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Discover the natural and culinary delights of Phillip Island with an eco-tour from Melbourne. Taste regional wines and other specialty products at Phillip Island Winery, and 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 some of the world's tiniest penguins waddle out of the ocean and across the sand to their burrows. Group numbers are limited to 24 people for a more personalized experience.

Please note: as of April 1, 2017 you will no longer visit Phillip Island Winery and will instead enjoy an extended stay at Moonlit Sanctuary for the 'Conservation in Action' wildlife show and a 30-minute stop at the Brighton Beach bathing boxes.

Highlights

  • Be enchanted as you witness small fairy penguins waddle past you from the ocean to their sand-dune burrows
  • Small-group tour with expert guide
  • Range of penguin viewing options including the exclusive viewing boardwalk or the more intimate option of the secluded beach location
  • Indulge yourself at the Phillip Island Winery
  • Free WIFI available on all tours

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Koalas and penguins are at the heart of this tour, but you'll also get a taste of delicious local wines and cheese. Upgrading allows you to get even closer to the tiny penguins for cuteness overload.

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What You Can Expect

Phillip Island Penguin Small Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

Nobbies, Phillip Island

Your Phillip Island adventure begins with late morning pickup at your Melbourne hotel in an air-conditioned minivan equipped with onboard Wi-Fi. Your first stop is the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you'll learn about an exotic array of Australian animals, including cuddly koalas, and lend a hand during feeding time.

Continue to the rural Phillip Island Winery, situated along the gorgeous Bass Strait, to taste a variety of regional wines accompanied by cheeses and other specialty products. Afterward, head to the island’s southwestern coast for dramatic views of the Nobbies and Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest fur seal colony.

For an enchanting finale to the day, make your way to a local beach for the famous Penguin Parade. As dusk falls, watch from a viewing platform as hundreds of adorable little penguins — also called fairy penguins, as these are the smallest in the world — emerge from the ocean and waddle across the sand and shrub to their nearby burrows. Opt for the Penguin Parade Plus or Guided Ranger Tour upgrade for an even closer view of this marvelous spectacle (see Itinerary below for more details).

Once the penguins are safely tucked into their burrows for the night, relax on the approximately 1.5-hour return drive to Melbourne, where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

Please note: As of April 1, 2017 you will visit Brighton Beach bathing boxes on the journey out of Melbourne for approximately 30-minutes. You will also enjoy an extended stay at Moonlit Sanctuary for the daily 'Conservation in Action' wildlife show; a 30-minute experience which provides insight into lesser-known native species including the spotted quoll, the dingo, the tawny frogmouth and the barking owl. You will no longer visit the Phillip Island Winery from April 1, 2017.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Colyn K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour guide was entertaining and make the trip interesting, worth the price and the penguin experience was awesome. I love the time spent at Moonlight Sanctuary too, up close with Kangaroo and Koala. The tour guide give us enough time to spend time with the cute animals. Wine tasting session was good too, even though it did get a little bored. Too bad there was no chocolate factory visit for our trip..

Peter J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great experience and well worth it - amazing to see these small penguins on their daily return and so close by

junegsj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Easy, relaxing and unrushed. Perfect if you and #39;re travelling with children or elderly. I went alone and still enjoyed it since I didn and #39;t expect it to be action-packed. Moonlit Sanctuary is smaller than many other bigger places to see animals, but good enough. Penguins are cute and worth seeing.

Paul H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was amazing!

Jeong Min J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

had very bad weather, yet our guide was extremely friendly, and the events/destinations are well spread out with enough time at every place. would definitely do it again when the weather is better!

Amanda K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a very well-paced and worthwhile tour. Visiting the Moonlit Sanctuary park provided some nice opportunities for getting close to well-fed kangaroos and other Australian animals. The winery offered a nice break before the penguin parade at sunset. And of course, the penguins: they took their time appearing, but were a delight when they did. The guide, Daniel, clearly loves Melbourne and enjoys his job, and he made sure to address everyone's needs. Overall, a good day out, and a good value.

Jessica R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a great tour! We loved the Moonlight Sanctuary. I could have spent all day there, but the best part of the day was the Penguin Parade. We must have seen close to 800 penguins in that evening! They're so tiny and hilarious 3 I highly recommend GoWest and any of their wonderful tours. This was an experience I will never forget.

Jillian R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great trip!
weather not good on the day but we had lucky breaks when needed.
Penguins lived up to their reputation and gave a good show for all

Granger Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Although the trip is a long one, it is well worth it to see this amazing event. It is worth the extra fee to have a guided tour, as it allows seating very close to the water and the walk path of the Penguins. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and cheerful, but also allowed us to rest on the return trip. Don't miss this beautiful tour.

Lynne J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was an amazing tour and it was my second time and I enjoyed it even more as we were closer to the penguins this time. We paid to be closer but it was well worth it. They are so cute. This was a smaller tour and very enjoyable. Highly recommend this tour.

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