Phillip Island Penguin Tour

11 Hours

Witness the magic of nature on our Phillip Island Penguin Tour! Journey from Melbourne in comfort and style with Melbourne Limo Vans and Buses. Our friendly driver-guide will lead the way as you explore Phillip Island and watch the world-famous Penguin Parade. See adorable little penguins waddle ashore at sunset after a day at sea – an unforgettable experience!

  • Charter Tour Price:

Adult (16+): $110 Per Person
Child (0-15): $90 Per Person

  • Private Tour Price:

Private Tour (1 – 3) Person = $850
Private Tour (4 – 7) Person = $1000

  • Group Tour Price:

Small Group Tour (7-13) Person = $1300
Mid Group (14-24) Person = $2250
Large Group (25-33) Person = $2950
Extra Large Group (34-49) Person = $4000

  • Departure Time: Daily

Between 6:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Tour Duration: 12 Hours

  • Meeting point:

Anywhere in Melbourne CBD
Any Hotel in Melbourne CBD
Melbourne Airport
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


Phillip Island Penguin Tour from Melbourne: A Magical Encounter with Nature’s Wonders

Experience the magic of nature firsthand with our unforgettable Phillip Island Penguin Tour from Melbourne. Embark on a journey to one of Australia’s most iconic destinations, where you’ll witness the enchanting spectacle of little penguins waddling ashore at sunset, as well as explore the island’s breathtaking landscapes, wildlife sanctuaries, and charming coastal villages. Join us for an unforgettable adventure filled with wonder, excitement, and discovery.

Tour Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive from Melbourne to Phillip Island: Departing from Melbourne, our journey begins with a scenic drive through the picturesque countryside of Victoria. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the breathtaking views as we make our way towards Phillip Island, located approximately 140 kilometers southeast of Melbourne.
  • Visit to the Koala Conservation Centre: Our first stop on Phillip Island is the Koala Conservation Centre, where you’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Australia’s most beloved marsupials. Stroll along the elevated boardwalks and observe koalas in their natural habitat, as they lounge in the eucalyptus trees and munch on leaves.
  • Exploration of Churchill Island Heritage Farm: Next, we’ll visit Churchill Island Heritage Farm, a historic working farm that offers a glimpse into Australia’s agricultural past. Take a leisurely stroll around the farmstead, interact with friendly farm animals, and learn about traditional farming practices through engaging demonstrations and activities.
  • Scenic Coastal Drive: As we continue our journey around Phillip Island, marvel at the island’s stunning coastal scenery, including rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and panoramic ocean views. Keep your camera handy to capture the beauty of this idyllic island paradise.
  • Free Time in Cowes: Enjoy some free time in the charming seaside town of Cowes, where you can explore local shops, cafes, and galleries at your leisure. Take a stroll along the waterfront promenade, relax on the beach, or indulge in some delicious seafood cuisine at one of the waterfront restaurants.
  • Magical Penguin Parade at Sunset: The highlight of our tour awaits as we make our way to the world-famous Penguin Parade at Phillip Island Nature Park. As the sun begins to set, watch in awe as hundreds of little penguins emerge from the sea and waddle up the beach to their burrows in the sand dunes. This magical spectacle is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you mesmerized.
  • Return Journey to Melbourne: After an unforgettable day of exploration and wildlife encounters, we’ll board our comfortable vehicle and begin our journey back to Melbourne. Reflect on the day’s adventures and share memories with your fellow travelers as we make our way through the starlit countryside.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Transportation: Travel in comfort and style aboard our modern and well-equipped minibuses, vans, buses, or coaches, depending on the size of the tour group.
  • Professional Tour Guide: Our knowledgeable and experienced tour guides will accompany you throughout the day, providing fascinating insights into the history, culture, and wildlife of Phillip Island.
  • Entrance Fees: Enjoy access to the Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm, and Phillip Island Nature Park for the Penguin Parade. Please note that lunch, snacks, tea, tickets, and entry fees are not included in the tour price.

Tour Details:

  • Duration: Approximately 10-12 hours.
  • Departure Point: Melbourne CBD (specific location to be confirmed upon booking).
  • Departure Time: Early afternoon, to arrive at Phillip Island in time for the Penguin Parade.
  • Return Time: Late evening, after the conclusion of the Penguin Parade.
  • Group Size: Small to medium-sized groups, ensuring a personalized and intimate touring experience.

