1 Day Phillip Island Tour

1 Day Phillip Island Penguins Tour

Phillip Island, on Victoria’s South Coast, is home to a colony of around 32,000 Little Penguins. Each night, hundreds (sometimes thousands!) of penguins emerge from the surf and waddle across the beach at the world famous Penguin Parade. This full day tour includes nature walks along Phillip Island’s stunning beaches and boardwalks, meeting some of the local furry residents and of course the Penguin Parade.

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“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 the entire day. Travelled in a small group which was perfect to speak to one another. Long story short, perfect” – Patrik – Netherlands
 

93% of all online reviews for Phillip Island Tours are 4 – 5 Stars

 

Phillip Island Tour Highlights

  • Australian Wildlife Park
  • Cape Woolamai Surf Beach
  • The Nobbies National Park
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
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by Gill allen on Wildlife Tours Australia

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

by Liang on Wildlife Tours Australia
Such cute little penguins!

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!

by Jason B on Wildlife Tours Australia
excellent tour i love the 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.

by Meldy Johnson on Wildlife Tours Australia

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.

by Rodney H on Wildlife Tours Australia
fascinating

Visit was awesome fun... penguins are so charming and Phil our guide was exceptionally fascinating! Would prescribe to everybody who visits Melbourne.

by Happy Traveller on Wildlife Tours Australia
Delightful

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.

by Mike T on Wildlife Tours Australia
Mesmerising tour and guide

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.

by Cathy S on Wildlife Tours Australia
Great tour

Great tour. Our guide/driver was Philip. He was cool. Not so much penguins as I thought, but still it was great.

by Jesse y. on Wildlife Tours Australia
Incredible!

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.

by kaardell, Lund Sweden on Wildlife Tours Australia
A great day

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.

by sayforall, Utrecht The Netherlands on Wildlife Tours Australia
Memorable Experience @ Phillip Island

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.

by R_Doshi02, Singapore Singapore on Wildlife Tours Australia
Phillip Island & Penguin Parade Day Tour

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

by Daphne B, Zaandijk The Netherlands on Wildlife Tours Australia
Phillip Island Day Tour

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!

by LadyGaoGao, Los Angeles California on Wildlife Tours Australia
Phillip Island & Penguin Parade Day Tour

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.

by Shah on Wildlife Tours Australia
Excellent

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.

by Barry B on Wildlife Tours Australia
Most Amazing Trip in Australia

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.

Itinerary

  • 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 boardwalk at the nobbies

    Nobbies Rocks Penguin habitat walk.

  • Aussie Wildlife Park

    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.

    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 and Animal 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.

    phillip island tour visits maru native wildlife park

    Visit Maru Koala and Animal Park

  • Explore Phillip Island’s Surf Beaches

    After you have fully checked out all the Aussie 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!

    Phillip Island was a favourite hunting fishing and foraging ground of the Yalloc Bulluk, 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 are actively working to enhance visitor understanding and preservation of these areas of cultural significance.

    phillip island tour showcases beautiful coastlines of phillip island

    Visit Cape Woolamai Beach.

  • The Nobbies National 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 out around the board walks 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 and Antarctic Oceans.

    phillip island tour explores the nobbies boardwalk coastal region

    Watch the ocean explode in Phillip Island’s blowhole.

  • The 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!

    Take your seat and prepare to see the initial shapes of penguins cautiously emerging from the water, until large rafts of penguins gather and are soon making their way back to their burrows through well walked tracks that they use night after night. You will be viewing from boardwalks right in amongst the action! This time of night is when the Penguin Colony comes alive with the noises of them socialising and calling out to each other, pick a penguin and follow their path back to their burrow, you will soon see their individual personality’s coming out!

    Once you have had time to marvel at this incredible spectacle it is back on to the bus, for the easy 1hr 45min ride back to Melbourne, with memories of a truly magical day to remember.

     

    phillip island tour penguin parade experience

    Ask us about our Penguin viewing options.

Details

  • What you need to bring?

    • Water bottle
    • Hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Warm and cool clothing
    • Rain jacket
    • Camera
    • A sense of adventure
  • What's Included?

