experience I will never forget! Saw 300 tiny penguins up close!!!! Amazing!
Michael P United Kingdom
The Penguin Eco Tour was brilliant. We were seeing the penguins in their own environment rather than seeing them come into ours. A memorable experience
We were very pleased with our trip to see the Little Penguins. Tim, our guide, was a friendly, informative young man and told us so much abount the Penguins that we did not know. All the staff were friendly and helpful and we would recommend this Eco Tour to anyone. Thank you all very much.
Unexpectedly fabulous! Up close and personal with thousands of penguins instead of thousands of tourists. Our ranger, Michele, started with a very detailed and informative orientation and history about the penguins of Phillip Island. Then we donned our rain gear and rode in a van to the secluded beach opposite the main beach where thousands sit in the bleachers. Though the tide was high, the weather was perfect and we managed to find a narrow spit of sand to sit on. At 6:17pm, we saw the first raft of penguins emerge from the surf and head for the bluffs. The infrared monoscopes worked great and we counted over 200 penguins. All the time, we could hear commentary by Michele whispered over our wireless headsets. I appreciated that Michele seemed in no particular hurry as we returned through the penguin "suburbs" where we could observe the penguin interactions. Traffic is blocked from the area at sunset so we had the birds all to ourselves (along with a few wallabies). The Eco Tour was one of the most enjoyable events and one of the best values of our trip. Don't forget, cameras are absolutely forbidden so get your photo taken in the main building against a green screen. You get a price discount on the photo as well as free hot chocolate at the end.
I can HIGHLY recommend the Penguin Eco Tour, as all the other tours sat on concrete stairs with flood lights on and watched the penguin come in, we went with the ranger to a isolated beach with night googles and sat on the beach and watched the penguin come in within 2 feet of us. The ranger also explained everything to us and were able to see on the walk back from the beach where the penguin were nestlng. The next day when we drove around we knew what to look for and saw several penguins ourselves, which we would not have been able to do if it was not for the information the ranger told us.
You can not go wrong with this tour.
This penguin package was awesome - and I nearly didn't get there. If you buy a ticket like this bear in mind that getting to Philip Island and back to Melb on your own same night is nigh on impossible - The Little Penguin Bus is your only option and I had to find that myself, they were great too.
Tis private penguin ticket rocks, 2000 people showed up on the other side of the island... There were 3 of us and a ranger sitting on the beach as they came by and it was fantastic!
I nearly just wrote it off as there's no warning how ard it is to get out there, but I am glad I found a way!
Ryan A United Kingdom
This trip was excellent. The unique experience of seeing them literally a few feet in front was one in a million. The only downfall was how little time you got and the fact you can't take pictures anymore. But that didn't affect the experience