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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Evening Tour

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Travel from Melbourne to Phillip Island to watch hundreds of little penguins emerge from the surf to return to their burrows for the night. Marvel at the penguins as they waddle up the beach, feed their young, and vocally interact with each other. Phillip Island has the largest little penguin colony in the world, and you get to see them in action in their natural habitat! En route to the penguin parade, drive through the affluent suburbs of Melbourne, outlying farming communities, and the quaint fishing village of San Remo.
  • See the unforgettable sight of little penguins in their natural environment
  • Guided visit with viewing options ensures the best viewing spots
  • Upgrade for even better views from the Penguins Plus viewing platform
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transportation from Melbourne
What to Expect
After being picked up from your central Melbourne hotel in the mid-afternoon, set out on the around 1.5-hour journey to Phillip Island. Traveling aboard an air-conditioned coach, head south towards the coast and admire the scenery along the Yarra River. Arrive at the fishing village of San Remo, where you will cross the bridge to Phillip Island. The first stop of the evening is at the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre, where you can learn more about the island’s native wildlife, hear about ongoing conservation efforts, and discover fascinating facts about the little penguins—Phillip Island is home to the largest colony in Australia. Arrive at Summerland Beach, on the southwestern coast of Phillip Island, in time to watch the nightly parade. Depending on the tour option chosen, either find a place on the beach or watch from the comfort of the Penguin Plus Viewing Platform, and enjoy seeing the hundreds of little penguins waddling back up the beach to their burrows. At the end of the evening, return to Melbourne and enjoy views of the illuminated city on the drive back to your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
AAT Kings Melbourne Day Tours, Federation Square, Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

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.
Departure Time
4:00 PM
6h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Super comfortable luxury vehicle including: free wifi, in seat USB and air conditioning
  • Ticket for general viewing platform (Penguin Parade) unless upgrade selected
  • Learn all about the spectacular Phillip Island with your expert local guide
  • Pickup and dropoff at selected Melbourne hotels
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Departure times subject to change due to daylight savings
  • Be sure to bring warm layers of clothing, as the ocean air can get cold at night
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Children under 16 are not permitted on skybox tour
  • Children under 12 are not permitted on the Ranger Guided Tour
  • 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.
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 8 July 2019

Definitely not worth the money spent. This is over rated,crowded, undervalued activity. We spent ASD approx112 for 3 people as a 3 pass ticket. We stayed in the freezing cold in the middle row of the beach for hours but had a n;y peple who...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank t w
Reviewed 2 June 2019 via mobile

We joined the penguin parade in philips island. Our grayline driver is Richard/simon, a very informative and safe driver. He gave us some tips to see the penguin parade. We started at 1 pm and back around 9 pm. Around 5.45 pm, they come out....More

Thank CarolinaHisman
Reviewed 20 March 2019

Exciting & memorable moments for my family to experience the wild penguins walking back home and a good drive to Philip Island from city centre

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank the_yleo_mama
Reviewed 13 February 2019

we ended up purchasing the GENERAL ADMISSION VIEWING tickets to watch the penguin parade because the "PENGUIN PLUS" (which is located on the main path of the penguins with limited people) tickets were sold out. well, I'm glad I did not spend more money because...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank anntina21
Reviewed 10 January 2019

We saw the penguin parade on a very busy Saturday night in December. We booked a guided ranger tour, which was well worth the extra cost. We were given headsets to hear the ranger and binoculars to better see the penguins. The guided tours are...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank virginiasal
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18 September 2019|
Response from the_yleo_mama | Reviewed this property |
Sorry Im not sure coz we rented a car & drove there.
23 October 2018|
Response from Howard A | Reviewed this property |
The pickup time depends on what hotel you stay at. The website should have a list of them by hotel.
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