Tours and Tickets
Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne
5
LIKELY TO SELL OUT*

Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne

By Bunyip Tours
Recommended by 95% of travellers
95% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
The beautiful beaches, bushland, and nature reserves of Phillip Island lie just south of Melbourne. On this tour, enjoy unforgettable wildlife encounters in one day—spot kangaroos at the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and watch the famous Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach.
from
AU$149.00
per adult
Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 0-99, max of 24 per group
Duration: 12–14 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
More
Audio guide: German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Italian, French, Spanish
More

Highlights
  • Enjoy the nature, wildlife, and lifestyle of Phillip Island and beyond
  • Visit Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Watch the famous Penguin Parade as small penguins waddle to their burrows
  • Great value: hotel pickup and drop-off and entrance fees included

  • Friendly & informative tour guide
  • Pickup from selected hotels
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry to Moonlit Sanctuary & guided tour of the exhibits
  • WiFi on board
  • General admission at the Penguin Parade
  • Entry/Admission - Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
What's not included
  • Meals other than as stated
  • Gratuities

Get picked up from your Melbourne hotel and set out on the journey to Phillip Island. Before crossing the bridge to the island, stop along the Mornington Peninsula to visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Follow the Wallaby Walk and spot a wide variety of native Australian animals, including wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, and dingoes. Set out to explore Phillip Island to see the Nobbies rock formations, Seal Rocks, and Cape Woolamai before heading to Summerland Beach for the evening Penguin Parade: watch hundreds of little penguins waddle across the beach to their burrows. Return to Melbourne, where your tour ends back at your hotel.

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout. Your pickup will be between 11:00am-12 midday (Aug-Apr) or 10:00am-11:00am (May-Jul) depending on which location you select. 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.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Near public transportation
        • Infant seats available
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5325P23

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Photography and video are NOT PERMITTED at the Penguin Parade
        • Large bags, strollers, prams, baby capsules, luggage & walkers cannot be brought on board
        • If travelling with an infant, please contact Tour Operator directly and request infant seat
        • Most travellers can participate
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers

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

        Which attractions will I visit with Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne?
        How much is Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne?
        Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne price starts from AU$151.79. Discover and book Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne on Tripadvisor
        What is the Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne cancellation policy?
        Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne on Tripadvisor
        Which company provides Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne?
        Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne is hosted by Bunyip Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Bunyip Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne on Tripadvisor

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5325P23

        Reserve your spot
        Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.

