This Phillip Island day tour combines colorful coastal attractions with Victoria’s finest wildlife experiences. Learn about Australia’s extraordinary native animals and the conservation efforts that will help to preserve them for future generations.
• Note that photography of any kind is not permitted at the Penguin Parade • Each tour group is limited to a maximum of 24 guests
This is a guided day tour of Phillip Island, located just off Australia’s southern coast and a popular day trip from Melbourne. Departing Melbourne at around midday, you’ll journey to the city’s most colorful attraction – the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes – for an opportunity to visit the beach and spend some time admiring these historic landmarks. We continue our journey through Melbourne’s bayside suburbs on the way to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Here, you’ll enjoy a guided wildlife walk where you'll have the opportunity to meet and hand-feed many species of native Australian animals. Learn about iconic species such as kangaroos, koalas, emus, and wallabies, as well as some lesser-known favorites including quolls, owls, bandicoots, and Tasmanian devils. Included in your visit here is an engaging ranger-led Koala Presentation, where you can learn more about these adorable marsupials. Continuing on to Phillip Island, a visit to Point Grant and The Nobbies gives you an opportunity to enjoy views over Westernport Bay and Bass Strait, including Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest population of fur seals. And then it’s onwards to the main event, where just after dark every night the world’s smallest penguins waddle ashore after spending the day fishing out at sea. You’ll be truly enchanted as the stars of the show emerge from the surf and pass right before your eyes on their journey back to their homes. Your guide will ensure you’re able to get the very best vantage point to enjoy the Penguin Parade. For an exclusive viewing experience, upgrade to the more personalized “Penguins Plus” viewing platform. With numbers limited to 300, you’ll enjoy special ranger interpretation in a more natural setting. After the parade, explore the Visitor Centre before beginning your journey back to Melbourne. With drop-off right back to your inner city accommodation, you’ll remember this day as a true highlight of your Australian holiday.