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Posh Penguins

Phillip Island, Australia
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About Posh Penguins
Posh Penguins offers offers exclusively private tours for 1-5 guests on Phillip Island, including the visitation of the famous penguin parade as well as other wildlife attractions. Our comfy SUV and MPV vehicles are all air conditioned, fitted with tinted glass windows with added UV protections, complimentary on-board wifi and bottled water and Apple-Car-Play. All attractions we visited are included in the price, with the exception of upgraded ticket options for the Penguin Parade which is at an additional cost and strictly subject to availability at the time of booking. We offer free pick ups and drop off's at most Melbourne CBD, Southbank and Docklands hotels.
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395cat wrote a review 15 Oct
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We choose a Phillip Island One Day Tour as we didn’t think we needed two days there. And I feel we choose well. We were lucky to be sitting outside melbournes strict lockdown zone when we went, so the island, and the Penguin Parade in particular was very quiet. I have been once before, many years ago, right in the peak of school holidays and it pandemonium! Due to that bad memory we had been avoiding the island, but now we view it in a completely different light - partly due to the lack of tourists around, but largely due to the excellent tour Posh Penguins put on for us. This was a taster of what travel will be like for us going forward, now that we have hit retirement. We cannot wait to get out there and explore Australia and eventually internationally!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Kate wrote a review 8 Oct
Albury, Australia3 contributions1 helpful vote
We took a 1 day tour with Posh Penguins to Phillip Island. Very enjoyable indeed. Booking process was easy. It was a nice mix of island sights and activities. I particularly enjoyed watching the different farming activities on Churchill island, including the sheep dog demonstration, sheep shearing and we even got a chance to crack a whip! The journey down from Melbourne is about 90 minutes. We were staying at a friends house in eastern Melbourne so we pre-organised to get a direct doorstep pick up. This worked perfectly and meant we didn’t have to go all the way back into the city in the morning to get picked up. Nice shiny car and guide/driver who knew the roads and the island well.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Terry wrote a review Sep 2021
Singapore, Singapore14 contributions18 helpful votes
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 joining a small group because of covid. We were very thankful we did it this way. The element of it being private really worked for us. It particularly worked well for this tour because both days were jam packed of things to see and do. I could not have imagined trying to do this itinerary with a small group. It would have been rushed and just not as enjoyable. Our guide James took us to both areas and knew them both incredibly well. He was really friendly and knowledgeable and was always checking up on us to make sure we were enjoying the tour. The only thing that could have made this better was to see everything over 3 days. This was an option we had considered originally but we were constrained with our available dates. That said, we saw all the main bits of the great ocean road, but I felt there was even more to discover with an extra days. Although we just finished our last day before Melbourne went into a snap covid lockdown, so I dare say our 3rd day would have been cancelled anyway. We were absolutely both recommend Posh Penguins for a private tour to not only Phillip Island, but also the great ocean road.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Paul N wrote a review Aug 2021
Perth, Australia5 contributions
I will probably have to write a few wrongs right from a previous poster by the name of VB, before I give my review of the actual tour. This previous poster claims the Penguin Parade is ‘exploitation’. This is complete and utter rubbish. The time we spent chatting with the staff at the Penguin parade was so overwhelming positive. They truly care about the welfare of the Penguins. They are very conservation driven. Nothing else. I don’t know if that reviewer literally went into the Penguin parade with his eyes closed….I don’t know? Yes, the Penguin parade cafe is over priced, yes the gift shop is a rip off…..but hello….it’s a tourist venue…..and this is all to draw as much money in as possible to pay for all this conservation effort. Nothing is free in this world. If I was in charge of Posh Penguins, I would just have deleted that persons garbage review and not given him (or her, who knows) the time of day. Ok rant over. I will now begin my review of the actual tour itself. We choose a private tour vrs hiring a car and driving ourselves. We wanted an expert guide who knew the island. And that’s exactly what we got in Sally. She was a brilliant ambassador, not only for the island, but also the wildlife and the overall conservation effort that mr Vb for some reason managed to completely miss. It was a very relaxing day. Well organised. We took the extended option (14 hour tour option instead of the 12 hour tour option) after Initial discussions with James via email, and we are