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Duration
2 hrs
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1 hr
Inclusions
2-hr scenic coastal cruise
Seal spotting
Regular seabirds & dolphin sightings
Tea
Licensed bar
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Penguin Parade General Viewing Ticket + Koala Conservation Reserve + Churchill Island + Antarctic Journey

Penguin Parade viewing from the General Viewing Platform
Access to the Koala Conservation Centre
Access to Churchill Island
Access to interactive experiences at Antarctic Journey

Penguin Parade Plus + Koala Conservation Reserve + Churchill Island + Antarctic Journey

Up-close Penguin Parade viewing with tiered seating for a capacity of 250 - 300 people
Access to the Koala Conservation Centre
Access to Churchill Island Heritage Farm
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Penguin Parade Underground Viewing + Koala Conservation Reserve + Churchill Island + Antarctic Journey

Eye-level view of the Penguin Parade from an underground viewing platform with a capacity of 70 people
Access to the Koala Conservation Centre
Access to Churchill Island
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1-hr scenic cruise
Regular dolphin, seal and seabird sightings
Tea & coffee with cake
Local commentary & stories
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Phillip Island Tours Guide

Phillip Island is a beautiful natural attraction to visit in Australia which is only a 2-hour journey from Melbourne. Known for its wildlife, this island gives you a chance to hand-feed kangaroos, watch penguins on evening parades, relax on the sandy, sunkissed beaches, and do a lot more. If you are planning a day trip to this gorgeous island, then here is everything you need to know about Phillip Island tours, timings, tickets, and more.

Post-COVID-19 Safety Measures on a Phillip Island Tour

  • Visitors are advised to book their Phillip Island tours online and make contactless payments for any add-ons.
  • Everyone must wear a face mask and visitors can get a face mask at the venue.
  • Hand sanitizers have been made available throughout the attraction for both guests and staff members.
  • Visitors and guides are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination to gain access to the island.
  • Regular temperature checks are carried out at the entrance.
  • All the high-traffic areas and transportation vehicles are sanitized regularly.
  • Make sure that you follow social distancing protocols at all times on the island.
  • Guides must wash their hands regularly while giving a tour of the island.

All Your Phillip Island Tour Options

A day trip from Melbourne to Phillip Island is a great way to spend time with your friends and family. Full of fun attractions and activities, visitors can choose from three types of Phillip Island tours, depending on their preferences and budget. You can choose Phillip Island Nature Parks tickets if you want to enjoy wildlife viewing or select Phillip Island A Maze’N Things tickets to spend a few hours navigating the illusions, interactive displays, confusing mazes, and puzzles. For those who want to enjoy a boat tour around Phillip Island along with dolphin sightings, then Phillip Island cruise tours are a perfect choice.

Nature Parks Tickets

A Maze'N Things Tickets

Phillip Island Cruises

With these tickets, you enjoy access to the 4 nature parks at Phillip Island. Choose from a different combination of experiences to visit Victoria’s most popular wildlife attraction. You can see the penguins waddle to their burrows, watch koalas and wallabies in the Koala reserve, and enjoy coastal walks or walking trails along with Churchill Island Heritage Farm. 

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There are three combinations available in this ticket where you can get access to Koala Reserve, Churchill Island Heritage Farm, and Antarctic Journey experiences. You can select to enjoy a general viewing, up-close viewing, or an underground viewing of Penguin Parade, depending on your selection.
Enjoy a day of amusement at Phillip Island’s best attraction – A Maze’N Things. From losing yourself in a maze to solving crazy puzzles, there is a lot to do around here. So, if you are looking to spend a day having fun with your friends and family, then Phillip Island’s A Maze’N Things ticket is perfect for you.

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Enjoy access to A Maze’N Things where you can play mini-golf, indulge in Sky Trail, experience interactive displays, and play a lot of games and solve puzzles.
Phillip Island Cruises are perfect for those who want to explore more of Phillip Island. Enjoy a cruise on Victoria’s Phillip Bay where you can soak in the coastal scenery and enjoy the sights of cliffs. Spot seals, whales, and dolphins as you munch on a delicious snack and learn about the facts and stories of local wildlife.

