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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.


  • 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.


Customer Reviews

Laura Jayne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Really well organised tour. Alex was a great guide, very knowledgeable with a good sense of humour. Moonlit animal sanctuary was very hands on with the animals especially the Wallabies. Winery very relaxing with great views. The Penguin Parade was why we were the ultimately- amazing. We did the guided ranger tour. Louise our ranger, was again passionate about Penguins and vey knowledgeable. Would not have missed this trip for the world! J and L

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

What a great guide Callum is. He picked us up from our hotel bang on time and was informative, engaging and humourous throughout the trip. He really is a credit to Go West Tours. If Callum is your guide you will have a great day!!
Coach was comfortable with wifi. A day you will it.

Peggy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was amazing!

Paul B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great tour with a fabulous guide Scott, thoroughly enjoyed the day out and trip to Phillip Island. The smaller group was so much more relaxing and organised. The penguin viewing was an amazing experience. I would highly recommend


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Jon is very friendly and the trip is great!

Doris H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Relaxed and highly interesting tour with very nice and knowledgeable guide. We had the opportunity to get close to the native animals and take our time to watch them and take cute photos. The wine tasting was excellent, with a nice lady from Scotland explaining their wines. Finally the highlight was visiting the penguin parade. There were lots of tourists, but we had booked the ranger tour, which was a small group, so we got a lot of information from the ranger and sat even closer to the penguins when they finally appeared from the sea - a fantastic sight ! So cute these little fellows ! A real must-do and-see when in Melbourne !


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

what a great tour. Spent just enough time at the wildlife reserve on the way to see everything and move on. The penguin parade was terrific and I highly recommend the ranger tour as it permitted us to get away from the large crowds. We loved having the headset on so the ranger could talk to us throughout the evening. Tim was FANTASTIC and was a logistical genius and made everything run so smoothly.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Really good value for money. It and #39;s basically a full day of sights (although a later start so you can have a lie in!). Aside from a bit of a short stop in town, nothing felt rushed or too dragged out. It and #39;s the kind of trip you and #39;d happily take again. Frank the guide was great... he deserves a raise!

Moiseshai United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

One of the most beautiful experience you can have in your life, the tour guide was very helpful recommending the seats to have the best view.

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