Cost Includes: Hotel Pick up and Drop | Entrance Tickets | Lowest Rate Guarantee | Melbourne Tour
Rates valid until March 31, 2019
Rates valid for minimum 02 passengers travelling together
Pick up time: 1:00 PM
What is included in the tour
- Pick up from Your Hotel
- Penguin Parade Tour with Platform Viewing Ticket
- Penguin Parade Tour with Underground Viewing Ticket (For selected Tours only)
- Three Park Tickets (Penguin+Koala+Kangaroo) (For selected Tours only)
- Penguin Parade Skybox Tour (For selected Tours only)
- Penguin Parade Private Tour (For selected Tours only)
- Entry to Maru Koala
- Entry to Animal Park
- Experienced Driver Guides
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
- Drop at your Hotel
- All Taxes included (what you see is the final price per person)
What is NOT included in the tour
- Meals other than those specified in inclusions
- Drinks other than those specified in inclusions
- Tips (not mandatory)
- Maru Koala & Animal Park Visit
- Phillip Island Tour
- Nobbies Rock Formations
- Penguin Parade
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle
- Camera (photography is prohibited at Penguin Parade)
- Jacket in the cooler months
- Warm waterproof clothing is recommended for the Penguin Parade. We suggest wearing long pants and a warm jacket while viewing the Penguins, as the sea air can be cold.
Penguins arrive at sunset every evening
We suggest you arrive at least one hour before penguin arrival time to explore the visitor centre displays or grab a quick bite at the café. Access doors to the viewing areas will open approximately 1 hour prior to estimated penguin arrival time.
- General Viewing ticket holders should plan to arrive at least 1 hour before penguin arrival time.
- Underground ticket holders should plan to arrive 30 minutes before penguin arrival time.
Sorry! No photography or filming is permitted at the Penguin Parade.
Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate a penguin. To ensure penguins keep coming back to this special area we ask you do not use your cameras, camcorders or camera phones at the Penguin Parade.
In the afternoon you will travel south-east, heading to Westernport Bay. The route will take you through many of Melbourne’s affluent suburbs where you will see tree-lined streets and beautiful homes, many built in the late 1800s. As the South Gippsland Highway approaches the landscape becomes more rural dotted with smaller townships and farming properties.
Maru Koala & Animal Park
First stop is Maru Koala & Animal Park for up close and personal encounters with koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils and much more!
*Note: On Christmas day departure will visit Koala Conservation Centre on Phillip Island as Maru Animal Park will be closed.
You’ll cross the only bridge that connects Phillip Island to the mainland. Home to the famous Penguin Parade, Phillip Island also features a stunning coastline with great surf conditions and a range of wildlife including the largest colony of fur seals in Australia. It is also the location of our Motorcycle Grand Prix track, so it’s no wonder this island paradise attracts up to 3 million visitors each year.
Nobbies Rock Formations
Before reaching the Penguin Parade site you’ll see the ‘Nobbies’, so named for its unique rock formations. Located at the western tip of the island, this area has high conservation significance due to its population of penguins and graceful seabirds.
*Note: Nobbies viewing is seasonal and dependent on daylight hours.
So you think the koalas are cute – just wait until you see the Little Penguins. After visiting the information centre, you’ll head down to Summerland Beach to witness penguin magic. As the sun sets, the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard days fishing and waddle across the sand to their dune burrows. These Little Penguins are the smallest of the penguin species and Phillip Island is home to the largest colony in the world. It’s easy to understand why this wonderful spectacle is one of Australia’s most popular wildlife attractions. To protect these Little Penguins, all revenue generated from the parade is invested into environment and education projects.