• Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Watch the Phillip Island Penguin Parade on this evening tour from Melbourne. See the nightly ritual of these beloved fairy penguins waddling from the ocean to their burrows in the sand. Phillip Island is home to one of the world’s largest colonies of some of the world’s smallest penguins. When booking, select the standard viewing option or the Penguin Plus Viewing Platform for a better vantage point.


  • Evening tour to Phillip Island to watch the little penguins return home for the night, from Melbourne
  • Drive through Melbourne and scenic countryside on the outskirts of the city
  • Visit the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre to learn about local wildlife, including a large fur seal colony just offshore
  • Get great viewing opportunities to watch the little penguins as they come home for the night
  • Spot migratory birds including shearwaters or muttonbirds
  • Hear commentary from a guide
  • Includes pickup and drop-off at select Melbourne hotels

What You Can Expect

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Evening Tour

The Little Penguins Parade Evening Tour is not to be missed!

After being picked up from your central Melbourne hotel in the mid-afternoon, set out on the 1.5-hour journey to Phillip Island. Traveling aboard an air-conditioned bus, head south toward the coast and admire the scenery along the Yarra River. Arrive at the fishing village of San Remo, where you cross the bridge to Phillip Island.

The first stop of the evening is the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre, where you learn more about the island’s native wildlife, hear about ongoing conservation efforts, and discover fascinating facts about the little penguins on Phillip Island—home to the largest penguin colony in Australia.

Arrive at Summerland Beach, on the southwestern coast of Phillip Island, in time to watch the nightly Penguin Parade. Depending on the tour option chosen, either find a place on the beach or watch from the comfort of the Penguins Plus viewing platform. No matter your vantage point, enjoy watching hundreds of little penguins waddling out of the sea and up the beach to their burrows.

At the end of the evening, return to Melbourne and enjoy views of the illuminated city on the drive back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Kim Levin USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I'm a penguin fanatic and these little guys did not disappoint. It was wet and rainy, but it didn't dampen my thrill to see these guys. Worth the bus ride from Melbourne. Very picturesque.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Seeing the penquins was amazing! We paid a little more to view them from the platform.- definitely worth it! Although, I can't speak for the other's experiences If you can, try sitting on the right side near the path for the best view. But, if you can't, you will still see them waddle down the path. After they have made it past the platform, they will continue up and through the bush so you can actually see them from the walkway too. Great experience!

Marika L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Love it! Those little creatures are just so great and funny. Without tour wouldn't be able to see them, and would have missed something. Take a lot of warm clothes with you, since to get a best place to see, you have to be there early, and it you might get cold. Once again tour quide Mark was good, and learned a lot about Phillip Island in a bus on our way there. Keep your eyes open, and you will see lots of wallabies on the way.

Michelle A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

These little guys were the cutest things I had ever seen. We all really enjoyed the tour.

Abhishek M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We highly recommend this tour and especially the penguin viewing plus experience. The tour itself was arranged by Aatkings, and I must say booking viator has given very considerable discounts as against direct booking with AAtking tours.
Viewing penguin at their natural habitat after they return from their long day hunt to shore is magical experience.
Added highlight is AAtking bus driver he was totally funny throughout the tour!
5 Star for this Tour!

Timothy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was worth every penny and hour spent. Great to see the ocean
landscape and bays near the penguin sanctuary. Seeing the penguins was
worth the trip.

Dave United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Our driver/guide did a superb job of preparing us for seeing the penguins. We knew exactly what to expect and felt we really understood what we were seeing. We paid extra for the PLUS experience because it put us much closer to the little critters. It was definitely worth the small added cost because we were as close to them as could be without actually touching them which is forbidden and is photo taking. If you want o overdose on CUTE, this trip is a must.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was a wonderful tour! I will tell you up front it is a long evening but, well worth it. Our Driver, Roger was very knowledgeable about all things Melbourne, he shared this with the tour group all the way out to Phillip Island. I learned so much on this tour, from history of Australia to housing costs. We even arrived early and were able to see Wallabies in their environment! This was a surprise to all of us on the tour. The tiny fairy Penguins were our reason for the tour. It is a bit of a waiting game as you sit near the shore on benches we bought the preferred seating. Well worth it! waiting for the Penguins to come out of the water and then make the long track back to their homes on the hill. THERE ARE NO CAMERAS ALLOWED, NO PHONES EITHER. The flash scares the Penguins so please be ware and dont even try it, they have very good security. You can get pics off the website. Dress warmly, take coats, scarves and gloves with
you. Enjoy!

Mio Oi S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Nice driver and amazing experience with the little penguins! Had some traffic delays but overall a great experience.

Travis B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

An excellent evening of watching penguins. If you choose the evening option, eat first or bring snack because you get back to Melbourne at midnight after the 2.5 hour drive back. Viewing platform was best option for seeing penguins walk by. Adriene, our driver/guide was most informative!

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