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Phillip Island & Seal Rocks 25-Minute Helicopter Flight

1. Phillip Island & Seal Rocks 25-Minute Helicopter Flight

Depart from the heliport and turn left at the coast, heading for Cape Woolamai. Fly over the Cape Woolamai Surf Beach, regarded as one of the best surf beaches in the country, before flying around the Cape itself to take in views that can only be seen by helicopter. Head over the water towards the San Remo Bridge with great views of the fishing villages of San Remo and Newhaven. Follow the coast over to Rhyll and its Inlet, where migratory birds fly thousands of kilometers to feed. Move on to the main township of Cowes, Red Rocks Point and Ventnor before the spectacular Nobbies and Seal Rocks come into view. Seal Rocks are home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals. Turning east, fly over Summerland beach, home to the world-famous Penguin Parade, then move on to Pyramid Rock and the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Wave to the swimmers and surfers on Smiths Beach and Surfers Point before returning to the heliport. Experienced pilots will provide live in-flight commentary. Don't forget your camera, the most amazing photo opportunities await you. 

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Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

2. Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

After pick-up from your accommodation in central Melbourne or St Kilda, journey out through the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne to the small country town of Tooradin. Continue above the top of Westernport Bay and stop at Maru Koala and Wildlife Park. Here you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, emus, dingos, wombats and of course, koalas. You’ll also have the option to have your photo taken with a koala (not included, pay at the time) and hand feed kangaroos! From here it is a short drive to Phillip Island where you’ll make your way to the spectacular views of Cape Woolamai and Woolamai Beach. Walk along the beach, dip your feet in or sit back and relax. A short drive along the island will take you to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. The far western end of the Island is some of the most spectacular coast line in Australia, featuring the ancient volcano remains known as The Nobbies. Then, go along the coastline spotting wallabies in the wild on the way to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Settle yourself into the little penguin’s environment as you watch them come ashore for the night, waddling next to and underneath the boardwalks. It’s a beautiful and heart rendering experience that will stay with you forever.

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From Melbourne: Phillip Island and Brighton Beach Day Trip

3. From Melbourne: Phillip Island and Brighton Beach Day Trip

Spend the day exploring Phillip Island and Brighton Beach on this day trip from Melbourne. See native wildlife at the Wildlife Park and coastal views at Brighton Beach, Nobbies Boardwalk, and Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Start the day by being picked up by an air-conditioned vehicle with free wi-fi and head to Brighton Beach. Explore the area and take photos of the iconic Brighton beach boxes. From here, you can also see views of the Melbourne skyline. Next is a visit to Phillip Island Wildlife Park. Here you can see over 100 species of Australian animals who live on the 60-acre property. There will be time to purchase lunch here before driving to the next location. Stop at Nobbies Tourist and Information Center to learn about Nobbies Blowhole and Seal Rock precinct. Then walk along Nobbies Boardwalk and enjoy coastal views. After a relaxing walk along Nobbies Boardwalk, visit Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Purchase dinner at the venue before watching the penguins emerge from the rolling waves and make their way across the sand to their burrows. From here, head back to Melbourne and be dropped off at your accommodation.

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Melbourne: French and Phillip Island Wildlife Expedition

4. Melbourne: French and Phillip Island Wildlife Expedition

Start off your journey with a short ferry crossing across Western Port Bay to French Island. Cruise over the crystal-blue sea, taking in views of the picturesque scenery along the way. Arrive on French Island, a hidden treasure of wilderness and where your guided 4WD tour will take place. Buzz around the island as your guide shares knowledge of the surrounding environment. Admire the koalas and the vast array of wildlife that inhabits the island. Stop for a lunch or afternoon tea at a local farm gate (seasonal), experiencing how locals live. Travel then by ferry across Western Port Bay to one of Australia's most amazing locations, Phillip Island, which is world-renowned and locally loved. Explore this magical place, home to some of the greatest surf conditions, amazing beaches, native Australian wildlife, and the world-famous motorbike circuit. Set off then on a short adventure to Point Grant, known by the locals as Nobbies. Marvel at the remarkable natural sights and discover the home to a seal colony, dramatic sea bluffs, and panoramic ocean views. To finish off the journey, get up close and personal with some cute little penguins and listen to expert ranger commentary on the lives of these delightful creatures at the Penguin Parade.

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Phillip Island Wildlife & Brighton Beach Boxes Private Tour

5. Phillip Island Wildlife & Brighton Beach Boxes Private Tour

This full-day tour is the perfect experience for coastal and native animal lovers. After being picked up from your CBD accommodation in your private vehicle with free wi-fi, we will explore the famous Brighton Beach Boxes, where you can take photos and enjoy the view of the Melbourne Skyline and Port Philip Bay. We will also stop at a wildlife park where you can get up close to native animals such as koalas and kangaroos. Feel free to purchase your own lunch or snacks at this venue. Then, we will continue to Philip Island, where you will take in the glorious views of the Nobbies and Seal Rock region from the Nobbies Lookout and Boardwalk. Last stop is the world-famous Penguin Parade, where you can purchase dinner and watch the penguins emerge from the rolling waves and make their way across the sand to their burrows. During the tour, you can follow along in many different languages through our website app so you don’t miss a thing (languages include Arabic, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, English, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Thai).

