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Phillip Island: 1-Hour Cape Woolamai Nature Cruise

1. Phillip Island: 1-Hour Cape Woolamai Nature Cruise

Depart on a boat cruise to Cape Woolamai from San Remo. As you sail along the coast, witness the most spectacular scenery that Phillip Island has to offer, including sheer granite cliffs and caves surrounded by turquoise water. You will cruise under the Phillip Island Bridge.  You will have the chance to see an abundance of marine life such as dolphins and seals. There are also many bird species that populate the area, with cormorants, gannets and wedge-tailed eagles being spotted regularly.  On the boat, listen to a commentary telling you about the local wildlife and scenery. You will arrive back at San Remo at midday, in time to watch the daily feeding of the pelicans.

Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

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

Admire the rich diversity of Australia's wildlife on a guided bus tour to Phillip Island Nature Parks from Melbourne. Continue to Philip Island to watch the Penguin Parade and relax on the shores of Woolamai Beach. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in central Melbourne and hop aboard an airconditioned bus. Relax on your journey out through the southeastern suburbs of Melbourne to the small country town of Tooradin. Continue above the top of Westernport Bay and stop at Phillip Island Koala Conservation Reserve. Get up close to local koalas in their natural bushland habitat. Take a short drive to Phillip Island to enjoy sweeping views of Cape Woolamai and Woolamai surf beach. Walk along the beach, dip your feet in the cool water, or unwind on the beach. Make your way to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Take in views on the far western end of the island of Australia's stunning and dynamic coastline. See the remains of an ancient volcano called The Nobbies. Go along the coastline looking for 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. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Melbourne: Phillip Island Tour & Penguin Parade

3. Melbourne: Phillip Island Tour & Penguin Parade

Experience a day of Australian animals and nature on this guided day trip from Melbourne. Begin your animal adventure with hotel pickup and a trip to the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park. Experience up-close encounters with kangaroos, wombats and echidnas in this unique habitat. Next, it's time for Phillip Island. Witness the waves and die-hard surfers of Woolamai Surf Beach, then journey to the dramatic west coast and the dramatic scenery of the Nobbies. Enjoy the commentary and learning about the scenery from your expert, local guide. Finally, settle into your seat on a beachside protective platform for the famous Penguin Parade. Watch hundreds of little penguins waddle out onto the beach in this adorable natural spectacular.

From Melbourne: Phillip Island and Brighton Beach Day Trip

4. 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 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 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.

Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

5. Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a leisurely evening sunset cruise through the sheltered waters of Western Port Bay, aboard a modern 19-meter vessel. Grab a chilled drink from the licensed bar (not included in the price of the tour), take in the relaxed atmosphere, and watch the towns light up around the bay as the sun sets. Indulge in some delicious appetizers and keep a lookout for a variety of birdlife. If you're lucky, you may even be able to spot some dolphins and seals. You'll also learn some history as you listen to the captain's commentary on the local area. This cruise is a perfect way to end your day at beautiful Phillip Island.

Phillip Island: Half Island Highlights Helicopter Tour

6. Phillip Island: Half Island Highlights Helicopter Tour

Soar high in the sky above Phillip Island on a half-island helicopter tour. Marvel at the island's white sand beaches, green farmland, glowing ocean, and impressive landmarks. Watch the island's landscape unfurl in front of your eyes — seeing both ends of the island from your high vantage point. Take off and head northwest to see the charming seaside village of Rhyll from a bird's-eye view. Continue to the island's main township, Cowes, with its sprawling white sand beaches and stunning coastal location. Turn inland straight across the center of the island, flying over vast, green farmland for a very different perspective. Look left and right to catch glimpses of both ends of Phillip Island in the distance. On your way back to the airport, pass Pyramid Rock jutting out into the ocean and the world-famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit from above.

Philip Island: Dolphin and Whale Cruise

7. Philip Island: Dolphin and Whale Cruise

Set sail on a winter dolphin and whale spotting adventure venturing past the sheer cliffs of Cape Woolamai and along Phillip Island’s southern coastline. Along the way, you’ll search for humpback and southern right whales on their annual migration route. Expert whale spotters will be on board to ensure that you don’t miss a whale sighting while on the cruise Search for dolphin pods as they eat and play in the ocean. In addition to whales and dolphins, you might also spot seals and see a range of birdlife including, wandering albatrosses, who are regularly spotted in the area. Enjoy complimentary tea, coffee, and afternoon tea, or a cold drink from the licensed bar as you cruise along the coastline. Along with the expert whale spotter, the captain will provide commentary along the way.

