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From Melbourne: Half/Full-Day Phillip Island Guided Tour with Penguin Parade

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Take a half or full-day tour of Philip Island, known for its sandy beaches and unique wildlife experiences. Enjoy the convenience of hotel transfers from Melbourne.


  • Immerse yourself in the wildlife of Australia as you make your way to Philip Island for a half or full-day tour and marvel at the stunning scenery on your way.

  • Watch the little penguin superstars waddle home across Summerland Beach – it's a front-row seat to nature's most adorable parade.

  • Don’t miss out on the treetop views of the long-term resident koalas with an optional visit to the Koala Conservation Reserve with an expert guide.

  • Upgrade your ticket for a premium viewing experience of the Penguin parade. Learn about their life cycle and the initiatives to protect them at Parade Visitors Center.

  • Fun fact: Penguins at Philip Island are called “fairy penguins”. They just weigh 1kg making them the smallest penguin species in the world.


  • Half/full-day tour of Philip Island (based on the option selected)

  • Audio guide in 10 languages (optional)

  • Expert driver guide

  • Access to Penguin Parade general viewing area

  • Round-trip hotel transfers

  • Entry to Koala Conservation Reserve (optional)

  • AC coach

  • Access to Penguin Parade premium viewing area (optional)

  • Wi-Fi (optional)

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.


11 reviews
Patricia diesel



Jul, 2024

Great half day trip, Frank was knowledgeable about Australian history and landmarks in the area. Excellent playlist and safe driver
Emma Lee



Jun, 2024

Suggest remove Nobbies from itinerary to allow adequate time at penguin centre. Not enough time to eat, toilet, read info etc. Sone guests only want to see the penguins but I couldn't find any tour options for just penguins. Pre check vehicle filters to avoid half hour loss of time on side of road for guests, avoidable issue that really impacted enjoyment. Tour guide Bluey was helpful and entertaining. Further time lost with explaining tips (while very welcome and valuable information) on side of road could have been sent in advance by email or explained while driving.
Benoit Micaud



Jun, 2024

The tour was very good overall, with panda view, the pyramides then penguin. I was little disappointed for the wallabies and kangourour where we did not stop along the way to take some picture of them. We could see them from the bus
Jennifer Newman



Apr, 2024

The experience was made great by the tour guide. Your company sent confusing instructions with different meet times and the bus does not stop on Flinders St. I will book directly with the tour company next time.
Nicole Lee



Apr, 2024

Loved to see the penguins so close. Amazed to see other fauna like the geese and wallabies. Our tour guide "Bluey" was very entertaining and informative.

Full-day adventure of Philip Islands.

Ready to ditch the city and swap skyscrapers for stunning coastlines? Buckle up for a full-day or half-day Phillip Island adventure packed with adorable encounters and breathtaking scenery. Your comfy air-conditioned coach whisks you away from Melbourne towards Phillip Island along with an audio guide available in 10 languages. First stop? The Koala Conservation Reserve, if you pick the full-day tour. Here, alongside an experienced park ranger, stroll along treetop boardwalks for an up-close peek at koalas – nature's ultimate chill champions!

Next, you'll head to The Nobbies, a dramatic rock formation teeming with wildlife. Witness one of Australia's largest fur seal colonies basking on the rocks, their barks echoing across the vast ocean.

Meet the tiniest penguins on earth

But the star attraction awaits! As the sun dips below the horizon, casting fiery hues across the sky, prepare for the Penguin Parade. Hundreds of little penguin superstars, the world's smallest penguin breed, waddle their way back to their burrows after a day at sea. Learn fascinating facts about these incredible creatures and the important conservation efforts underway to protect them.

Want to make your adventure even more epic? Upgrade your ticket for a premium viewing experience of the Penguin Parade. Get closer to the action (without disturbing the penguins, of course!) and enjoy unbeatable views.

What to bring

  • Pack your meds – better to be prepared, just in case they’re not available onsite.

  • Bring local currency or your preferred payment method for meals, souvenirs, and extra delights not covered by the ticket.

  • Bring along your sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, all-weather warm clothing for the evening, and a jumper or windproof jacket.

What's not allowed

  • This experience is not pram/stroller or wheelchair accessible.

  • No photography or filming is permitted at the Penguin Parade. Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate a penguin.

  • Suitcases and large bags are not allowed.

Additional information

  • A minimal level of physical fitness is necessary to complete this tour.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID during the pick-up.

Hotel transfers

  • This ticket includes hotel pickups and drop-offs.

  • In the next step of booking, please specify the name and address of your hotel.

  • On the day of your tour, please report at your hotel lobby 10-15 min prior to your scheduled departure.

  • If your hotel does not have a lobby, please wait at the entrance of the hotel.

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