Phillip Island Tour Highlights
- Australian Wildlife Park with special Koala presentation
- Hand feed Kangaroos and Wallabies
- Cape Woolamai Surf Beach
- Explore the Nobbies + Summerland Conservation Reserve
- Be guided through the Award-winning Penguin Visitor Information Centre
- Experience Phillip Island Penguin Parade
- Park Ranger presentation before Penguins arrive
- Witness 200 – 2000 penguins arrive on the beach after dark
Why you should you visit Phillip Island
This Phillip Island tour is an animal lovers dream! Join us on an adventure south of Melbourne to the beautiful Phillip Island, in one day we will visit a Wildlife Sanctuary with countless Aussie animals, walk along wild and rugged surf beaches, spot wild Kangaroos and Wallabies, and at the end of the day visit the world-famous Penguin Parade.
Phillip Island Tour Itinerary
Located 140 km southeast of Melbourne, drive to the majestic Phillip Island, home to a little over 7,000 people and over a hundred different species of animals, this is a small Island but it is steeped in significant areas of beauty with scientific, historic and archaeological interest.
Australian Wildlife Park
It is only a 1hr 45min drive from Melbourne directly to Phillip Island, you will break this up and stop along the way to visit Maru Koala Park, Maru is passionate about fostering an understanding and appreciation of native wildlife and their environment.
Maru showcases this through tactile experiences where you can hand-feed, pat and ‘get in touch with’ many of the animals, including koalas. The park keepers provide regular talks to encourage you to learn more about the animals and Maru is also an authorised Wildlife Shelter, rehabilitating injured and orphaned native animals and then returning them to the wild.
You will spend about 45 mins exploring the park and at this time have the opportunity to hand feed kangaroos. Listen to one of the keepers fascinating and often ‘hands-on’ demonstrations as well as the chance to join a ‘Koala Experience’ (costs $20) you can learn about these cute marsupials, enter the enclosure with the koala and pose with your furry friend for a printed photo to take home.
Explore Phillip Island’s Surf Beaches
After you have experienced close encounters with all the Australian animals at Maru, it’s time to head to the Island! Crossing over the bridge in San Remo arrive to Phillip Island and make your way down to Cape Woolamai Surf Beach. Breathe in the sea air and taking a walk along the beach provides stunning views of this volcanic coastline. Look for Pyramid Rock in the distance!
Learn of the History and Indigenous culture of Phillip Island
Phillip Island was a favourite hunting fishing and foraging ground of the Yalloc Bulluck, one of the largest clans of the Bunurong people. These first Australians would cross over to the island in the Summer months and during the ‘egging season’, with the abundance of wildlife still here today it is understandable why the area was popular. Evidence of the Yalloc Bulluk’s foraging can be found today, with middens viewable at the Penguin Parade and within the Summerlands National Park.
Phillip Island Nature Parks is actively working to enhance visitor understanding and preservation of these areas of cultural significance.
The Nobbies Rocks Phillip Island Nature Park
As you enter Summerlands you will notice the absence of any housing, this is the part of the island which is all National Park. You will see the small wooden man-made burrows in which penguins who have not gone out fishing for the day are hiding.
We will take a walk along the boardwalks of ‘The Nobbies’ and have a look to see if we can spot any Little Penguins in their burrows, follow the walkways around to view ‘The Blowhole’ where waves come crashing up onto the dark volcanic rock, the caves and formations at this naturally craggy peninsula make for many dramatic photos, with the backdrop of Seal Rocks – on a sunny day you might be lucky enough to see Australian Fur Seals basking in the sun.
If you do not fancy braving the boardwalks then step inside the Nobbies Information Centre where you can peruse the gift shop, grab a hot drink or discover the ‘Antarctic Journey Experience’, Antarctic Journey Entry can be added on for $18pp and gives an immersive insight into the many marine animals of the Southern Hemisphere, as a WWF attraction your entrance fee will go directly back into helping protect and preserve these majestic creatures of the deep Southern Ocean.
The Phillip Island Tour Penguin Parade
As the sun begins to set it is time to make your way to the Penguin Parade, the Little Penguins only come out of the water after the sun has gone down so that they can be sure to stay out of the way of any predators in the air above them.
The Penguin Parade ask that no photography is taken from this point on, this is to protect the sensitive eyes of the Little Penguins and ensure they are not scared, Wildlife Tours fully supports this request and we believe you will enjoy getting to witness such an amazing natural spectacle without the distraction of getting the ‘perfect photo’ – allow yourself to be fully immersed in the experience!