Phillip Island: Whale Watching Boat Tour with Lunch

8. Phillip Island: Whale Watching Boat Tour with Lunch

Embark on a winter whale watching adventure discovering Phillip Island’s picturesque coastline. Phillip Island is a fantastic place to experience lots of Australia's wildlife and view picturesque coastal landscapes.  Search for Humpback and Southern Right Whales on their annual migration route. You might also see playful dolphins, curious seals and a variety of birdlife including the Wandering Albatross.  As you look out for marine life, enjoy a freshly-made lunch. Tea and coffee is also available throughout the experience.

Premium Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour

9. Premium Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour

Every evening at dusk the Little Penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. Watch from an elevated boardwalk as they waddle cautiously from the beach to their burrows after a long day out at sea. Phillip Island is a treasure trove of Australian wildlife; seals, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birdlife and penguins! At Koala Conservation Reserve, look for koalas in their natural habitat and before sunset, we head to the Penguin Parade where you can wander through the "Penguin Experience" exhibit to learn more about them. Stroll out to Summerland Beach and take your seat in the main grandstand for the Penguin Parade. Highlights of this tour Panoramic views of Western Port and French Island Phillip Island – a popular holiday destination Phillip Island Nature Park – a natural home for koalas, wallabies, seals, shearwaters and Little Penguins Visit Koala Conservation Reserve Look for koalas in their leafy native bushland habitat from treetop boardwalks Keep an eye out for wallabies (smaller looking kangaroos) grazing the woodlands floor Afternoon tea snacks (own expense) available here or at our next stop Continue to the western tip of Phillip Island to The Nobbies Centre, a rugged rocky outcrop with magnificent coastal views Stroll down the extensive boardwalk where you may spot Little Penguins’ homes (dependant on the season) Admire Seal Rocks – home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals Explore the Visitor’s Information Centre at the Penguin Parade Learn about the life of the Little Penguins as you walk through the “Penguin Experience” display Dining options available at the Penguin Parade At sunset witness the Penguin Parade from the tiered seating of general viewing grandstands directly overlooking floodlit Summerland Beach See penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk.

From Melbourne: Phillip Island Penguin Parade Full-Day Tour

10. From Melbourne: Phillip Island Penguin Parade Full-Day Tour

Visit Phillip Island on this one-day tour starting from Melbourne city. Pass by San Remo, and then head to Cowes town for some free time before going to Phillip Island to watch the penguins return to their nests. Start from your meeting point in Melbourne City. Meet your driver and hop into the air-conditioned coach to begin your day trip. Relax on the coach and marvel at the views from the windows. On the way, the coach will make a stop for you to admire the views of San Remo. Capture photos of the only bridge connecting Phillip Island to Victoria and then cross over it. Continue to Cowes, the main town on Phillip Island. Soak up the seaside vibe and enjoy some free time for dinner or exploring the town. Finally, make your way to the Penguin Parade with your guide. Penguin Parade is the largest wild penguin protection base in the world, with more than 30,000 penguins living on Phillip Island. After sunset, watch as the world's smallest fairy penguins fight in the waves, their mouths are full of food to be brought back to the nest. See the penguins swim back to the shore and waddle in line back to their nests. Under the guidance of management staff, you and passengers from all over the world will sit in turn on the open-air observation deck built along the coast, waiting for the penguins to return to their nests. After this incredible experience, return to the coach to begin the journey back to Melbourne.

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4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

The tour guide Craig was excellent. He was a joy to have as a tour guide. Would 100% go again. The Craig new his stuff and gave us great information and the views alone were worth the trip.

Very well organised, only thing was we got less time to see the penguins. But that’s on the tourists who were late in the beginning. Otherwise it was very fun and enjoyable

Started later than planned but guide was super knowledgeable and enthusiastic and ensured everyone was happy, made super everyone got the best out of the experience

Super friendly tour guide, felt very at ease! Lots of interesting information given along the way. Clear instructions for timings and activities.

It was a well planned out trip… Free time given is sufficient for us to walk around the place of interest…