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Phillip Island: 4 Parks Pass Including Penguin Parade

1. Phillip Island: 4 Parks Pass Including Penguin Parade

Explore 4 of Phillip Island’s top attractions with a flexible pass, including the famous Penguin Parade at sunset. Located just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island offers an abundance of Australian wildlife, spectacular scenery and exciting experiences to enjoy. Make your own way to and around the island to explore at your own pace. You can experience all 4 attractions in a single day, or visit within 6 months to enjoy them at leisure. Take a walk on the wild side and see wild little penguins at the Penguin Parade just before sunset. Upgrade to the Penguins Plus Viewing Platform that offers unprecedented, up-close viewing. Marvel as the world’s smallest penguin species emerge from the ocean after a day of fishing and waddle up the beach at Australia's largest penguin colony. Come face-to-face with marsupials at the Koala Conservation Reserve, and wander the tree-top boardwalks and extensive trails through the Australian bush. Travel back in time at the site of the first European farm in Victoria at Churchill Island Heritage Farm, where you can watch sheep shearing and herding demonstrations and take a stroll in the fragrant cottage gardens. Go on a virtual trip to the world's most extreme continent at the Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre and feel the freeze at hands-on multimedia displays! 

Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

2. 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: Guided Penguin Colony Tour with a Ranger

3. Phillip Island: Guided Penguin Colony Tour with a Ranger

Witness the natural spectacle of the world’s smallest penguins arriving home at sunset each evening at the world-famous Penguin Parade. Experience the nightly parade from the beachfront viewing stands as the penguins emerge from the waves and waddle across the sand. Join your ranger guide for an informative journey through the penguin colony at the Phillip Island Nature Parks, with their commentary via your personal headset. Take your seat in the wonderfully located beachfront viewing stand and get a magnificent view of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach. Use the supplied binoculars to try and spot the penguins gathering in the water before they make their way across the beach to their burrows.

From Melbourne: Phillip Island Penguin Parade Full-Day Tour

4. 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.

Premium Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Phillip Island

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 60 reviews

The trip was great and places where we go are awesome. However just like to inform for the Muslims to bring along their own food. There are no halal food at these places.

Simon is our tour guide. He is nice and super helpful. I will recommend friends to join this tour again!

Our bus driver was wonderful The experience was so much more than I expected!

Great experience. Fiona our guide was lovely! 10/10 would recommend.

We had a lovely day - a great way to bring in the New Year!