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Phillip Island & Moonlit Sanctuary Tour

Phillip Island
8-10 hours

The famous penguin parade will lure you to visit the beautiful township of Phillip island but a Day Tour with Oceania Tours will allow you to discover so much more, including: Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park, Woolamai Surf Beach (time permitting) and the Nobbies. And finally, to the island’s black tie gala event: the Penguin Parade.

Phillip Island
8-9 hrs
1300-1400 hrs* from last hotel or Eureka Tower (see seasonal timings)
2030-2330 hrs* at hotel
Min: 2 adults
Max: 11 people
Daily (English)

Highlights & Inclusions

  1. Small group touring (max 11 passengers)
  2. Expert guide with extensive local knowledge
  3. Hotel pick up and drop off from selected Melbourne City Hotels
  4. Entry fee to Moonlit Sanctuary
  5. Entry fee to Phillip Island Nature Park (Regular viewing area)

Phillip Island Day Tour Itinerary (8-10 hours)

Your unforgettable day will commence with a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you are guaranteed plenty of close encounters with an array of Australian native animals like kangaroos, wombats and echidnas.

Next, we will head to Phillip Island where, time/season permitting, we will take you to Woolamai Surf Beach to catch a glimpse of the awesome waves and die-hard surfers.

Following this, we then 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 in all seasons.

Seasonal Timings

  • 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 limited time, you might prefer our express tour: Penguin Parade & Nobbies Tour


Upgrade Options at the Penguin Parade

Penguins Plus

Includes entrance to a separate platform to one side of the beach, limited to 240 people thus enabling you better viewing.

Underground viewing

Close-up viewing of the little penguins through an underground, protected viewing window, and therefore a warmer spot in the winter.

Ranger-Guided Tour

In English via headset with a ranger for a small group. Binoculars included.

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.

You will find one of Australia’s most important fur seal colonies, koalas, kangaroos, not to mention 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.

Phillip Island Day Tour Map