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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.

  •   This was a great day tour out of Melbourne. We especially enjoyed the William Ricketts Sculpture Gallery. The rhododendron gardens were beautiful and the lunch was very good. The guide also did a great job.

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    11/28/2018

      We had a wonderful day touring the Dandenong Ranges with our guide, Steve. From the moment we were picked up, the seven of us had a fantastic day. Steve was very knowledgeable about so many pertinent aspects of the tour and the greater Melbourne area,...More

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    11/19/2018

      If you’re traveling solo or with a group of up to 11 members, I would highly recommend you to book your tours with “Great Private Tours” for the following reasons:

    1- Other tour companies are often packed with many tourists, thus it will take longer time at the stops, and will restrict you with limited time at the attractions, where as with Great Private Tours, you’ll be in control of the time.

    2- Steve will provide you with the best itinerary that will meet your expectations! He’ll consider every aspect, starting from the weather, sunrise/sunset, meals, peak hours, and since he has been in business for many years he already has good relations with the employees of the touristic attractions who will not hesitate to facilitate your tours.

    3- The price is very reasonable, specially if you’re a group, it’s totally worth it.

    4- Steve, being a professional tour guide, in addition to his experience as a sustainability specialist, be ready to enjoy the knowledge transfer he’ll share with you on the environment of all places you’ll visit as well as the anthropology of Australia and specially the province of Victoria.

    I personally have really enjoyed all of my tours with Steve, and I would highly recommend it to everyone planning to visit Melbourne for an unforgettable experience!

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    4/30/2018

      Late review but here goes, brought the family to tour Melbourne on the 12th of December. Steve our guide for 2 days was very knowledgable about the history and stories of where we went, which was the Great Ocean Road, Dandenong Ranges and the Puffing...More

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  •   Super fun day with Steve,our informative, articulate guide. We saw a non touristy side of just outside of Melbourne in the Dandenong mountains. We saw moving art celebrating aboriginal culture in a serene forest, fed enormous whitecockatoos, enjoyed the green wonderland of the botanic garden,...More

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      Steve, our knowledgeable and very personable guide, took us out to the Dandenong area and delighted us with visits to some wonderful spots that we would never have been aware of, otherwise! Beautiful botanical park, very meaningful sculpture garden, quaint little town for lunch, a...More

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      Steve drove my husband and I to the Yarra valley and we had a lovely time. He was very flexible and helped us tailor the day to suit our interests. We highly recommend him as a tour guide to those interested in a private and...More


    6/10/2018
  •   Steve, our knowledgeable and very personable guide, took us out to the Dandenong area and delighted us with visits to some wonderful spots that we would never have been aware of, otherwise! Beautiful botanical park, very meaningful sculpture garden, quaint little town for lunch, a...More


    2/10/2018

      Steve drove my husband and I to the Yarra valley and we had a lovely time. He was very flexible and helped us tailor the day to suit our interests. We highly recommend him as a tour guide to those interested in a private and...More

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    9/07/2018
  •   Excellent tour. Steve Andrew was our tour guide and driver and he was wonderful. Very knowledgeable of the area and took us to some pretty awesome places. Check out the pics they tell the tale. He even supplied rainbows all over Australia😊


    3/20/2018

      Great guide!!! Highly recommend. There were more stopes/sites than I thought there would be. Even saw roo and emu in the wild.


    4/30/2018

      Our trip to Melbourne was one of the most memorable trips we’ve had and a big reason for this was traveling with Steve in his lovely van and sharing conversations with him! We had planned two tours with Steve- Day 1 - Covering the Yarra valley, William Ricketts sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Brighton boxes. Day 2 - Covering Wilsons promontory and Phillip island. Steve was active in helping us plan our days before landing in Australia and came up with best ways to build trips customised to our taste and comfort. Flexibility in travel plans is something which most tour operators don’t appreciate and provide, but I think Steve understands a traveler’s mind very well and so he teamed up with us even when we changed our plans last moment ( truly appreciate this attitude). We got great insights into customs,people and places of Australia during our drive time and he elaborated on the facts and history which helped us connect better with the place. He is extremely punctual and still accommodated politely when we got late or stayed around in a place for more time than possible. During a hill climb, my mom got extremely tired and couldn’t walk further up and he happily walked down with her to make her comfortable ( Thanks and we truly appreciate your understanding). He knows some really good bakeries and cafes. So if you’re a foodie you’re with the right... Our trip to Melbourne was one of the most memorable trips we’ve had and a big reason for this was traveling with Steve in his lovely van and sharing conversations with him! We had planned two tours with Steve-
    Day 1 - Covering the Yarra valley, William Ricketts sanctuary, Puffing Billy and Brighton boxes.
    Day 2 - Covering Wilsons promontory and Phillip island.
    Steve was active in helping us plan our days before landing in Australia and came up with best ways to build trips customised to our taste and comfort.

    Flexibility in travel plans is something which most tour operators don’t appreciate and provide, but I think Steve understands a traveler’s mind very well and so he teamed up with us even when we changed our plans last moment ( truly appreciate this attitude).

    We got great insights into customs,people and places of Australia during our drive time and he elaborated on the facts and history which helped us connect better with the place.

    He is extremely punctual and still accommodated politely when we got late or stayed around in a place for more time than possible. During a hill climb, my mom got extremely tired and couldn’t walk further up and he happily walked down with her to make her comfortable ( Thanks and we truly appreciate your understanding).

    He knows some really good bakeries and cafes. So if you’re a foodie you’re with the right tour guide.

    He puts in every effort to try and make every request possible- A big differentiator from other operators!

    All in all a worthwhile trip with loads of memories and funny time! More

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    8/16/2019
  •   We booked Steve for a guided wine tour of the Mornington Peninsula. Steve was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the region as well as the wines produced in the area. He planned a great day allowing us the chance to get to see the...More


    3/22/2018

      Super fun day with Steve,our informative, articulate guide. We saw a non touristy side of just outside of Melbourne in the Dandenong mountains. We saw moving art celebrating aboriginal culture in a serene forest, fed enormous whitecockatoos, enjoyed the green wonderland of the botanic garden,...More


    2/08/2018

      We had a superb day in Yarra Valley with Steve and the weather was fantastic. Lunch at Terra warra was excellent and we visited a good combination of small boutique wineries as well as the established iconic ones. My partner loved the plush leather seats...More

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      Steve was professional and accommodating to our requests, highly recommended. The itinerary he put together was excellent and the group was impressed!

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