• Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration: Flexible
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Observe some of Australia’s most popular native wildlife on this tour 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, penguins. You’ll see 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
  • See 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 four optional upgrades to enhance your experience of the Penguin Parade

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Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne

Penguin Parade Phillip Island
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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.

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Customer Reviews

Lubomir I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was a fantastic trip. The drive was quite a bit longer than I though, but absolutely worth it. The driver, Mark, was excellent, friendly, funny, and personable. The little wildlife park stop was great the only time I saw an albino grey kangaroo - actually two of them, but the sunset views from the cliffs on Phillip Island were breathtaking. And the little penguins are awesome!!

Alistair S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We were picked up just after lunch and taken to an animal sanctuary where we saw a variety of animals and birds, but particularly wallabies, kangaroos and koalas. We were able to purchase feeding for the wallabies and kangaroos and had them eat out of our hands. Later we travelled to Phillip Island where, after some sight-seeing and a meal, we went in the evening to watch the penguins come ashore as the sun set and then head for their nests. Unfortunately, the rain came on and we had to buy capes, but it was still a fascinating experience - one not to be missed.

Chris T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Great tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

It was a very relaxing and restful tour and my family and I were so very excited to have seen the penguins upclose and see how their activities and movements were in the evening. Our experience were worth the cost of getting the Skybox Penguins because you are so close to the penguins and you can clearly see how they walk in line and in group and they were so amazing! Would recommend this tour to my friends and relatives!

Kendrek M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Fun and easy trip. So many penguins!

denb460 United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

If you do this tour I recommend the ranger tour it was well worth the price and you have a private viewing area near the beach and the explanations from the ranger highlighted the tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The tour provider was AAT King and our driver was Peter. He was excellent! Very knowledgeable and funny. And he was regularly making sure the tour group was well attended to and he asked each of us if we had seen penguins. My group was lucky enough to see them and they were so cute! I was very happy with the tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Very good tour - well organised and staff very helpful and informative.
Maybe pack some snacks/drinks for the tour as you have to buy from cafes on route which were very busy and had long queues.

david R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

this was a fantastic tour every thing about it was excellent, but to see the penguins come in of the sea at night was totally amazing, highly recommend it.

Bruce A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We chose to take the ranger guided tour and it was worth every cent. You are taken very close to where the penguins come on shore. The ranger provided commentary via a head set, she also gave us binoculars. This is an amazing experience for people of all ages.
Our bus driver was very entertaining.too. The whole experience was truly memorable.

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