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Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne provided by AAT Kings

Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 06/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne
Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays/wipes are available for guest distribution. Group sizes will be continuously reviewed to align with government recommended protocols.
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Updated 06/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
See Phillip Island’s famous penguins as well as koalas and other Aussie animals on an afternoon trip from Melbourne that includes the Kaola Reserve. Traveling in a climate-controlled bus, enjoy customizable tour options that let you watch the evening Penguin Parade from different vantage points as the world’s smallest penguins return to their island burrows after a day of fishing.
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    Or, you can also get picked up
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  • 1
    Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Reserve
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    The Nobbies Centre
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 3
    Cowes Beach
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 4
    Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
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Highlights
  • Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade reveals penguins in their natural habitat
  • Spot sea birds and fur seals in the Nobbies rock formations
  • Tour the Koala Reserve for an up-close look at native wildlife
  • Hassle-free: convenient pickup and drop-off at selected Melbourne hotels
What to Expect
Board a climate-controlled bus at your Melbourne hotel for the trip to Kaola Reserve, passing Westernport Bay along the way. At the animal park, see the island’s koala population in their natural habitat as you walk across the tree-top boardwalks. Continue to Philip Island (with at stop at Cowes Beach in the summer months), home to sea birds, fur seals, and the world’s smallest species of penguin. Explore the Nobbies rock formations to look for seals and birds. Then, as sunset approaches, wait for the native penguins in the viewing station that you’ve selected when booking. Suddenly you start to see the tiny penguins emerge from the water, waddling along the beach as they make their way to snug island burrows. Following the Penguin Parade, your tour concludes with return transportation to your Melbourne hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
AAT Kings Melbourne Day Tours, Federation Square, Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia Phillip Island, Phillip Island, Victoria
Duration
9h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Pickup from select Melbourne hotels. Pick up locations appear in a drop down box at time of booking
  • Entry to the Koala Conservation Reserve
  • Ticket for general viewing platform (Penguin Parade) unless upgrade selected
  • Super comfortable luxury vehicle including: free wifi, in seat USB and air conditioning
  • Learn all about the spectacular Phillip Island with your expert local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Selected hotel drop off
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under 16 are not permitted on skybox tour
  • Children under 12 are not permitted on the Ranger Guided Tour
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Guests that require a wheelchair are welcome on our tours providing they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from the supplier to embark and disembark the vehicle. Wheelchairs will be stored under the vehicle whilst in transit. If travelling with a wheelchair, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure your wheelchair can be accommodated. no access to upgrades to Guided Ranger or Skybox at Phillip Island Nature Parks, Penguins Underground is the recommended upgrade.
  • If travelling with an infant that requires a stroller, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure the can be accommodated.
  • Please note photography or filming is prohibited at the Penguin Parade. Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate a penguin.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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 50 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Jill C wrote a review Apr. 2020
11 contributions14 helpful votes
Tour was exactly as described by AAT Kings: First stop was at the Maru Park where we were able to get up close to a koala ($30 extra), feed the kangaroos and wallabies ($3), see tasmanian devils, dingos etc - a small park, but lovely to wander round. We then headed to Phillip
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, Manager at Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your review and recommendation. The Penguin parade really is magical, especially when you walk along the boardwalk and see them up close as they head to their burrows. The extra cost for the up close experience with the koala is optional and you receive a keepsake photo. The feed for the kangaroos is also optional and you can still get up close to them however feeding them is a great experience. We are really glad that you had a memorial time with AAT Kings and we hope to see you travelling with us again around Australia.
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Brad Smith wrote a review Apr. 2020
Caerhays, United Kingdom6 contributions2 helpful votes
Fantastic day out, large tour bus with a small group. Its a long day but we'll worth it. Our driver come tour guide was brilliant, stopping many times to show us local fauna and flora, I think he was an amateur botanist at heart. Phillip Island, although a damp night was great
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, Manager at Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your review, its great to hear your positive comments about the Phillip Island tour. The Penguin parade is such an amazing sight to see and you are right, even in wet weather the event is not disappointing. Thanks again and we hope to see you travelling with us in the future.
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carriewdavispt wrote a review Mar. 2020
Richmond, Canada6 contributions6 helpful votes
We loved the time spent with the kangaroos and penguins. We had plenty of time to pet and feed the kangaroos with no interruption. The Penguin Parade is one of natures miracles that is a chance in a lifetime to experience. The only reason I gave this tour a 4/5 stars is that the
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, Manager at Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank for your review of our Phillip Island tour. Our guides get a little excited some times and really want to make the experience extra special, im sure as you look back at your time with our guide you will remember it fondly. So glad that you made the most of your time in Melbourne and were able to witness the magic that is the penguin parade.
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MENichols wrote a review Mar. 2020
Prosper, Texas8 contributions4 helpful votes
We had the kindest driver, Keith who was so informative! We stopped at the Maru Park and got a close up experience touching a koala and feeding kangaroos. We loved our quick beach stops with fabulous views. The Penguin Parade was so precious- spend the money to upgrade to the
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, Manager at Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your review. We agree that the upgrade is well worth the expense for this once in a lifetime experience. We are very grateful you were able to travel with us.
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janddboots wrote a review Mar. 2020
15 contributions16 helpful votes
Must see tour if it's your first time in Melbourne or Australia. It's compact tour you can experience wild life and see the outside of Melbourne city. Highly recommended
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne
Responded 15 Mar. 2020
Hello janddboots, Thank you for leaving us a review about your Phillip Island Trip. Nice short sharp and shiny reviews. We hope you enjoy the remainder of your travels
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I took this tour in January, set off Melbourne in late afternoon, before the Penguin parade started 9pm, there was
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  • Duration: 9h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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