Penguin Parade and Wildlife Discovery Tour

14 Hours

Witness the unforgettable sight of Phillip Island’s little penguins waddling ashore at dusk on our Penguin Parade and Wildlife Discovery tour! Travel comfortably from Melbourne in a chauffeured vehicle with a knowledgeable guide. Unwind at the penguin viewing platform and marvel at these adorable creatures returning home after a day at sea. This eco-adventure doesn’t stop there – you might also encounter wallabies, koalas, and other native Australian wildlife!

Charter Tour Price:

Adult (16+): $135 Per Person
Child (0-15): $115 Per Person

Private Tour Price:

Private Tour (1 – 3) Person = $950
Private Tour (4 – 7) Person = $1200

Group Tour Price:

Small Group Tour (7-13) Person = $1500
Mid Group (14-24) Person = $2700
Large Group (25-33) Person = $3200
Extra Large Group (34-49) Person = $4200

Departure Time: Daily

Between 6:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Tour Duration: 14 Hours

Meeting point:

Anywhere in Melbourne CBD
Any Hotel in Melbourne CBD
Keilor Downs VIC 3038, Australia

Our Touring Vehicles:

4 Seat European Car
7 Seat Mercedes Van
11 Seat Luxury Van
14 Seat Standard Minibus
14 Seat Premium Minibus
24 Seat Standard Bus
24 Seat Premium Bus
33 Seat Standard Coach
33 Seat Premium Coach
49 Seat Standard Coach
49 Seat Premium Coach


Discover the Wonders of Nature: Penguin Parade and Wildlife Exploration Tour

Welcome to an unforgettable adventure that will immerse you in the natural beauty and wildlife wonders of Victoria, Australia. Join us on our Penguin Parade and Wildlife Discovery tour, departing from Melbourne, as we embark on a journey to Phillip Island, home to one of Australia’s most iconic wildlife experiences.

Tour Highlights:

  • Phillip Island: Located just 90 minutes’ drive from Melbourne, Phillip Island is renowned for its stunning coastal landscapes, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural heritage. Our tour begins with a scenic drive through the picturesque countryside, offering breathtaking views along the way.
  • Koala Conservation Centre: Our first stop is the Koala Conservation Centre, where you’ll have the opportunity to observe these beloved marsupials in their natural habitat. Take a leisurely stroll along the elevated boardwalks and spot koalas resting in the eucalyptus trees, munching on leaves, and going about their daily routines. Our knowledgeable tour guide will provide fascinating insights into koala behavior, biology, and conservation efforts aimed at protecting these iconic Australian animals.
  • Churchill Island: Next, we’ll visit Churchill Island, a historic farming island steeped in history and charm. Explore the island’s heritage farm, wander through the tranquil gardens, and discover the fascinating stories of early European settlers and Indigenous inhabitants. Be sure to catch the working farm demonstrations, including sheep shearing, cow milking, and whip cracking, for a glimpse into rural life in the 19th century.
  • Nobbies Centre: Our tour continues to the Nobbies Centre, perched on the rugged coastline of Phillip Island. Here, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the Bass Strait and Seal Rocks, home to a thriving colony of Australian fur seals. Keep your eyes peeled for these playful marine mammals as they frolic in the waves and bask on the rocky outcrops below.
  • Penguin Parade: As the sun begins to set, we’ll make our way to the world-famous Penguin Parade, the highlight of our tour. Experience the magic of nature as hundreds of little penguins emerge from the ocean and waddle up the beach to their burrows in the sand dunes. Watch in awe as these adorable creatures make their nightly journey home, guided by instinct and the light of the moon.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Transportation: Sit back and relax in our comfortable minibus, van, bus, or coach as we transport you from Melbourne to Phillip Island and back. Our vehicles are spacious, air-conditioned, and equipped with modern amenities to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey.
  • Tour Guide: Our experienced and friendly tour guide will accompany you throughout the day, providing entertaining commentary, insightful information, and expert guidance at each stop. Learn about the history, culture, and wildlife of Phillip Island as you explore its hidden treasures.

Tour Exclusions:

  • Lunch, Snacks, Tea: Please note that lunch, snacks, and tea are not provided as part of the tour package. However, you are welcome to bring your own refreshments or purchase them at the various stops along the way.
  • Tickets, Entry Fees: The cost of tickets and entry fees to attractions such as the Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island, and the Nobbies Centre are not included in the tour price. Please be prepared to pay for these expenses separately.

