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The penguins were not originally on our must-see list, but they were incredible to watch. The only down-side were the people that were trying to video and take pictures after the park rangers requested that everyone put their phones and cameras away. We saw a family of penguins reunited a long day in the water - very cute to watch!
Our driver was excellent. He was very informative, friendly, and entertaining. The little penguins were worth the trip.
Fantastic tour! The narration by bus driver added so much insight to the trip. The Little Penguins were a delight to see, can't wait to watch Oddball the movie, about their plight on a nearby island. Trip extremely worthwhile, do go if you have a chance!
What a great experience. It is about 2 hours from Melbourne, but well worth the time. Definitely upgrade to premium platform seats.
We went to the Phillip Island around 16:00, and arrived there around 18:00.The visitor center there is quite nice with a restaurant, and other facilities, and has a small cinema which was closed, showing videos and mutlimedia. Then we wnt on to the beach, where there are platforms for viewing, and at about 21:00 the penguins started coming out of the sea and onto the beach towards us. There were rangers who explained what was going on, and photography was then strictly forbidden and firmly enforced, because the animals get confused in their direction finding by flash photography. So, to simplify things, the Australians just ban all photography while the penguins are coming on shore. Seeing the animals come on shore was an amazing experience, and just has to be experienced, rather than described here. There is clearly a control of how many people can be in the area at the same time, and all the management of the area appears to be excellent. Very impressive work by the Australians involved.
These little fellows were so cute. Thousands of them coming up and over the hill was a great experience.
Angela M Canada
Nothing compares to the Fairy Penguins...We all had a blast watching these endearing creatures!
George was fantastic! He told great stories and made the bus ride a blast.
Fariha A Pakistan
This was a once in a lifetime experience. To actually witness a natural phenomenon in the wild. The Penguins were a few minutes late in coming, but once they did, they came in hordes. We took the Penguin Plus option which was well worth it. You had a great view from all the seats and the platform was right by them. There was more than enough time to see them. Unfortunately no photos were allowed but it will stay in our memory forever. I would recommend taking the evening tour if you are tight on time and want to cover other areas in Melbourne during the day. The Penguins come around sunset so this part can only be done in the evenings. Our guide was very nice and kept us entertained during the drive down. There was free wifi and even a bathroom on our bus. Also we had about an hour to have dinner at the cafe and souvenir shop before the Penguins were due. Nice relaxing tour.
Our favorite experience! Definitely worth upgrading to the mid-level upgrade. It can get really cold in the evening and there is a lot of waiting, so keep this in mind if you have little ones.
We really enjoyed the tour we went on. The evening tour was cancelled but AAT Kings contacted us to reschedule. So, we opted for the fuller tour. The best part of the actual day was the penguins. It was brilliant and we learnt heaps. Amazed by how they live and the distance covered on land. ❤️
We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Our bus driver/tour guide was fantastic and friendly with lots of knowledge of the areas we passed between the city and Phillip Island. Watching the penguin parade was awesome, the kids enjoyed it so much too even though it was cold. They are such amazing little penguins and it's fantastic to see this species thriving and we enjoyed watching them.
We didn't see a lot of them returning from the dark sea that night. I got worried, wondering if them were caught by their predators. It turned out that a lot of them never went fishing, it was mating season! You can see and hear them everywhere along the board walk.
Wonderful experience and the guide was good. Just frustrated at other guests that don't listen to the absolutely no photo rule. This is to protect the eyesight of the penguins. Tip, pay the extra for the best views and stand along the walkways, you will see the little penguins walk right by you.
Peter was a great tour guide. We arrived in plenty of time to get a good seat on the viewing platform. We upgraded to the Preferred viewing and it was worth it. Dress warmly as it gets chilly. Please respect the rule of No Pictures of the penguins.
Very knowledgeable bus driver and plenty of time watching the penguins on the beach and then back to their homes.
Angela M Canada
This is the 2nd time I have gone on this and even if I go back to Melbourne I would do this again. They are soooo adorable. I would like to have done the event on the beach but it was not available for the day we booked this. Our night was dreadful and raining plus cold but still a FAVORITE EVENT.
Lovely tour! The drive down was very scenic and the guide was not only knowledgeable about the penguins, he was able to tell us a lot about the things that we passed on the way. The bus was also very comfortable.
It was good. It rained and was cold, but we enjoyed seeing the little penguins. A long trip for about 20 minutes viewing the penguins
Ekta R United Kingdom
Tour guide was informative and accommodating. Gave us sufficient time to spend on the island to see the penguins and look around the centre itself. Really enjoyed this tour! Watching the penguins come in at dusk was something quite magical! :
What a fantastic evening, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and it was the perfect visit to the Island.
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