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1 Day Exclusively Private Tour Of Phillip Island & The Penguin Parade provided by Posh Penguins

1 Day Exclusively Private Tour Of Phillip Island & The Penguin Parade

1 Day Exclusively Private Tour Of Phillip Island & The Penguin Parade
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
12h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    12h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • 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
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 111575P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Entrance fee's to all the attractions that we visit are included in the tour price
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Pre-paid entry to The Penguin Parade (General Viewing) *Upgraded tickets available at aditional cost
  • Pre-paid entry to the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Private transportation
  • WiFi on board
  • Professional Driver / Guide
  • Warm blankets for the Penguin Parade
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
  • Entry/Admission - Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  • Entry/Admission - Maru Koala and Animal Park
  • Entry/Admission - Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Wildlife Park
  • Entry/Admission - Churchill Island
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Churchill Island Heritage Farm
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - F Oswin Robert Koala Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Purple Hen Winery
  • Entry/Admission - National Vietnam Veterans Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The Nobbies Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Winery
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre
Exclusions
  • Upgraded ticket option to the Penguin Parade (*subject to availability if you wish to upgrade).
  • Food and beverages
  • Entry/Admission - Seal Rock
  • Entry/Admission - A Maze'N Things
Duration
12h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • The pick up time of this tour changes monthly, as it is dependant on the arrival of the penguins after sunset, which changes every day. - In peak summer time (November - March), the departure is between 10am and midday with a return time of between 10pm - midnight. - In winter months (and outside of summer) the pick up time is between 9am-11am with a return time of between 9pm-11pm. We will confirm the exact pick-up 24 hours prior to the tour date itself. Our standard pick up point is from outside Eureka Tower observation deck - underneath the palms trees (located at 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank, VIC 3006) however we can pick up from hotels in Melbourne CBD if pre-organised prior to the tour date. We also offer hotel pick up service - this can be provided from selected CBD, Southbank and Docklands hotels only and must be communicated in advance of the tour date.
  • 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia From outside Eureka Tower observation deck - underneath the palms trees
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children under the age of 12 are not permitted travel
  • Tours operate in all weather conditions. Please dress appropriately according to local conditions
  • Comfy trainers/sneakers are advised. A warm jumper, plus a waterproof jacket is advisable.
  • We wish to advise larger groups of 4 or 5, that our luggage capacity is limited, so we recommend 1 x airplane cabin-sized bags per person. For groups of 3 passengers or less, 1 x standard size suitcase & 1 x cabin-sized bag per person is acceptable.
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Entrance fee's to all the attractions that we visit are included in the tour price
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Pre-paid entry to The Penguin Parade (General Viewing) *Upgraded tickets available at aditional cost
  • Pre-paid entry to the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Private transportation
  • WiFi on board
  • Professional Driver / Guide
  • Warm blankets for the Penguin Parade
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
  • Entry/Admission - Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  • Entry/Admission - Maru Koala and Animal Park
  • Entry/Admission - Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Wildlife Park
  • Entry/Admission - Churchill Island
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Churchill Island Heritage Farm
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - F Oswin Robert Koala Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Purple Hen Winery
  • Entry/Admission - National Vietnam Veterans Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The Nobbies Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Winery
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre
Exclusions
  • Upgraded ticket option to the Penguin Parade (*subject to availability if you wish to upgrade).
  • Food and beverages
  • Entry/Admission - Seal Rock
  • Entry/Admission - A Maze'N Things
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • The pick up time of this tour changes monthly, as it is dependant on the arrival of the penguins after sunset, which changes every day. - In peak summer time (November - March), the departure is between 10am and midday with a return time of between 10pm - midnight. - In winter months (and outside of summer) the pick up time is between 9am-11am with a return time of between 9pm-11pm. We will confirm the exact pick-up 24 hours prior to the tour date itself. Our standard pick up point is from outside Eureka Tower observation deck - underneath the palms trees (located at 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank, VIC 3006) however we can pick up from hotels in Melbourne CBD if pre-organised prior to the tour date. We also offer hotel pick up service - this can be provided from selected CBD, Southbank and Docklands hotels only and must be communicated in advance of the tour date.
  • 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia From outside Eureka Tower observation deck - underneath the palms trees
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
12h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children under the age of 12 are not permitted travel
  • Tours operate in all weather conditions. Please dress appropriately according to local conditions
  • Comfy trainers/sneakers are advised. A warm jumper, plus a waterproof jacket is advisable.
  • We wish to advise larger groups of 4 or 5, that our luggage capacity is limited, so we recommend 1 x airplane cabin-sized bags per person. For groups of 3 passengers or less, 1 x standard size suitcase & 1 x cabin-sized bag per person is acceptable.
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 10 Jul. 2020
A note from 1 Day Exclusively Private Tour Of Phillip Island & The Penguin Parade
We have implemented precautions over and above our normal sanitation routines to provide Covid-Safe protocol. We use commercial grade sanitiser on our vehicles between every experience. We provide our guests with hand sanitiser and sealed bottled water. Gloves and masks are available upon request.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    7 Riverside Quay
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
    Stop: 8 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Maru Koala and Animal Park
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Phillip Island Wildlife Park
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 6
    Churchill Island
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 7
    Phillip Island Nature Parks - Churchill Island Heritage Farm
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 8
    A Maze'N Things
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 9
    Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Reserve
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 10
    F Oswin Robert Koala Reserve
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
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elizabeth b
8 contributions
Apr. 2022
The Penguin Parade has been on my bucket list for years. And yesterday, I finally got there. When I first started researching the trip, I found it quite hard. There is is no public transportation down to Phillip Island. I didn’t want to hire a car myself, so we were forced into choosing a tour.

