• Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
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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

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What You Can Expect

Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary 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 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.


Customer Reviews

Thi Ngoc Nu B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

If you want to see penguin , you must up grade your purchases not admission general . Little cute penguin

Julie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

What an amazing day it was. 6 January 2018 we took the day trip in the blazing heat. We saw some fantastic beaches on our way to Phillip Island and visited a lovely sanctuary to see the koala's and kangeroo's, made very special by being able to feed the roos. Our tour guide SAM was amazing, knowledgable, funny and very attentive, we couldn't have asked for anything more. Obviously the highlight was the penguin parade, Sam got us there in plenty of time to get good seats and to see hundreds of penguins stroll up the beach was unbelievable, definitely recommend this tour and just hope you get Sam to show you around!

Jackie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Lots of fun and the tiny penguins were so cute!

Sharon H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Excellent tour! Penguins are darling!

Hans L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We were impressed about the courtesy and punctuality of the Bus Driver, Adam, picking us up at our Hotel. The driver entertained us with lots of interesting and relevant geographical and historical data about Melbourne and Victoria in general as well as Australian music with opportunity to join singing it together with the other passengers. That created a very cordial environment among us all. Adam displayed a great deal of humor with his comments and was willing to help with answering questions by all.
We had a special guide called Ashley who explained the history and everything about penguins and who guided us to a reserved sitting place near the beach where the penguins appeared from the sea late in the evening and subsequent tour inspection where the penguins went after emerging from the sea. A truly unique experience in every respect! Lina and Hans from Sydney.

Ignatius C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We were picked up on time as arranged. The driver, Pokey, was knowledgeable and courteous. He gave us the right amount of information ahead of each of our stops to prepare us. The penguins were very cute. It was defiinitely a day well spent.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

If in the area this is a must see!!!!

Paul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Do this


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Rachel was our tour guide and she was amazing. I purchased the Plus package and it was more than worth it to have a ranger guided tour and special seating to see the Parade. Go West Tours did an excellent job. Wish they were in other parts of the country - very dependable staff and accommodations.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The Go West tour was fantastic and our guide, Locky, absolutely made the day perfect. Lots of good sights to see on the way. It was a very hot day when we went so unfortunately we weren't able to have photo with koala at Moonlit Sanctuary as it was too hot for them, also didn't see many roos or wallabies as they were sleeping. A cooler day may have been different. Everything else was perfect and the penguin parade surpassed all expectations. Locky gave us really good advice about where to sit. We had penguin plus seating which was worth the extra. Thoroughly recommend this trip with Go West as it was very professionally done and Locky was the perfect guide. We couldn't have been looked after better.

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