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Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

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  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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 of some of the world's tiniest penguins waddle out of the ocean and across the sand to their burrows.
  • Be enchanted as you witness small fairy penguins waddle past you from the ocean to their sand-dune burrows
  • 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

This combination tour visits three top attractions in just one day. Perfect for those with limited time.

What's Included

  • Pickup from Selected Hotels
  • Friendly & Informative Tour Guide
  • Entry fees for Moonlit Sanctuary and Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • WiFi on board
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Gratuities
  • Food & Drink
  • Kangaroo & Wallaby Food

Meeting And Pickup

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Pickup details

Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout. Your pickup will be between 10am-11am (May–July) or 11am-12pm (Aug–Apr), depending on which hotel you selected. Your exact meeting time will be provided after a booking is placed. This tour returns to Melbourne between 9pm-12am midnight depending on the season.

What To Expect

Your Phillip Island adventure begins with late morning pickup at selected Melbourne hotels in an air-conditioned minivan equipped with onboard Wi-Fi. Your first stop on your Phillip Island day trip is Brighton to see the historic Brighton Beach bathing boxes, spend time at 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 departure point.

Brighton Bathing Boxes

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

The Nobbies

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Photography of any kind is not permitted at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Large bags, strollers, prams, baby capsules, luggage & walkers cannot be brought on board
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Eco Tour 5 star tour with our 5 star tour guide/driver Chris. The day went smoothly thanks to Chris we saw everything as promised in the tour itinerary with perfect time management. Our guide gave us fun commentary on the way and made sure we knew what to see at each stop. The penguin plus was well worth the price of admission . Had a great day and would recommend this tour 👌.