        Similar experiences

        Itinerary
        • You'll get picked up
          See departure details
        • 1
          Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
          Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
          See details
        • 2
          The Nobbies
          Stop: 15 minutes
          See details
        • 3
          Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
          Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
          See details
        • You'll return to the starting point
        About the operator
        Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
        • Bunyip Tours
          2,204
          Australia
          Joined in February 2011
        • Kate R
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Rachel was great
          Rachel was a great tour guide and really fun, she showed us a range of different animals that we may not have otherwise seen.
          Written 20 February 2024
        • rajw2024
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          worth doing this
          great tour, really amazing to see the penguins in their natural habitat. Felix was an awesome tour guide who provided a humorous and informative tour in equal amounts
          Written 20 February 2024
        • Reading64
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great guide/ wonderful views
          Jools is a fun guide and awesome driver. She provided hot drinks and cake at Torquay overlooking the ocean. She was well organised and her instructions were clear. She made sure we had enough time at each stop. Very enjoyable
          Written 14 February 2024
        • Explorer36948228951
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great trip
          Great trip! Good value. The twelve apostles site is a must see. Wonderful driver an guide. The bus seats have minimal leg room for a long day.
          Written 13 February 2024
        • brionyp314
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Ace day out
          This trip was really super - we stopped at loads of places with just enough time to absorb the views, take pictures etc. The guide was friendly and informative and drove the route brilliantly. And being in a smaller group felt much more relaxing!
          Written 8 February 2024
        • Y5632XMguyd
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fantastic
          We had a fantastic guide in Emily who did an amzing job on the tour. Great views and worth the long day. We will be coming back for one of the other tours next time.
          Written 4 February 2024
        • lynnhU1751BV
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Truly unforgettable experience!
          What a fantastic trip this was! Aaron our tour leader was extremely knowledgeable about the Penguin Parade and also the previous three stops we made on our way to Phillip Island. First stop was the colourful beach boxes in Brighton Beach, Melbourne then we went onto Moonlit Sanctuary to see native Australian animals then onto a beautiful beach on Phillip Island called Woolamai Beach where we paddled in the surf of the Southern Ocean! We then went to Cowes for a dinner stop before visiting the Penguin Parade. I’ll never forget seeing these beautiful creatures come out of the sea and walk up the beach past the boardwalk. Truly unforgettable experience and for me a must do if visiting Melbourne!
          Written 3 February 2024
        • CSL852
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great Experience with a Great Guide
          Our guide, Aaron, is an energetic and passionate man who lifted the mood of the tour a lot. The drive from central Melbourne to Philip Island was as long as around 3 hours, so during the ride Aaron did a great job to tell us about the background knowledge behind the animals and the history of the lands. He also told us about his recommendation for dinner before the penguin parade. Watching little penguins coming home from fishing was a truly wonderful experience! The facility is well designed so as to make sure visitors are able to stay close to the penguins as much as possible along the way penguins get home! With the admission fee included plus the transport, pricing is reasonable.
          Written 30 January 2024
        • P3589NRhayleyg
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing experience
          Chris was an amazing guide, and we had a lovely time exploring the Yarra valley. He was very informative and accommodating to us all. Definitely recommend
          Written 27 January 2024
        • Steve793
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great day
          Well run and operated . Felix was really nice and very informative. Long day and may be best to have one central pick up and drop off as this slows the day down. 12 apostles brilliant !
          Written 26 January 2024
        • Prefect49
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great Value
          Very extensive tour and great value for the kilometres covered. Aaron our tour guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. It was a nice mix of coastal scenery and a rainforest walk in the Otway National Park.
          Written 19 January 2024
        • David B
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Penguin Parade with Bunyip Tours (Jacqui)
          Jacqui was our driver and guide for this long day trip to Phillip Island for the Penguin parade, with various stops along the way. It was a great experience, and Jacqui was a very big part of that - upbeat, friendly and knowledgeable. Her energy didn’t seem to flag and she created a very happy atmosphere throughout the bus journey. The penguins were great to see and stops in between- at the Nobbies in particular- were well worthwhile.
          Written 19 January 2024
        • swampduckgy
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A Great Day Out
          If you do one trip from Melbourne, may I suggest you do this. It’s a long day, so be prepared with water and drinks, but you get to see so many beautiful spots along the Great Ocean Road, including rainforest stops, beaches, the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. We saw koalas in the wild too. Tim our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and really made the day special, with helpful recommendations at the lunch and dinner spots. He was flexible in supporting group members to do the helicopter trip, without impacting on other tour group members. A memorable day.
          Written 6 January 2024
        • Q2133GLteresap
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great tour but very long day of riding in bus
          Good tour but very long day. Briefly saw kangaroo and koalas along road. Lots of driving!!! WiFi was sporadic. Rachel our guide was fantastic! Upbeat and very informative.
          Written 4 January 2024
        • mohanm903
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A real Classic experience
          The trip was excellent and seamless. Go West tour operator is an amazing team, especially a guide named BREE. She was excellent in terms of overall guide, driving, showing the right spots, and interactive, energetic, and very supportive. I strongly recommend this team of GO WEST via Trip advisor.
          Written 2 January 2024
        See all 2 reviews
        These reviews are the subjective opinions of Tripadvisor members and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

        Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

        Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

        Popular mentions

        We perform checks on reviews.
        Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
        Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
        When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
        Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
        Learn more about our review moderation.
        5.0
        5.0 of 5 bubbles302 reviews
        Excellent
        259
        Very good
        29
        Average
        6
        Poor
        4
        Terrible
        4

        Travis
        33 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Had a wonderful day with Bunyip going down to Phillip Island. Between the Moonlit Sanctuary, Churchill Island, surf beaches, the Nobbies, and of course, the Penguin Parade, the day was jam-packed without feeling rushed. (Be warned: you’re signing up for a 14 hour day! It’s fun, but long)

        Our guide, Rohan, was awesome - he went to great efforts to call all 22 of us by our first names (incredibly rare for a single day tour), was knowledgeable with a good sense of humor, and did a wonderful job getting us to all the sites on the tour. During the sunset at the Penguin Parade, he was tracking down our group members with a couple blankets in hand and making sure everybody was warm and taken care of. Safe driver, excellent guide, top notch overall.

