Phillip Island Express to Penguin Parade from Melbourne

Our coach driver, Peter, set the tone right from the start and was very informative as well as being an excellent driver. We enjoyed reading about the penguins and seeing the exhibits. The anticipation of seeing the penguins heightened our experience though nothing could beat the sight of them making their way from shore to their burrows. ...Moyra W., United Kingdom – See more reviews
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What To Expect

Join an evening express tour traveling directly to Phillip Island Nature Park and Summerland Bay to witness the phenomenal Penguin Parade.


  • Take the express bus direct to the Penguin Parade, no stops in between

  • Watch from a premium elevated viewing area

  • Choose a VIP Tour upgrade for access to an exclusive ranger's box


Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tours
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Meeting Point:
Hotel pick up or Federation Square East
6 hours
daily at 4:30 PM
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Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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An evening tour for those with time constraints. We will take you directly to the Penguin Parade.

Every evening at dusk the little penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. Witness this natural phenomenon.


  • Western Port - water birds and mangroves

  • Panoramic views of French Island

  • San Remo - maritime fishing village

  • Phillip Island - home for one of the largest colonies of Little Penguins

  • Witness the natural phenomenon of the Penguin Parade on floodlit Summerland Beach

  • Inspect the Visitors Information Centre - an opportunity to learn about the life of the Little Penguin as you walk through the "Penguin Experience"

  • Download the free multilingual and image-oriented Penguin Parade app on your phone or tablet to get detailed, interactive information and get behind the scenes of the penguin colony

  • A variety of light meals are available at the Penguin Parade restaurant (own expense)

Optional Penguins VIP Tour Upgrade

  • VIP Small Group Tour with a private ranger; exclusively limited to 10 guests

  • Witness the Penguin Parade from the ranger's box before taking a closer look at the penguins from Penguins premium viewing area.

  • Light gourmet refreshments with a drink is served in the ranger's box


  • Hotel pick-up (View Hotel Pick-up list)*

  • Entrance to Penguin Parade

  • Penguins Plus (until March 2017) premium viewing with complimentary drink

  • General Viewing Area (starting October 2017)

  • Optional Penguins VIP Tour**

  • Free use of WiFi on coach and at Penguin Parade


  • Meals and drinks unless specified

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • *The Intercontinental Hotel pick-up/join in will be at the Collins Street entrance, and will no longer be at the Flinders Lane.

  • **Participants must be at least 15 years old to join the Penguins VIP Tour.

  • Supper is available at the Penguin Parade.

  • Please bring warm, waterproof clothing as nights can be cold on the island in any season. The Penguin Parade is a natural phenomenon taking place in the open outdoors.

  • During winter this tour departs at 15:00.

  • During summer this tour departs at 16:30.

  • During Daylight Savings, the penguins return to the sea at a later time. Return time to Federation Square will be at approximately 23:30.

  • The Penguin Parade application can be downloaded at the App Store or Google Play, and is available in English, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, German and Spanish.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 3 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 2 days or less prior to date of activity.

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