Your tour 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 see kangaroos, koalas, and Tasmanian devils.
Afterward return to your coach, and 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. 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 that 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 either public boardwalks or viewing stands, where there is no maximum number of spectators (read about upgrade options below).
Your day tour ends with a 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 penguin's main route. 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 some of the best views of the penguin burrows on the beach. You’ll have your own ranger you can talk to about the penguins. This experience includes non-alcoholic drinks.
Ranger Guided 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.
Hotel Pickup List:
1:00 p.m. - AAT Kings Office – Corner Flinders and Russell Streets
12:35 p.m. - Adara East Apartments
12:40 p.m. - Adina Grand Apartments
12:25 p.m. - Atlantis Hotel
12:05 p.m. - Bayside Eden
12:05 p.m. - Bayview on the Park
12:15 p.m. - Crown Metropol
12:15 p.m. - Crown Promenade
12:15 p.m. - Crown Towers
12:20 p.m - Crowne Plaza Hotel (at top of ramp)
12:15 p.m. - Downtowner On Lygon
12:20 p.m. - Hilton Southwharf
12:40 p.m. - Hotel Sophia
12:35 p.m. - Ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel
12:10 p.m. - Ibis Swanston Street
12:25 p.m. - Intercontinental Hotel (Collins St Entrance)
12:40 p.m. - Kings Street Backpackers
12:15 p.m. - Langham Hotel
12:55 p.m. - Mantra on Russell
12:30 p.m. - Mantra on the Park
12:30 p.m. - Marriott Hotel
12:10 p.m. - Melbourne Short Stay Apartments
12:05 p.m. - Mercure Pullman Albert Park
12:40 p.m. - Mercure Treasury Gardens
12:00 p.m. - Miami Hotel
12:45 p.m. - Novotel Collins
11:55 a.m. - Novotel St Kilda
12:45 p.m. - Oaks on Market
12:35 p.m. - Park Hyatt
12:40 p.m. - Pullman on the Park
12:20 p.m. - Radisson Flagstaff
12:50 p.m. - Rendezvous Hotel
12:45 p.m. - Rydges Melbourne
12:50 p.m. - Sofitel Hotel
12:15 p.m. - Travel Inn Carlton
12:00 p.m. - Travelodge Docklands
12:30 p.m. - Vibe Savoy
12:40 p.m. - Windsor Hotel