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Philip Island Tours

Experience the best of Phillip Island on our Phillip Island Penguins Tour. Phillip Island is located on Victoria’s South Coast and is home to around 32,000 Little Penguins. Many penguins come out of the water every night and walk across the beach at the famous Penguin Parade.

Our full-day tour includes walks along the beautiful beaches and boardwalks of Phillip Island, encounters with the local wildlife, and, of course, the Penguin Parade. Our knowledgeable guide will show you the best spots in each Penguin Viewing Area for the ultimate experience.

DAYS1
DEPARTS

13:45 /SUMMER

11:45 /WINTER

RETURNS

23:45 /SUMMER

21:45 /WINTER

Price$ 125 AUD

Highlights

  • Witness the stunning phenomenon of the
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade.
  • Participants can take a guided ranger journey through the Philip Island Koala Conservation Reserve.
  • Learn about the natural beauty, history, and significance of Phillip Island.
  • One can journey on dirt roads along the Phillips Island coastal cliffs and observe wallabies and birds of prey.
  • You can explore the Nobbies and Seal Rocks coastal boardwalks by taking a leisurely walk.
  • Visit the Phillip Island Penguin Visitor Centre. 

 Itinerary Phillip Island Penguins Tour

Phillip Island is located 140 km southeast of Melbourne and has a population of just over 7,000 people. The island boasts a diverse range of animal species and areas of scientific, historic, and archaeological significance. Despite its small size, Phillip Island offers stunning natural beauty and numerous points of interest. 

The drive from Melbourne to Phillip Island takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Upon arrival, a Phillip Island Nature Parks Ranger will greet you and provide a guided walk through the Koala Reserve. A presentation will be given about koalas, the history and importance of the Reserve, and the remaining natural woodland on the island. 

The Yalloc Bulluck was a prominent clan of the Bunurong people. They hunted, fished, and gathered food on Phillip Island. They would come to the island in the Summer and during the ‘egging season’.

The area was famous because there was a lot of wildlife. Today, you can see evidence of the Yalloc Bulluk’s foraging at the Penguin Parade and the Summerlands National Park. Phillip Island Nature Parks is working to educate visitors and protect these important cultural areas. 

When you arrive at Summerlands, you will see no houses, as this area is part of the National Park. You will notice small artificial burrows where penguins who haven’t gone fishing hide. We can walk along ‘The Nobbies’ boardwalks and try to spot Little Penguins in their burrows. Stroll to the Blowhole, where waves crash onto the volcanic rock.

The caves and formations on this peninsula offer great photo opportunities, with Seal Rocks in the background. On a sunny day, you might even see Australian Fur Seals. If you don’t want to walk on the boardwalks, you can visit the Nobbies Information Centre. You can explore the gift shop, grab a hot drink, or learn about the Antarctic Journey Experience.

For an additional fee of $18 per person, you can get an immersive encounter with marine animals of the Southern Hemisphere. Your entrance fee directly supports the WWF’s efforts to protect these amazing creatures of the Southern Ocean. 

Leaving the Nobbies, we begin our off-road journey with stunning vistas and chances to spot Wallabies. Your guided tour will heighten the excitement of observing wild Little Penguins, offering insight into their distinct behaviours and characteristics. Were you aware that they possess more than 3000 feathers?

The Penguin Parade occurs after sunset when the Little Penguins come out of the water. They do this so they can avoid predators in the sky. Photography is not allowed during the Penguin Parade in order not to scare the penguins. 

Supports this rule and encourages visitors not to focus on taking photos but to enjoy the experience. If you’re interested in also visiting the Great Ocean Road, consider our 2-Day Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island Tour, where we handle the planning and driving so you can relax and enjoy the journey. 

Details

Fare prices: $165 Adult (13+) / $125 Children (0-12)

To organize your private tour of Phillip Island, contact our charters team at charters@gltg.com.au. Follow our itinerary or customize your own; it’s up to you. Enjoy the convenience of a pickup and drop-off at your address, and relax exploring new places with loved ones. 

  • Penguin Parade entry
  • Inner city pickup and drop-off
  • Experienced driver/guide and tour commentary
  • Koala Reserve Entry Fees 
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm and cool clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • A sense of adventure 

Our central meeting point for this tour will be the Immigration Museum (east-side), 400 Flinders St, corner of Market St, Melbourne,  11:45 am (winter) / 1:45 pm (Summer).

  • Winter | Summer
  • 11:05 | 13:05 – Pegasus Apartments Hotel, 206 A’Beckett St, Melbourne
  • 11:10 | 13:10 – Melbourne Marriott Hotel – Cnr Exhibition St Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • 11:15 | 13:15 – Space Hotel, 380 Russell St, Melbourne
  • 11:20 | 13:20 – Grand Hyatt Melbourne – Russell St entrance, Melbourne
  • 11:30 | 13:30 – Adina Apartment Hotel, 189 Queen St, Melbourne
  • 11:35 | 13:35 – The Savoy Hotel, 630 Little Collins St, Melbourne
  • 11:45 | 13:45 – Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, on the corner of Market St, Melbourne
  • 11:50 | 13:50 – Crown Towers – 8 Whiteman St Queens Bridge St, Southbank

This tour is affected by daylight savings hours and departure time changes to maximize the sunset experience.

  • 02 Oct 2022 – 01 Apr 2023 summer  1:45 pm
  • 02 Apr 2023 – 30 Sep 2023 winter 11:45 am
  • 01 Oct 2023 – 06 Apr 2024 summer 1:45 pm.

*If you cannot find your desired pickup location, please get in touch with our office for a more exhaustive list of locations.* You should arrive at your pickup location at least 10 minutes before departure time. Please be patient and do not panic if your bus is running a few minutes late. If your bus has not picked you up within 10 minutes of your departure time, contact our office on 03 9393 1300. 

FAQs

While it’s possible, spending a few days allows for a more in-depth exploration of the island’s attractions.
The penguins generally come ashore at sunset, but the exact timing varies throughout the year.
Yes, most attractions on Philip Island have eateries on-site.
Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes, and bring a rain jacket.
Absolutely! With its numerous kid-friendly activities, Philip Island is a fantastic family destination.

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