Posh Penguins
Posh Penguins
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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.
Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia

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Kailey T
Vancouver, Washington, United States396 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
James was a fantastic tour guide for our day on Phillip Island! He was prompt, the car was super comfy and was super accommodating. We really wanted to see animals and we were able to see so many both wild and at wildlife sanctuaries. He took us all over the island and showed us some great spots. He also gave us some great tips for the best penguin parade experience and I can’t tell you how special that evening was. Seeing hundreds of little penguins come from the ocean and waddle back to their burrows was incredible. Make sure you upgrade to penguin’s plus tickets - the grandstands would be very disappointing as they’re quite far away.
Written 2 May 2024
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chikofthesea
Raleigh, NC101 contributions
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Fantastic! The Phillip Island Penguin Parade was the end goal, but James packed so much more into the full-day tour. He asked if there was anything specific I wanted to see, and suggested, “We can go to A, B, or C if you like.”

He mentioned a place where I could pet a koala, and I immediately opted for that. A few minutes later at the Maru Koala and Animal Park, I got to meet Mana the Koala. He was soft, fluffy, and adorable, and I spent several minutes petting him as he sat on his perch, slowly chewing eucalyptus leaves and looking at me.

Then, James walked with me through the rest of the park, telling me about the dingoes, emus, kangaroos (including all-white, albino ‘roos), wombats, and a Tasmanian devil. I loved that the ‘roos let us come right up to them. They even nibbled food from the palm of my hand.

James took me to some more animal conservation parks on our way to the Penguin Parade. To my delight, I got to see wallabies bouncing through the woods, an echidna rooting in the ground for ants, and a kookaburra chirping in a tree.

The Penguin Parade that evening was fun and fascinating. Watching the 12-inch-tall Little Blues come out of the sea in groups, and waddle up the beach to their burroughs and mates was the highlight of an amazing day.

