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clock-o12 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 10 more

Overview

Discover the natural delights of Phillip Island with an eco-tour from Melbourne. See the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes, visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks. Visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park for an up-close encounter with koalas and other Australian wildlife. Finish the day at a local beach where you can watch hundreds of some of the world's tiniest penguins waddle out of the ocean and across the sand to their burrows.
  • Be enchanted as you witness small fairy penguins waddle past you from the ocean to their sand-dune burrows
  • Range of penguin viewing options including the exclusive viewing boardwalk or the more intimate option of the secluded beach location
  • Spend time at Brighton Beach and see the the iconic Brighton Bathing Boxes
  • Free WIFI available on all tours

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This combination tour visits three top attractions in just one day. Perfect for those with limited time.
Your Phillip Island adventure begins with late morning pickup at selected Melbourne hotels in an air-conditioned minivan equipped with onboard Wi-Fi. Your first stop on your Phillip Island day trip is Brighton to see the historic Brighton Beach bathing boxes, spend time at the beach and take some time to admire these iconic landmarks. 

Continue to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you'll learn about an exotic array of Australian animals, including cuddly koalas, and lend a hand during feeding time. Included in your visit here is the spectacular “Conservation in Action” wildlife show, which showcases a number of lesser-known Australian species in a series of interactive and engaging ranger presentations.

Afterward, 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 for the famous Penguin Parade. As dusk falls, watch from a viewing platform as hundreds of adorable little penguins — also called fairy penguins, as these are 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 spectacle (see Itinerary below for more 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 departure point.

Itinerary

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 in a secluded area away from the crowds.

Phillip Island penguins seasonal cycle:
Feb - Apr: Molting
May - Jul: Nest Building
Aug - Oct: Egg laying
Nov - Jan: Chick Feeding

Reviews

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l
, Jan 2019

Go West Tours was fantastic as was our tour guide, Amy. They use a small 25 seater bus which I prefer rather than the larger buses. The bus was very comfortable. Our tour guide picked us up on time and always made sure that everyone was comfortable on the trip. She was enthusiastic and energetic and gave us really good information about the sites along the way. We visited 2 beaches, Brighton Beach and one other lovely beach. Then we went to Moonlit Sanctuary where we had the opportunity to see some marsupials, a dingo and some birds come out and their handler would give us an educational talk about them. Our family had tons of fun feeding and petting the kangaroos and wallabies. They were very tame and friendly. The koalas were awake and active which was a real treat for us because they are sleeping most other times we see them. They have a baby koala also. But the highlight of the tour and of my trip to Melbourne was the Little Penguin Parade. If you are trying to decide which option to take, I would recommend the Ranger Guided Tour or the Viewing Platform (max 200). The Viewing Platform has a good view of the penguins coming home and most of them come up to shore from that side of the beach. There is also a walkway along the Viewing Platform with low light that we can see (but the penguins cannot see that light spectrum so doesn't hurt their eyes) so you can see the penguins very close up. They in fact walk beside the platform. I chose the Ranger Guided Tour and a Ranger takes you on your own walkway where there are nests along the walkway, and teach you a lot of things about penguins. Then you are taken to your own seating area of about 50 overlooking the beach to watch the penguins come home. You are also given binoculars. Then you go into the boardwalk of the Viewing Platform to watch penguins return home. The penguins are very cute but please DO NOT TAKE ANY PHOTOS OR VIDEOS as the flash will blind their eyes. To print out your own photos, download the app "Phillip Island Penguin Parade" and there you will find lovely photos you can print out. I went in early January, the summer, and Melbourne was 25 Celsius but Phillip Island at night was freezing with a wind factor. So make sure to bring fall/winter clothing, touque, windbreaker, blanket, etc to stay warm. I would like to thank Amy for a fantastic time and also the Ranger. I would certainly recommend Go West Tours.

L
, Jan 2019

We had an amazing time on this tour. I would highly recommend this tour, it was a great way to see lots of different places in Australia. The little penguins are so adorable. We choose the underground experience which was incredible we got to see them up close and personal. Our tour guide Ricky was awesome. We had a great day. Bring sunscreen and be aware that you probably won't get back until around midnight. It's a must do experience if you have never been to Australia.

S
, Jan 2019

This really is a great excursion. Got picked up in a fully air conditioned minibus at the time advertised and off we went. The guide/driver Ricky was very knowledgeable and likeable as we went to the various places en-route to the Penguin Parade. These included the iconic Beach Boxes at Brighton, moonlit animal sanctuary and the beach at Woolamai before being dropped off at Cowes for refreshments before a penultimate stop at the Nobbies, where you can see Wallaby’s, Grey Geese and Bandicoots in the natural environment. Unfortunately didn’t manage to see any of the seals the area is famous for. Once we got to the Penguin Parade we were directed to our seats in the Penguin plus area ( worth paying the extra for in my opinion) where at just past 9pm we had sight of these wonderful little creatures taking a breather following their long swim back to land before they set off to find their burrows, where you can follow them on the final stage of their journey . As this is a conservation area photos are NOT allowed as this startles and can upset the Penguins, so the upmost respect should be given to these little creatures. We set back off to Melbourne at 10 pm and were back in the city by midnight. A thoroughly enjoyable time was had.

S
, Dec 2018

The trip was worth it! Paul was an entertaining and knowledgeable guide! Would recommend it to others!

G
, Nov 2018

This is one of the best trips we have ever done. Second time for us and it didn't disappoint. A must for anyone coming to Melbourne.

R
, Oct 2018

It’s a long day and you arrive at the hotel after 11pm. But Adam was great and entertaining. Forget the zoo, this is where you really get close to the animals, not only the penguins, but also the cangurus, koalas, etc.The only reason I gave 4 stars is that I think we could have left the hotel after lunch and skipped some of the stops, or at least had a better place to have lunch and or dinner. Bring some food.

M
, Jul 2018

Such an incredible experience!
It was incredible just waiting for the penguins to come out from the ocean and watch them walk to their burrows.
The Nobbies and Seal rocks were also truly breathtaking!
Kaitlyn from GoWest Tours is such an amazing guide as well. Very organized.
I highly recommend for families with kids.

m
, Jul 2018

Memorable Trip. A friendly and Informative tour guide by the same of Ms.Leah, I guess.

l
, Jun 2018

Seeing the penguins at Penguin Island was very fun. We lucked out as there were at least a couple of hundred penguins. With the underground option they are only 12 inches or so from your face so you get a really close up look rather than being in the general sitting outside. The Moonlit Sanctuary had some interesting animals and feeding the kangaroos and wallabies was certainly a highlight. Unfortunately you don't get much time there. Overall the tour should be longer so you have more time to spend at the both the Moonlit Sanctuary and at Penguin Island, especially with it being such a short day light wise. Go West, the tour company basically just drives you from place to place. If you are looking for more of a tour/commentary you would probably be disappointed.

d
, Jun 2018

I absolutely loved that day from beginning to end. One of my favourite moments was the visit of the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where I spent quality time petting wallabies. What an experience! I could have stayed there all day. It really felt being in the wild as opposed to fenced or enclosed like in a zoo. It was amazing. The stop at Brighton Beach was also nice but could probably be done on its own without the tour. Finally Philip Island is definitely a must visit. I am glad I opted for a special experience with a guide, I believe it made is extra special. I understand why we cannot take photos of the place but it's still a pity, and would have liked to know in advance, just to set my expectations. I would recommend this tour for solo travellers, couples or families.


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