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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit

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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 10 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Learn about Australia’s diverse wildlife on this full-day tour of Phillip Island from Melbourne, including round-trip transport and lunch. See native Aussie animals at the Maru Koala and Wildlife Park. Then, take a tour of Phillip Island, visiting the Nobbies and Cape Woolamai. End the day watching the memorable sunset Penguin Parade at Summerland Beach.
  • See kangaroos, koalas and emus at the Maru Koala and Wildlife Park
  • See sights like the Nobbies on a tour of Phillip Island
  • Watch the sunset Penguin Parade at Summerland Beach
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience
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Admission to Penguin Parade (general viewing)
Admission to Phillip Island Koala Reserve
All National Park entry fees
Audio translation service available
Resident Trailblazer to guide you on your journey
Select inner city Melbourne pickup and drop off
Air-conditioned medium sized vehicle
All Meals
Personal expenses

Departure Point

400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

The default meeting point for this tour will be Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, corner of Market St, Melbourne @ 11:45am (winter Apr - Sep) and 1:45pm (summer Oct - Mar). If you wish to change your pickup location or reconfirm details contact our friendly reservations team on +61393931300.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair, prams or stroller accessible please do not bring on tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Wildlife Tours Australia
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit.

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  • "The wildlife park is a waste unless you want to see kangaroos lying around waiting for you to feed them." See review
  • "Stewards need to be more direct and strict to maintain order and enjoyment for all." See review
  • "pretty boring zoo and lunch time is very short due to long queue." See review

Reviews

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star-4
Cute Penquins
Robert_R
, Mar 2020
The penguins were fascinating to watch, the scenery was beautiful, and the weather was perfect. We enjoyed walking on the beach and visiting the wildlife park. As we are above average in size, the bus seats were not as comfortable as I had hoped for a long trip of 12 hours.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Hi Robert, and thank you for leaving us a review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed the day and seeing the penguins. Thank you also for your feedback, we appreciate it and will take it onboard!
star-5
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala and Wildlife Park
Jingpo_K
, Feb 2020
Our tour guide Simon is great! Visited several interesting places. There was lighting so we couldn't spend much time to watch the penguins.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi Grace, So good to hear that you've had a great tour despite the weather! We hope to see you again in the future.
star-5
Penguin Heaven
pvs
, Feb 2020
Ash was a brilliant guide . Hugely knowledgeable and coped well given it rained the whole trip and scenery never looks as good and couldn’t do beach walks. The Penguins saved the day and made the trip absolutely worthwhile although I do have concern for their future with the expansion of the centre and thousands of us tourists a certain section who don’t take instructions and use photography and stand during the parade. Stewards need to be more direct and strict to maintain order and enjoyment for all.
star-5
Trip well worth your time!
Janice_M
, Jan 2020
This trip is well worth your time. Saw many sites that I would have missed otherwise. Dwayne, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and professional.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hi, and thank you for your review! We are happy to hear you had a great day with us! :)
star-5
Penguin Parade
Laurie_H
, Dec 2019
What a magical moment! The staff was incredible and knowledgeable and the tour was fantastic! I loved seeing the wildlife and of course the penguins! The Maru park was ok, Great way to see all the animals if you have children, we were fortunate to see many of them in the wild!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hi there, and thank you for your review! Great to hear you enjoyed your day with us! We hope to hear from you again :)
star-5
Awesome experience
Rebecca_H
, Nov 2019
How often do you get to see and hear the smallest penguines pop out of the sea? A must see excursion.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you for your review! We too are smitten of the cute little penguins and are glad you enjoyed the day with us! :)
star-3
It's ok
Tom S
, Nov 2019
Five stars for our guide John and driver Garrett. John did a great job of keeping us informed nd preparing us for the Penguin Parade. The penguin get ten stars. What affected this rating was the itinerary. The wildlife park is a waste unless you want to see kangaroos lying around waiting for you to feed them. Sad. Would prefer a trip that went directly to Phillip Island. Wouldn't then need the long lunch break.
star-4
Worth it for penguins! Rest was fair
redteach
, Nov 2019
The guide was ok. Not overly energetic or engaging. Bus seats were very uncomfortable and hard to get down the aisle. Awful music playing! However petting kangaroos and seeing koalas up close was fun though the place feels like a petting zoo! The penguins were awesome! Can’t even describe it to people! And it was cold. The other 2-3 stops are at little places to get you to spend $5 on a coffee or coke.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hi there, and thank you for your feedback! We are sorry to hear you didn't feel the day was 100% excellent. Please be in touch with us directly, we'd appreciate to hear more of your experience.
star-5
JP was a great guide
Jeff R
, Nov 2019
JP was a great guide. He was knowledgeable and very patient. Plus a great driver. Be sure to upgrade to the Penguins Plus program at the penguin parade!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hi Jeff, thank you for your kind review - JP is a legend! We are glad you enjoyed the day :)
star-3
Killing time to see penguins
Mandy_E
, Oct 2019
Felt like we were just killing time waiting for sunset to see penguins. The animal park is very small but nice. The chocolate factory a shop with high cost products. The beach, just too cold. The penguin parade was unfortunately full of ignorant people disobeying rules. Standing when told to sit. Taking photos when told not to. Again it was freezing. Take a blanket. The penguins emerge from the sea, wait for each other then as a group walk to their burrows. It's very hard to see them. We were supposed to be given lots if information. We got none. Not a thing and we were there early. We didn't stay seated long. We went to the boardwalk and luckily saw penguins up close. Yes its something unique but I wouldn't do it again.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hi Mandy, thank you for your review! Phillip Island can get really cold with the ocean wind. A wind proof jacket and warm clothes are a good idea at this time of the year. We are also very saddened by the ignorance of some, as taking pictures is absolutely forbidden at the Penguin Parade. The flash light blinds the poor little penguins and they can get completely lost due to it, and not find home. This information is displayed in many places at the centre, and mentioned by our guides. Unfortunately not everyone choose to listen. Thank you for bringing this up!

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