Penguin Parade and Phillip Island Wildlife Afternoon Tour from Melbourne

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Witness Victoria's most popular phenomenon - the Penguin Parade - from a premium viewing area. See the koalas of Phillip Island and other wildlife unique to the continent for a complete Australian experience.

Highlights
  • Watch the parade of little penguins from a premium viewing area
  • Visit Churchill Island Heritage Farm and the Koala Conservation Centre
  • See other unique Australian wildlife like wallabies and kangaroos
  • View the Western Port, French Island and the Seal Rocks
  • Enjoy nature based activities and experience Phillip Island at its best

Description

Embark on an adventure that is so completely Australian and unique in the world. Witness the nightly ritual that attracts millions of visitors to Phillip Island during sunset at Summerland Beach. Enjoy the best vantage point to watch little penguins as they come home from the sea at Phillip Island. See them up close as they waddle from the waves, across the beach, to the sand dunes and to their burrows.

Get the opportunity to spot native wildlife like wallabies and kangaroos, look for Koalas up in their gum tree homes and see the seals basking in the late sunlight around the island to discover what makes Phillip Island a very special place.

Highlights

  • Panoramic views of Western Port and French Island

  • Visit Churchill Island for afternoon tea (own expense)

  • Opportunity to meet wallabies/ kangaroos

  • Phillip Island Nature Park - a natural home for koalas, seals, shearwaters and Little Penguins

  • Koala Conservation Centre - look for koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalks OR opt to take a thrilling eco-boat adventure cruise to Seal Rocks (cruise own expense & limited numbers)

  • The Nobbies - a rocky outcrop with an excellent boardwalk where you may spot Little Penguins' homes (shoulder/ summer months)

  • Witness the Penguin Parade on floodlit Summerland Beach from the exclusive Penguins Plus premium viewing area for the best views of the Penguins

  • See penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk

  • Explore the Visitor's Information Centre - an opportunity to learn about the life of the Little Penguins as you walk through the "Penguin Experience"

  • A dinner stop will be made before or after the Penguin Parade (dependent on the season)

Viewing Area Options

  • Penguins Plus - this platform offers visitors unprecedented, up-close viewing of the little penguins with slightly higher viewing seats as they make their way along the most popular penguin pathway at the Penguin Parade.

  • Underground Penguins Plus - protected from the elements, this is the perfect spot to watch the penguins close-up at eye-level. As a bonus, Underground Penguins Plus also has access to Penguins Plus (the platform directly above Underground).

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.

  • 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.

  • Children below 4 years are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat.

  • 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.

Includes

  • WiFi on-board the coach and during Penguin Parade

  • On-coach Video

  • General admission (all attractions included)

  • Transportation fee
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Tour with Penguins Plus Platform Access

Penguins Plus is a platform that offers visitors unprecedented, up-close viewing of the little penguins with slightly higher viewing seats as they make their way along the most popular penguin pathway at the Penguin Parade.

Duration: 8 - 10:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: WiFi on-board the coach and during Penguin Parade / On-coach Video / General admission (all attractions included) / Transportation fee

Schedule

  • 13:00

    Pick-up at Select Hotels or Check-in at Federation Square East

  • Panoramic Views of Western Port and French Island

    Western Port is the second largest bay in the state of Victoria. It is visited by Australian fur seals, whales and dolphins, as well as many migratory waders and seabirds. It is listed under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international significance.

  • Churchill Island

    Churchill Island is home to a working farm, cottages dating back to the 1860s and a homestead from 1872, all fully restored and open to the public. The island is part of the 670-hectare Churchill Island Marine National Park.

  • Phillip Island Nature Park

    Phillip Island is constantly recognized for their efforts in conservation, education and the promotion of eco-tourism, allowing visitors to see the adorable penguins without negatively affecting their environment.

  • Koala Conservation Centre

    Look for koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalks. Alternatively, you can opt to join a eco-boat adventure cruise to Seal Rocks. (Additional fees required for the cruise)

  • The Nobbies

    Get great coastal views from the boardwalks and lookout points set among the burrows of the Little Penguins.

  • Penguin Parade at Summerland Beach

    The main event! Watch the Penguin Parade from the exclusive Penguins Plus platform (or Underground viewing area) for the best views of the waddle-y penguins. Check out rookeries from the boardwalk and learn about the life of Little Penguins through the "Penguin Experience".

  • Return to Melbourne and Dinner Information

    A dinner stop will be made before or after the Penguin Parade (dependent on the season), before the tour ends. During Daylight Savings, the penguins return from the sea at a later time.

