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Observe some of Australia’s most popular native wildlife on this day trip from Melbourne to Phillip Island that includes a stop at Maru Koala and Animal Park. Interact with koalas and kangaroos before arriving at Phillip Island, home to sea birds, fur seals and, most famously, fairy penguins, aka little penguins. You’ll visit the Nobbies to look for seals on the rocky coastline while you wait for sunset, when the little penguins perform the Penguin Parade, their nightly ritual of waddling out of the water and along the beach to their burrows. Upgrade options are available for better views and an enhanced experience.


  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour from Melbourne
  • See koalas in their natural habitat at Maru Koala and Animal Park
  • Visit the Nobbies rock formations, home to Australia's largest population of fur seals
  • Watch the nightly Penguin Parade at Summerland Beach
  • Enjoy the spectacle of cute little penguins waddling to their burrows from the sea
  • Choice of three optional upgrades to enhance your experience of the Penguin Parade

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

See the distinctive and adorable animals that steal the heart of many a visitor to Australia. Take pictures of koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and the most adorable little penguins!

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What You Can Expect

Phillip Island: Penguins, Koalas and Kangaroos Day Tour from Melbourne

Maru Koala and Animal Park

Your day trip starts with hotel pickup in Melbourne for the approximate 1.5-hour drive southeast of the city and around Westernport Bay to Maru Koala and Animal Park, where you have the chance to enjoy an up-close look at Australia’s famous native wildlife like kangaroos, koalas and Tasmanian devils.

Then return to the coach to continue the drive to Phillip Island, which you’ll reach by a bridge from the coastal town of San Remo. On the island, explore the coastline to check out sights like the Nobbies, a rocky area where fur seals, birds and penguins often gather. As the sunset nears, head to Summerland Beach, where you’ll first visit the information center to read up on Phillip Island’s beloved penguins, a species known as little penguins, who come ashore each evening after a day spent fishing in the sea.

Their adorable waddle along the sand to their burrows is known as the Penguin Parade, and you don’t want to miss it. Head to the appropriate area depending on the option you select when booking to watch this nightly ritual; if you book the standard option, you’ll watch from public boardwalks and viewing stands, where there is no maximum number of spectators (read about upgrade options below).

Afterward, your day trip ends with the drive back to Melbourne for hotel drop-off.

Optional Penguin Parade upgrades:
Penguin Plus Viewing Platform
Enjoy the parade from a restricted platform next to the main route that the penguins walk up from the water. A drink and small gift are included; this experience is limited to 150 people.

The Penguin Skybox
Watch the parade from an elevated tower, an exclusive vantage point in the main stands that’s limited to only five people. Dry and warm, the Skybox provides the best view of the penguin burrows on the beach. You’ll have your own ranger you can talk to about the penguins, and you’ll be part of that night's penguin count, helping with Phillip Island’s ongoing research to protect the birds. This experience includes canapés and nonalcoholic drinks.

Guided Penguin Plus Tour
Limited to 15 people, this option takes you, with your own guide, to a secluded location on the beach where you can get closer to the penguins.

Underground Viewing Experience
Limited to a maximum of 70 people, this option will provide you with the closest possible viewing of the penguins as they return to their burrows from the water. Watch the penguin parade at eye level while you are undercover and protected from the elements.

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Customer Reviews

Helen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Hi. We very much enjoyed our trip to Phillip Island to see the little penguins. Our guide, Peter, was very informative providing great commentary along the way from the time we left Melbourne until we reached our destination. We are glad we decided to do a bus trip rather than hire a car and drive ourselves.
Thanks for a great experience.
Helen and Glen Dalgliesh
from Brisbane

Carol G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The penguin viewing with priority seating was amazing. Staff very helpful. Our coach driver Richard from AAT Kings was very good, informative and told funny dad jokes. Kept everyone happy.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016


Sunita C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Loved it are not allowed to click pics but it is okay as it is in the health interest of little penguins..they are damn cute!

Shripad A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our drive and guide Roger was absolutely fabulous. He told us lot of tidbits on the way and at the main venue.

Linda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Absolutely loved this tour. The stopover to see the animals prior to the penguin parade was fun. The parade itself was AMAZING!

David O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

March of the Penguins! What experience could possibly exceed having 1000 penguins marching up the beach 3 to 4 ft. away from where you are seated? I got to hand feed a koala at our stop at the Maru sanctuary. Adrian was a great guide, and the tour was an excellent value. A memorable bucket list experience! I also liked the convenient pickup at my hotel.

Lily D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour experience! Highly recommended especially if you have just half a day at hand. Tour starts in the afternoons just perfect for me since i landed in Melbourne that morning

Dr Gerrard T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Just great!

Ian M Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic value for money trip. Penguins so cute and the guided option a must if you want to get up close. Guide was very knowledgeable. Dinner in Cowes at the end topped things off nicely. My son loved it.

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