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

Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne

Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne
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Tour snapshot
Enjoy the nature, wildlife, and lifestyle of Phillip Island and beyond
Duration:
12–14 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
24
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    12–14 hours
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    24
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
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, tour a working sheep farm on Churchill Island, and watch the famous Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12-14 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Visit Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and a Churchill Isle farm
  • Watch the famous Penguin Parade as small penguins waddle to their burrows
  • Great value: hotel pickup and drop-off, lunch, and entrance fees included
What to expect
  • 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. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, a working farm where you can see a sheep shearing demonstration and watch the sheepdogs at work. Then 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12-14 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Visit Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and a Churchill Isle farm
  • Watch the famous Penguin Parade as small penguins waddle to their burrows
  • Great value: hotel pickup and drop-off, lunch, and entrance fees included
What to expect
  • 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. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, a working farm where you can see a sheep shearing demonstration and watch the sheepdogs at work. Then 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5325P23
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Friendly & informative tour guide
  • Pickup from selected hotels
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry to Moonlit Sanctuary, Churchill Island & Penguin Parade
  • WiFi on board
  • Entry/Admission - Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Entry/Admission - Churchill Island
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
Exclusions
  • Meals other than as stated
  • Gratuities
Duration
12–14 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout. Your pickup will be between 9:45am-10:45am 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.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise of dietary requirements 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
  • Children of all ages must purchase a ticket
  • Penguins Plus, Underground Viewing & Guided Ranger Tour 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 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
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Friendly & informative tour guide
  • Pickup from selected hotels
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry to Moonlit Sanctuary, Churchill Island & Penguin Parade
  • WiFi on board
  • Entry/Admission - Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Entry/Admission - Churchill Island
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
Exclusions
  • Meals other than as stated
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout. Your pickup will be between 9:45am-10:45am 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.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
12–14 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise of dietary requirements 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
  • Children of all ages must purchase a ticket
  • Penguins Plus, Underground Viewing & Guided Ranger Tour 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 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
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 13 Oct. 2021
A note from Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne
We have been closely monitoring recommendations from the Australian Government & World Health Organisation (WHO) & have enhanced our cleaning procedures and implemented precautionary measures to ensure the highest levels of safety.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Churchill Island
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    The Nobbies
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
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mizutory
Tokyo2 contributions
Dec. 2019
I joined to this tour with my 8yo son in December 2019.
Chris was warm and friendly guide, and has deep knowledge on the history and nature of south Victoria.
We learned a lot from him on the way down to Phillip Island.
The tour is packed with visits to interesting and beautiful places but have appropriate free time which we really appreciated.
This was one the best load trips in my life.
My son were talking about the trip often even now (8 months after the trip).
Thank you Chris for your great guide.
Written 30 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks very much for your review, mizutory! We're really happy to hear that Chris looked after you so well on tour & helped create some wonderful travel memories for you and your son. We know Chris will be really pleased to receive your feedback. Thanks again for joining us on tour & very best wishes for your future travels!
Written 31 August 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Golfmommy17
Boston, MA42 contributions
Mar. 2020
This was a well organized full day activity tour with a number of stops. Each stop had adequate time to explore/enjoy. We stopped at Moonlit sanctuary and had plenty of opportunity to feed Kangaroos/wallabees, lots of Koalas to be seen. Lunch was provided at this stop on the tour (food was not great but that was from the Sanctuary, not the tour itself). Next stop was a Sheep farm, then Cowes for Dinner, the Nobbies and finally the Penguin Parade. What a joy those cute Penguins are. We did the upgrade to the VIP Ranger tour and it did not disappoint! Plenty of activity during the day so if you did not care for one stop, another was not far behind...but there was no rushing through. It was well timed. Our guide was pleasant to be around for the day. thank you Sophie!
Written 21 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