Additional Information:

  • What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera, and a sense of adventure.
  • Accessibility: Please note that some attractions on Phillip Island may have limited accessibility for individuals with mobility issues. Please contact us in advance if you have any specific accessibility requirements.
  • Safety: Your safety and well-being are our top priorities. Our vehicles undergo regular maintenance and safety checks, and our tour guides are trained in first aid and emergency procedures.
  • Booking: Advance booking is recommended to secure your spot on the tour, as spaces are limited and tend to fill up quickly, especially during peak seasons.

Join Us for an Unforgettable Adventure:

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the natural beauty and wildlife wonders of Phillip Island on our exclusive Penguin Tour from Melbourne. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, wildlife lover, or simply looking for a unique and memorable day trip from Melbourne, this tour promises an unforgettable adventure that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Book your tour with us today and get ready to embark on a journey of discovery and wonder!


Tour Includes

  • Pickup from your choice of Melbourne CBD location
  • Transportation by Minibus, Premium Bus and Standard Coaches
  • Entry ticket to National Park
  • 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's included in your Phillip Island Penguin Tour?

Our Phillip Island Penguin Tour focuses on providing a comfortable and informative journey to witness the famous penguin parade. We provide round-trip transportation from Melbourne in a minibus, van, bus, or coach (depending on group size) with a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. Your guide will share interesting facts about Phillip Island and the little penguins throughout the tour. Please note that lunch, snacks, refreshments, and any entry fees are not included in the tour price. We recommend bringing your own food and drinks for the journey.

What Phillip Island locations does the tour visit?

The highlight of our Phillip Island Penguin Tour is the Penguin Parade, a nightly spectacle where little penguins waddle up the beach after a day at sea. Depending on the specific tour option chosen, you might also visit other Phillip Island attractions such as:

  • The Nobbies: A lookout point offering stunning views of the coastline and abundant birdlife, including albatrosses, shearwaters, and muttonbirds.
  • Koala Conservation Centre: See koalas up close and learn about conservation efforts for this iconic Australian animal.
  • Churchill Island: Explore the island’s rich history through its historic buildings and military fortifications.

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

Absolutely! We offer convenient pick-up and drop-off services at designated locations in Melbourne, making your Phillip Island adventure seamless. Specific pick-up and drop-off points will be confirmed upon booking.

What type of vehicles do you use for the tour?

We have a variety of vehicles to accommodate groups of all sizes. For smaller groups, we might use a comfortable minibus or van. For larger groups, we can provide a spacious bus or even a coach.

How long is the Phillip Island Penguin Tour?

The total duration of the Phillip Island Penguin Tour typically ranges from 7 to 8 hours, depending on traffic conditions and any additional stops included in the itinerary. This includes travel time from Melbourne to Phillip Island, time spent at Phillip Island locations (including the Penguin Parade), and the return trip to Melbourne.

What time does the Penguin Parade start?

The penguin parade is a natural phenomenon, and the exact time of their arrival on the shore can vary slightly depending on the season and weather conditions. However, it generally occurs around sunset, which can be anywhere between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Your tour guide will keep a close eye on timings and ensure you arrive at the viewing platform well before the penguins emerge.

What should I wear on the Phillip Island Penguin Tour?

Phillip Island can experience cooler temperatures, especially in the evenings. We recommend dressing in warm layers, including comfortable shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces. A hat and jacket are also advisable, and don’t forget to bring sunscreen and sunglasses for the daytime portions of the tour.

Are there any restrictions on viewing the Penguin Parade?

For the well-being of the penguins, there are some regulations in place for viewing the Penguin Parade. These typically involve maintaining a safe distance from the penguins, remaining quiet, and following instructions from park rangers or guides. Your tour guide will ensure you understand these guidelines before arriving at the viewing platform.

Is the Phillip Island Penguin Tour suitable for children?

The Phillip Island Penguin Tour is a wonderful experience for families with children. The penguin parade is a captivating sight for all ages, and the tour can be a great way to introduce children to wildlife and conservation efforts. However, the extended travel time and nighttime viewing might be challenging for very young children. We recommend considering your child’s age and temperament when deciding if this tour is suitable for them.

We hope this information helps answer your questions about our Phillip Island Penguin Tour. If you have any further inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

From $110
/ Adult
From $90
/ Child