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6 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

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

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.

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A
, Sep 2018

If you love adorable penguins, definitely do this tour. The island feels remote and its absolutely beautiful there. Great memories from this day.

K
, Apr 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.

D
, Apr 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!

s
, Apr 2018

We had a very good and knowledgeable guide, Roger, from AAT Kings, though the booking was with Viator. I must say I am a little disappointed at the penguin parade as the number of penguins that made an appearance was small... not sure if it is the season as i understand the parade tends to be bigger. However, one bonus at the venue was that i had an amazing view of the sky with stars, maybe the lights in that area was low, the view of the milky way, the starry starry night, was just fantastic. if you have a chance to do the penguin parade, don't forget to look up the sky .... for a city girl like me, that was the highlight of the nigh!

M
, Mar 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.

M
, Mar 2018

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

R
, Mar 2018

The Phillip island penguin parade is as advertised, a spectacular sight. Our driver struggle with logistics of passing out tickets at the site, and left most of the passengers trapped on the bus, while he chase down some escaping tourists.

L
, Mar 2018

Lovely to see these amazing wee creatures returning from a long day of fishing. A long trip there and back though worth it. I was disappointed at the lack of food choices available at the venue. Very expensive what was available. 8 for some Chips. Maybe consider taking your own food. well worth the long drive

I
, Mar 2018

A great view of the penguins. Unfortunately some of the other visitors did not respect the wildlife.

A
, Mar 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!

T
, Mar 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.

D
, Mar 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.

l
, Feb 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!

M
, Feb 2018

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

T
, Feb 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!

l
, Feb 2018

We had a great experience. The bus driver was great and gave us a comprehensive over view of what we were seeing or going to see. We had terrific seats to watch the penguins. All in all we had a wonderful time. We will definitely use viatour again.

a
, Feb 2018

Excellent trip, and it's worth paying extra for the premium seating at the beach. Make sure to get to the beach at least 45 minutes before dusk to assure a good seat to watch the penguins come out of the ocean although you can see them up close and personal as they walk alongside the boardwalk behind the seats. Surprisingly good food at the cafe. And yes, no photos allowed I was chided by a ranger for taking a picture of the beach even before the penguins arrived! Since our tour was in January meaning a late sunset, the penguins didn't come out until after 9 PM, so we didn't get back to our hotel until after midnight it didn't help that there was road construction going on during our return trip to Melbourne.

a
, Jan 2018

A fantastic trip. Our coach driver Gary gave a really informative commentary and as we arrived earlier than expected at Phillip Island he gave us an extra tour.
The Penguin Parade itself was amazing - nature at its best.
One tip make sure you take warm clothing as it gets chilly when the Parade takes place

P
, Jan 2018

We really enjoyed this experience despite the weather being very wet. Be prepared for a long trip on the coach. The catering options at the venue are not great and it is very busy. Have your main meal of the day before you go. The guide on the coach was very good and shared lots of interesting facts and opinions en route to help pass the long journey. The VIP viewing area is well worth the extra. We would not have wanted to have visited without it. The penguins are very cute!

M
, Jan 2018

Quite a long drive but well worth the visit. The penguins were adorable and there were so many of them. It was really worth upgrading to the viewing area where numbers were limited. A thrilling experience.


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