glad we took his advice. He also persuaded us to upgrade the Penguin Parade ticket type, which again, totally worth its weigh in gold. All these discussions were well filtered through to our guide Sally, So much so that she even knew that my wife was a strict pescatarian and had made arrangements around this. Kudos for that. Most other private tours we have been on have failed at that hurdle, despite making that information public prior to booking. We were initially tossing up between this tour and another private tour provider. To be honest, the other company seemed more refined. They had a Mercedes and the overall feeling was a bit more professional, but it was also double the price of Posh Penguins. So we took a gamble. And it paid off. Sure we didn’t get the Mercedes. But We did get an incredibly comfy people mover though - just without a pretentious logo. And our guide was very down to earth and friendly. You could tell she was from the island, because her mind hasn’t been warped by the big city like many of us - come on, we are all guilty of this. She really knew the road and the local region. We seemed to always end up away from everyone else, just surrounded by the most beautiful countryside and wild animals. Yes we did do some of the tick box stuff as well, like the koala conservation centre and Churchill island, but what was good about that, was Sally was totally flexible as to how long we spent at each location. If we hated it, we could just says ‘can we move on please’ and if we were having fun we could just ‘can we stay a bit longer’. That really put us at ease and I don’t think I even looked at my phone to see the time the entire day. It was that relaxed. In fact, come to think of it, apart from taking a photo, I don’t think I looked at my phone once. I actually can’t remember the last time that even happened. It is one of my bad traits and I didn’t even realise this until the next day, when I asked my wife what the best bit of the tour was. She answered ‘the fact you were totally engrossed in the tour that you didn’t stop for one minute to check your phone’. The final curtain call was the Penguin parade. Again, some smart thinking from their team, as Sally gave us : 1.comfy cushions to sit on 2.warm blankets to wrap up warm in 3.binoculars so we could view the Penguins from afar I saw customers from the company we were originally going to book with, climbing out of their flashy German automobile with what could only be described as a dis-interested tour guide. But what made me take note, was what they didn’t have : Did they have cushions? No. Did they get sore backsides? Probably!!! Did they have blankets? No. Did they get cold. Yes absolutely!!! it was freezing!!! Did they get given binoculars? No. Could they see as much as us. Of course not!!! This just reaffirmed that we had chosen the best option. It just requires a bit more digging when you are booking a private tour to make sure you not only end up with the best company but also the best bang for your buck. The number of automated responses we had gotten from companies gobsmacked me. That’s the very reason why why wanted a private tour in the first place. Be be treated as individuals, not as another number. To finish : Kudos to Posh Penguins for delivering such a relaxed, personalised and fun day out. Thanks to James for fielding all our questions and the behind-the-scenes of organising everything, and of course Sally our star tour guide and driver.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from Explore08820454495, Owner at Posh Penguins
Responded 25 Aug 2021
Thanks Paul, for taking your time to write extensively about your experience. The extra information can really help others make a more informed decision about whether to choose us or not. I would also like to share my gratitude for confirming the great conservation work that the staff and volunteers at the Penguin Parade do. A lot of it is behind the scenes, which the public will never physically see. Therefore, on our tours, we like to educate all our guests about their less-visual conservation efforts on the island, both past, present and future. Whilst we are a for-profit company, we care very much about the welfare of the local wildlife and when possible, we do work hand-in-hand with organisations assisting in this push to advocate for improvements to advance conservation. And as our guides are all local to the island (such as Sally who conducted your tour), it might be said that perhaps we also have a deeper connection to the area than most other operators, along with a greater sense of responsibility to its longevity. Thanks also for pointing out some of the other benefits from choosing us. Before setting up our tours many years ago, we looked hard at what other operators were doing, and cherry picked what we thought they did well.....and more importantly left out what they weren't doing well !! That combined with our extensive local knowledge of the area, we think, makes for a great touring experience all round. Warm regards, James
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Mary H wrote a review Jul 2021
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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.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from Explore08820454495, Owner at Posh Penguins
Responded 8 Aug 2021
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 :)
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