        There’s loads of companies operating tours out of Melbourne, based on this experience I’d definitely do another one with Bunyip.

        Only critical feedback is I felt a bit rushed at the Moonlit Sanctuary, adding on an extra 15 minutes there would make it a perfect length.
        Written 4 February 2020
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

        Angela1234512345
        London, UK29 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2023 • Solo
        Had a good time. Well organised and squeezed loads in. The guide was great and did his best to get the bus cool as It was super hot (38°c). I recommend paying extra to see the fairy penguins from the underground viewing area at they get really close. Pack layers as the Nobbies can be windy. The dinner stop is early as the penguins don't go home until after sunset so, be prepared for that. Can't share a penguin shot as photography isn't allowed.
        Written 5 March 2023
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

        pernillegrambentsen
        Copenhagen, Denmark3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A day full of amazing experiences and a very knowledgeable guide - Ricky - who with enthusiasm gave us lots of good insights of the places and animals we saw. I could list quite a few highlights - it is really highly recommendable to take this trip, we covered a lot in one day, in my opinion all good and nothing should be left out. Fun little detail to play ‘animal songs’ for koalas, kangaroos and penguins. Thank you for a great and memorable day!
        Written 18 January 2020
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

        Claire C
        1 contribution
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        I found this trip good but not amazing like others. My daughter and I took the trip a few days ago. We had an excellent tour guide Sherif, he was great fun, informative and even played the digeridoo for us which was amazing. Stopped for 30 mins at Brighton Beach, lovely, then onto Moonlit Sanctuary. You dont get there till around 1.45 so you have lunch first. If you dont want chips I suggest you take your own as there is a long queue and the cold food choice is poor, there was a couple of wraps left, falafel and a lamb one or some boxed salads, chicken ceasar or quinoa, we had salads, very average. Dont take this trip if you are tempted by feeding kangaroos and wallabies, they are not interested in the food as everyone can feed them so they are presumably fed up of it. Also the experiences such as pet a koala and walk a dingo are sold out by the time you arrive. Left there at 3.15 for the Nobbies which takes around an hour. The Nobbies are beautiful but there are crowds of people milling around and its hard to get good photos. We stayed there about 45 mins before going to the penguins. The centre is well organised and theres plenty of toilets. Its a long walk to the shore, we went on a hot day so had shorts and teeshirts on but its quite cold there as it gets dark so take a coat even on a hot day. There was over 2000 people there so again you’re fighting for a seat. Sherif was very good at explaining where to sit and how long to stay. We watched a couple of groups of penguins come onto the beach then moved to the boardwalks to see them come up in lines. It is lovely but sadly spoilt by hoards of people pushing in, shouting and taking photos despite being repeatedly asked not to by the rangers. I felt sorry for the poor creatures if they have to endure that every night. Its an opportunity to eat at the centre so we left the boardwalk as we were hungry. Had burger and chips which was actually very nice. Back on the bus at 7,30 and back in Melbourne just before 9.30.
        Written 17 April 2022
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
        Thanks very much for your review, Claire. As you travelled to Phillip Island during the Easter holiday period, your experience was clearly affected by the crowds that accompany peak holiday periods. On the evening that you visited the Penguin Parade, the venue was completely sold out, which is not the case if you travel off-peak. Likewise, the kangaroos & wallabies at Moonlit Sanctuary are usually quite keen for a feed, but during peak periods they have already filled up by visitors who arrive early in the morning. Of course, we understand that many visitors don't have an option as to when they holiday, but the reality is that peak periods are always a little less pleasant than if you're able to travel during quieter times. We're really pleased to hear that you found Sherif's guiding to be excellent, as this is one of the things that we are actually able to control! Thanks again & best wishes for your onward journey.
        Written 18 April 2022
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Karen B
        enola, United States2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2023 • Couples
        Our guide was Aaron and he was so upbeat with our group and personalized it for us. A very nice touch was the music he played of all Aussie artists! He was very knowledgeable and kept us updated the entire trip. Every stop was worthwhile. We saw beautiful views, wildlife, the bush, the beaches, the box houses, and the penguin parade. The trip was worth every penny and the drive wasn't that bad at all in a comfortable,smaller size bus with large windows. Highly recommend this tour.
        Written 21 February 2023
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