On behalf of all of us at Bunyip Tours, I would like to thank you for sharing this great review about our tour! I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the fairy penguins, I too think they are terribly cute. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with Sophie and will pass on your feedback to her. It’s absolutely our pleasure to have you along as our guest and we hope we might see you back in Melbourne sometime in the not-too distant future.
Written 3 September 2020
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Braden R
1 contribution
Mar. 2020 • Family
Ricky is a legend! Very informative tour throughout the entire day. He kept us entertained and took great care of our family! Thanks Ricky
Written 20 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
I will be sure to tell Ricky he is a legend! I know he will appreciate the feedback. Your recommendation means a lot to us. Thank you for choosing the Phillip Island tour with Bunyip Tours and we look forward to your next visit with us!
Written 3 September 2020
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dom1947
Huntington Beach, CA145 contributions
Mar. 2020
we had a full day from 10am to 11 30 pm.we covered various sites from an animal sanctuary with lunch ,to tour of farm area on churchill island to the bobbies to finally the penguin parade.we ,luckily,had sara as our guide the entire day.she informed us about what we will be seeing and tidbits of information along the way.during periods of longs drive she played this amazing easy music.i remembered at least 90 percent of the songs;there was no rap so we thoroughly enjoyed the respite.sara stopped at a farm where we enjoyed sheep shearing.it was amazing how she picked up the sheep and sheared the wool off the sheep.shearing requires skill and strength which the young lady had in abundance.we saw a demo on bull whipping and how the dogs controlled the sheep.the dogs ran rings around the sheep to keep them together.it was amazing how they controlled the sheep.the same person who sheared the sheep did the presentation of the dogs.she told us that these dogs could cost 10000 each. she told us the dog could control 200 sheep but for our presentation 25 would do.sara told us to the shore line to observe pyramid rock and to the bobbies where we could walk around the wooden deck to get an up close few of the coast line.finally we made it to the penguin parade to see these guys close up.we sat on bleachers maybe 15 feet from the area of their arrival.the penguins arrived in groups and waddled up the hillside to their home.it was a magical site to see these little creatures make the march obvious to the crowds watching.they made that march and nothing could stop them.sara than took us to out hotels after a long and totally enjoyable day.sara.the tour guide made our day so special.she give up great information and answered all questions.she was delightful.
Written 13 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for such a nice review! We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. Our staff and Sara will definitely be happy to read your review. We make guest experience & satisfaction our highest priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. It's nice to hear you enjoyed the music selection and this helped to break up the day for you.
Written 4 September 2020
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brandon967
Phoenix, AZ11 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Couples
This is a must do. Sarah went above and beyond. She took us to all the included stops plus made an additional stop at a beach and a back road to view wild animals. The tour was paced perfectly and our guide was very informational. Highly recommend.
Written 10 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Brandon, this is great to hear. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this review. I know Sarah will appreciate your feedback and be happy to know you enjoyed the day with her and that you got to see some of our amazing Australian animals. All the best for your future travels.
Written 4 September 2020
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Ruby
Loganville, GA5 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Couples
Jake was great although riding in the back of the bus not so smooth. However, that would be my only negative. I also highly recommend the ranger guided tour. This tour is well put together and very happy at all we were able to experience!!
Written 9 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We love feedback helping us to know all our hard work is keeping us on track and delivering great tours. Thank you for finding the time to leave us this review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the day with us and will share this with Jake on your behalf.
Written 4 September 2020
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Relax02267879406
1 contribution
Feb. 2020
This tour was fantastic! Corey, our guide, was great. He picked us up/dropped us off a 1/2 block from our hotel. We were taken to 4 different activities and each one was fantastic. Our objective was to see the Penguin Parade (which was awesome), but along the way we spent time with a koala at Moonlit Sanctuary, enjoyed sheepherding and sheep shearing and petting a horse at Churchill Farm, and the gorgeous view at Pyramid Rock. I would highly recommend this tour!
Written 8 March 2020
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Thank you for such a nice review! We are incredibly grateful you took the time to leave us this note. Our staff and Corey will definitely be happy to hear your feedback and to hear you enjoyed meeting so many of our local animals. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your vacation and can perhaps visit us again in the future.
Written 4 September 2020
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Stuart_Morrison
Redruth, UK3 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Couples
Did the Philip island tour which included Churchill island and the penguin parade, was slot of fun and is definitely well worth doing
Written 6 March 2020
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Thanks very much Stuart for your kind remarks about your Phillip Island tour with Bunyip Tours. It’s absolutely our pleasure to have you along as our guest and we hope we might see you back in Melbourne sometime in the not-too distant future.
Written 8 September 2020
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Terry M
13 contributions
I had a great time on this tour, augmented by our highly entertaining and informative guide/driver, Stefan.

