Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne with Penguin Plus Viewing Platform

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Phillip Island

From USD 147.52

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level

What's Included

  • Admission to Phillip Island (Penguins plus viewing area)
  • Admission to Phillip Island Koala Conservation Reserve
  • Expert driver guide with live commentary spoken in English
  • Meals not indicated
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Immigration Museum (Museums Victoria)
    400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

    Our main meeting point for this tour is Immigration Museum - 400 Flinders St corner of Market St, Melbourne. Alternatively, if you wish to change your pickup location please contact our reservations team on +61 39393 1333.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Reserve

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Phillip Island

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Cape Woolamai (Pass By)

Cowes Beach

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Nobbies Centre

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Our vehicles are not wheelchair, prams or child stroller accessible please refrain from bring on tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 39 travellers
Operated by Autopia Tours

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.

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Incredible day with a fantastic and knowledgeable guide. The Koala sanctuary was so special, to see them in their own “natural” environment was an honour. What more can be said about the Penguins than they were mesmerising. Such a memorable day 5 stars.


45 reviews
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Best penguin experience
Henry_S, Aug 2023
The drive was totally worth it to see the penguins come in for the night. We booked the upgraded pass to have a seat in which we could see the penguins marching right past us -a very memorable experience. We were also fortunate enough to visit the koala park when the had 6-month joeys in tow.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Hi Henry, Thanks so much for leaving a 5 Star Review! We are so happy you enjoyed your tour out to Phillip Island :) Madi
Blue Penguins are Adorable
Wanita_H, Aug 2023
The penguins are just adorable and well worth the long ride. I enjoyed seeing a number of other animals too-koalas, bandicoots, walilabys, and lots of birds. Although it was a long day, it was very worth the trip!
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hi there, Thanks so much for leaving a review! We are so glad you enjoyed your trip to Phillip Island with us, the Wildlife out there is super amazing :) We hope you'll travel with us again! Madi
Well worth the time and price
Colin_H, Apr 2023
What a wonderful thing to see. I highly recommend, and pay the extra to get a seat on the viewing platform. The little guys will waddle right past you. Too cute.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Hey Colin, We are so glad to hear you had a great time on Phillip Island and got a great view of the penguins. Thank you for yout review and we hope to see you on another one of our tours soon. Cody
A bit of a disappointment
Jan_M, Apr 2023
The penguin parade was fun! The koala sanctuary was disappointing as we received no guide to the koalas which was promised. Nearly didn’t get the penguin plus but did only because we saw that our tickets were for general admission. This was corrected by Nate, our guide. The bus was very crowded and cramped for my husband who is just 6’1”. Nate was the only bright spot in the day besides the penguins. He was as accommodating as he could be in this situation. Given the experience, I may have just gotten the tickets separately and rented a car.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Hi Jan, We apologize for any confusion regarding your tickets and we're happy that Nate was able to assist you in this regard. We are constantly upgrading our fleet in order to comply with the highest safety and comfort standards, and we appreciate your feedback on it. Thank you for sharing your review and we hope to see you again on another one of our tours very soon! Kind regards, Luis
Wonderful day seeing the koalas and penguins
Adam_S, Apr 2023
Incredible day with a fantastic and knowledgeable guide. The Koala sanctuary was so special, to see them in their own “natural” environment was an honour. What more can be said about the Penguins than they were mesmerising. Such a memorable day 5 stars.
Worth it!
Allison_H, Mar 2023
Watching the penguin parade was amazing! Glad we couldn’t take pictures so the experience could be fully appreciated and enjoyed. The facility isn’t equipped to feed everyone right before it’s time to watch so bring food or get take away elsewhere before arriving. But still worth starving (too late to get food after returning to Melbourne) to watch those thousands of cute, blue fairy penguins! 😁
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Hi Allison, We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the Penguin Parade and apologize for the inconvenience of not being able to grab food before the show, but we're thrilled to hear that it was still worth it to see those adorable blue fairy penguins. Hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Luis
You won't be disappointed
Heather_K, Mar 2023
Seeing the koalas and the penguins was what it was all about and I was not disappointed! Amazing! Worth all the effort. Bit of a bus ride out and back, especially for long legged people like me cramped in tight bus seats, but seriously a must do!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed seeing the koalas and penguins - they really are amazing creatures. We appreciate your feedback about the bus ride and will keep that in mind for future tours. Hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Luis - Autopia Tours
Penguin Experience
Robert_C, Mar 2023