  • 21:00-23:30

    Tour Ends at Federation Square

Adult ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) From Infant ( Age & over ) Free Adult ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) From Infant ( Age & over ) Free
Tour with Underground Penguins Plus Access

Underground Penguins Plus is the perfect spot to watch the penguins close-up at eye-level. As a bonus, Underground Penguins Plus also gives you access to Penguins Plus (the platform directly above Underground).

Duration: 8 - 10:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: WiFi on-board the coach and during Penguin Parade / On-coach Video / General admission (all attractions included) / Transportation fee

Schedule

  • 13:00

    Pick-up at Select Hotels or Check-in at Federation Square East

  • Panoramic Views of Western Port and French Island

    Western Port is the second largest bay in the state of Victoria. It is visited by Australian fur seals, whales and dolphins, as well as many migratory waders and seabirds. It is listed under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international significance.

  • Churchill Island

    Churchill Island is home to a working farm, cottages dating back to the 1860s and a homestead from 1872, all fully restored and open to the public. The island is part of the 670-hectare Churchill Island Marine National Park.

  • Phillip Island Nature Park

    Phillip Island is constantly recognized for their efforts in conservation, education and the promotion of eco-tourism, allowing visitors to see the adorable penguins without negatively affecting their environment.

  • Koala Conservation Centre

    Look for koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalks. Alternatively, you can opt to join a eco-boat adventure cruise to Seal Rocks. (Additional fees required for the cruise)

  • The Nobbies

    Get great coastal views from the boardwalks and lookout points set among the burrows of the Little Penguins.

  • Penguin Parade at Summerland Beach

    The main event! Watch the Penguin Parade from the exclusive Penguins Plus platform (or Underground viewing area) for the best views of the waddle-y penguins. Check out rookeries from the boardwalk and learn about the life of Little Penguins through the "Penguin Experience".

  • Return to Melbourne and Dinner Information

    A dinner stop will be made before or after the Penguin Parade (dependent on the season), before the tour ends. During Daylight Savings, the penguins return from the sea at a later time.

  • 21:00-23:30

    Tour Ends at Federation Square

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Schedule

  • 13:00

    Pick-up at Select Hotels or Check-in at Federation Square East

  • Panoramic Views of Western Port and French Island

    Western Port is the second largest bay in the state of Victoria. It is visited by Australian fur seals, whales and dolphins, as well as many migratory waders and seabirds. It is listed under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international significance.

  • Churchill Island

    Churchill Island is home to a working farm, cottages dating back to the 1860s and a homestead from 1872, all fully restored and open to the public. The island is part of the 670-hectare Churchill Island Marine National Park.

  • Phillip Island Nature Park

    Phillip Island is constantly recognized for their efforts in conservation, education and the promotion of eco-tourism, allowing visitors to see the adorable penguins without negatively affecting their environment.

  • Koala Conservation Centre

    Look for koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalks. Alternatively, you can opt to join a eco-boat adventure cruise to Seal Rocks. (Additional fees required for the cruise)

  • The Nobbies

    Get great coastal views from the boardwalks and lookout points set among the burrows of the Little Penguins.

  • Penguin Parade at Summerland Beach

    The main event! Watch the Penguin Parade from the exclusive Penguins Plus platform (or Underground viewing area) for the best views of the waddle-y penguins. Check out rookeries from the boardwalk and learn about the life of Little Penguins through the "Penguin Experience".

  • Return to Melbourne and Dinner Information

    A dinner stop will be made before or after the Penguin Parade (dependent on the season), before the tour ends. During Daylight Savings, the penguins return from the sea at a later time.

  • 21:00-23:30

    Tour Ends at Federation Square

  • (For Check-In) Federation Square East (Federation Square‎ Flinders St Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia) Time: 13:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Federation Square East (Federation Square‎ Flinders St Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia) Time: 21:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Federation Square East (Federation Square‎ Flinders St Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia) Time: 13:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Federation Square East (Federation Square‎ Flinders St Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia) Time: 21:00:00

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Notes

Required Items to Bring & Attire
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  • Clothing that can get wet

Additional Note(s)
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  • 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.

  • Please note that dinner is not included in this tour's fee, but the tour will make a stop (either before or after the Parade) for guests to have dinner.

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

  • Children four (4) years old and under are free, but will need to sit on a parent or guardian's lap if there are no available seats.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 1 business days of your activity (after 13:15:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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