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From Melbourne: Phillip Island Penguin Parade Eco Tour

1. From Melbourne: Phillip Island Penguin Parade Eco Tour

Join this 12-hour tour of Phillip Island to see the delightful penguin parade and the best of Victoria’s nature and wildlife. During the day you will get up-close-and-personal with the friendly residents of the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you can hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, have your photo taken with a koala and learn about the conservation of these loveable native animals. The eco certified sanctuary also showcases some lesser known but equally adorable endangered species, including the Southern Bettong, Eastern Quolls and rare Fluffy Gliders. Visit the stunning Cape Woolamai surf beach (time permitting) and the Nobbies before arriving at Summerland beach for the nightly penguin parade. Home to Victoria’s largest colony of little penguins, Summerland beach provides a spectacular backdrop to the world famous penguin parade. Watch as hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach and go home for the night. Come and enjoy the beauty and native wildlife of Phillip Island and make this a journey to remember.

Phillip Island: Small Group Eco Wildlife Tour

2. Phillip Island: Small Group Eco Wildlife Tour

This tour departs from Melbourne and includes the very best of the region’s wildlife. Journey to the city’s most colorful attraction, the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes, for an opportunity to visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks. Take a guided tour of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, and get an opportunity to interact with and learn about an array of Australian animals. Hand feed the kangaroos, emus, and wallabies and learn about the numerous breeding programs undertaken here to preserve many endangered native species including Tasmanian Devils, Spotted Quolls, and Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats. Afterward, enjoy a visit to Point Grant and The Nobbies, taking in the views of Westernport Bay, Bass Strait, and Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest fur seal population. Finally, it's time for the main event. As the sun goes down each evening, the world’s smallest fairy penguins come ashore after fishing out at sea all day. Your guide will help you get the best seats possible so you'll have a great view of the Penguin Parade.

Melbourne: Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguins Tour

3. Melbourne: Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguins Tour

Join a day tour from Melbourne for an amazing journey covering 3 magnificent destinations. Your first stop is a short trip from Melbourne to ride on Australia’s favorite steam train, the historic Puffing Billy. Lovingly restored to its former glory, this century-old steam train continues to run on its original mountain track in the Dandenong Ranges, through lush fern gullies, with some of the tallest Eucalyptus trees in the world, the Mountain Ash towering overhead. Head to your next destination, the award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Take a guided tour of the animal exhibits and get acquainted with the local wildlife such as koalas, dingoes, wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Emus, and more. Wander along the "Wallaby Walk" where the local kangaroos and wallabies will eat right out of your hand. Finish your tour on a high note at the world-renowned Penguin Parade down on Phillip Island. Be amazed as you witness hundreds of little blue penguins, the world's smallest penguin species, emerge from the ocean and make their way up the sand dunes to their burrows.

Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguin Parade Day Trip

4. Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguin Parade Day Trip

Climb aboard the centuries-old steam train Puffing Billy and enjoy the ride through lush fern gullies and Eucalyptus forests. Lovingly maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers, this historic steam train still runs on its original mountain track, winding through the Dandenong Ranges. Next, head down to the award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Park to see a range of Australian animals. Learn about iconic species such as kangaroos, koalas, emus, and wallabies, as well as some of Australia's lesser-known favourites including quolls, owls, bandicoots, and Tasmanian devils. Hand feed some of the friendly local kangaroos and wallabies on the "Wallaby Walk". Arriving on Phillip Island, your first stop is the picturesque Point Grant, which offers incredible panoramic views of the coastline, as well as a gentle boardwalk around the Nobbies and Seal Rocks area. Finally, cap it all off with a visit to the world famous Penguin Parade to see the world's smallest penguins waddle up the beach before your eyes, making their way back home to their burrows higher up in the sand dunes.

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What people are saying about Moonlit Sanctuary

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 217 reviews

Enjoyed the tour. Our guide, Chris N was brilliant, though short staffed at some locations due to Covid, he gave it his all. Well done. Would have been so much more useful if Iteniary on Website or confirmation emails had given us full details of stops included on tour but was a nice surprise. Would definitely use again.

Great day with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. Phone to upgrade to Penguins Plus which was very worth the small extra cost!

It is a fabulous and fascinating experience. The penguins are impressive little creatures and very cute.

It was a great tour. I strongly recommend. especially Chris was a very experienced gentleman.

The penguins were fantastic, also feeding the animals at the safari was great also