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With this cruise ticket, you can enjoy a 2-hour coastal cruise through Australia’s largest colony of Fur Seals. From young pups to adult bulls, you will spot not only seals but dolphins and seabirds here too. Sip on a cup of your favorite beverage as you listen to wildlife commentary. You also have access to a licensed bar and free Wi-Fi on this tour.
This 1.5-hour twilight and sunset cruise is a great way to relax as you spot dolphins and seals on the way. Listen to the captain’s informative commentary as you munch on appetizers and buy something from the licensed bar.
Experience this 1-hour scenic cruise from San Remo to marvel at the beauty of Phillip Island and Cape Woolamai. Learn about the local wildlife and scenery through the onboard commentary as you cross by granite cliffs and caves in the turquoise waters. Visitors can also enjoy complimentary tea and coffee with cake as they spot dolphins, seals, and seabirds on this cruise.

Plan Your Melbourne to Phillip Island Tour

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What are Phillip Island hours?
Phillip Island is open every day from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
What is the best time to go on a Melbourne to Phillip Island tour?
The best time to visit Phillip Island is between May and September when the weather is slightly cooler and there are fewer visitors on the island. If you want to witness the penguin parade, then November to April is the best time to visit as the island sees the most number of penguins waddling back to the beach during those months.
How long should I stay at Phillip Island?
There is a lot to do here, visitors can easily plan a Phillip Island day trip from Melbourne and spend an entire day with friends and family. Overnight stays can also be planned. 
How long does it take to get from Melbourne to Phillip Island?
It takes approximately two hours to get from Melbourne to Phillip Island.
Where is Phillip Island located?
Phillip Island is located in Victoria, Australia.
How do I get from Melbourne to Phillip Island?
You can take a car, V/Line coach, local bus, or a ferry to travel from Melbourne to Phillip Island.
Are return transfers included in my Melbourne to Phillip Island tours?
No, return transfers are not included in Melbourne to Phillip Island tours. As a result, visitors need to figure out a way to reach Phillip Island on their own.
Can I take the metro/train from Melbourne to Phillip Island?
No, there are no metro or trains available from Melbourne to Phillip Island. However, visitors can take a local bus or a V/Line coach from Melbourne to reach Cowes. 
Is Phillip Island wheelchair accessible?
Yes, Phillip Island is wheelchair accessible.
Is storage facility available at Phillip Island?
No, there is no storage facility available at Phillip Island. Visitors are advised to carry only the things that they would need and keep the rest at their accommodation.
Are dining options available for a Phillip Island tour?
Yes, there are a lot of restaurants available on Phillip Island. Saltwater Phillip Island, Beach HQ, Kelp, Pino’s Trattoria, Phillip Island RSL, etc. are a few popular dining options to check out. 

Things to do at Phillip Island

Phillip Island offers a lot of fun activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy. Here are a few things to look out for on a Melbourne to Phillip Island tour.

Phillip Island Cruises

Enjoy a stunning scenic cruise around Phillip Island where you can experience wildlife sightings. On these cruises, you can view seals in their natural habitat, visit the wreck of a naval submarine, have a personal encounter with humpback whales, or discover untouched coves and islands.  There are different Phillip Island cruises available including Twilight cruise, Seal watching cruise, Captains lunch cruise, and more.

A Maze’N Things Phillip Island

A Maze’N Things is an award-winning theme park that is perfect for families and groups of friends. Here, you can find lots of puzzles, mazes, illusions, and adventures to enjoy in a day. From playing 19-hole mini-golf to checking out the Magic Manor exhibit, there are a plethora of things to do with A Maze’N Things Phillip Island tickets

Penguin Parade

If you wish to watch little penguins waddle through the beach to return home, then you should check out Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade. Enjoy this tour where you explore the boardwalks after sunset to see and hear penguins in the area greeting each other and going about their day. You might also stumble upon resident wildlife such as Cape Barren Geese, Swamp Wallabies, Short-tailed Shearwaters, and more.

Koala Reserve

Phillip Island Koala Reserve gives you a chance to meet Koalas face-to-face in the Australian bushland at Koala Conservation Reserve. Walk along the boardwalks to meet koalas in their natural habitat as they sleep, eat, and repeat. You can also collect a seed from the Native Seed Station and plant it in your backyard to grow a natural habitat at your home. 

National Surfing Reserve

Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve was dedicated to the surfers on March 16, 2013. It is a voluntary collaboration that aims to recognize the best surfing sites in Australia and around the world. There are four types of breaks found in NSR – Smiths Beach, Cape Woolamai, Cat Bay, and Summerlands.

