Melbourne City Tour + Phillip Island Penguin Parade

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Get to know Melbourne's highlights and witness the Penguin Parade. Best for those with limited time, spend the first half of the day touring the sights of Melbourne, including a walking tour through the laneways and arcades. Then in the afternoon, travel to see the amazing Penguin Parade.

Description

Go on the city tour of Melbourne. After that, witness the natural phenomenon of the Penguin Parade, see penguin rookeries, look for koalas in their natural habitat, and meet kangaroos and wallabies.

City Tour

  • Hotel Windsor - high Victorian architecture

  • Parliament House

  • Princess Theatre

  • Royal Exhibition Building

  • Melbourne Museum

  • Prestigious Melbourne University

  • Lygon Street - cafe central and 'Little Italy'

  • Take a guided walk through some of Melbourne's best arcades and laneways - Royal Arcade, Block Place, Block Arcade, Centre Way, Centre Place and Degraves Street

  • Sit at a cafe and enjoy a coffee (own expense) and experience our unique laneways culture

  • Collins Street - Paris end

  • Old Treasury Buildings and State Offices

  • St Patrick's Cathedral

  • Take a wander in Fitzroy Gardens - there is opportunity to visit Captain Cook's Cottage (own expense)

  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

  • East Melbourne - ornate Victorian terraced homes

  • Colourful Chinatown

  • Queen Victoria Market* - look for a bargain, wander around the fresh produce and take in the vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere

  • Flagstaff Gardens

  • Law Courts

  • Federation Square

Penguin Parade

  • 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 General Viewing area

  • 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)

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 old 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.

Includes

  • Hotel pick-ups

  • Melbourne City Tour

  • Penguin Parade Entry Fee

  • Penguins Plus Premium Viewing Area

  • Unlimited use of WiFi at Penguin Parade

  • Koala Conservation Centre Entry Fee

  • On-coach video and WiFi
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Melbourne City Tour + Phillip Island Penguin Parade

Duration: 14 - 16:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Hotel pick-ups / Melbourne City Tour / Penguin Parade Entry Fee / Penguins Plus Premium Viewing Area / Unlimited use of WiFi at Penguin Parade / Koala Conservation Centre Entry Fee / On-coach video and WiFi

Awesome tour package. Had a great time. Our driver Gordon was really informative and thoughtful. Our first time visit to Melbourne and this is what we needed to get introduced to such a lovely city. The staff promptly answered my queries during the booking of the tour. The pick-up and drop off facility from the hotel was great and punctual.
City tour: For those who don't have much time to go around the city and explore the city I would really recommend the tour. Victoria market was worth visiting. The walking tour through arcades and looking at the fantastic city architecture was overwhelming. The coffee shops near the arcade have very good coffee. Nice overview of the city with lots of time to walk and explore stop sites. The drive through the city with live commentary made it more interesting. We had couple of stops during the tour to get some photos and walk around.
Philip Island: The long drive was worth as our driver and guide Ian was providing commentary as we went past places. Gave us exact overview of how Melbourne has become the most liveable city in the world. The sheep shearing show was interesting. We could locate some Wallabies and Pelicans around the farm. The visit to Koala sanctuary was quick but was good to spot the Koalas lazily sitting on the top of the gum trees. Got some photos with the Koalas. The Penguin parade is a spectacular phenomenon and would recommend everyone. Was a bit chilly and crowded but managed to get good look at the Penguins as they arrived on the Island. The Penguins are adorable and cute. If you need a good spot to view the penguins, be at least 45 minutes early as the viewing stands get crowded. Also carry warm cloths as it is very chilly. Our driver Ian gave a good tip to us, as the first batch of Penguins start coming to the island, people in first row leave to watch them go back to the burrows on the hill. You can then move forward to watch other batches of Penguins come back to the island. You cannot take photos. To get the best view of the Penguins is when the scurry along the raised walkways, you can watch them within a foot’s distance. This was definitely highlight of the tour. The restaurant at the Philip Island is good. We came back to the city around 9pm where we were dropped back to the hotel. I would still recommend upgrading the package to Penguin plus to get better view of the Penguins. Pity that you are not allowed to take photos of the Penguins. At the end of the tour, the driver played a movie about Penguins and was very interesting and comedy.

Overall: I would rate the city discovery tour 5 stars We impressed with the way of communicating throughout the journey to keep us involved and engaged during the entire tour. The tour pricing is very competitive and less than other tour agencies.
The bus was clean. Wifi provided on the bus. The bus had water and toilet facilities. The trip is surely worth the cost and time. I am not an animal lover, but after this tour I am certainly one. I will definitely suggest this tour to my friends in future. You get to see Penguins, Koalas, Kangaroos, Pelicans and other animals and what else do you want. Relatively good sized groups, schedule not to packed makes it comfortable. We had plenty of time to wander around do our own thing but not so much that we were waiting around. I can surely rate this experience as the highest.

Abhijeet

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Schedule

  • 08:55-07:00

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

  • Melbourne City Highlights

    Explore some of Melbourne City landmarks like Lygon Street or "Little Italy" for some coffee culture, the prestigious Melbourne University, World Heritage Site the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Museum, Parliament House and Princess Theatre, and Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

  • Explore Melbourne City

    Take pictures at St. Patrick's Cathedral (photo stop). Wander around Fitzroy Gardens and visit Captain Cook's Cottage (own expense). Revel in ornate Victorian terraced homes in East Melbourne. Shop at Collins Street or Paris End, known for its high-end boutiques and retailers.

