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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express Tour from Melbourne

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Melbourne, Australia

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icon1 day  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 8 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

See native Australian wildlife, including the nightly ‘penguin parade,’ on this small-group tour to Phillip Island from Melbourne. Take in the breathtaking views of Phillip Island's rugged coastline along the Nobbies Boardwalk, then head to Summerland Beach to observe a procession of little penguins from Victoria's largest penguin colony.
  • Small-group wildlife tour to Phillip Island, from Melbourne
  • Enjoy spectacular coastal views along Nobbies boardwalk
  • See the penguin parade at Summerland Beach in the early evening
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Friendly & informative tour guide
WiFi on board
Park Entry Fees
Air-conditioned vehicle
Pickup from selected hotels
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout or from the Immigration Museum (400 Flinders Street).

Your pickup will be between 1:30pm-1:45pm (Apr-Sep) or 2:30pm-2:45pm (Oct-Mar) depending on which hotel you selected. Your exact meeting time will be provided after a booking is placed.

This tour returns to Melbourne at approximately 9pm-midnight depending on the season.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Photography and video are NOT PERMITTED at the Penguin Parade
  • Please limit luggage to a small backpack weighing no more than 11lbs ( 5 kg)
  • If travelling with an infant, please contact Tour Operator directly and request infant seat
  • Penguins Plus & Underground Viewing are on request. Once you have placed a booking, the Tour Operator will contact you in the event your chosen upgrade is not available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bunyip Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express Tour from Melbourne?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express Tour from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express Tour from Melbourne?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express Tour from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express Tour from Melbourne?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express Tour from Melbourne.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express Tour from Melbourne?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express Tour from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express Tour from Melbourne?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express Tour from Melbourne.

Traveler Tips


  • "Keep in mind that the initial tour advertised has upgrades giving better locations for viewing." See review
  • "Also no camera's are allowed when it gets dark as the flash shares the little ones." See review

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Guided ranger visit to the penguins
Lori_C
, Feb 2020
We opted for the ranger guided tour for the penguin parade. We didn’t realize all the other activities. We stopped at the Moonlit Sanctuary for an our and had time to see Australian animals up close. We then went to the Nobbies, for beautiful scenery and a stop in Cowes for dinner. I would have liked a little more time at the Penguin parade as the gift shop was very nice but no time to shop. We met our ranger and in a small group of 8 she equipped us with binoculars and headset and guided us to great seats. We saw hundreds of penguins come out of the water and later followed along the path they were taking. It was great. I do not believe the general admission folks could see what we saw, they were too far away. It was definitely worth the premium. Our guide Paul who drove us was also excellent. The only disappointment was no photos allowed.
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Penguin Parade
lrobwerner
, Feb 2020
Seeing the parade of Penguins is a worthwhile tourist experience. We did not realize the afternoon tour would stretch to midnight. One has to be at the Island sight at night to see them. After we did the tour, we were informed by our hotel staff that one could see Penguins on a local beach without charge. The tour would have been better and would not have taken so long if it just had the Penguin parade. The animal park we stopped at was low end and not as nice as many others. The tour director was both caring and a nervous wellie. He made us think that we would not have time to stop for dinner which led us to order poor quality food at the park. We thereafter went to a small town where we had plenty of time to order food from a variety of restaurants. Keep in mind that the initial tour advertised has upgrades giving better locations for viewing. They are worth while, but one needs to arrive early for good placement.
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very nice tour with the wonderful guide
Escape28122056670
, May 2019
It was really good tour! Penguins! It was an amazing experience. I and my family went tour with the tour guide Mr. Rob. He was very kind and knowledgeable not only to tour spots but also to daily life in Melbourne, so we really enjoy the way to the spots. The bus was spacious and the agency prepared kid-seat for my son, and it was very helpful to take care of safety. It was a good tour.
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do not recommend this trip
cyberdoc2
, Dec 2018
poor guide no explanations re the area Moonlit animal sanctuary is a waste of time animals in cages awful
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Wonderful to see the tiny penguins...
Jessica C
, Jun 2018
Wonderful to see the tiny penguins up close! Slightly windy by the shore. Knowledgeable tour guide.
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Dont miss the penguin parade! One of...
Kevin L
, Mar 2018
Dont miss the penguin parade! One of the great experiences of our Australian trip! Very good Itinerary.
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The wildlife tour was great, we got...
Jayson J
, Jan 2018
The wildlife tour was great, we got to see a field full of kangaroo's and the penguins were so fun to watch coming out of the sea. They don't come out until dark, and can be hard to see, I recommend taking some good binoculars. Also no camera's are allowed when it gets dark as the flash shares the little ones.
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it was a nice day, the guide gave a lot...
nathalie s
, Oct 2017
it was a nice day, the guide gave a lot of informations. great time!
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The Tour was amazing. Our bus driver...
Malessa B
, Sep 2017
The Tour was amazing. Our bus driver PHIL was lovely and very informative throughout the day. The penguins did not disappoint. I would definitely recommend this trip to others as it was a good way to see a bit of the Victorian countryside as well. Worth the money.
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The penguin were great and the...
Noel K
, Oct 2016
The penguin were great and the driver was knowledgeable, unfortunately the shuttle van was in terrible condition. The door kept jamming and worse the driver had to keep pulling over to burn off the debris in the Fuso buses Eco Filter to avaoid a break down. Not fun having to get out of the bus in 35 degrees in high wind at night.
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