93% of all online reviews for Phillip Island Tours are 4 – 5 Stars
“I had a wonderful day! Tour guide (Dan) was full of knowledge about all the animals I have seen. Besides that, he was really friendly and helpful for the entire day. Travelled in a small group which was perfect to speak to one another. Long story short, perfect” – Patrik – Netherlands
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I went to Phillip Island this July 2019 and that was a perfect day. If you love animals, here is the place. We visit the Maru Wildlife park with koalas, wallabies, parrots... Don't forget to bring warm clothes in winter for the Penguin Parade because it's getting chilly aha
By the way, the Penguin Parade is something to see in your life, this is a cute moment
Had a fab day
Dan was a great guide, top tips on how to get the most out of each experience. Thoroughly kick started my holiday in the right fashion 🙂 penguins, wallaby and koalas galore
Thanks again for a great day
I had a lovely day on the Phillip Island tour, started at the Maru Wildlife park and then went on to a chocolate factory as most people wanted to go there, had some really good chocolate! After this we went on to a board walk with beautiful views over the sea. As the evening was nearing it was time to go the Pengiun parade. We got time ourselves to walk around and watch the penguins coming out of the water. The penguins were so much smaller than i expected which made them really cute! Overall had a great day and will not forget about the cute little penguins!
The tour was excellent. Seeing more than 500 little penguins parade on the beach was a beautiful experience. The tour is greatly recommended. I went there Sunday April 8, and I had fun.
On the off chance that you like penguins, at that point this is the visit for you! In spite of this being a significant tourist trap area, this group tour completes an extraordinary activity giving you guidance on how best to see the thousand penguins coming up the shoreline/cliffside. It is such a cool experience and I thoroughly recommend it. You additionally get the opportunity to sustain some child and grown-up kangaroos and hang out with them and get the chance to see some other extraordinary Australia natural life also. You can likewise pay additional cash to get a photograph holding a koala, which is really one of a kind because there aren't a considerable measure of areas that let you do that. Visit manage was an extraordinary child with a great deal of good data and they set up lunch for you and everything, which is pleasant, yet normal.
Visit was awesome fun... penguins are so charming and Phil our guide was exceptionally fascinating! Would prescribe to everybody who visits Melbourne.
We enjoyed seeing the parrots and the penguin parade. It was nice. I highly recommend this tour. We went there last July. It was chilly that night. Make sure to have a warm coat. We love it.
The penguins were extraordinary, I liked the experience! The nature park was pleasant. It was an extraordinary a whole day. The tour guide was beautiful and lovely.
Great tour. Our guide/driver was Philip. He was cool. Not so much penguins as I thought, but still it was great.
Incredible outing to a wildlife stop on Philip Island. Our tour guide was Kelly, she was extremely enlightening and awesome. She's fun as well. The penguin parade was beautiful. I certainly suggest this tour.
We did the Phillip island tour and for us it was a great experience. We were 25 people, so not to big of a group and the pick up bus arrived on time.
For lunch we had a choice between chicken or ham sandwiches and with that a roll and some dried fruit. We were also offered coffee and tea.
All the stops were good, and one of the things that really made our day great was our guide Neal who did an excellent job telling us what we could expect of the different stops. I think enough time was offered at each stop.
We got to see a great deal of wildlife, both in the park and out in the wild. Remember to bring warm clothes when watching the parade, since the night gets cold even in summertime.
I chose 'Wildlife Tours Australia' because the programme itinerary was nice and the expenses were suitable to my pocket. It was a one day trip to Phillip Island. I would like to thank the friendly tour guide (Mike was his name, conducted the whole trip, drove us there and managed everything so well) especially for such a nice experience. The trip included visit to Maru wildlife park, Churchill island and the Phillip island. The evening visit to penguin parade was an incredible experience. I would highly recommend people to take this trip.
Timely pick-up from hotel. The driver/tour guide for my tour was Mr Matt D who had a good knowledge regarding the places in the agenda even took the effort to remember everyone's name for that tour.
Pretty commendable. Sandwiches, biscuits and drinks were provided prior to Maru Koala Park visit. The beaches visited were beautiful. Got to see the Penguins coming out from the sea in the evening, Not to be missed. Recommended
I went on the Phillip Island Day Tour on the 24th of October together with my best friend. We didn't know what to expect of the day but we were pleasantly surprised! The day started of with a visit to a nice small wildlife park where you could see some koala's and kangaroos. After that we continued our trip to Phillip Island we visited some beautiful sights of the island where we got the chance to do a walk and enjoy the nature. We ended the day with the well known Penguin Parade. It was amazing to see all those cute little penguins searching their homes to spent the night! There were hundreds of them, I couldn't stop smiling. We had a nice lunch included in the tour and the tour guide told us some interesting information about the island and the penguins. I would highly recommend this trip, it was great fun!
Great service from beginning to end. We had a dashing tour guide named Sid, who was considerate, entertaining, and very accommodating. He adjusted the stops accordingly and we were never rushed or spent too long at a stop. My husband and I had a wonderful time and this day tour was one of the highlights of our first trip to Australia.
Bill was our tour operator n he was awesome in detailing.
May be d size of coach was little cramp n should be improved upon.
Quality of lunch also require improvement.
Wow, myself and the wife took this tour to phillip island after extensive travel around australia.
Along with all the wildlife, kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, emus etc we got to witness the penguins waddle up the beach.