So we had to choose what kind of tour. Small group tours sounded the way forward, but the schedule was set in stone and they didn’t actually spend that much time on the island itself. So we decided a private tour would be best. There were actually a lot of operators to choose from. Most that we looked at and got quotes from, were not very responsive to our questions and were at least 50% more expensive than the Posh Penguins company, so at first we were a little dubious. Why are they so much cheaper? Is this too good to be true? Well to answer that, the answer is no. The tour was perfectly delivered. The vehicle was beyond our expectations. Very comfy for a couple. Our guide Erin was a myriad of information and I loved her passion for the conservation of the island and especially its little Penguins.
Written 27 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mary H
5 contributions
Jun. 2021
We could not find many operators still doing tours down to phillip island due to covid. Eventually we stumbled upon Posh Penguins. Being a private tour, the price was a bit more than we had anticipated to spend, but we went with it anyway. In the end, the extra cost was worth it.

Our guide James was was really friendly. He knew the island very well and we were taken to some incredibly nice secluded spots, to be at one with nature and away from the tourist masses.

The Penguin Parade blew me away. Take their advice and book the upgrade. As the sun began to set, the rain started to set in. However, James had secured what they call 'underground bunker' tickets so we could not only shelter from the rain, but also we gained a much better view from the bunker. It was only an extra $45 each (from memory) but again, totally worth it.

The drive between melbourne is pretty mundane, but we had a fun chat with James on the way down in the morning and slept for the entire journey on the way back to Melbourne.
Written 6 July 2021
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Thanks Mary, It was lovely to meet you and your husband Jeff. Yes, per person our costs are much higher than a group big bus tour, but I am really happy you thought it was worth the extra cost in the end. I'm also glad you took our advice on choosing the underground bunker. As you were visiting in the winter (July), it really is the safest choice. And its great to see the penguins from that angle (and you still have the flexibility to leave the bunker and watch them from the same height as everyone else as well). James :)
Written 9 August 2021
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JJBols
5 contributions
Nov. 2019
My friends and I had a great day out. We choose to visit the wildlife park, where we got great photos holding a koala. We also fed the cute kangaroos. The island was beautiful, particularly when we got off the beaten track. The parade is well organised and fun.
Written 27 December 2019
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Thanks Pizzlover. Yes the island really is a magical place if you can find some of the hidden spots off the beaten track. But, lets keep them a secret. We don't want other people to find out ;)
Written 8 February 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

864trevorlee
Singapore23 contributions
Aug. 2019
Nice relaxed tour. Initial communication with Posh Penguis was good, and making our deposit payment online was painless. Very quick and easy. Shame the same can’t be said for some of the other operators we had to deal with in New South Wales.

