Phillip Island: Penguin Parade Afternoon Wildlife Tour

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41 reviews

Activity provider: Bunyip Tours

Phillip Island: Penguin Parade Afternoon Wildlife Tour

Activity provider: Bunyip Tours

From US$ 81 per person

Enjoy breathtaking views over Westernport Bay and French Island before viewing the world-famous Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach, Phillip Island.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean


  • Watch the famous Penguin Parade as hundreds of little penguins come out of the sea at dusk and head back to their sand dune burrows for the night
  • Discover Seal Rocks and the Nobbies
  • Stroll along the Nobbies boardwalk and enjoy spectacular views along Phillip Island’s rugged south coast
Full description
Perfect for those with limited time in Melbourne, this express Phillip Island tour is sure to captivate you. Journey to Summerland Beach, home to Victoria's largest colony of penguins. Every night the lovable creatures emerge from the sea at dusk and head back to their burrows for the night. Watch as hundreds of Little Penguins make their way across the beach and waddle through the sand dunes to to return to their burrows. This magnificent Penguin Parade will be a magical finale to a memorable tour.
  • Entrance fees to all parks
  • Standard entry at the Penguin Parade
  • All transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tour guide
  • Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi
  • Meals (other than mentioned in the itinerary)
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

On Market Street by the Melbourne Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne 3000.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Unfortunately, this tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • There is a 5-kilogram luggage limit so you can only bring a small bag
  • To protect the penguins' welfare, no photography is permitted at the Penguin Parade
  • This itinerary is valid until March 31, 2023
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 41 reviews

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Well organized but quite rushed, Christian kind guide and safe driver

Christian was quite nice, however we were 24 guests and difficult to talk to everybody. He was explaining some things, apart from that we were not chatting with each other. The other guests were mainly couples or groups of families. After start (pick up late b/o traffic issues) we had to speed up. All stops were quick with sharp timing. Additionally, during winter there is a strict schedule, since the goal is to be at the pinguins for sunset, meaning around 5.10 p.o. at that day. First stop at Moonlit Sanctuary with lunch, then walking around for 45 min. Definitely not worth to buy extra tickets for padding koalas or feeding kangaroos! At Churchill Island Heritage Farm 3 lessons e.g. sheep-shearing (horrible) and sheep-gathering by a sheep dog (quite ok). Thereafter to Philip Island. I had baught an upgrade for the penguin parade visiting. But that was definitely not worth it. Later all other people came to that special/expensive area anyway.

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June 18, 2019

We had a wonderful tour with Peter.

Our tour with Peter was excellent. He gave us so much information, was very helpful and friendly. We loved the koalas and kangaroos. The stop in Cowes for dinner was lovely. Nobbies was beautiful and we saw some penguins there. The March of the Penguins was a little disappointing but when we wandered around the area the penguins and Roos were everywhere. They were adorable! Loved every minute. Drive was long but worth it.

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March 5, 2019

The penguin parade is really incredible

Although we had downloaded the comments in French before the tour on the provider's application (bunyip tour), we had to have 4G for it to work on the bus. My daughters, who are not bilingual, therefore missed some of the comments, which were very interesting, and I had to translate them myself. No drinks or cookies are offered by the service provider. However, the discovery of penguins and wallabies in their natural environment was really interesting and I did not regret the expense.

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February 2, 2019

Product ID: 20608