        TJouer
        Bellbrook, OH2,248 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The animals from the Moonlit Sanctuary and Phillip Island are the stars of this tour. You can get very close to them and photograph koala, kangaroos, wallabies, etc. The sanctuary has a nice facility for refreshments and restroom break. The Nobbies are breathtaking. The tour allocates one hour for dinner on your own. The Phillip Island penguins are adorable, and the visitor center is state of the art. The tour guides are knowledgeable and well informed. Tip: There is a no camera rule after sunset on Phillip Island so make sure your children and members of your party are aware. Suggest not spending the extra dollars on additional upgrades as everyone will have the same opportunities to view the penguins from the boardwalk.
        Written 19 January 2024
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

        Lucy J
        2 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        A brilliant day out with wonderful photo opportunities, great beaches, as well as a fantastic animal sanctuary where you can feed wallabies and kangaroos! The penguins were absolutely the star of the show, and the parade itself was truly magical. Israel, our guide, was relaxed, fun, and incredibly knowledgeable about Aborginal culture and relayed fascinating information about the places we visited. Only note was that we didn't get any time in the Penguin Parade centre to use loos or look around, and we arrived quite last-minute so didn't get as good seats. Otherwise a fantastic day, and one of the highlights of our time in Australia.
        Written 9 March 2023
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

        Ken F
        Akron, OH278 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2022
        We did the Philip Island tour and found it to be excellent. While it was a long time on the bus, the trip to the penguins was broken up into segments and showed you different parts of Melbourne as well as more of the island itself.

        St. Kilda was fun, Moonlit Sanctuary was fun, Cowes was a nice stop for dinner and, of course, the penguins.

        Luke did an outstanding job as tour guide. He provided enough information, was funny and was also very conscientious about making sure all the people in his bus were having a good time.

        As I have been on many big bus tours and the fact that there were only 18 people made it better. Smaller is always better.

        I would absolutely do a different tour of theirs were I to return to Melbourne.
        Written 5 January 2023
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

        Mary T
        7 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        July 2023 • Business
        Bus full of International Delegates final day surprise adventure was an absolute hit - Everyone sang along to YMCA waving arms about!! Notepad passed around so all could provide their favourite song - Ash then created a playlist which was used for the rest of the day. Each stop was full of fun and sheer delight for the Visitors. They saw many native Australian animals, even a few crossing the road which Ash stopped so we could watch them finish crossing the road (Echidna). Everyone had a GREAT time and send ‘thanks’ to Ash - apologies for not always responding as Ash a little fast to be understood all the time. Would CERTAINLY do it all again!!
        Written 17 July 2023
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

        The U's
        Chicago, IL9 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2023
        The Penguin Parade is great.

        The Moonlit Sanctuary is wonderful.

        A must is the Penguin Plus Upgrade. The penguins come out of the ocean and walk to where you're sitting and then they walk along the walkway and you can walk with them.

        The parking lot is huge. We were there in winter and the parking lot was mostly empty and thus we had great seats to watch the penguins.

        The Moonlit Sanctuary has several food options and you get an extra half hour at the stop to eat.

        We met a couple in Cairns whose next stop was Melbourne. Their travel agent told them the Penguin Parade is closed in winter. So they didn't book a tour. It is not. A must in Melbourne.
        Written 6 July 2023
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

        Showing results 1-10 of 283
        *Likely to sell out: Based on Viator’s booking data and information from the provider from the past 30 days, it seems likely this experience will sell out through Viator, a Tripadvisor company.

        Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne provided by Bunyip Tours