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  • Address: Phillip Island Nature Park, 1019 Ventnor Road, Ventnor 3922, Australia
  • Hours: Penguins arrive daily at sunset

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Phillip Island Tours

Home to crowds of fairy penguins, fur seals, and koalas, Phillip Island is rightfully on many nature lovers' bucket lists — and it's less than two hours from Melbourne, making it the perfect day trip from the city. Tack a Phillip Island day tour onto your Victoria itinerary to make your time in Australia a little more wild.

The Basics
Phillip Island boasts a well-deserved reputation for world-class wildlife-viewing opportunities. Observe koalas in their natural habitat from the tree-top boardwalks at the Koala Conservation Center; watch fur seals play along the tide at Seal Rocks and the Nobbies rock formation; see seagulls soar over the beach at Cape Woolamai; and learn how to shear a sheep at a 100-year-old working heritage farm on the island. If you want to add a visit to Phillip Island onto a longer itinerary, explore multi-day options that also take you on a Great Ocean Road tour or through the Yarra Valley in search of the best Australian wildlife viewing opportunities.

In the evening, join the Phillip Island crowds of up to 3,800 people waiting in tiered amphitheaters to witness the world's smallest penguins, known as fairy penguins or little penguins, waddle from the ocean back to nests on land after a long day at sea. Get the best view of the Phillip Island penguin parade by booking premium seats or access to VIP viewing areas located underground. The standard viewing platforms come with limited seating.
  • Phillip Island tours are especially kid-friendly and suitable for nature lovers of all ages.
  • Most Phillip Island tours offer round-trip transportation from hotels in Melbourne, making day tours completely hassle-free.
  • Dress for the weather, and remember to account for cool ocean breezes.
  • Opt for VIP seating to avoid the crowds at the penguin parade.
  • Photos of the penguins are not allowed.

How to Get to Phillip Island
Phillip Island is accessed by bridge from San Remo on the mainland by car and bus. You can also catch a ferry to Cowes on Phillip Island from Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula.

When to Go to Phillip Island
Your best chance to see the penguin parade is during the animals' breeding season from June to October. However, these are also some of the coldest months of the year, so be sure to dress for lows in the mid-40s if you go during this season.

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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Evening Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 327 Reviews

Travel from Melbourne to Phillip Island to watch hundreds of little penguins emerge from the surf to return to their burrows for the night. Marvel at the ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $110.97
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Phillip Island 3 Park Pass: Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre and Penguin Parade, Koala ConservationHeritage Farm

4.5 star rating: Recommended 52 Reviews

Make the most out of your visit to Phillip Island with this 3-park pass, the best value for checking out three of the island’s top attractions: the Penguin ...  Read more

Location: Phillip Island, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $34.81
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Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne

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See penguins, koalas and kangaroos on a day trip to Phillip Island, Melbourne's wildlife wonderland and holiday island. Visit a wildlife park to get up close ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $131.73
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Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 417 Reviews

See all the world class attractions of Phillip Island in one day on this small group eco tour from Melbourne. Departing Melbourne at midday, you'll travel to ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.79
Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island plus Melbourne Attraction Pass, ... 
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Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island plus Melbourne Attraction Pass

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Travel along the Great Ocean Road, see Phillip Island's little penguins and visit your favorite Melbourne city sights! This super saver combines Melbourne's ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $214.76
2-Day Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne, Melbourne, ... 
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2-Day Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 53 Reviews

Soak up the natural beauty of Australia’s coast as you spend two days visiting the highlights of the Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island. ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $238.71
Phillip Island Ultimate Penguin Eco Tour or Skybox Experience, Phillip Island, Overnight Tours
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Phillip Island Ultimate Penguin Eco Tour or Skybox Experience

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Want the best penguin viewing opportunities in Australia? Take the Penguin Eco Tour for a premium penguin experience that offers a personalized, intimate ...  Read more

Location: Phillip Island, Australia
Duration: 1.5 - 2.5 hours

From USD $51.89
Melbourne Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Phillip Island Penguin Parade plus Viewing ... 
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Melbourne Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Phillip Island Penguin Parade plus Viewing Platform

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

See the best of Melbourne and its surrounding highlights on this super saver that combines two must-do tours at a saving of 20%! After a 3-hour city ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $145.62
Phillip Island Nature Park and Wildlife Seals Cruise, Melbourne, Super Savers
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Phillip Island Nature Park and Wildlife Seals Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Phillip Island Nature Park is close to Melbourne yet abounding with wildlife. The Little Penguins coming home for the sea and the spectacle of thousands of ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.59
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Small-Group Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne

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Travel from Melbourne to Phillip Island to get close to native Australian animals at the Koala Conservation Centre, The Nobbies, Seal Rocks and the penguin ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $158.88

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