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Tens tens tens all across the board!
AndreaPatricia_F, May 2023
The tour as a whole was five stars from start to finish with Graeme! Very welcoming and kind tour guide, went above and beyond to make the tour enjoyable for everyone while still keeping it organized. There’s a reason why this tour and Go West is five stars, if you have the chance and the funds I would highly highly highly recommend this! Thank you for making part of my trip so memorable.
Plenty of wildlife and amazing penguin parade, but no seals!
Eduardo_D, May 2023
We left Melbourne later than usual because we had to pick up someone that was late for their pick-up with another van. Since we were the first to be picked-up, that meant more than an hour going around. The Brighton Beach stop was lovely and the amount of time there was appropriate. We saw a lot of wildlife throughout the island which was absolutely a highlight. The only thing that was disappointing was the seals. They are mentioned in the tour (not sure how it is written) but you do not actually see them or have the tools to do so. You see the rocks in the distance but it's too far away to see the animals. I would recommend being more specific about this topic in the activities description to avoid letdown. Also, a good suggestion to the visitor center would be installing one of those fixed binoculars with zoom to try to see the seals (even if it was paid). The penguin parade was just lovely and super cute, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Most wonderful experience!
Peter_K, May 2023
What a wonderful experience! Nature lovers paradise in Phillip Island…watching tho penguins come in. A must tour! Matt was great…requested better selection of music…denied 😪
Great experience
Jeff_F, May 2023
The penguin parade was an amazing experience and Moonlit Sanctuary was also fantastic. Highly recommended.
Enjoyable time minus the freezing weather
Jeremy_L, May 2023
Jon is our guide is knowledgeable and shared many interesting stories and tidbits to keep the group engaged. He put in suggestions to us so that we can able to have the best experience possible. There were some hiccups like closing of restaurants which we supposed to have dinners but it is no fault of them. But still, my and my wife enjoyed especially seeing the penguin parade which is the highlight of the trip.
Phillip Island
ronitasinha1, May 2023
This was a wonderful way to see Australian wildlife. Our guide, Mark was a lot of fun and made sure we all had a wonderful experience. However, the night we went there were very few penguins and it was too dark to spot the birds. The cold and the rain didn’t help much. We could have been taken outside a little later to avoid the long wait.
Fascinating! Awesome! Amazing!
Low_K, May 2023
Eva is the best guide. Informative, friendly, helpful n joyful. 5 stars service. Awesome, beautiful n fascinating. Must go, especially go with Eva!
Expérience unforgettable
Sevim_O, Apr 2023
Good experience especially with our guide Eva 🥰 thank you so much for this day unforgettable! If you like animals and amazing view just go for it !
Educative and fun tour with friendly tour guide
Lovette_N, Apr 2023
Robert, our tour guide, for this tour is very knowledgeable on the history of Melbourne building. He is very friendly and engaging. The Phillip island penguin experience is really good, surprised that penguins will go back to the island after its hunt daily. Brighton beach is beautiful, worth a visit.
So much fun! Penguin parade was too adorable.
rebecca_c, Apr 2023
We had so much fun on this tour! Got to feed kangaroos and wallabies, and of course the adorable penguin parade! Brighton Beach Boxes were also really neat. Bill was a great guide, super knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely recommend!
Full on fun day with the penguins and pals
Colin_C, Apr 2023
Beach huts were fun but busy! Animal sanctuary had all the iconic creatures you expect in Australia. Beautiful boardwalk on the cliffs with breathtaking views and loved the wild wallabies. Strangely, the penguins coming ashore was a little anticlimactic but seeing and hearing them close by the boardwalk made up for this. Very full day, back late but very satisfied.
Matt was a great guide
Milly_T, Apr 2023
Our tour guide Matt was so nice and fun he made a long day fun and entertaining. We had a great time and enjoyed our tour so much!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Been in Nature
VivianJiayue_M, Apr 2023
Such a nice experience and the tour guide Chris.N is very nice and knowledgeable, organised . Phillip Island and the penguins parade is definitely a place to explore.
Best time in philip island
Rachel_K, Apr 2023
What a great day in philip Island ! Saw so many animals, we saw and feed ( encountered) one koala and few kangaroos & wallaby, we saw Hundreds Little Penguins walked from the sea to their homes. If you are not first row of the seats when you waiting for penguins , I will recommend stand on the walk way. You get so much better view ( near by their homes). Philip island a little cold. Bring coat or jacket. It rains a lot. So maybe a rain coat too. Terry R was our tour guide. Very nice and organized this trip well. He pick us up on time as well. And he is very thoughtful put a flashlight on our bus at night, so we easily found the bus since so many bus they are exactly the same ! Definitely worth to try this tour when you in Melbourne! Penguins are so tiny and chubby cute ;) my heart is melting!
Great Tour!
Nicole_Y, Apr 2023
Even though Philip Island is the main attraction of the tour, Brighton Beach and Moonlit Sanctuary were great stops! I especially liked Moonlit Sanctuary, as I was able to feed and pet kangaroos and wallabies! And of course, the Little Penguins were super cute!
Love the trip. Please bring extra layers and umbrellas
THEA_N, Apr 2023
We had a blast 🥰 would recommend the company to inform people to bring umbrellas and extra layers before hand, it can get really cold and windy.
Great animal experiences
Richard_H, Apr 2023
Great trip. Both the Moonlit Sanctuary and the Penguin Parade are a must for animal lovers. Graeme the driver was fun, and both knowledgable and helpful to the group. The bus could do with a little bit of TLC, it was quite a bouncy ride at times.
A great day!
Steve_M, Apr 2023
Sherif was an awesome tour guide. Very knowledgeable and very entertaining. The sanctuary was and and the penguins were adorable. Pay to the better seating! It’s well worth it. We could almost reach out and touch them. A must do!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fantastic experience
Elaine_L, Apr 2023
Had an awesome trip with go west for this tour! We had an amazing day with our tour guide Lucy who kept the trip entertaining and interesting with her stories about the places we were visiting. The attractions itself were wonderful! Lucy was also very attentive to our needs throughout! I highly recommend this tour with her!
Must on your list
KaNa_C, Apr 2023
The itinerary is great, we can visit the most famous brigthon beach for the color bathing house, enjoy koala encounter & feeding kangaroo at moonlit sanctuary and end up with little cutie penguin parade over Phillip island, and the guide is so so so considerate trying drop us at the most convenient spot which is close to our hotel at late night, if I have to complain will be only the mini van is a bit tight and we can only have a quick lunch and dinner during the day, but at the end really worth to go for while you are visiting Melbourne
The most memorable part...
Emily_S, Apr 2023
The most memorable part of the trip was the tour guide Graeme. Really lovely, informative and accommodating. Told us lots about the history of Melbourne and Australian animals - lovely day out
Aaron_P, Mar 2023
Israel was engaging and entertaining throughout the day trip!! Loved the punctuality and education that was provided
Melbourne magic
Katrina_B, Mar 2023
Eva did an excellent job! Highly recommend this tour! Seeing and hearing the Little Penguins was amazing!
Fun packed day
AyeshaCruickshank, Mar 2023
Great trip! It’s a packed day but you see a lot. The highlight are the kangaroos and koalas the last spot the penguins were cool our driver got us there on time to have a great seat!
5 Star Tour and Amazing Guide
Lynette_W, Mar 2023
We got to do exactly what we were hoping. Our tour guide, Mitch, was wonderful. He had a great personality and kept us well informed on how much time we had, what we wanted to see and would even lead us to the best vantage points!! He also was very knowledgeable about the indigenous people and respecting their tribes. We could not have had a better experience.
Once In A Lifetime Trip!
Jane_H, Mar 2023
Mitch was wonderful! Very informative. I loved the tour. The downside- no leg room in the bus at all. Very uncomfortable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Despite a traffic jam due...
Larry_P, Mar 2023
Despite a traffic jam due to different functions in the city, Aaron guided us quickly and safely out of the city. We found Aaron to be very animated and informative. It helped sitting on the bus to be more enjoyable. The tour, itself had wonderful sights, capping it off with the penguin parade (with Aaron giving us extra tidbits as to the best viewing point. We had a terrific time and would highly recommend this tour to all.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Would go on this day tour over and over if I could!
Elysia_C, Mar 2023
Amazing experience made possible by our guide Bill, he was so friendly and accommodating to everyone's needs! Love his passion for the job as well! Duration for all attractions was adequate, even though in our personal opinion we wished we could spend more time at Moonlit sanctuary! 1h30mins was a bit of a rush for animal lovers like me and my sister. Nevertheless it was reasonable as the time taken to travel between destinations needs to be accounted for! Seeing the penguins as a finale to the day tour was absolutely amazing, definitely recommend this itinerary overall!
Well worth it
Pam_Y, Mar 2023
watching thousands of Penguins waddle to shore is an experience we will never forget, highly recommended.
Penguin Parade
Kent_T, Mar 2023
The first part of the tour was good, but the penguin parade was amazing. Got some great tips from our guide Terry R about how to get the most out of things. Such good info! Would recommend this!


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