Melbourne: Healesville Sanctuary & Phillip Island Tour
- Pickup available
- Duration: 11 hours
Organization was really fine, everything worked out and Tara was a very nice and funny guide. To watch the penguin parade was a great experience, too. So funny and cute to watch the little guys walking along the seaside to their homes. Maybe good to know: Photography is not allowed with the penguins, but at all other events it's no problem. Take warm clothes (windbreaker, scarf and cap) for the penguins, because in late evening/night it gets really cold with the wind at the beach. Not as good as expected the go-together with the Koalas. It's quite expensive to get in touch with them (~30 AUD) for a quick photo - and that's all. No option for stay longer close to them, maybe little feeding or just watch them close. And my photo wasn't that nice, too (couldn't see it before printed :\). So think about the Koala photo (you have to wait in queue -> time loss), but at all I would recommend the tour and do again :)
This trip is really all about the penguins which was just magical. The animal farm is really for children and the visit to to chocolate factory and beach, whilst pleasant, did feel like the operator was trying to fill the day. Good (and necessary) for a solo traveller but if you’re in a group I’d recommend hiring a car and doing it yourself.
Liam is very nice & informative Can’t see much the penguin, just our luck Could have let us know / allow as well upgrade (chargeable) on the undergrouNd platform and inform us on the possibly strong / chill wind (so we can dress appropriately, ended up buying blankets) Thank you! Will highly recommend the tour
The day was packed with activity the wildlife centre provided a good opportunity to see native wildlife in safe surroundings. The final/main activity was disappointing because not many penguins turned up, apparently due to time of year. This is not explained and spoilt part of the day
The penguin parade is a fantastic ancient spectacle of nature. I recommend purchasing Penguin + option to get access to a viewing platform that allows seeing penguins up close as they march home. It’s interesting how “human” they can be. We had fantastic driver Richard.