We had a slight hiccup with our flight arrival time, meaning a slight delayed pick up time which we weren’t able to communicate in time, but James was very accommodating about it all, even charging us less money, as we missed out on a small portion of the tour. This was an unexpected but most welcome surprise.

Phillip Island was charming, particularly the little coastal towns. After visiting some of the big cities around Australia, it was nice to get out and see some of the countryside and the real Australia. Not quite the outback, that’s being saved for our next trip DownUnder.

Penguin Parade was unique and certainly worth the trip down just by itself. But if you are going to go all that way, it’s even better combined with some of the other attractions you get to visit.
Written 10 August 2019
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Cork_boy
Cork, Ireland402 contributions
Sep. 2019
We used Posh Penguins back in 2018 for our first trip to Phillip Island. We have family that live in Victoria, so we normally make the long trip over every 1 or 2 years. This time we were travelling with friends who had never visited, so we decided to use them again. We had James as our driver last time. This time we had Tom. He was just as good, safe, professional and just wanting us to have the best experience.

The trip back in 2018, we choose to visit the Vietnam museum from their ‘optional extras’ list - which was really good. This time, my wife insisted on choosing the Wildlife Park. Again, this option was very good. We got to hand feed kangaroos, got a picture up close holding a koala (well, as close to holding it as you are allowed) and met some other native Australia animals that our friends from Europe had never seen before.

The rest of the tour had a similar pattern to the previous year. A visit to the stunning Churchill island, where this time we took part in some of the activities. My wife successfully tried the cow milking, whilst I comically failed at the whip cracking. We also watched an interesting sheep sharing demonstration and a working dogs display. Heaps of wildlife here as well. Very varied - black swans, wallabies, funny purple hens, highland cows.....all sorts!).

We visited a koala refuge, got some great pictures. Then we went on a bush walk and saw some wallabies in their natural habitat. Dropped in at a local surf spot, watched a few wipeouts, then grabbed dinner.

Dinner venue was not great (at The Penguin Parade), but it would seem all the visitors eat in the same place as there is literally nothing else anywhere nearby for miles and miles. So I guess this unavoidable. The food wasn’t bad, but it was quite busy and the food is at tourist prices. Our guide did make us feel better about the experience - all the money spent in this venue goes back into the fight for local penguin conservation.

For the Penguin Parade last time we had the Penguins plus upgrade. This time.....we choose the ‘Underground’ upgrade, which was fortunate, as it was raining in the evening, and this is the ONLY place you are undercover AND it’s limited in number, so we were one of the very few tourists who didn’t get wet. I strongly recommend upgrading your ticket, at least to this option. This was very easily done when we made the booking, and we just paid the difference to Tom on the day. It’s worth noting here that the main grandstand can have 2,000+ people, so it was much more civilised to get an upgrade. Plus We were only charged what we would have paid if we had of upgraded directly ourselves, so it’s nice to see a company not seeing it as another way of making extra money in the side.