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Melbourne: Healesville Sanctuary & Phillip Island Tour

6. Melbourne: Healesville Sanctuary & Phillip Island Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Melbourne, ride in air-conditioned comfort with free Wi-Fi to your first stop on this full-day tour. Wander around the world-renowned Healesville Sanctuary and see Australia's native wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, platypus, birds of prey, and more. Take part in animal education lessons and live shows to learn more about these wonderful creatures. Choose to buy your lunch here before heading to the next stop. Visit Nobbies Tourist Information Center, where you will be able to find out all you need to know about the Nobbies Blowhole and Seal Rock precinct. Then, continue to the Nobbies Lookout and Boardwalk. Take on the glorious views of the Nobbies and Seal Rock region from this iconic viewpoint. Walk along the boardwalk with ocean views to the Nobbies Blowhole and Seal Rock and enjoy the spectacular surrounds. Head to Phillip Island, where you can purchase your dinner at the venue. Then, get ready to witness the world-famous Penguin Parade. Watch the penguins emerge from the rolling waves and make their way across the sand to their burrows. After a day to delight animal and nature lovers, return back to Melbourne city center and be dropped back off at your accommodation.

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From Melbourne: 2-Day 12 Apostles & Phillip Island Tour

7. From Melbourne: 2-Day 12 Apostles & Phillip Island Tour

Day 1: Melbourne to Queenscliff Depart from Melbourne and make your way to the 12 Apostles to see the sunshine on these incredible treasures of the ocean. Travel along the Shipwreck Coast and stop at different locations along the way. Savor a picnic lunch on the coast before a stop at Otway’s Rainforest where you can search for local wildlife in its natural habitat. Enjoy dinner before spending the night in the coastal town of Queenscliff.Meals: DinnerAccommodation: Beacon Resort or similar (4 bed dorm with shared bathroom facilities) Day 2: Queenscliff to Melbourne Start your day with a ferry trip across Port Phillip Bay to the Mornington Peninsula. In the afternoon get up-close and personal with some Australian wildlife at a Koala Reserve and the Penguin Parade. Then head to the Nobbies to view the stunning rocky coastline and local seal colony. To cap off the trip, see the magnificent Phillip Island Penguin Parade spectacle before heading back to Melbourne. Meals:Breakfast

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Melbourne: Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguins Tour

8. Melbourne: Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguins Tour

Join a day tour from Melbourne for an amazing journey covering 3 magnificent destinations. Your first stop is a short trip from Melbourne to ride on Australia’s favorite steam train, the historic Puffing Billy. Lovingly restored to its former glory, this century-old steam train continues to run on its original mountain track in the Dandenong Ranges, through lush fern gullies, with some of the tallest Eucalyptus trees in the world, the Mountain Ash towering overhead. Head to your next destination, the award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Take a guided tour of the animal exhibits and get acquainted with the local wildlife such as koalas, dingoes, wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Emus, and more. Wander along the "Wallaby Walk" where the local kangaroos and wallabies will eat right out of your hand. Finish your tour on a high note at the world-renowned Penguin Parade down on Phillip Island. Be amazed as you witness hundreds of little blue penguins, the world's smallest penguin species, emerge from the ocean and make their way up the sand dunes to their burrows.

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Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguin Parade Day Trip

9. Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguin Parade Day Trip

Climb aboard the centuries-old steam train Puffing Billy and enjoy the ride through lush fern gullies and Eucalyptus forests. Lovingly maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers, this historic steam train still runs on its original mountain track, winding through the Dandenong Ranges. Next, head down to the award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Park to see a range of Australian animals. Learn about iconic species such as kangaroos, koalas, emus, and wallabies, as well as some of Australia's lesser-known favourites including quolls, owls, bandicoots, and Tasmanian devils. Hand feed some of the friendly local kangaroos and wallabies on the "Wallaby Walk". Arriving on Phillip Island, your first stop is the picturesque Point Grant, which offers incredible panoramic views of the coastline, as well as a gentle boardwalk around the Nobbies and Seal Rocks area. Finally, cap it all off with a visit to the world famous Penguin Parade to see the world's smallest penguins waddle up the beach before your eyes, making their way back home to their burrows higher up in the sand dunes.

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From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Phillip Island 2-Day Tour

10. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Phillip Island 2-Day Tour

Journey straight to the Port Campbell National Park to be amazed by the iconic limestone formations including the stunning 12 Apostles. Here enjoy time to wander the boardwalks and descend the stairs to Gibson Steps where you will feel dwarfed by the enormous offshore stacks. Hear the tale of the Loch Ard shipwreck from which the Stunning Loch Ard Gorge takes it name. Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the Otway Ranges’ cool temperate rainforest before a quick photo stop at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch. Then, journey along the winding cliff-side Great Ocean Road, making plenty of stops to take photos of stunning panoramic views, visit glorious beaches, and charming coastal towns. In the morning of the second day, board the ferry for a 1-hour journey across Port Phillip Bay to the Mornington Peninsula. Look out for seals and dolphins. Experience a guided tour of the multi-award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park where you’ll learn about Australia’s native fauna. You will even have the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos & wallabies, as well as see the cute koalas, wombats, dingoes and many other unique Aussie animals up close. On Phillip Island, take a walk along the boardwalks at the Nobbies before arriving at Summerland Beach to experience the world-famous Penguin Parade. Each day after sunset, these incredible animals emerge from the surf and cross the sand before your very eyes to make their way through the sand dunes to their homes.

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What people are saying about Penguin Parade

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 164 reviews

it was truly a fantastic trip. I thought going to the Maru Park would be a waste of time, but it was pretty fun. The nature on Phillip Island is utterly breathtaking. However, we only got to see the penguins for 40 minutes, but that was because of a thunderstorm.

Great job done by Simone Q! My wife & I really enjoyed. It would be nice if there were more dinner options. Most stops had minimal menu options. They seemed surprised when we showed up and were out of many menu items.

It was a really nice day. We stopped for a lot of beautiful views. Matt, our tour guide, was super friendly and knowledgeable.

Great value for money, very knowledgeable and helpful guide Simon Q

It was beautiful and definitely worth it. Can only be recommended.