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Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne

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See penguins, koalas and kangaroos on a day trip to Phillip Island, Melbourne's wildlife wonderland and holiday island. Visit a wildlife park to see some koalas and kangaroos, then watch sea birds and fur seals in the rocky formation known as the Nobbies. At sunset, take your place at Summerland Beach to enjoy the nightly Penguin Parade, as cute little penguins waddle up the beach to their burrows after a day spent fishing at sea. To enhance your Penguin Parade experience, choose from a range of upgrade options: view the penguins from an exclusive viewing platform with Penguin Plus, interact with rangers and watch the parade from the exclusive Skybox, or choose the Ultimate Penguin Parade and enjoy a specially guided small-group tour at a secluded beach location.

Note: Nobbies viewing is seasonal and dependent on daylight hours
  • Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade reveals penguins in their natural habitat
  • Spot sea birds and fur seals in the Nobbies rock formations
  • Tour Maru Koala and Animal Park for an up-close look at native wildlife
  • Hassle-free: convenient pickup and drop-off at selected Melbourne hotels
What to Expect
Board a climate-controlled bus at your Melbourne hotel for the trip to Maru Koala and Animal Park, passing Westernport Bay along the way. At the award-winning animal park, see koalas and kangaroos along with a range of other native animals. See Tasmanian devils, wombats, venomous snakes, and dingoes—some of the country’s most fascinating creatures—up close. From Maru Koala and Animal Park, continue to Philip Island (with at stop at Cowes Beach in the summer months), home to sea birds, fur seals, and the world’s smallest species of penguin. Explore the Nobbies rock formations to look for seals and birds. Then, as sunset approaches, wait for the native penguins in the viewing station that you’ve selected when booking. Suddenly you’ll start to see the tiny penguins emerge from the water, waddling along the beach as they make their way to snug island burrows. Following the Penguin Parade, your tour concludes with return transportation to your Melbourne hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1: AAT Kings Melbourne Day Tours, Federation Square, Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
2: Phillip Island, Phillip Island, Victoria

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick-ups commence prior to the tour start time. You will be collected from the hotel you have selected in the drop down list during the booking process. Your hotel pick-up time will be displayed on your voucher. If you wish to change your pick-up location from the one selected, you must call the operator at least 24 hrs prior to travel. If your hotel does not appear on the drop down list, the operator does not pick-up from your hotel. Please phone the operator to arrange an alternate pick-up time and location.
9h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Pickup from select Melbourne hotels. Pick up locations appear in a drop down box at time of booking
  • Entry to Maru Koala and Animal Park
  • Ticket for general viewing platform (Penguin Parade) unless upgrade selected
  • Super comfortable luxury vehicle including: free wifi, in seat USB and air conditioning
  • Learn all about the spectacular Phillip Island with your expert local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Maru Koala and Animal Park
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
  • Food and drinks
  • Selected hotel drop off
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under 16 are not permitted on skybox tour
  • Children under 12 are not permitted on the Ranger Guided Tour
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Guests that require a wheelchair are welcome on our tours providing they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from the supplier to embark and disembark the vehicle. Wheelchairs will be stored under the vehicle whilst in transit. If travelling with a wheelchair, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure your wheelchair can be accommodated. no access to upgrades to Guided Ranger or Skybox at Phillip Island Nature Parks, Penguins Underground is the recommended upgrade.
  • If travelling with an infant that requires a stroller, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure the can be accommodated.
  • Please note photography or filming is prohibited at the Penguin Parade. Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate a penguin.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During our visit in Australia we enjoyed two day trips that we did through AAT Kings and I must admit that both the trips were totally enjoyable. The first trip was from Sydney to the Blue Mountains / Three Sisters / Scenic World with a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank NavazKR
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So pleased I decided at the last minute to book on to this AAT King tour. Thanks to Paul our driver/guide for making it an interesting adventure. The penguins made us wait before emerging from the sea slightly later than usual but it was a...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2019

This all day tour was fun and well worth it! Animal Park was fun and unique! Then we headed to Phillip Island for the Penguin Parade. Highlights: great guide and happy we opted for a guided tour which meant we sat on the beach with...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Barb A
Reviewed 10 July 2019

This trip is well worth it. Long buss ride to nd from but the Gide was very good and helpful. The event is very interesting and the penguin are very fun to what. Get he up grade sits. Much better and the ranger talk is...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank dick u
Reviewed 31 May 2019 via mobile

We arranged a small group tour to see the fairy penguins on Philip Island Fred was early and arrived in a nice mini bus filled with cool fresh water for us to help ourselves He took us on a small side tour of st Kilda...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank jmteeth
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Mike N
20 August 2019|
Response from Penny N | Reviewed this property |
With AAT King our tour left from Federation Square and we were dropped off at our respective hotels.
Dominic H
17 July 2019|
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Response from SoCalTraveler91356 | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at a hotel across from Flinders St. Station. That was originally a pick-up point. Pick up then moved a block and a half to a museum. Then pick up moved a block and a half in the other direction to a church. We... More
20 May 2019|
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around 7 am from your hotel,
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