I highly recommend Posh Penguins and James. You will get a great tour, customized to your interests, with a professional, friendly, and knowledgeable guide.
Written 17 April 2024
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louise w
Massanutten, VA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We had a great trip with James to Phillip Island. The highlight was the Penguin Parade, which is definitely worth a visit. We were advised that the General Viewing can be crowded in the summer ( and it certainly was), so James got us Penquin Plus tickets. We were escorted by an enthusiastic park guide, and were able to go to special areas such as the underground viewing and the staff lookout tower.
This full-day tour included other great experiences: the Koala Preserve, and Phillip Island Wildlife Park, where we were able to feed kangaroos and see Emus, large snakes, exotic birds and a Tasmanian Devil.
James has a great personality. He was knowledgeable, relaxed, accommodating, and never rushed us. It was a fun day.
I would definitely recommend this tour, especially with James.
Written 11 March 2024
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B H
Staunton1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
What a wonderful tour we were given by James. Throughout the booking James kept in touch with me and explained everything in full detail. One could not ask for better guide. James avoided the crowds and insured that the animals we saw were active and entertaining.
The Italian restaurant where we ate had delicious food and again, we were able to avoid the crowds. The penguins parade was a delight. We were mesmerized by an overstuffed penguin who kept toppling over as it waddled past the underground viewing area.
The koalas, wombats, Tasmanian devil, kangaroos, snakes, long neck turtles and other animals all were fascinating.
James also made a few stops where we could watch surfers and observe magnificent beach views.
James is an excellent tour guide and a delight to be around. I highly recommend touring Philip Island in a small group; you will surely not be disappointed!
Written 23 February 2024
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Gail H
Fairview, PA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We took a 10 day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef from Sydney and after disembarking, we flew to Melbourne specifically to do Posh Penguin Parade and we’re lucky to have had James as our guide! Such a wonderful and easy to converse with young man! Totally enjoyed our 12 hours with him and learned so much from all his knowledge about the area and animals we seen. He truely enjoys what he does and it shows….i can’t imagine being able to enjoy showing people wild animals in their natural habitat! We upgraded to the underground bunker viewing area and it was not over crowded because they only sell so many tickets to prevent that from happening. People don’t listen though about not taking photos which is just awful….i could say so much more but won’t. The kangaroos hopping around the fields were excitingly enjoyable and James pointed out an echidna going into a field from the side of the road and said it’s rare to see that, so we felt special to be able to see it!
I /we would not hesitate to do the tour again in a heartbeat especially with James! Well worth it
We Thank you James!
Gail, Larry, Brittany and Scott
USA
Written 11 February 2024
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Bobby
Anna Maria Island, FL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
James was amazing. Low key back door access to all the animals in Australia. All his suggestions were on target. Underground penguin viewing experience of a lifetime. Highly recommend
Written 31 January 2024
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steve c
San Ramon, CA54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This tour was absolutely the best and truly a highlight of our trip to Australia. No matter where you live in the world, if you visit Australia you've got to make time on your itinerary to get down to Melbourne and book a tour with Posh Penguins. We are from the US and the booking process was easy. The company quickly responded by email or telephone to any questions we had. Our guide, James picked us up at our Hotel in the CBD (Central Business District) of Melbourne and while on the road he shared his wealth of knowledge about Australia and the wildlife (Kangaroos, Wallabies, Koolas, birds, etc.). On this 11-12 hour tour we first visited a local wildlife park where we were able to feed Kangaroos and get up and close with a Koola. We stopped for lunch at a quick café called Island Pies which had the most delicious puff pastry pies (I had a Scallop pie and my wife had a beef and mushroom). After lunch we visited Churchill Island where we learned about sheep shearing and saw a sheep being sheared. Also, we witnessed a trained sheepdog demonstration. On Churchill Island we also saw wild Wallabies, and many different species of native birds.
The Posh Penguin tour also includes a stop at Swan Lake where we also saw different species of birds along with wild Kangaroos. The tour also includes a visit to the Koala Conservation Center where there are a number of Koalas and if you’re lucky, (we were) you’ll see a Koala that is actively eating and moving around from one Eucalyptus tree to another quite close to you, where you could touch them, but don’t.
Before it gets dark, you will visit the Nobbies area of Philip Island (home of the Penguin Parade) which is quite scenic with the rock formations and ocean waves. We learned that the Philip Island Nature Park which is where you will see the famous Penguin Parade is a non-profit conservatory that supports Penguin research and has helped increased the population of penguins. Shortly after sunset almost like clockwork you will see hundreds of penguins leave the ocean nightly to return to their burrow. Truly amazing. James and Posh Penguins delivered a non-rushed very informative tour that was well worth it, we loved it.
Written 31 March 2023
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Thanks Steve for the glowing reference and taking the time to write such a in-depth descriptive review of your tour experience. Terrible photo of me (haha!) but the rest of your photos are great! :) I'll pass on your kind words about the scallop pie to island pies. Very yummy indeed!! Safe onward travels, James Posh Penguins
Written 26 May 2023
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Jeffrey E
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
What a fantastic day we had with James, we booked a private tour for two and he really looked after us!!
Written 7 March 2023
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Thanks Jeff ! it was a pleasure to meet you and Deb. It always like an honour to be there when people come face to face with a koala for the first time in their life. It really is a special moment. And I'm glad you took the opportunity to upgrade your experience to the 'meet-and-greet' a koala at the wildlife park. Its great to be able to get up close and personally with these beautiful animals. I hope you both enjoy the rest of your time Down Under :) Warm regards, James posh Penguins
Written 8 March 2023
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Sharon H
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This took this tour as part of a cruise ship shore excursion. I didn’t know much about the company or the tour prior to the tour, as it was an anniversary gift from my mother-in-law who lives locally. But we were pleasantly surprised with a simply wonderful day out of exploring the island and the Penguin Parade to round it all off. Their tours I believe normally start off in Melbourne, but I would recommend this tour for anyone arriving to Phillip island by cruise ship.
Written 27 December 2022
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Thanks Sharon, Your mother in law has great taste! And yes, we are more than happy to meet the arrivals of cruise ships either in Melbourne or down in Phillip Island. Its worth noting that, if joining a tour on Phillip Island from the cruise ship terminal, the 12 hour tour ultimately becomes an 8 hour tour, as our guide will still need to travel to/from Melbourne to reach the island (which is a 2 hour drive each way) Thanks for your recommendation. Warm Regards, James
Written 8 January 2023
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alex b
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This was a fantastic day out. My wife and my teenage lad and I had an amazing day with James exploring the island. Overall seamless service an easy company to book with. We also enjoyed a subsequent tour along the great ocean road a few days later, which we added after at the end of our first tour.
Written 25 September 2022
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Hi Alex, thank you for the review. I am glad you found it a seamless experience. We took the opportunity over lock down to make the booking process easier, so we are really glad that came through during your experience. I'm glad we managed to find a free day to take you down the Great Ocean Road Thanks again, James :)
Written 26 December 2022
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