It’s all about the Penguins! Join us on our express bus trip directly to Phillip Island and witness the colony of Little Penguins arriving for their nightly beach crossing. This penguins tour departs later in the day allowing more time to explore Melbourne’s famous laneways and café’s whilst still enjoying one of Melbourne’s popular wildlife experiences- the world famous Penguin Parade!
Days of Operation: Daily (Oct to Mar) / Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat (Apr to Sep)
Departs: Approx. 4:30pm (Oct to Mar) / 3:00pm (Apr to Sep)
Transportation: Large Air-Conditioned Coach
Returns: Approx. 9:00pm (Winter) – Midnight (Summer)
Phillip Island Penguins Direct Overview
Join us on one of Melbourne’s most popular sightseeing tours. A visit to Phillip Island to meet the world famous little penguins! The penguins afternoon tour is the perfect way to see the highlights of Phillip Island whilst allowing enough time for you to explore the city during the day.
Enjoy the company of your new found friends as our hospitable guide entertains and informs you on the way to the island, pointing out loads of interesting sites and facts along the way.
We head down to the award winning Nobbies information centre where we learn a lot more about penguins, seals and the local wildlife. A lovely drive through the Summerland’s on the lookout for the wallabies will find us reaching our final destination for some dinner (own expense)
After some dinner at the penguin parade we settle in to watch the spectacular phenomenon that is the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. You’ll be awe struck as the penguins magically appear before like tiny dots out of the surf, and then proceed to perform there well-rehearsed parade, making their way right past you and into their burrows for the night.
Phillip Island: Enjoy spectacular ocean views en-route to the Penguin Parade
Penguin Parade: Includes entry and seating to the spectacular Penguin Parade with time to visit the gift shops, cafe and information centre
Any part of the tour marked with * may be omitted due to seasonal changes.
• All Park entry fees
• Wildlife viewing
• Friendly informative tour guide
• Courtesy inner city pick up and drop off service
This tour operated in partnership with another tour operator.
What you need to bring:
• Warm and cool clothing
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Rain jacket
• Sense of adventure!
Pricing and Package Deal Discounts:
A) Penguins Direct Tour - Adult: $125, Child (0-12): $85
B) Book any other tour and save $10 off second tour, or receive a free Eureka Skydeck entry
C) Book 3 or more people and get $5 group discount per person
D) Penguins Plus viewing platform: $30 extra per Adult/ $25 per child
**One discount offer cannot be used in conjunction with another offer
Bayview Eden – 6 QUEENS RD, MELBOURNE
Bayview on the Park Hotel – 52 QUEENS RD, MELBOURNE
Crown Plaza – 1-5 SPENCER ST, MELBOURNE
Crown Promenade Hotel – 8 WHITEMAN ST, MELBOURNE
Federation Square East Side – RUSSELL CT DRIVEWAY (NEAR FLINDERS ST & RUSSELL ST) – MAIN DEPARTURE POINT
Holiday Inn – 575 FLINDERS LANE, MELBOURNE (NEAR SPENCER ST)
Ibis on Therry – 15 THERRY ST, MELBOURNE (NEAR QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET)
Ibis Styles Kingsgate – 131 KING ST, MELBOURNE
Langham Hotel – 1 SOUTHGATE AVE, SOUTHBANK
Melbourne Marriott Hotel – Cnr LONSDALE ST and EXHIBITION ST, MELBOURNE
Mercure Treasury Gardens – 13 SPRING ST, MELBOURNE
Novotel St. Kilda – 16 THE ESPLANADE, ST. KILDA
Pan Pacific (formerly Hilton SW) – 2 CONVENTION CENTRE PL, SOUTH WHARF
Radisson Hotel – 380 WILLIAM ST, MELBOURNE
Rydges Melbourne – 186 EXHIBITION ST, MELBOURNE
Stamford Plaza – 111 LITTLE COLLINS ST, MELBOURNE
Vibe Savoy – 630 LITTLE COLLINS ST (NEAR SPENCER ST), MELBOURNE
Windsor Hotel – 111 SPRING ST, MELBOURNE
One day, an angry little penguin barged into the prime minister's office asking for an explanation of his profound question. “I have wings,” he said, “but I can’t fly.” Pointing his tiny flipper to the politician’s face, “Now tell me, why can Santa’s reindeer fly?”
It’s all about the penguins! Yes, the penguins! Come with us to Phillip Island and become one of the many enthusiastic spectators of the Penguin Parade that happens every day all year round. We’ll leave Melbourne later in the day so you still have plenty of time exploring the city's cafes, shops, and laneways.
Little Penguins or eudyptula minor are the smallest of their kind in the world. Measuring about 43 centimeters tall and weighing about 1 kilogram, they can be found along the coastlines of southern Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, and the Chatham Islands. They establish territories and are faithful to their colonies and nesting sites. They live in large colonies. Phillip Island is one of the largest territories of these little buddies.
They’re called fairy penguins in Australia due to their size. Wearing indigo-blue plumage from head to the upper parts with slate-gray ear covers and white underneath from chin to the belly, they're also called Blue Penguins in New Zealand. In Maori, they’re called Korora. But how do you call a black, white, and red all over? A sunburnt penguin!
With the males normally larger than the females, Little Penguins have an average lifespan of 6.5 years. They show fidelity to their partners, and they’re, ahem, monogamous. They begin breeding at the age of three or four in the coastal areas of the southern seas where they hunt fish, squid, and other small sea animals for food. They can sort of fly underwater and can dive up to 2 meters deep. And after the day's work in the waters, they go back to their burrows at dusk to feed their chicks, coming to the shore in small groups as a defensive strategy against predators.
On this Phillip Island direct penguin tour, we'll witness the Little Penguin’ daily ritual, the Penguin Parade as they return to their homes. The seemingly well-rehearsed parade takes place every night. In little dark patches, these sea birds magically appear, coming out in small groups, sensing danger, and then making their way to their nests in dunes.
Experience and enjoy the company of your new-found friends while our friendly guide entertains and informs you on the way to the island, pointing out some interesting sites and facts along the way. From the city, we’ll wind our way to the award-winning Nobbies Information Center and learn a lot more about the penguins, the seals, and the local wildlife.
Then we’ll drive through the Summerlands on the lookout for wallabies. As we arrive at the final destination, we’ll have some early dinner. After the dinner, we’ll settle comfortably to watch the main highlight of the tour -- the spectacular Phillip Island Penguin Parade.
In this Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour, we’ll guide you to the entry and seating to the spectacular event. You will also have ample time to visit the cafes, gift shops, and the information center. The package includes all park entry fees, wildlife viewing, and a friendly and informative tour guide. We’ll also pick you up and drop you off at your inner city hotel.
In this tour, we operate in partnership with another tour operator. The trip departs daily at 1:30 in the afternoon from The Rendezvous Hotel on 328 Flinders Street, Melbourne. We’ll be back at around 9 in the evening during winter, and around midnight on summer.
Wear a comfortable warm and cool clothing, sunscreen, and a pair of walking shoes. Please also bring your drinking water and rain jacket. You can also carry that camera, but you cannot take photos of the penguins as they march toward their burrows from the shore. Just enjoy the spectacle! It’s for your eyes only!
By the way, do you know that the popular logo of your Linux operating system is a Little Penguin? The original creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds, was once bitten by a Little Penguin which inspired him to use the bird as Linux logo.
* 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 PICK UP 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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