Melbourne: Phillip Island Penguins and Wildlife Sanctuary

Melbourne: Phillip Island Penguins and Wildlife Sanctuary

From US$ 124.44 per person

A Phillip Island penguin and nature experience focusing on wildlife, conservation, and rugged natural scenery. The tour culminates in the world-famous little penguin parade in the early evening.

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 11 participants


  • Take a fully-guided walk through an open-range wildlife sanctuary
  • Travel in a luxury air-conditioned Mercedes Benz touring vehicle
  • Marvel at the worlds smallest penguins as they make their way up from the beach at dusk
  • Enjoy a comprehensive and informative guided experience
Full description

This exciting activity heads south towards Phillip Island from Melbourne. On the way, your guide will share interesting stories as well as facts about Melbourne and the region, including pointing out where some international celebrity holiday spots lie. Stop first for a locally-sourced lunch of your selection (own expense) for tours between April-October at the seaside town of San Remo. Then explore Phillip Island. Visit a family-run open-range wildlife sanctuary where you can feed kangaroos, emus, and wallabies and walk among up to 80 species of native animals and birds, including koalas, wombats, and echidnas. Following the wildlife encounter, head straight to the rugged cliff faces of the Nobbies overlooking Western Port Bay and the Bass Strait, one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world. Have your camera ready, as you might even spot some seals on the rocks below. Next, tour in your vehicle through the areas where the little penguin burrows lie. Keep an eye out for the birds of prey that circle the nature reserve from above. After a full day of up-close nature experiences with native Australian wildlife, get ready for the highlight of the evening: the little penguin parade.

Spend the maximum time at the parade and afterward relax and recline back in the seats of the custom Mercedes vehicles as you make your way back to your city center accommodation.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All entrance fees including wildlife sanctuary guided walk
  • Air-conditioned Mercedes Benz vehicle
  • Access to the standard viewing platform at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Snacks
  • Meals

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Meeting point

Pick up will be from the Travelodge on Southbank - the exact time will be advised the day before (between 10:00-11:00 AM April - October, and 12:00-1:30 PM Mid October - March)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Snacks

Not allowed

  • Cameras

Know before you go

  • QR Code check-in and proof of double vaccination are required at the Penguin Parade
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

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It was a lovely experience viewing Philip Island parade , I went with my child and Paul was very cooperative and patient. We had enough time to enjoy all the attractions included in the whole day trip. We reached Penguin parade well before time and occupied good seats to view the cute little penguins. Best part about the trip was there was no rush from Paul or any of the other passengers in the Van . I would recommend this trip any day and we have decided that we will do this again when we visit Melbourne. Thanks , Rakhi .

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April 22, 2022

April 5, 2021

Hotel pick up error delayed the tour. Arrived late at wildlife sanctuary (close time) but managed to get in for short period.

October 24, 2019

Product ID: 291490