Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne

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From USD 98.91

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 12 to 14 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Travel on a small-group tour from Melbourne to Phillip Island to see the penguin parade and other wildlife highlights of Victoria. Your full-day tour stops at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park to meet Australian natives such as koalas and wallabies. Explore the dramatic Cape Woolamai surf beach and the Nobbies boardwalk where you can enjoy the views of the rugged South Coast.
  • Full-day small-group wildlife tour to Phillip Island from Melbourne
  • Hand-feed the kangaroos and wallabies at Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Enjoy the views of Phillip Islands rugged coastline from the Nobbies boardwalk
  • See the penguin parade when hundreds of little penguins emerge from the ocean for the night

What's Included

  • Friendly & informative tour guide
  • Pickup from selected hotels
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry to Moonlit Sanctuary & guided tour of the exhibits
  • WiFi on board
  • General admission at the Penguin Parade
  • Meals other than as stated
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

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Pickup details

Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout. Your pickup will be between 11:00am-12 midday (Aug-Apr) or 10:00am-11:00am (May-Jul) depending on which location you select. Your exact meeting time will be provided after a booking is placed. This tour returns to Melbourne at approximately 9pm-midnight depending on the season.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Photography and video are NOT PERMITTED at the Penguin Parade
  • Large bags, strollers, prams, baby capsules, luggage & walkers cannot be brought on board
  • If travelling with an infant, please contact Tour Operator directly and request infant seat
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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PPS: No photography allowed, and they yell (nicely) for you to put them away!
This was a very good tour, just a small group which is ideal when doing trips.
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Great day out!
Pamela_F, Mar 2023
What a great day out! I booked this trip specifically to see the penguins at Phillip Island. I had a great day from start to finish, our tour guide Chris N was very friendly and helpful.
Duncan_M, Mar 2023
Aaron was a funny and knowledgeable guide. We loved his passion for the animals and land. The penguin parade was definitely the highlight.
MUST DO - but be prepared for a long day.
Maddison_K, Mar 2023
It was a fantastic day. Lots of amazing animals, with the highlight being the penguins, of course. Jon C was a wonderful guide - very personable and knowledgeable. It was a long day, so appreciated being driven rather than having to drive a rental car late at night. Probably a bit long for kids. The Penguin parade was a bit busy (over 2000 people), which diminished the experience, particularly as people did not adhere to the "no photography" rule.
Must see
Lisa_V, Mar 2023
Lucy was energetic and made the day super fun. This is a must see experience. Appreciate Viator upgrading experience to Penguin Plus.
Great Tour
Barbara_K, Feb 2023
Really good day tour from Melbourne. Our guides were funny and provided lots of information. The tour was long but not too packed and we had enough time at every stop.
Best Day Ever!!
Jack_T, Feb 2023
Our guide Aaron was both informative and entertaining. Feeding the wallabies at Moonlit Sanctuary was pure enjoyment and no words can describe the magic at Phillip Island. Watching the process of hundreds of penguins emerge from the water and march right towards you warms your heart. This excursion is one you don't want to miss!!
Magical Adventure with Koalas, Kangaroos, and Penguins
Diane_D, Feb 2023
We went to a place where we could feed and pet koalas and kangaroos, then to see the "March of the Penguins, " which was magical. The sound of the babies in their nests calling to their parents, and the little birds marching in from the sea was something I will never forget.
Great experience
Amelia_B, Feb 2023
Booked this for mum n dad. They loved it and find them really accommodating. Would recommend to do in Vic for sure!
Two wallabies, in turn,...
Douglas_H, Feb 2023
Two wallabies, in turn, hopping across the penguin parade at the Penguin Plus stand... Hilda was entertaining and helpful while on the bus. Made for a very nice day and evening.
Pretty good overall
MARY_B, Jan 2023
Enjoyable day with Chris N of Go West. He is an excellent guide and knows heaps about the area, the history and the penguins. If I was just rating him it would be a 5* review. The itinerary was very good, but I wouldn’t rank it as excellent. The dinner choices were limited (we went to Cowes) although there was enough time to order and eat a takeout meal. The animal sanctuary was very good and the penguins were great, though waiting over an hour on hard seats for them to arrive was a bit tedious. A tour worth doing, but probably would have been better to have booked the Penguin Plus experience. We weren’t made aware of this option by Bunyip Tours.
Little Penguins will steal your heart!
Roslyn_L, Jan 2023
I really can’t fault this trip! We covered so many things that I’ve had on my to-do list, and even though we did so much, everything was paced really well. Kevin was a really attentive guide and made sure everyone had a fantastic time. For anyone considering this trip, the only thing I would be mindful of is to be prepared that some people at the penguins parade won’t follow the rules about not taking photos. The team at the parade make it very clear multiple times why you can’t take photos of the penguins, but sadly there were a few people who didn’t care about their well-being. Also - wrap up warm! Overall, this experience was unforgettable and extremely great value for money.
Our guide Cloe was great!
Andrea_W, Jan 2023
Our guide Cloe was great! She was very conscious of keeping the little penguins safe while we had a wonderful time on our trip.
Great guide great trip.
chris_c, Jan 2023
A relaxing trip, we’ve got enough time to enjoy in each attraction, only that 1 hour for dinner was a bit tight as restaurants were full of tourists and it took quite a long time to wait for our orders. It would be great if 15 mins more for dinner time. The penguin parade was amazing, able to see lovely penguins went onboard from the ocean and got a close look on them. Our guide Debby of Go West was caring, humorous, knowledgeable and was a good DJ. It was great to have her as our guide!
Value for money
Great to see so many things in one trip, especially the little penguins, with regular stops which made the journey enjoyable!
As Lucy said, seeing the...
Mark_B, Jan 2023
As Lucy said, seeing the pengies! Her conservation message was real and amenable. I truly trust and value her message and service to us - she is a real asset to your industry. Thanks Mark
Christine_W, Jan 2023
The penguin parade was the highlight of the trip and other stops were brilliant. Highly recommend xdfgvvbnjuuycffghjjkkjgff
Great Trip and Excellent Service
Angela_L, Jan 2023
This was the second time to join Go West tour. Bert was my tour guide. He is very experienced and provides a lot of history background on the entire journey. He always makes sure that we know the place to find the tour bus. Bert dropped everyone after 12pm and came down to the bus each time to say Goodbye. Thanks Bert for being such a professional tour guide and giving us the great trip to Phillip Island.
Excellent Tour
Andrew_H, Jan 2023
Had a great time with Terry R from the start to finish. Terry was kind, responsive, communicative and attentive to our group needs. Hope to see you again on our next tour!
Most awesome 1-day experience ever
Retha_L, Jan 2023
The tour was very well organised, comfortable and informative. The penguins were by far the highlight of the day. My whole family had lots of fun!
Tom_K, Jan 2023
It was a very long Day but our guide Chris was great. The bus was ok no USB ports for a 12 hour tour which makes keeping your phone charged difficult, however the Penguin and wildlife reserve was so worth it. We saw Wallabies in the wild and then the Penguins coming home to feed there families after being at sea fishing for weeks. It was amazing. Strongly recommend