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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!

linda.butrym

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 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.

aeparness

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 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.

angelapeirson75

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 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

Mrs Glenis S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 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.

Daniel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

It gets really cold especially during the year-end I think! so bring your own shawls and sweaters or you'll have to buy one from the souvenir shop like most of us did. Also, there's only one small cafe here where everyone tries to find a seat and get a meal before the 9pm viewing time if you're coming by tour bus like most of us did, they will most likely pick you up from town at 3pm for the long bus ride to Phillip Island, after which you have to get a quick meal in before the viewing as you'll be sent back to town/your hotel only by midnight!. Tip: you can try packing your own food and warm drink in a thermos flask if you don't want to queue, snatch a table and gobble down your meal. The actual viewing session is beautiful. I'd suggest like most people on this site did to top up your ticket for a premium seat as that is where the penguins start surfacing magically around 9pm and then you can see them almost at your feet waddling about and looking lost. A wonderful eye-opening experience: it was as much a viewing experience for the penguins who were looking at us as it was a viewing experience for us hoomans.

Ruj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Worth for the visit to see the little penguins walking back from the Beach.

anil pratap s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Excellent tour, a must for the tourist visiting Melbourne. We opted for the evening tour as we had already done other parts of the day tour on offer, and only wanted to see the penguin parade. View from the general gallery is as good as the special observation deck unless you want see more numbers of penguins in long lines. In any case after watching them on the beach, you get a much better, up close and personal look at the penguins while moving back to the exit. So keep some time for that too!

Azat S Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

This trip was absolutely wonderful. Our tour guide was very friendly, knowledgeable ,the bus was comfrotable and we were picked up from the hotel on time. Me and my wife absolutely enjoyed. The journey from Melbourne to Phillip Island Penguin took around 2 hours with amazing natural view, such as, Seal and small towns. We arrived around 7 pm and waited 1 hour. There were already so many people in the viewing there penguin and the weather there is always coldits better to take warm jacket. In addition, in Penguin Parade has a strict rules no photography because of Penguin has sensitive eyes and any bright flash from camera or phones can frighten them. It definitely worth to visit and great value for money.

Diane J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Fantastic trip. Steve was a great driver, great sense of humour. Due to the crowds of people viewing the penguins, he advised that we be seated on the viewing platform at 2000-2015. Penguins arrived at 2115. There was enough time for everything and seeing the penguins arrive on the beach and return to their homes was a memorable experience. If you have a child don't bring a pram/stroller - there is no where to put it while you are viewing the penguins.

Elizabeth R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Went on the penguin parade tour. Wow! Its a wonderful tour. You get to see penguins close enough to touch, but you cant touch of course.

shankarb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Best experience. Tour was well coordinated. Joe, our tour guide and driver was very helpful in providing all the background information, best place to view the penguins. Highly recommend for families with kids. They will enjoy those little beauties as they parade from the ocean

shankarb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Best experience. Tour was well coordinated. Joe, our tour guide and driver was very helpful in providing all the background information, best place to view the penguins. Highly recommend for families with kids. They will enjoy those little beauties as they parade from the ocean

Michael G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Loved seeing these little cute penguins marching up the shore. This tour was especially a good one as it offered a close up view of the little penguins. Very special experience that should not be missed!

Karl H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Excellent trip with AAT King, driver was very knowledgable, once past the awful Melbourne rush hour traffic, a supper drive over to Phillip Island, advise book the seating plus, however once at the viewing platform and if you can get through the crowds, sit on the right hand side, and be patient, the Penguins are fantastic, well worth the wait, regardless of weather, take very warm clothes, hats, gloves and energy bars.... a super evening, and please, no videos or cameras,respect the staff and above all respect the Penguins, you are their guests, 10 out of 10

Biggi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

The penguin show was great, especially because the penguins are so small and super cute. The bus went from Melbourne to Philipps Island. There you could eat something after arrival. At 8:20 pm to 8:30 pm it was time to go to the stands, from where you could watch the little penguins coming out of the sea at dusk and walking to their caves. You are not allowed to take photos in order not to scare the little penguins with flash, which I found very good. You look at the sea and waited. The waves have carried the penguins to the beach. At some point they were there, in smaller or larger groups. Very cute and cute. They then wandered along the beach and there is enough time to observe the animals. It had rained a bit that evening, but that was not bad. At 9:30 pm we went back to Melbourne by bus. Everyone was dropped off at his hotel. I really enjoyed this trip and I really enjoyed it.

Isabelle J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Amazing tour! The guide was great and shared lots of information with us. Highly recommend the tour, especially the special seating.

Isabelle J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

This tour was amazing. The guide shared information along the way and took us to a few stops before we headed to see the penguins. We saw wallabies and kangaroos as well as the cute penguins!

billiebags

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

This was a wonderful experience the coach driver was really good and gave us lots of interesting information about Australian history and culture as well as up to date information. He knew lots about the penguin and they were as fascinating and amazing as he promised they would be. It was a great trip and I'll remember those little penguins forever.

Julie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

great to see

nicolagiddings34

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

So cute and fab experience to see them coming home from a day at sea. Well worth a visit.

helen j p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

this tour was well worth the 6 hr trip ,the penguins are a delighfult,very busy little fellows just going about their business ,while we looked on in Ore

William O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Seeing these little penguins was awesome. My wife and I enjoyed the penguins very much, it would be great for kids to see. It was a little chilly the evening we went be prepared and enjoy the show.

EDWIN F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

We loved this tour. You can't imagine the thousands of pernguins that you will see!

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