Our new Penguin Parade Tour allows you to leave Melbourne later but enjoy plenty of time on Phillip Island to visit the Nobbies, Woolamai Surf Beach (weather/time-permitting) and the iconic Penguin Parade.
1400-1500 hrs* from last hotel or Eureka Tower (see seasonal timings)
2030-2330 hrs* at hotel
|Min: 2 adults
Max: 11 people
Penguin Parade Tour Itinerary
Make the most of your time in Melbourne and join this Penguin Parade Tour with a later departure to enjoy Phillip Island’s stunning landscapes and the famous Penguin Parade.
Our first stop on Phillip Island, time/season permitting, will be to Woolamai Surf Beach to catch a glimpse of the awesome waves and die-hard surfers.
Next, we travel over to the dramatic west coast of the island. At the Nobbies, you will stroll along the boardwalk to experience the waves crashing along this dramatic coastline and perhaps spot a few seals and some penguin nests.
Finally, your Phillip Island Day Tour is not complete without its black tie gala event: the Penguin Parade. You will firstly head to the Visitor Centre to shop and have a coffee.
Then last but certainly not least, you will meander along the boardwalk to the viewing platform.
It’s time to relax and let the show begin.
The little penguins will waddle ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows.
At the end of the evening, your Oceania Guide will take you back to your Melbourne hotel.
* Warm and waterproof clothing is recommended.
- During summer/daylight savings (1st weekend October- 1st weekend April) : Pick up from last hotel approx 1400 / Return between 2300 and 2330
- In winter (all other times of the year) Pick up from last hotel approx 1300. We drive back to Melbourne straight after the Penguin Parade.
- This tour does not run on 25 Dec or 31 Dec
- If you have more time, you might prefer our classic tour: Phillip Island Day Tour
Upgrade Options at the Penguin Parade
Includes entrance to a separate platform to one side of the beach, limited to 300 people thus enabling you better viewing.
Close-up viewing of the little penguins through an underground, protected viewing window, and therefore a warmer spot in the winter.
In English via headset with a ranger for a small group. Binoculars included.
Access to a small viewing cabin for a maximum of 10 adults. You can help the ranger count the penguins.
The experience includes a visit to the Underground Viewing at the completion of the tour to see the penguins up close.
Please note that this express tour will firstly head to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you will meet your expert guide and other guests who will continue the journey with you to Phillip Island.
Highlights & Inclusions
- Small group touring (max 11 passengers)
- Expert guide with extensive local knowledge
- Hotel pick up and drop off from Melbourne City Hotels
- Entry fee to Phillip Island Nature Park (Regular viewing area)
About Phillip Island
Unlike other islands in the region, Phillip Island combines breathtaking wild scenery with first class, eco-friendly tourist attractions.
The island is, of course, famous for the little penguins, whereas it may be surprising to learn that the island is also home to a plethora of Australian animals.
Your tour, weather permitting, will take you to Cape Woolamai and the Woolamai Surf Beach, a hot spot for surfers and a natural paradise for the local birdlife. As you drive around the island, you may spot koalas, kangaroos as well as the varied bird life.
About the Penguin Parade
If you haven’t yet seen the little penguins waddling in groups over the sand dunes into their burrows, you are in for a treat.
The Penguin Parade is operated by Phillip Island Nature Parks. This non for profit organisation invests in conservation, research and education for the little penguins and their habitats, therefore your visit directly contributes to their important work.