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Duration: Afternoon + Evening
Location: Phillip Island
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Phillip Island Penguin Parade - 1 Day Private Tour

The Penguin Parade at Phillip Island is the most famous wildlife experiences in Victoria and is the second most visited ticketed tourist destination in Australia. We’ll make sure you get a close up view of the iconic parade as the penguins cross the beach and waddle up to their burrows each night. You’ll also be treated to a variety of other wildlife experiences that Phillip Island offers in this tour.

Phillip Island is abundant with native wildlife and beautiful coastal scenery, located just 90 minutes south-east of Melbourne. You’ll visit the Koala Conservation Centre where you can learn about the unique life of everyone’s favourite marsupial. There’s also an elevated boardwalk that offers a close encounter with the resident koalas.

Our tour takes you on a scenic back road through the conservation park where wallabies roam free, cape barron geese contest one another, and soaring swamp harriers look for prey. The coastline here boast inspiring scenery that you’ll be able to photograph as we stop to admire the view.

You’ll also visit the Seal Rock region, home to the second largest Australian fur seal colony. From here you’ll take in the immense vista of the Southern Ocean and enjoy stunning views from the boardwalk that meanders past penguin nests.

As night falls, you’ll experience the iconic Penguin Parade as the wild birds arrive back on shore after feeding in the open ocean. We can upgrade you to the very best tickets* for this outdoor experience to ensure you get the best seats and information, where a penguin ranger leads the way for your small group of no more than 12 people. 

Dinner is at seaside town of Cowes, your guide will help you select a restaurant of your liking.

Tour Highlights

  • Penguin Parade
  • Koala Conservation Centre
  • Cape Woolamai
  • Seal Rocks Boardwalk
  • The Nobbies Centre
  • Knowledgeable Guide
  • Hotel Pick-up and Return
  • Penguin Plus Upgrade
  • Optional Koala Patting

Options

Upgraded 'Guided Ranger Tour' Experience

At the parade you join a small group ( max 12) led by an expert Penguin Ranger who provides in-depth information and first hand knowledge of the Penguins as they leads you throughout the centre, then takes you to the beach for front seat viewing of the parade.

Ideal for animal enthusiasts and those wanting a personal ranger to talk with.

Eco Boat Seal Tours 90 Minute

Experience the thrill of a high speed 90 minute boat ride along Phillip Island’s rugged and spectacular coastline with Wild Oceans Eco-Boat Tour and enjoy an up-close encounter with one of Australia’s largest colonies of fur seals

If selected this replaces the Seal Rocks boardwalk and is subject to availability.

FAQ

Whats Included?

Expert guide, all entry fee’s, upgrade to Pengion Plus, private vehicle, hotel pick-up drop off.

Is dinner included

No. We do recommend restaurants for you at Cowes on Phillip Island by the sea. Your guide will book on your behalf based on your culinary interests.

How long is the drive

Phillip Island is only 1.5 hrs from Melbourne.

Departure time & return

Tour departs from your accommodation at 1.30 pm and you return approx 10.30 -11.00pm.

Do we get on the beach?

Of course. There are a few options to walk oon the beach. Ask your driver if he can prioritise more time on the beach for you.

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