So yeah, another great day out with Posh Penguins. I feel I have now seen everything there is to see on Phillip island so won’t be using their services again, but I would certainly recommended them to my friends and family.
Written 26 September 2019
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Jacqueline Chan
1 contribution
Nov. 2019
It was a wonderful experience to visit Phillip Island with Posh Penguins. The whole private trip was smooth and safe. I particularly love wildlife. James is a very thoughtful person and is an excellent guide (and guy) who could bring you to fascinated sceneries and places that fulfill your wish and preference. The communication with him was pleasant and efficient. His recommendation on the Penguin Parade tour was fabulous. It has been an unforgettable trip that I could get an up-close encounter with wildlife. This private tour is highly recommended.
Written 27 December 2019
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Thanks JQ, So glad we could deliver you a close wildlife encounter and that you enjoyed yourself. James :)
Written 8 February 2021
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Hays
Newport, UK185 contributions
After having done a few other tours in Melbourne (there is a lot to see!) we had one last day so decided to take a trip down to see the penguin parade. We found out about Posh Penguins through our hotel concierge. Even though we booked last minute, they were very accommodating. We made Payment online which was very easy. Picked up on time. Car was perfect for the 3 of us. We made a nice stop at the botanical gardens and a wildlife park where we could hand feed kangaroos. Sadly you can’t feed the koalas there. But if you pay extra you can go into the inclosure and pay them. Had a delicious cafe style lunch. Island was cool. The penguin parade was soooo cold but totally worth the effort.
Written 28 July 2019
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all American hero
Arizona City, AZ36 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Had limited time in Melbourne so we grabbed a private tour to see the penguin march. Pretty neat tour. Got to see some wildlife up close. Our guide was friendly and knew the area well. Glad we took this option. Also, make sure you take some warm clothes as it can get pretty darn cold on the beach.
Written 3 June 2019
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Lola Riera
Jerez De La Frontera, Spain17 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We took a 1 day tour of Phillip Island, after much debate between that and private driving. Glad with our decision in the end. Didn't have to queue for tickets and we were shown places that we would never have thought of going to on our own. Phillip island is so much more than the penguin parade. Heaps to see. I also had no idea that they had a 'pelican parade' as well! Best to dress warm for this island. I didn't! Regretted it!
Written 31 May 2019
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Helen chambers
9 contributions
Apr. 2019 • Couples
We were recommend Posh Penguins by our hotel concierge. And glad we took their advice. Much less stressful than trying to plan it all ourselves - hiring a car, booking tickets etc. TIP - as they advise, it’s worth checking with them what dates are available for ticket upgrade at the penguin parade. You do have to pay extra for this, but it does add to the experience rather than sitting in the main grandstand. We were offered 3 different upgrade options. And eventually choose the ranger guided tour. Slightly more expensive than the other upgrade options, but certainly worth it in our eyes.
Written 9 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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kellysK5661SQ
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Thought provoking tour
The island is brimming with wildlife. That’s if you know where to look. Thankfully our guide did. Apart from some o
amsterdamer78
amsterdamer78
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Another great private tour experience
We have previously procured the services of this company before, but that was for a whirlwind visit to the island a
Fixthis2
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Unforgettable 2 Days
Just come back from a 2 day tour with Posh Penguins and I can say without a doubt, it was one of the best tour expe
Pacman479
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The tour of all tours!
We booked this tour on a bit of a whim as it combined the 2 places we wanted to see and we were nervous about joini
619jeffry
619jeffry
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Enjoy your luxury atrip to the Penguin Parade
You will enjoy a trip to see the Penguin Parade more if you make the trip in style. Posh Penguins will make sure y
ir0nbru
ir0nbru
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Tour review
Very good tour. Phillip Island is beautiful. I recommend taking a private tour as it’s catered to you. Particularly
HelloSexyChef
HelloSexyChef
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Penguin Parade
This was a comfortable way in which to see the Penguins. We paid extra for the underground bunker which allowed us
Weedykk
Weedykk
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For wildlife lovers
Loved our day out. Very relaxed, at our own pace. Saw everything we had on our list. Great tour to see Australian
THunt81
THunt81
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Perfect tour
We had initially wanted to do 2 days along the Great Ocean Road and a day out on Phillip island, but wanted a break
Donfish65
Donfish65
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Great 3 days!
Our friend had recommended this company after they had done a 1 day tour. We wanted to see Phillip island AND the g
Poh_kok_wee
Poh_kok_wee
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Penguins and co
This was our second visit to Melbourne, so we had a bit more time. So instead of rushing down in one day, we opted
Cauliflower_Cheese7
Cauliflower_Cheese7
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Private Tour
I surprised my partner with this private tour for his birthday. We often do small group travel, but never have done
MrPM24
MrPM24
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Family Memories
Fantastic day out with Posh Penguins. Everything ran like clockwork. James was a friendly guide and very safe drive
Danish_Red
Danish_Red
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Good choice for couples or small private groups
Good overall choice for our family of 4. Considering the inclusions and the fact you have a private car, and a driv
UliSmee
UliSmee
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Great private tour
My husband and I were recommended Posh Penguins by a friend who lives down on Phillip island. She was away on busin
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