The penguin experience was phenomenal. So interesting to see how the penguins interact with each other. We were able to see them close as we took the penguin plus seating highly recommended The rest of the tour was not good. It was very hard to see the koalas and there was no information given. The Nobbies Ocean Discovery Centre was a total waste. The seals were supposedly 1 1/2 mile off the coast.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi Robert, We're happy to hear you enjoyed the penguin experience. They are indeed very adorable creatures :) Sorry that you couldn't spot any koalas from up-close: they are semi-wild and as such it might not always be possible to see them in full action near the boardwalk. Thank you for your honest feedback, and we hope to see you again soon on another tour! Kind regards, Luis - Autopia Tours
penguin plus seating a must, but this is not a small group
Kathryn_Z, Feb 2023
Stopped at many scenic locations along the way and the penguin parade was the highlight. Be sure to get penguin plus seating it is so much better. Take jackets as it gets cold at night waiting for the penguins to come ashore. This is NOT a small group tour because it is joined with a larger group (37 total). The stop at a gas station/ McDonald’s is totally unnecessary after 90 minutes on the bus.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hi Kathryn, Thanks a lot for your review, we're glad you enjoyed the tour! Unfortunately some days we might need to use a bigger bus if we have a larger group. The stop at that gas station is mostly for the toilet facilities and also because our driver is legally required to take regular breaks due to fatigue management :) We appreciate your feedback, and hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Luis
Excellent tour and...
Lorraine_P, Jan 2023
Excellent tour and wonderful tour guide. The platform plus viewing was fabulous. So close to the penguins. I really enjoyed the koala park and the walk prior. Just a lovely trip
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hi Lorraine, Thank you so much for your positive feedback, we're happy to know you had a good time on the Phillip Island Day Trip! Looking forward to seeing you again on another tour :) Kind regards, Luis
Everyone needs to do this. Don’t miss it.
Deborah_C, Dec 2022
This was without a doubt our favorite event in our three week stay. I recommend this for everyone including locals to do at least once. This is the best and most exciting thing we of all our events.
Small group trip to Philip Island ??
Brian_S, Nov 2022
Whilst the trip was overall good and the places visited as described, the use of small group is not what was expected. We were on a bus of 39 people. This is not a small group. Whilst this assessment of numbers is in the terms and conditions most people would not be aware of numbers. Please change the title to make it clear.
Tour stops were enjoyable but the tour guide was Mr. Minimum
Susan_B, Nov 2022
It was very enjoyable to see the koalas, seal rock, and the penguin parade. What was not enjoyable was our tour guide - i didn't get his exact name. He had minimum communication, minimum interest, and minimum engagement. Example: penguin parade- "here is your ticket, be back at the bus at 9 pm". Did not spend any effort to let us know what to expect or see at each stop. Take this tour, but with a different company.
Penguin Plus Viewing
Frances_C, Nov 2022
I gave it a 3 because it says small group but we had 39 people on the bus…that’s not small to me! However, I really enjoyed the koalas and, of course, the penguins. We were the only 4 people on our bus that did the penguin plus viewing and I think it was worth the extra money because there was a small amount of people in that area and it was close to the penguins coming out of the water and passing our area!!
Worth the day trip!!
Trenton_D, July 2022
My husband and I had an amazing time on this day trip to Phillip Island to see the penguins! We went in July when there isn't as many penguins but we still got such a sight!! Also saw koalas being really active prior to the penguins. Great day and worth the bus ride, our tour guide was amazing.
Our favorite day trip
Jennifer_B, Feb 2020
There were 7 in our group and we all loved it! John Paul our tour guide was excellent and the chocolate factory is a must especially if you have children. The penguin experience is incredible! All of a sudden, hundreds of penguins show up on the beach and march to their homes. It's an hour of being in awe. It is cold so bring warm clothes.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Hi there, thank you for the feedback! It's nice to hear that you've had a great time on the tour.
Penguin delight
Bryan_A, Feb 2020
Driver tour guide JP was excellent. Too bad we had bit of late start, not sure why some people cannot show up on time at pickup location. Comfortable vehicle and drive down to region. Park experience with Koalas and roos lots of fun as was visit to Nobbies. The Antarctic experience done in conjunction with WWF was well done, esp the screen with all the animals showing up in pictures with you! The Penguin experience was one of the highlights of our trip to Australia and rangers were great. Too bad some people do not understand the no photography rule when most people are complying. The march of the penguins up the beach past the viewing platform was amazing.
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Hi there, We are really glad that you've had a great time with us, we hope to see you in the future on one of our other tours!
Last minute decision
Terry_C, Nov 2019
Nicely paced, well guided, and friendly driver. The bus was quite uncomfortable. We enjoyed the variety of stops and being able to book at the last minute.
Had a great tour director! Upgrade...
MichaelE_K, Feb 2017
Had a great tour director! Upgrade to better Penguin seating was well worth it. Survived easily a random vehicle safety stop.
me encanto conocer a estos pequeños...
Lorraine F, Aug 2017
me encanto conocer a estos pequeños pinguinos de AUSTRALIA, el recorrido para verlos es ameno, e interesante, puedo recomendar este tour se conoce un paisaje diferente , naturaleza y animales en el camino, no me gusto mucho el lunch que nos dieron .

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