We visited every place listed in the info above, and had plenty of time to see and do everything we wanted for a true Aussie nature experience. Pet a koala (extra charge ) .. check. Feed a kangaroo .. check. See a sheep herding demonstration by a border collie with a mind of his own, watch a sheep get sheared, see a gorgeous sunset at Nobbies, see wallabies in the wild, and of course, see the penguin parade ... check, check, check, and check.

And I cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed Stefan's rolling commentary throughout the day. It made the time fly by. Thanks, "S".

Terry M
Written 5 March 2020
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Hi Terry! So great to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us and leave this amazing review. I know Stefan will be delighted to receive your feedback and will be justifiably proud of his role in making your tour with us memorable one. I'm so pleased you got to meet so many of our local wildlife. Let's hope you can meet sometime again in the future.
Written 8 September 2020
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Recyk
3 contributions
This tour was suggested to me by my daughter-in-law, and I'm so glad that I chose it. First, they were quick to answer my inquiry of where I could meet them to be picked up. It was a small tour of 22 people and our driver, Jake, was very friendly and helpful. He took us to Moonlit Sanctuary, where we were able to pet and feed the wallabies and kangaroos, and see many more animals. Jake made sure that we were there in time to sign up for a koala encounter where, for $20 aud, we could pet the koala and take our own pictures and/or videos. This was the only place that we visited, including Taronga Zoo and Featherdale Wildlife Park, that allowed you to touch and pet the koala. Some other places charged $20-$25 to have them take a photo of you standing next to the koala but you weren't allowed to pet it. We then visited a farm to see some farm animals and a sheep being sheared which in my opinion wasn't necessary, but it was a break in the long ride to Phillip Island. After that, we went to a beach town for lunch before heading to the beach to see the penguins come to shore. Jake made sure we were one of the earliest to arrive there. That was important because many large tour buses of people come to see this event. Be sure to purchase the Premium Plus option for a few dollars more because that allowed us to sit in a private viewing area. Because we were one of the earliest to arrive, we sat right in front where we could see the penguins come out of the water and pass right in front of us! It was truly an amazing experience! I definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants the full experience of being with the wallabies, kangaroos, and koalas, highlighted by the awesome close-up viewing of the adorable penguins coming ashore.
Written 3 March 2020
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Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this detailed review. We do appreciate it as I'm sure others will too who are looking to visit Phillip Island. We do love our native animals and am so glad you got to meet so many of them! Jake will be happy to receive your feedback and we will be sure to pass it on to him. I hope the rest of your trip was also memorable and hope you can visit us again in the future.
Written 8 September 2020
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Must do when on Phillip Island. 😀
Have watched the parade 4 times over many years. Never gets old. It is so wonderful to see the little once running
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Just-inTime hydration
Had a lovely day here today. It was quite warm and we’d forgotten to take a water bottle. One really kind worker th
jenniferonthemove
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Three super tours with fantastic guides
I'd award five stars to all three Bunyip experiences, so this review covers the Neighbours Tour (w/Chris), Healesvi
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Unforgettable two-day trip with Rach
The two-day trip along the Great Ocean Road was an amazing experience! We were very lucky to have Rach as our tour
paul_aus_hamburg
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Awesome trip to the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians
We spend a lovely trip to the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians and saw a lot of wild life (koalas, emus, cangaroo
Jamtraveltips
Jamtraveltips
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Amazing 2 days with Bunyip Tours
My husband and I NEVER take organized tours... we usually despise them. However, my husband always gets stuck dri
Vankhanh289
Vankhanh289
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Fantastic Tour with Alan!
Me and my friend took this tour in the last summer. All the sightseeings, accommodation, foods were great. And the
Vicki E
Vicki E
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Great Ocean Road
If you're visiting Melbourne and have a day to spare, take this tour with Bunyip tours. It is always a small bus,
SeanLittleOfficial
SeanLittleOfficial
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Amazing tour with Chris!
I did this tour on the 16th of March and it was absolutely amazing! It started off with an incredibly warm welcome
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Neighbours tour
Great day and good value. Only disapointment we didnt meet and greet a star from the show and would like to have s
hugho673
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Great if you can only do a day
This was a great tour. A couple of hours drive with stops to the park followed by a really awesome hike (about 1.5
globalnex
globalnex
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Excellent!
Took the Great Ocean Tour. Our Guide, Corey was excellent, entertaining & made the the long tour relaxing. The sig
Natasha T
Natasha T
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Perfect day, doing/seeing a lot more than I expected!
This really broke up my Melbourne holiday - allowed me to see so much more of the beautiful state than if I just st
andrewhQ8685HB
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Excellent day
This tour was honestly one of the best if not the best tour I've ever been on. The tour guide Steve ( apologies if
Haaparinne
Haaparinne
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Great trip!
The three Day trip was awesome, our tour guide Emily was great and made the trip 10 times better with the music on
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