Explore the wildlife haven of Phillip Island

A tiny island of pristine white sand surf beaches and a haven for wildlife, Phillip Island is known worldwide for one of the most unique nature experiences, the nightly Penguin Parade.

Departing Melbourne in the afternoon, 90-minute drive will have you arriving at Cape Woolamai. Take a moment to watch local surfers before venturing on to the Koala Conservation Centre for superb eye-level viewing of Australia’s most-loved and cuddly marsupial.

Stroll clifftop boardwalks at ‘The Nobbies’ on the Summerland Peninsula. Absorb coastal views and hear the thundering blowhole from lookout points set amongst natural sea bird gardens. As the sun begins to set, travel off-road along the rugged island coastline to spot wild wallabies and Cape Barren geese, as they graze at dusk.

Prior to the arrival of the penguins, take an informative journey through the colony then take your seat away from the crowds in your choice of premium beachfront viewing stands.

Watch in awe as members of the 32,000 strong penguin colony emerge from the water, cross the beach then waddle their way to their nests.

Dinner will be served in popular seaside village of Cowes at a favourite local restaurant.

Penguin viewing options

1) GUIDED RANGER TOUR (Min age 12 years)

Join your ranger guide for an informative journey through the penguin colony, enjoying their commentary via your personal headset. Take your seat in the beachfront viewing stand offering intimate viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach.

Best for: A more intimate and educational experience. Maximum: 10 per group.


Get an eye-level view of the Little penguins in the unique Underground viewing experience. Enjoy up-close viewing of the Little penguins waddling along the Parade’s most popular pathway through an underground viewing window.

Best for: Cooler months, families, mobility impaired. Maximum: 70 guests.


The Penguins Plus viewing platform offers visitors up-close viewing of the little penguins as they waddle along the most popular pathway at the Penguin Parade.

Best for: Affordable premium viewing option for all ages. Maximum: 300 guests.

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  • Wander tree top boardwalks at the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Watch members of the 32,000 strong penguin colony parade along the beach
  • Explore the rugged coastline and cliff top boardwalks of The Nobbies and the Summerland Peninsula
  • Spot Wallabies and native Cape Barren Geese


  • Private tour hosted by an expert local guide
  • Entry to the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade (Your choice of viewing option)
  • Dinner with beverages
  • Luxury vehicle with bottled water & travel snacks


01:00pm (05 April 2020 – 03 October 2020)

02:00pm (04 October 2020 – 04 April 2021)

Tour departs from your Melbourne hotel/address


Approx. 9 – 10 hour