Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne

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From $101.86

234 reviews   (4.70)

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Departs: Melbourne, Melbourne

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Here’s the very best of Victoria’s wildlife experiences. The Penguin Parade is an absolute ‘must’ on every visitor’s itinerary, but this tour gives you so much more.

First stop is Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you can get up close to wallabies on the wallaby walk (you may see little joeys peeking out of their mothers’ pouches). Enjoy a ranger providing unique insights and information during the daily koala presentation.

Then we travel on to the spectacular Cape Woolamai Surf Beach. Located on the southern coast of Phillip Island, this beach is exposed to the ocean swells and the surf here is truly impressive. It's also not uncommon to see dolphins or seals swimming in the waters just off the beach.

We also visit the Nobbies and Australia’s largest Fur Seal colony at Seal Rocks. Finally, the ultimate attraction: hundreds of Little Penguins emerging from the ocean and waddling across the beach to their sand dune burrows.

What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle

Entry to Moonlit Sanctuary & guided tour of the exhibits

Friendly & informative tour guide

General admission at the Penguin Parade

Pickup from selected hotels

WiFi on board

What's Not Included


Meals other than as stated

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 3
  • CHILD: Age: 4 - 15
  • ADULT: Age: 16 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • If travelling with an infant, please contact Tour Operator directly and request infant seat
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Photography and video are NOT PERMITTED at the Penguin Parade
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • We have been closely monitoring recommendations from the Australian Government & World Health Organisation (WHO) & have enhanced our cleaning procedures and implemented precautionary measures to ensure the highest levels of safety.
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Large bags, strollers, prams, baby capsules, luggage & walkers cannot be brought on board
  • Penguins Plus, Underground Viewing & Guided Ranger Tour are on request. Once you have placed a booking, the Tour Operator will contact you in the event your chosen upgrade is not available
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
Encounter famous Australian Wildlife including Kangaroos, Wallabies, bird life, reptiles, Tasmanian Devils and of course Koalas! You may have the opportunity to get up close to a Koala or even cute wallabies*

*Additional fees apply, paid directly to Moonlit Sanctuary

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Cape Woolamai Beach
Spend some time getting sand between your toes at this spectacular beach on the southern coast of Phillip Island. Exposed to the ocean's swells, the surf here is impressive and it's not uncommon to see dolphins or seals swimming just off the beach.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The Nobbies
Explore the boardwalks to enjoy panoramic coastal views. Search for Australia's largest fur seal colony! These playful creatures can often be found lazing on the rocks or hunting for food.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
Word-famous Penguin Parade. Our guides give you plenty of time to enjoy the brand new visitors centre, packed full of interesting displays on the adorable Little Penguins. Take some time to wander the paths and boardwalks for a chance to see penguins in their burrows. And of course, enjoy the spectacle of the 'parade' at dusk!

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included


The scenic,...
MRSDG_W, 13-12-2022
The scenic, the cute waddling up the beach. A one off experience.and Alex I, was a great driver and guide.plenty of info on the way there. Thank you.
Great day outside of Melbourne
Diane_B, 10-12-2022
A delightful day with Terry, stops at all the places I wanted to see. Terry is a great guide and driver.
Plenty of time at each stop. Loved the idea of putting the return to bus time on a white board so that everyone was informed.
Brest tour in Melbourne
Patricia_L, 05-12-2022
an extraordinary tour, well orchestrated. The stops were perfect. Beach for its colorful houses, sanctuary with Australian animals, walks on wooden walkways and the penguin parade not to be missed.
As Lucy said, seeing the...
Mark_B, 12-01-2023
As Lucy said, seeing the pengies! Her conservation message was real and amenable. I truly trust and value her message and service to us - she is a real asset to your industry. Thanks Mark
Christine_W, 07-01-2023
The penguin parade was the highlight of the trip and other stops were brilliant. Highly recommend xdfgvvbnjuuycffghjjkkjgff
Lots of Fun
Gramps25, 05-01-2023
We did the Philip Island tour and found it to be excellent. While it was a long time on the bus, the trip to the penguins was broken up into segments and showed you different parts of Melbourne as well as more of the island itself.

St. Kilda was fun, Moonlit Sanctuary was fun, Cowes was a nice stop for dinner and, of course, the penguins.

Luke did an outstanding job as tour guide. He provided enough information, was funny and was also very conscientious about making sure all the people in his bus were having a good time.

As I have been on many big bus tours and the fact that there were only 18 people made it better. Smaller is always better.

I would absolutely do a different tour of theirs were I to return to Melbourne.
Very special experience to see nature at its best, go you little penguins
John L, 04-01-2023
Cloe, was an excellent guide, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to others to try, great day thanks Cloe
A great penguin parade and tour guide
daniellemD2052QN, 14-12-2022
I had a great day! My favourite part of the day was of course the penguin parade. I got the penguin plus ticket to get a better view from the start on, when the penguins come out of the sea. But if you don’t want to pay extra, you’ll still get a good view afterwards, along the road they pass by. The tour guide, Sherif was amazing! He is enthusiastic, kind and had lots of interesting knowledge to share with us during the tour. He made sure everyone of us had a good view and saw heaps of penguins. The only stop I wasn’t such a fan of, was the Moonlit Sanctuary because I prefer to visit Australian animals in actual wildlife. But that is just a personal preference.

Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures from the parade itself as we are not allowed to take pictures from the moment it is dark. But watching them so closely, from a reachable distance, was a’ amazing experience!
Waddling day!
Shannon B, 05-01-2023
This day was great, I really enjoyed seeing a few thing on Phillip island before the penguins such as the seals and GP track. We were unfortunate with the weather in the beginning, so make sure to take a coat, and perhaps a blanket for when you are on the beach despite it being summer!
I think the only thing I wish we changed about the day was getting dinner at the parade centre (there was a cafe onsite instead of going into cowes) so that we could take the extra hour and a bit to look at the information on display and the gift shop.
Otherwise, I can’t wait to go back and see the cute little blue ones waddling.
Mixed bag
Michael_L, 07-12-2022
The penguins were great. It was a very long drive in a crowded outdated van. The entire trip was 12 hours. The van arrived an hour late.

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