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clock-o12 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 10 more

Overview

Discover the natural delights of Phillip Island with an eco-tour from Melbourne. See the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes, visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks. 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.
  • 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
  • Spend time at Brighton Beach and see the the iconic Brighton Bathing Boxes
  • Free WIFI available on all tours

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Koalas and penguins are at the heart of this tour, but you'll also have the opportunity to see Victoria's most colorful attraction—the Brighton Beach bathing boxes—and spend some time at the beach. Upgrading allows you to get even closer to the tiny penguins!
Your Phillip Island adventure begins with late morning pickup at your Melbourne hotel in an air-conditioned minivan equipped with onboard Wi-Fi. Your Your first stop on your Phillip Island day trip is at Brighton to see the historic Brighton Beach bathing boxes, spend time at the the beach and take some time to admire these iconic landmarks. 

Continue to 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. Included in your visit here is the spectacular “Conservation in Action” wildlife show, which showcases a number of lesser-known Australian species in a series of interactive and engaging ranger presentations.

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.

Itinerary

Penguins Plus
See the Penguin Parade from an exclusive viewing platform. Located in an area that always experiences high penguin traffic, the Penguins Plus boardwalk seats half the number of people than the main viewing platform. About 50-60% of the penguins arrive close to the Penguins Plus boardwalk, meaning more penguins and fewer people!
Guided Ranger Tour
This small group ranger-guided interpretive experience includes a priority seating position in a secluded area away from the crowds.

Phillip Island penguins seasonal cycle:
Feb - Apr: Molting
May - Jul: Nest Building
Aug - Oct: Egg laying
Nov - Jan: Chick Feeding

Reviews

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G
, Nov 2018

This is one of the best trips we have ever done. Second time for us and it didn't disappoint. A must for anyone coming to Melbourne.

R
, Oct 2018

It’s a long day and you arrive at the hotel after 11pm. But Adam was great and entertaining. Forget the zoo, this is where you really get close to the animals, not only the penguins, but also the cangurus, koalas, etc.The only reason I gave 4 stars is that I think we could have left the hotel after lunch and skipped some of the stops, or at least had a better place to have lunch and or dinner. Bring some food.

M
, Jul 2018

Such an incredible experience!
It was incredible just waiting for the penguins to come out from the ocean and watch them walk to their burrows.
The Nobbies and Seal rocks were also truly breathtaking!
Kaitlyn from GoWest Tours is such an amazing guide as well. Very organized.
I highly recommend for families with kids.

m
, Jul 2018

Memorable Trip. A friendly and Informative tour guide by the same of Ms.Leah, I guess.

l
, Jun 2018

Seeing the penguins at Penguin Island was very fun. We lucked out as there were at least a couple of hundred penguins. With the underground option they are only 12 inches or so from your face so you get a really close up look rather than being in the general sitting outside. The Moonlit Sanctuary had some interesting animals and feeding the kangaroos and wallabies was certainly a highlight. Unfortunately you don't get much time there. Overall the tour should be longer so you have more time to spend at the both the Moonlit Sanctuary and at Penguin Island, especially with it being such a short day light wise. Go West, the tour company basically just drives you from place to place. If you are looking for more of a tour/commentary you would probably be disappointed.

d
, Jun 2018

I absolutely loved that day from beginning to end. One of my favourite moments was the visit of the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where I spent quality time petting wallabies. What an experience! I could have stayed there all day. It really felt being in the wild as opposed to fenced or enclosed like in a zoo. It was amazing. The stop at Brighton Beach was also nice but could probably be done on its own without the tour. Finally Philip Island is definitely a must visit. I am glad I opted for a special experience with a guide, I believe it made is extra special. I understand why we cannot take photos of the place but it's still a pity, and would have liked to know in advance, just to set my expectations. I would recommend this tour for solo travellers, couples or families.

d
, May 2018

Highlight of the trip was the penguins. We did the guide option and would highly recommend as the crowds are less.

j
, Apr 2018

Amazing experience Phillip island was definerly the highlight of the evening. I wish we couldve spent a little more time at the kaola/kangaroo sanctuary nut feeding them was amazing!!! Especially the wallaby, I wanted to take them all home!

Im glad we purchased the underground option for the penguins because you get to see them really up close so close you can see their eye color. Since the dont surface until evening its a bit hard to see them since they are a dark blue color when your up on top on the platform. However being in the underground portion you do miss seeing them arrive on shore but they do have a video monitor for you.

p
, Apr 2018

Great day out! Nice beaches and scenery. Wildlife sanctuary and feeding kangaroos was fun no pictures with koalas. Penguin parate not to be missed! Wonderful experience! Late return. Dinner plans didn't fit into schedule very well.

D
, Apr 2018

such an unique experience ....the penguins are so adorable .. a must do especially if you have young children .


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