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Penguin Parade Tours

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Phillip Island is brimming with memorable wildlife experiences, but its headline act is the nightly Penguin Parade. Each night at dusk, thousands of little penguins—the largest colony in Australia of the world’s smallest penguin breed—can be seen along the shores of Summerland Beach, waddling back to their beachside burrows after a day at sea.
 
The Basics
Watching the nightly Penguin Parade is a popular pastime for visitors to Phillip Island, and a dedicated viewing area and elevated boardwalks allow spectators to admire the birds without disturbing their natural activity. There are three self-guided viewing options available: general viewing, which allows access to the viewing stand overlooking the beach; the penguins-plus viewing area, which offers a much closer look at the penguins; and the underground viewing area, which lets you view the penguins at eye level. Guided Penguin Parade tours offer greater insight into the penguins and their daily routine.

Many Phillip Island tours and day trips from Melbourne include entrance to the Penguin Parade, often alongside other island attractions such as the Nobbies, the Phillip Island Wildlife Park, or Churchill Island. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is an admission fee to enter the viewing area, and advance bookings are essential. Children under 4 are free.
  • There is a visitor center, café, restrooms, and free parking at the Penguin Parade site. 
  • Bring warm clothing as it can get chilly along the seafront at night, even in the summer.
  • In order to protect the penguins from flashes and lights, no photography or filming is permitted at the Penguin Parade. 
  • The Penguin Parade viewing areas and boardwalks are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. 
 
How to Get There
The Penguin Parade takes place at Summerland Beach on Phillip Island, 87 miles (140 kilometers) south of and less than two hours’ drive from Melbourne, off the Mornington Peninsula. Once on the island, it’s a further 20-minute drive to Summerland Beach, depending on traffic. The site is easy to find, off the C473 road and just five minutes from the Nobbies. There is no public transport to the beach, so if you don’t have your own car, it’s best to join a tour. 
 
When to Get There
The Penguin Parade takes place daily year-round at sunset, which can be as early as 5:15pm in June or as late as 8:45pm in December. It’s recommended to arrive an hour before sunset to ensure a good viewing spot—seats are not allocated.
 
Wildlife Experiences on Phillip Island
Animal lovers will find plenty of wildlife-watching opportunities around Phillip Island. Head to the Koala Conservation Centre to spot koalas, wallabies, and echidnas free-roaming in natural bushlands; admire Australia’s largest colony of fur seals at Seal Rocks; or set sail on a whale-watching cruise from Cowes Jetty (May–October only). You can also spot Aussie animals such as kangaroos, wombats, dingoes, and Tasmanian devils at the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Park or meet farmyard animals and watch sheepshearing demonstrations at the Churchill Island Heritage Farm.
Address: 1019 Ventnor Road, Summerland, VIC, Australia 3922, Australia
Admission: Varies
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Phillip Island Tour from MelbourneDay Trips

Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne

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Observe some of Australia’s most popular native wildlife on this tour from Melbourne to Phillip Island that includes a stop at Koala Reserve. Interact with koalas before arriving at Phillip Island, home to sea birds, fur seals and, most famously, penguins. See the Nobbies to look for seals on the rocky coastline while you wait for sunset, when the little penguins perform the Penguin Parade, their nightly ritual of waddling out of the water and along the beach to their burrows. Upgrade options are available for better views and an enhanced experience.
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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne Including Koala Conservation CentreDay Trips

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Get up close to the adorable penguins and cuddly koalas of Phillip Island on this full-day back-to-nature tour, including hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Melbourne. Spot koalas in their natural habitats at the Koala Conservation Centre and get up close to local wildlife and tuck into a delicious afternoon tea (own expense) at Warrook Farm. At dusk, head to the viewing area at Summerland Beach to watch the evening Penguin Parade, as the island’s population of Little Penguins waddle ashore to sleep in their burrows.
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Full-Day Penguin Parade and Melbourne City Tour From Melbourne

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Short on time? Explore Melbourne’s best bits, get up close to adorable koalas and visit Phillip Island all in one day! Visit Melbourne landmarks like Captain Cook's Cottage, St Patrick's Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens; stop to browse the stalls at Queen Victoria Market; and enjoy a walking tour of the city’s neighborhoods. After lunch in the city (own expense), journey to Phillip Island to explore the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, get up close to koalas at the Koala Conservation Centre and watch the evening Penguin Parade at Summerland Beach.
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See the Penguin Parade and other natural treasures of Phillip Island on a full-day tour from Melbourne and St. Kilda. Hand-feed kangaroos under staff supervision and learn about Australian wildlife such as koalas, wombats, and wallabies at the Maru Koala and Animal Park. See Cape Woolamai and the Nobbies, then get ready to watch the penguins parade home around sunset. Upgrade to include admission tickets to the Eureka Skydeck and Edge Experience in Melbourne.
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Farming, surfing, and penguin parades make Phillip Island one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations. With this tour, see a lot of what the island has to offer while letting someone else take care of planning and driving. Start with coastal sightseeing—heading off the island as far as the Kilcunda Coastal Reserve—and continue to seal colony lookouts, a cheese factory, a sheep farm, and more. Finish by watching penguins waddle home after sunset.
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This bestselling private 12 hour tour includes pre-paid entry to some of the islands most popular attractions, including the Penguin Parade, Churchill island, Koala Conservation centre, plus one additional attraction of your choice (from our optional attractions list - e.g wildlife park). We also make a stop for wildlife spotting as we search for wild wallabies in a quiet natural woodland location. ***Please note that our visit includes your entry ticket to the 'standard viewing platform' at the Penguin Parade. if you wish to upgrade your ticket option to 'Penguins Plus' this will be an additional $30 per person (or $60 p/p for a guided ranger tour) and is strictly subject to availability. Please contact us in advance of your tour departure date, or prior to making a booking, if you wish to request this upgrade.
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Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park from MelbourneDay Trips

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Journey to Phillip Island for a day filled with spectacular vistas and amazing wildlife encounters. On this private tour from Melbourne, visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park to observe sleepy koalas in their natural habitat and meet several Australian native animals such as wallabies, kangaroos and colorful birds and reptiles. As dusk falls, witness one of nature’s most adorable spectacles at the Penguin Parade, when hundreds of tiny fairy penguins waddle out of the ocean and make their way across a local beach to their burrows. Enjoy the personalized attention of your guide and request customized stops to suit your interests.
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2 Day Exclusively Private Tour Of Phillip Island & The Penguin Parade Overnight Tours

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