Wildlife Park

Located on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia, this wildlife park was created in 1996 to conserve and research animals. The Wildlife Park comprises four nature parks – Pyramid Rock, Seal Rocks, Cape Woolamai, and Rhyll Inlet. Each nature park has its own attractions and wildlife viewing centers where visitors can look at koalas, penguins, dolphins, and more.

Other Day Trips from Melbourne

There are several other day trips from Melbourne that you can experience once you have completed the Phillip Island tour.

Great Ocean Road Tours

Enjoy a road trip as you travel the 243 km stretch on the south-eastern coast of Australia. Visit the beautiful seaside villages on the way including Lorne and Anglesea and drive through the Great Otway National Park where you can observe koalas and birds. For adventure seekers, skydiving over the Great Ocean Read is one of the best experiences that you cannot miss out on. Book Great Ocean Road tours.

Yarra Valley Tours

Experience the countryside lifestyle of Melbourne by taking a tour of Yarra Valley. Here, you can try the local produce, taste the fine wine, and devour fresh cheese. One of the most exciting activities to indulge in here is skydiving from a height of 15,000 feet and enjoying a bird’s eye view of Victoria, Melbourne, and Yarra Valley. Book Melbourne to Yarra Valley tours.

Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs

Spend a day soaking and relaxing in the Peninsula Hot Springs. This is one of the best spa destinations in Mornington Peninsula where you can enjoy 20 different bathing experiences such as hydrotherapy, geothermal pools, sauna, a Turkish Hamam, and more. There are several luxurious spa treatments available here that visitors can opt for too. So, if you want a relaxed trip from Melbourne, then this spa trip to the hot springs is a good choice. Book Mornington Peninsula hot springs tickets.

Puffing Billy Tours

Are you a train connoisseur? If yes, then you should check out the Puffing Billy tour from Melbourne. Travel in Australia’s best steam train which runs on the 25 km mountain track between Belgrave and Gembrook. Enjoy the stunning rainforest landscapes and town views on this amazing ride from Melbourne. Book Puffing Billy Melbourne tours.

Melbourne to Phillip Island Tour FAQs

Are Melbourne to Phillip Island tours available online now?

Yes, Melbourne to Phillip Island tours can be booked online. Due to the COVID-19 measures, guests are advised to book their tours online and in advance to get their desired date and time slot.

What safety measures are in place on a Phillip Island tour?

There are several safety measures in place on a Melbourne to Phillip Island tour. Mandatory face masks, social distancing, regular hand sanitization, temperature checks, and proof of Covid-19 vaccination are a few measures followed on Phillip Island tours.

What are the different types of Phillip Island tours?

The different types of Phillip Island tours available for booking are Nature Parks tours where you have access to all the parks and can watch a variety of animals including penguins, koalas, and more. With Phillip Island A Maze’n’ Things tour, you can enjoy the puzzles and displays in the A Maze’N’ Things while the Phillip Island cruise tour allows you to enjoy a scenic cruise with seabirds and dolphin sightings, a licensed bar, and local commentary. 

Are return transfers included on a Melbourne to Phillip Island tour?

No, return transfers are not included on a Melbourne to Phillip Island tour.

Are discounts available on Melbourne to Phillip Island tours?

Yes, there are discounts available on Melbourne to Phillip Island tours. Children aged 3 and under can enjoy free entry while kids aged 4 – 15 enjoy discounted tickets. On some tours, families with 2 adults and 2 children can enjoy reduced ticket pricing as well.

How long does it take to get from Melbourne to Phillip Island?

The journey from Melbourne to Phillip Island takes approximately two hours.

How do I get from Melbourne to Phillip Island?

There are several ways to travel from Melbourne to Phillip Island. You can drive a car, take a bus, coach, or a ferry to join Phillip Island tours.

What is the best time to go on a Phillip Island tour?

The best time to plan a Melbourne to Phillip Island tour is in the cooler months, i.e., May – September. The accommodations are quite reasonable and there are fewer people visiting the island at this time. So, if you are on a budget trip, then this is the best time to visit Phillip Island.

What are Phillip Island penguin parade timings?

Phillip Island Penguin Parade occurs in the evening. Penguins generally arrive after sunset every night so, visitors should plan to arrive one hour prior to penguin arrival time to find their seats and settle in.

Is Phillip Island wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Phillip Island is wheelchair accessible to ensure everyone can participate and enjoy the experiences here.
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