Tour Itinerary:

  • Morning Departure: Our tour begins with a convenient pickup from select locations in Melbourne. Sit back and enjoy the scenic drive to Phillip Island, with our tour guide providing interesting commentary along the way.
  • Koala Conservation Centre: Arrive at the Koala Conservation Centre and spend some time observing these iconic Australian animals in their natural habitat. Learn about their behavior, diet, and conservation status from our knowledgeable guide.
  • Churchill Island: Explore Churchill Island and immerse yourself in its rich history and heritage. Visit the heritage farm, explore the gardens, and enjoy the farm demonstrations before continuing on to the next stop.
  • Nobbies Centre: Take in the breathtaking coastal views from the Nobbies Centre and keep an eye out for seals frolicking in the waves below. Learn about the local marine life and ecosystems from informative exhibits and displays.
  • Penguin Parade: As the sun sets, make your way to the Penguin Parade for the highlight of the tour. Find a comfortable spot on the viewing platforms and witness the mesmerizing sight of little penguins returning to shore after a day of fishing at sea.
  • Evening Return: After the Penguin Parade, rejoin our tour group for the journey back to Melbourne. Reflect on the day’s adventures and marvel at the memories you’ve made as we return you to your drop-off location.

Tour Duration:

  • Full Day Tour: Our Penguin Parade and Wildlife Discovery tour is a full-day excursion, typically lasting approximately 12-14 hours from start to finish. Please be prepared for a day of adventure and exploration as we discover the natural wonders of Phillip Island.

Tour Requirements:

  • Comfortable Clothing: We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes for the tour, as some walking and outdoor exploration will be involved.
  • Camera: Don’t forget to bring your camera or smartphone to capture the stunning scenery, adorable wildlife, and magical moments of the tour.
  • Binoculars: If you have binoculars, feel free to bring them along for a closer look at the wildlife and coastal vistas.
  • Sun Protection: Be sure to bring sun protection, including sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as we’ll be spending time outdoors throughout the day.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to witness the magic of nature up close and create memories that will last a lifetime. Join us on our Penguin Parade and Wildlife Discovery tour and embark on a journey of discovery, adventure, and wonder in the beautiful landscapes of Phillip Island. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!


Tour Includes

  • Pickup from your choice of Melbourne CBD location
  • Transportation by Minibus, Premium Bus and Standard Coaches
  • Roundtrip airconditioned transportation
  • Air conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water

Tour Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry Ticket
  • Personal amenities such as hat, caps, sunscreen, umbrella etc

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the Penguin Parade and Wildlife Discovery tour?

Our Penguin Parade and Wildlife Discovery tour provides comfortable transportation to Phillip Island from Melbourne and back. Our experienced guides will share interesting facts and stories about the penguins and the surrounding wildlife throughout the journey. While we don’t directly include the Phillip Island entry fee or meals, our guides can advise on ticketing options and recommend restaurants based on your preferences.

What kind of vehicles do you offer for the tour?

We understand comfort and space are important for tours. We offer a variety of vehicles to suit your group size and needs. Options include minivans for smaller groups, vans for a more personalized experience, larger buses for medium-sized groups, and coaches for bigger groups traveling together. When booking your tour, you can choose the vehicle that best accommodates your party.

When is the Penguin Parade best viewed?

The Phillip Island Penguin Parade typically occurs around sunset, which varies depending on the season. During the summer months (December – February), the parade usually happens between 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM. In winter (June – August), you can expect the penguins to waddle ashore closer to 6:30 PM. We factor in these seasonal variations when planning the tour itinerary to ensure you arrive at Phillip Island in time to witness this incredible natural spectacle.

What other wildlife can we expect to see?

Phillip Island is a haven for Australian wildlife! In addition to the penguins, you might spot wallabies, possums, echidnas, and various bird species. Our knowledgeable guides will keep an eye out for these fascinating creatures and share their insights about their behaviors and habitats.

How long is the tour?

The total tour duration from Melbourne to Phillip Island and back can range from 6 to 8 hours, depending on traffic conditions and the penguin parade viewing time. This includes travel time, penguin viewing at the Penguin Parade viewing platform, and any additional stops your guide might recommend for restroom breaks or photo opportunities.

What should I wear on the tour?

Phillip Island can experience a variety of weather conditions, so dressing in layers is recommended. It’s best to bring a warm jacket, comfortable shoes suitable for walking, and a hat. As the penguin viewing happens at night, consider bringing a light rain jacket in case of unexpected showers.

Do you offer pick-up and drop-off services?

Yes, we offer convenient pick-up and drop-off services at designated locations within Melbourne. The specific pick-up and drop-off points will be confirmed upon booking.

Are children welcome on the tour?

Absolutely! The Penguin Parade is a magical experience for children of all ages. However, keep in mind the tour can be lengthy, so plan to keep your little ones entertained during the journey. We recommend bringing snacks and games for the car ride.

What about accessibility for people with disabilities? 

We strive to make our tours accessible to everyone. When booking, please let us know if anyone in your group requires special assistance. We can advise on accessibility options at Phillip Island and recommend vehicles with features to accommodate specific needs.

How do I book the Penguin Parade and Wildlife Discovery Tour?

Booking your Penguin Parade and Wildlife Discovery Tour is easy! You can visit our website ([insert company website link, if applicable]), contact us by phone, or reach out through email. We recommend booking in advance, especially during peak seasons, to secure your spot on this popular tour.

From $135
/ Adult
From $115
/ Child