    • Penguin Parade entry
    • Morning or Afternoon tea
    • Inner city pick-up and drop-off
    • Experienced driver/guide and tour commentary
    • Park Entry Fees
  • Pricing and package Deal Discounts

    A) Fare prices: $129 Adult / $85 Children (4-12)
    B) Penguins Plus Viewing Platform: $35 extra per adult/ $25 per child
    C) Penguins Underground Viewing Room: $65 extra per Adult/ $35 per child
    D) Nobbies interactive Antarctic Journey: $18 extra per adult/ $10 per child
    E) Book any other tour and save $10 off second tour, or receive a free Eureka Skydeck entry.
    F) Book 3 or more people and get $5 group discount per person.

    ** One discount offer cannot be used in conjunction with another offer

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by Gill allen on Wildlife Tours Australia

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

by Liang on Wildlife Tours Australia
Such cute little penguins!

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!

by Jason B on Wildlife Tours Australia
excellent tour i love the 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.

by Meldy Johnson on Wildlife Tours Australia

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.

by Rodney H on Wildlife Tours Australia
fascinating

Visit was awesome fun... penguins are so charming and Phil our guide was exceptionally fascinating! Would prescribe to everybody who visits Melbourne.

by Happy Traveller on Wildlife Tours Australia
Delightful

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.

by Mike T on Wildlife Tours Australia
Mesmerising tour and guide

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.

by Cathy S on Wildlife Tours Australia
Great tour

Great tour. Our guide/driver was Philip. He was cool. Not so much penguins as I thought, but still it was great.

by Jesse y. on Wildlife Tours Australia
Incredible!

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.

by kaardell, Lund Sweden on Wildlife Tours Australia
A great day

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.

by sayforall, Utrecht The Netherlands on Wildlife Tours Australia
Memorable Experience @ Phillip Island

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.

by R_Doshi02, Singapore Singapore on Wildlife Tours Australia
Phillip Island & Penguin Parade Day Tour

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

by Daphne B, Zaandijk The Netherlands on Wildlife Tours Australia
Phillip Island Day Tour

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!

by LadyGaoGao, Los Angeles California on Wildlife Tours Australia
Phillip Island & Penguin Parade Day Tour

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.

by Shah on Wildlife Tours Australia
Excellent

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.

by Barry B on Wildlife Tours Australia
Most Amazing Trip in Australia

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.

LocationsTime
Base Backpackers
(17 Carlisle St) St Kilda
12:30pm (summer) / 10:30am (winter)
Crown Promenade Hotel
(8 Whiteman St) Southbank
12:20pm (summer) / 10:20am (winter)
Discovery Melbourne
(167 Franklin St) Melbourne
11:40am (summer) / 9:40am (winter)
Adina Hotel
(189 Queen St) Melbourne
12:10pm (summer) / 10:10am (winter)
Habitat HQ
(333 St Kilda Road) St Kilda
12:35pm (summer) / 10:35am (winter)
Immigration Museum
(400 Flinders St) Melbourne
11:50am (summer) / 9:47am (winter)
Ibis on Therry
(15 Therry St) Melbourne
12:35pm (summer) / 10:35am (winter)
Pegasus Apartment
(206 A'Beckett St, Melbourne
11:45am (summer) / 9:45am (winter)
Regent Theatre
(191 Collins St) Melbourne
12:05pm (summer) / 10:05am (winter)
Space Hotel
(Cnr Russel St & McKenzie St) Melbourne
11:30am (summer) / 9:30am (winter)
YHA Central
(562 Flinders St) Melbourne
12:15pm (summer) / 10:15am (winter)
Pullman albert Park
(65 Queens Road) St Kilda
12:25pm (summer) / 10:25am (winter)
Vibe Savoy
(630 Little Collins St) Melbourne
12:10pm (summer) / 10:10am (winter)
Windsor Hotel
(111 Spring Street) Melbourne
12noon (summer) / 10:00am (winter)
YHA Melbourne Metro
(78 Howard St) North Melbourne
11:25am (summer) / 9:25am (winter)

***If you cannot find your desired pickup location, please contact our office for a more exhaustive list of locations.* It is strongly recommended that you arrive at your pickup location at least 10 minutes before departure time. Please be patient and do not panic if your bus is running a few minutes late. If your bus has not picked you up within 10 minutes of your departure time, then contact our office on 03 9393 1300.

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