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Phillip Island Tours

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Phillip Island
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.
Address: Phillip Island Nature Park, 1019 Ventnor Road, Ventnor 3922, Australia
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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, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from MelbourneDay Trips

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Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne

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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.
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Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road and Phillip IslandNature & Wildlife

Melbourne Super Saver: Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island

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Experience majestic coastal scenery, native wildlife encounters, amazing marine creatures and panoramic urban views with this Super Saver combo pass. Take two full-day tours along the breathtaking Great Ocean Road and to Phillip Island. Make the most of your time in the city with complimentary admission to one of three attractions, including the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Eureka Skydeck 88, or the Melbourne Star observation wheel, and save more than 25 percent compared to booking all the tours individually.
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Small-Group Phillip Island Day Trip from MelbourneDay Trips

Small-Group Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne

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Get up close to Australia’s native wildlife on this memorable full-day tour of Phillip Island from Melbourne, including hotel pick-up. See adorable koalas and wallabies at the island’s Koala Conservation Centre, spot Australia’s largest colony of fur seals at Seal Rocks and watch the sunset penguin parade along the coast. This small-group tour has a maximum of 12 participants, ensuring a personalized experience.
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4-Day Melbourne Tour: City Sightseeing, Great Ocean Road and Phillip IslandNature & Wildlife

4-Day Melbourne Tour: City Sightseeing, Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island

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Discover Australia’s cultural capital, take a thrilling road trip along the Great Ocean Road, and spot wildlife on Phillip Island with this action-packed, 4-day tour, including accommodation. Explore Melbourne during a sightseeing tour and see key spots such as the Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Cricket Ground. Then watch the evening Penguin Parade on Phillip Island, and set out along the Great Ocean Road toward the Twelve Apostles.
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2-Day Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island TourNature & Wildlife

2-Day Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island Tour

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Experience the best of coastal Victoria with this packed, 2-day tour that takes you to three favorite destinations around Melbourne. See the spectacular beaches and limestone cliffs of the Great Ocean Road, watch the famous Penguin Parade at Phillip Island, and visit the charming seaside villages and colorful bathing boxes of the Mornington Peninsula. The tour package includes overnight accommodation, two meals, all park fees, and guided transport.
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Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park from MelbournePrivate Day Trips

Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park from Melbourne

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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 Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory Tour from MelbourneNature & Wildlife

2-Day Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory Tour from Melbourne

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Discover the amazing Australian wildlife and natural beauty of two favorite Victoria destinations on this two-day tour from Melbourne. On Phillip Island, get an up-close encounter with kangaroos, koalas and other native species, tour a working heritage farm, and watch the famous Penguin Parade. The next day, travel to Wilsons Promontory National Park for spectacular hikes and bush walks, including a stroll along the aptly named Squeaky Beach. Overnight accommodation, two meals, all park fees and guided transport are included.
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