  • Discover More of Melbourne City

    Visit one of Melbourne's major landmarks, the Queen Victoria Market. Look around the colorful and vibrant Chinatown. And finally, take a guided walk through some of the best arcades and laneways in Melbourne - Royal Arcade, Block Arcade, Centre Place and Degraves Street.

  • Hop on Board to Phillip Island

    Appreciate the panoramic views of Western Port and French Island. Visit Churchill Island, which is connected to Phillip Island by bridge for an afternoon tea (own expense).

  • Encounter Phillip Island's Animals

    Meet some wallabies/kangaroos. Take a look around Phillip Island Nature Park - a natural home for koalas, seals, and little penguins. Spot koalas at the Koala Conservation Centre, or even take an eco-boat cruise to Seal Rocks (the cruise is at your own expense & has limited spaces).

  • Penguin Parade

    Before the main event, spot some little penguins at The Nobbles, which offers spectacular views of the south coast. Watch the Penguin Parade on floodlit Summerland Beach from an elevated boardwalk. A dinner stop will be made before or after the Penguin Parade depending on the season.

  • 21:00-23:30

    Drop-off at Melbourne Hotels or Check-out

  • (For Check-In) Federation Square East (Federation Square‎ Flinders St Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia) Time: 08:55:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Hotels in Central Melbourne Time: 07:00:00

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

  • (For Drop-Off) Hotels in Central Melbourne Time: 21:00:00

Pick-up/Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Federation Square East (Federation Square‎ Flinders St Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia) Time: 08:55:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Hotels in Central Melbourne Time: 07:00:00

Drop-off/Check-out Time & Location

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

  • (For Drop-Off) Hotels in Central Melbourne Time: 21:00:00

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Notes

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • 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.

Additional Note(s)
  • The Intercontinental Hotel pick-up/join in will be at the Collins Street entrance.

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

  • When the market is closed, the tour will go to the Shrine, the top section of the Royal Botanic Gardens and cafe on Mondays and Wednesdays.

  • 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.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a minimum of 1 and maximum of 100.

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Reviews

Awesome tour package. Had a great time. Our driver Gordon was really informative and thoughtful. Our first time visit to Melbourne... and this is what we needed to get introduced to such a lovely city. The staff promptly answered my queries during the booking of the tour. The pick-up and drop off facility from the hotel was great and punctual.
City tour: For those who don't have much time to go around the city and explore the city I would really recommend the tour. Victoria market was worth visiting. The walking tour through arcades and looking at the fantastic city architecture was overwhelming. The coffee shops near the arcade have very good coffee. Nice overview of the city with lots of time to walk and explore stop sites. The drive through the city with live commentary made it more interesting. We had couple of stops during the tour to get some photos and walk around.
Philip Island: The long drive was worth as our driver and guide Ian was providing commentary as we went past places. Gave us exact overview of how Melbourne has become the most liveable city in the world. The sheep shearing show was interesting. We could locate some Wallabies and Pelicans around the farm. The visit to Koala sanctuary was quick but was good to spot the Koalas lazily sitting on the top of the gum trees. Got some photos with the Koalas. The Penguin parade is a spectacular phenomenon and would recommend everyone. Was a bit chilly and crowded but managed to get good look at the Penguins as they arrived on the Island. The Penguins are adorable and cute. If you need a good spot to view the penguins, be at least 45 minutes early as the viewing stands get crowded. Also carry warm cloths as it is very chilly. Our driver Ian gave a good tip to us, as the first batch of Penguins start coming to the island, people in first row leave to watch them go back to the burrows on the hill. You can then move forward to watch other batches of Penguins come back to the island. You cannot take photos. To get the best view of the Penguins is when the scurry along the raised walkways, you can watch them within a foot’s distance. This was definitely highlight of the tour. The restaurant at the Philip Island is good. We came back to the city around 9pm where we were dropped back to the hotel. I would still recommend upgrading the package to Penguin plus to get better view of the Penguins. Pity that you are not allowed to take photos of the Penguins. At the end of the tour, the driver played a movie about Penguins and was very interesting and comedy.

Overall: I would rate the city discovery tour 5 stars We impressed with the way of communicating throughout the journey to keep us involved and engaged during the entire tour. The tour pricing is very competitive and less than other tour agencies.
The bus was clean. Wifi provided on the bus. The bus had water and toilet facilities. The trip is surely worth the cost and time. I am not an animal lover, but after this tour I am certainly one. I will definitely suggest this tour to my friends in future. You get to see Penguins, Koalas, Kangaroos, Pelicans and other animals and what else do you want. Relatively good sized groups, schedule not to packed makes it comfortable. We had plenty of time to wander around do our own thing but not so much that we were waiting around. I can surely rate this experience as the highest.
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Abhijeet

I loved Penguin Parade

Milena

I joined this tour with my sister, and we were the only Japanese passengers on board. The weather wasn't good so there was a ...bit of rain here and there.

The first stop was for cookies and hot drinks. On the way to Great Ocean Road, we also stopped by several popular sightseeing spots.

We also got to go on a 20-minute trek at a rainforest. The guide was incredibly entertaining!

After that, we had lunch at a lighthouse. I ordered vegetarian so I got a falafel instead of sausages.

The 12 Apostles was so beautiful, it took my words away. This is a must-see!

On the way back, we stopped for dinner, but the rest was around a 3-hour drive. It might be a good idea to bring snacks with you. The prices at surrounding shops are a bit pricey. Other than that, make sure you wear warm clothes!

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