• Location: Phillip Island, Australia
  • Duration: 1.5 - 2.5 hours
From USD $ 52.25 View price calendar

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Get the best views of Phillip Island’s world-famous penguins with your choice of three different premium penguin experiences. Watch the nightly Penguin Parade from a secluded beach using night vision technology on a ranger-led eco tour. You can also get a bird’s-eye view of the enchanting event from the Skybox VIP viewing tower, or opt for an eye-level perspective from a special underground viewing facility. All options include a pre-parade visit to the Nobbies Conservation Centre.

Highlights

  • Watch the mesmerizing Penguin Parade from a secluded beach, an elevated VIP skybox or an underground viewing area
  • Chat with knowledgeable rangers to learn about the penguins' lifecycle and habitat
  • Don't miss a thing with the use of night-vision technology or binoculars
  • Browse interactive marine life displays and watch a local fur seal colony at Nobbies Conservation Centre

What You Can Expect

Phillip Island Ultimate Penguin Eco Tour or Skybox Experience

Penguin Parade Skybox and Underground viewing

Choose from three different premium experiences to enhance your viewing of Phillip Island’s world-famous Penguin Parade — a natural nightly phenomenon when hundreds of the world’s smallest penguins emerge from the sea and waddle across the beach to their burrows. With all options, enjoy a pre-parade visit to the Nobbies Conservation Centre, where you can browse interactive marine life displays and observe the boisterous fur seal colony at Seal Rocks.


Ultimate Penguin Eco Tour
Escape the crowds and watch the Penguin Parade from a secluded beach separate from the main viewing stands. Use special night-vision technology to better see the penguins in the fading light, and listen to informative ranger commentary through headphones to avoid disturbing the tiny waddlers. Numbers are limited to 10 people on this small-group eco-tour.

Skybox VIP Experience
Stay protected from Phillip Island’s chilly night air in the comfortable, elevated Skybox. Holding a maximum of 10 people, the viewing tower is located near the main stands and offers prime, unobstructed views of Summerland Beach and the burrows. Enjoy nibbles and non-alcoholic beverages while you wait for the penguins to emerge, and chat with a ranger to learn more about the penguin’s lifecycle and habitat. You can even assist with eco-research by taking part in the nightly penguin count!


Underground Viewing
Get a unique, ground-level perspective of the Penguin Parade from a special underground viewing facility located near the most popular migration path. Stay warm in the glass-enclosed area and watch the penguins up close without disturbing them. A knowledgeable ranger is on hand to provide commentary and answer any questions. You’ll also enjoy access to the new Penguins Plus outdoor viewing platform for more premium views.


Please note: In order to preserve the penguins' natural habitat and create a peaceful experience, photography is not permitted on any Penguin Parade tour.


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Customer Reviews

Travel4Two

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Loved it!! Being in the Skybox gave us a closer look at these precious tiny babies. Plus it was a lot warmer. Definitely a good buy for us. The tiny penguins came right up to the glass in curiosity!!

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The ultimate eco tour is fantastic and well worth the money. Some things they dont make clear, however:
Absolutely no photography is allowed
They supply a windbreaker and rain pants to go over your own cold weather clothing. These are actually mandatory, so dont bring your own.
Wear shoes you dont mind getting muddy.

Adam M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great tour! It was pretty off-season so we were the only two to sign up, which meant we had a tour guide and a private viewing beach all to ourselves! Our guide was great and the penguins were plenty cute. Night vision scope really made the difference in being able to see the little guys coming out of the water, since it was pretty dark before a lot of them came out.

Christopher R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We did the ultimate tour and sat right on the beach with the penguins. It was cold and windy but it was worth it to be so close to the penguins. The park provided waterproof jackets and pants and they came in handy since it rained a little the night we were there. The walk back isn't too far and you see a lot more penguins along the way.

Julie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

so informative - guide was amazing and knowledgable. lying in the sand dunes with our night vision goggles on was a once in a lifetime event - watching the beautiful little penguins coming up from the water. When we got back to the centre we watched a mother and chicks and a bachelor preparing his pad - AMAZING - cant recommend this tour enough

Allan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Better than we could have hoped! Guide was brilliant, beach was secluded, penguins were EVERYWHERE! The whole thing was so well organised and so lovely. I would not recommend you do any other tour but this one, we saw the crowds at the general viewing platform and I would not have wanted to be part of it.. This was just perfect!

Lynn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour is amazing. Well worth the upgrade to the ultimate tour. We met our ranger Tom an hour before dusk, he was very knowledgable and entertaining. There are only 10 people in the group so it makes the tour more personal and exclusive. You head to your own private beach away from the rest of the crowds and sit on the sand and wait for the penguins to arrive. It is a wonderful experience to see the penguins walk right past you literally only a few feet away from you. Wonderful experience, would do it again

Sue B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We did this small group tour in October. Getting to the observe the penguin's so close on the beach was an experience of a lifetime. The tour guide was very passionate and knowledgeable. Night vision goggles, clothing and beach chair was all provided. It was well worth paying the extra for the ultimate experience. It was excellent.

John K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is a once in a lifetime up close view of the penguins. Don't miss it

Colleen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Sitting on the beach a few meters away from the little penguins was an experience of a lifetime. It's definitely worth the extra money.

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