1 Day Phillip Island and Penguin Parade Tour

    See the famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island and take a guided walk through Phillip Island’s Koala Reserve.

    Heading out of Melbourne we begin our day at a Wildlife Park to meet some furry Australian favourites. Hand feed the kangaroos, see koalas and get up-close and personal with other native Australian wildlife. Travel over the bridge and onto Phillip Island tour, known for its natural beauty, sandy beaches, rugged cliffs and unique penguin parade experiences home to a colony of around 32,000 little penguins.

    Our Penguin Parade and Koala Highlights includes the WWF Antarctic Journey.

    Penguin Parade & Koala Highlights Tour [PI-B]

    Adult( 13 - 99 ) $145
    Child( 4 - 12 ) $125
    Infant( 0 - 2 ) $145
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      Itinerary

      Get up close with a host of Aussie wildlife, see the fantastic coastline of Phillip Island and then witness one of Australia’s most spectacular wildlife experiences as hundreds of tiny penguins waddle ashore! You’ll also get the chance to hand-feed kangaroos (own expense), get up close to koalas and enjoy the interactive experience at the World Wildlife Fund Antarctic Journey. We begin our day stopping at the wildlife park, where you’ll be making some new friends with our local Australian animals. You’ll have the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos or get a photo with a koala (both own expense), with proceeds going towards the Animal Hospital onsite. Then it’s over to Phillip Island, famous for its natural beauty, stunning beaches, rugged cliffs, and unique wildlife. See giant surf at Woolamai Beach on our coastal walk, weather permitting. Experience the majestic rocky coast and views of an Australian fur seal colony at the Nobbies. While there, take some time to immerse yourself in the World Wildlife Fund’s interactive Antarctic Journey, a fun and educational virtual world of discovery. Explore the award-winning Penguin Parade Visitor Centre witnessing the world’s smallest penguins emerge from the sea and waddle ashore. It’s truly a magical and unforgettable experience!

      Enjoy sunset at the Visitor Information Center and choose the right seat to have a great view of the main spectacles of the day — the Penguin Parade!

      The main attraction of Phillip Island tour has always been the Little Penguins doing their daily ritual of penguin parade. These little friends are the smallest of its kind in the world. They’re also called “fairy penguins.” Measuring about 30 centimetres tall, the Little Penguins weighed just 1 kilogram making them the smallest penguin species in the world. They have established colonies in the coastlines of Australia and New Zealand. You can also spot them in Tasmania and the Chatham Islands. These penguins are also called Blue Penguins due to the colour of their plumage — indigo-blue and a white stripe from chin to the belly.

      Living in large colonies, the Little Penguins made Phillip Island as one of their territories. On this Phillip Island tour, witness the Little Penguins appear magically from the surf to magically appear out of the surf to walk back to their homes. Crossing the Summerland Beach they travel in small groups back to their burrows. And it happens every day at sunset. Right after the day’s hard work of fishing in the seas of Phillip Island to bring food to their little ones left at home in the dunes.

      Highlights
      What To Bring
      Important Booking Info
      FAQs
      • Witness hundreds of the world’s smallest penguins
      • Sunset at the Penguin Parade with spectacular coastal views
      • Visit Seal Rocks boardwalk & explore The Nobbies Centre
      • Guided ranger experience through the Phillip Island Koala Reserve
      • See the Penguin Parade’s award winning visitor information centre
      • Explore Phillip Island’s natural beauty and majestic coastline
      • A family-friendly Australian wildlife discovery experience

      Essential things to pack

      • Water bottle
      • Hat and sunscreen
      • Warm clothing for the Penguin Parade
      • Comfortable walking shoes
      • Camera

      Important Booking Info

      • No photography allowed at the Penguin Parade.
      • Please only bring a Small day pack with you on tour (Not suitable for Backpacks/Suitcase/Prams/Wheelchairs/Pushers)
      • At Autopia Tours, we actively promote the protection of flora and fauna on all of our Tours. It is our duty to ensure there is minimal disturbance to our region and the species that call it home.
      • Cultural sensitivity and respect for the traditional owners should also be shown at all times.
      • Part of our responsibility is educating guests on minimal impact practices and the importance of ensuring the safety of wildlife and the environmental sustainability of the destinations we visit.
      • All our guides carry a current Level 2 First Aid certificate. Please report any accident or illness to your tour guide. We recommend anyone with an existing medical condition to carry their medication with them on tour and to notify their tour guide at the beginning of the tour.

      FAQs

      Is this tour family friendly?

      Yes, this tour can cater for children of all ages.

      How much luggage can I bring on tour?

      We allow only small day packs on board. We have no storage facilities for large backpacks, suitcases or other items.

      What time does the tour start?

      13:45pm (summer) / 11:45am (winter) – Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, corner of Market St, Melbourne.

      Seasonal departure times to maximise our sunset experience, as this is when the penguins arrive.

      Daylight savings: 

      • 04 October 2020 – 03 April 2021 summer @ 1:45pm
      • 04 April 2021 – 02 October 2021 winter @ 11:45am
      • 03 Oct 2021 – 02 Apr 2022 summer @ 1:45pm
      • 03 Apr 2022 – 01 Oct 2022 winter @ 11:45am

      ** Please arrive 5-10 mins prior to your nominated pickup location, so as not to delay or miss your tour.

      What time does the tour end?

      Returns to central Melbourne approx midnight (Oct-Mar) / 10:00pm (Apr-Sep).

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