Phillip Island Tour | koala highlights
Phillip Island Tour | Penguin Parade
Exclusive Koala Reserve guided ranger walk included on our 1 day Phillip Island Tour
$145 Adults $125 Children 4 – 12 years
*Cancel anytime for free
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Introducing your 1 Day Phillip Island Tour
Heading out to Penguin Parade, we begin our day at a Wildlife Park to meet some furry Australian favourites. Hand feed the kangaroos, see koalas and get up-close and personal with other native Australian wildlife. Travel to Phillip Island Nature Parks, known for its natural beauty, sandy beaches, rugged cliffs and unique wildlife experiences. The island is home to a colony of around 32,000 little penguins. Phillip Island Tour is one of the popular and must watch tourist attractions in Victoria.
- Tour code: PI-B
- Operates: Daily
- Duration: 8.5 hours
- Departs: 1:45pm (Oct-Mar) / 11:45am (Apr-Sep)
- Returns 00:00am (Oct-Mar) / 10:00pm (Apr-Sep)
- Penguin Parade entry (general)
- Koala Reserve entry
- National Park fees
- On-board WiFi
- On-board water refill station
- Inner city pick up & drop offs
- Average group size 24 guests
- Audio translation in 10 languages
- Witness hundreds of the world’s smallest penguins
- Sunset at the Penguin Parade with spectacular coastal views
- Visit Seal Rocks boardwalk & explore The Nobbies Centre
- Guided ranger experience through the Phillip Island Koala Reserve
- See the Penguin Parade’s award winning visitor information centre
- Explore Phillip Island’s natural beauty and majestic coastline
- A family-friendly Australian wildlife discovery experience
Phillip Island Penguin Tour – Jenny, 2019
“This Phillip Island Tour was, without doubt, one of the best days we had. Dave made everyone’s day unforgettable and very special and he… “
One of the favourite Melbourne day tour spectacles is the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Get yourself ready and join us in our Phillip Island Tour showcasing the Penguin Parade and Coastal Vistas. The main attraction has always been the Little Penguins doing their daily ritual of penguin parade. These little friends are the smallest of its kind in the world. But we’ll showcase more than just the penguins.
Koala Wildlife Park
It is only a 1hr 45min drive from Melbourne directly to Phillip Island. On arrival you will be greeted by Phillip Island Nature Parks Ranger for a guided walk through Phillip Island’s Koala Reserve. You will be given a presentation about Koalas, history and relevance of the Reserve and the last area of natural woodland on the island. Guide to accompany the group and assist Ranger with the group.
Explore Phillip Island
From the Koala Wildlife Park, it is a short drive to Phillip Island, a 10,000-hectare home to more than a hundred varieties of animal species. Phillip Island boasts a population of approximately 15,000 which is boosted during the busy tourist seasons. There are three main settlements being Cape Woolamai, New Haven & Cowes.
Generally, we make time to wander through the coastal township of Cowes. Sheltered alongside the calm Westernport Bay this township was named after Cowes on the Isle of White. Beautiful seaside scenery, unique stores to peak into and many nice restaurants to purchase food.
Phillip Island Nature Park
At the Phillip Island Nature Parks, the beautiful scenery of sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, and exotic wildlife is simply eye-catching. Phillip Island serves as a colony of and home to over 32,000 Little Penguins.
Nobbies and Seal Rocks
Next, we arrive at the Nobbies Rocks where we take you on an optional guided walk down the boardwalks to see the rocky coast and spot Penguins nesting in their burrows.
Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Next, we travel along the Phillip Island backroads through Phillip Island Penguin Habitat. Enjoy incredible views of the coastal cliffs on your way to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade.
Enjoy sunset at the Visitor Information Center and choose the right seat to have a great view of the main spectacles of the day — the Penguin Parade!
The main attraction of Phillip Island tour has always been the Little Penguins doing their daily ritual of penguin parade. These little friends are the smallest of its kind in the world. They’re also called “fairy penguins.” Measuring about 30 centimetres tall, the Little Penguins weighed just 1 kilogram making them the smallest penguin species in the world. They have established colonies in the coastlines of Australia and New Zealand. You can also spot them in Tasmania and the Chatham Islands. These penguins are also called Blue Penguins due to the colour of their plumage — indigo-blue and a white stripe from chin to the belly.
Living in large colonies, the Little Penguins made Phillip Island as one of their territories. On this Phillip Island tour, witness the Little Penguins appear magically from the surf to magically appear out of the surf to walk back to their homes. Crossing the Summerland Beach they travel in small groups back to their burrows. And it happens every day at sunset. Right after the day’s hard work of fishing in the seas of Phillip Island to bring food to their little ones left at home in the dunes.
What to bring
Water bottle, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, warm clothes to the evening as temperatures can drop, windbreaker, comfortable shoes, money for food and beverages.
All meals at own expense
Add Penguins Plus Viewing Platform (P+) + $35 Adult / $25 Child
Add Penguins Underground Viewing Area (UV) + $70 Adult / $30 Child
Add Penguins Guides Ranger Walk (GRT) + $80
Where to meet
13:45pm (summer) / 11:45am (winter) – Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, corner of Market St, Melbourne.
Below is a full list of our hotel pick locations.
Seasonal departure times to maximise our sunset experience, as this is when the penguins arrive.
- 04 October 2020 – 03 April 2021 summer @ 1:45pm
- 04 April 2021 – 02 October 2021 winter @ 11:45am
- 03 Oct 2021 – 02 Apr 2022 summer @ 1:45pm
- 03 Apr 2022 – 01 Oct 2022 winter @ 11:45am
** Please arrive 5-10 mins prior to your nominated pickup location, so as not to delay or miss your tour.
This tour qualifies for FREE Cancellations if you book via our website. Change your travel date or cancel your tour any time up until 24hrs prior to departure and receive a full refund. Failure to board tour will result in 100% loss of ticket If you book via our call centre, a 3rd party website or a travel agent your booking is subject to the following conditions: Cancellations within 48 hours or failure to board on the day of tour, will result in 100% full fare forfeiture. Cancellation within 2 to 7 days prior to departure will result in a 50% loss of the ticket price. Date change fees apply outside of 7 days $25 per person. Read Full Terms and Conditions here
If you book via our call centre, a 3rd party website or a travel agent your booking is subject to the following conditions:
Cancellations within 48 hours or failure to board on the day of tour, will result in 100% full fare forfeiture. Cancellation within 2 to 7 days prior to departure will result in a 50% loss of the ticket price. Date change fees apply outside of 7 days $25 per person. Read Full Terms and Conditions here
Our commitment to sustainability
At Autopia Tours, we actively promote the protection of flora and fauna on our Phillip Island Tour. It is our duty to ensure there is minimal disturbance to this National Heritage Listed region and the species that call it home. Cultural sensitivity and respect for the traditional owners should also be shown at all times.
Part of our responsibility is educating guests on minimal impact practices and the importance of ensuring the safety of wildlife and the environmental sustainability of the destinations we visit.
Learn more about EcoTourism: https://www.ecotourism.org.au/
Autopia Tours would like to begin by paying our respects to the traditional owners of this country, with specific acknowledgement to the Bunurong people. Please be conscious and respectful of the sensitivities of indigenous culture and the spiritual connection they have with the land at all times.
The natural behaviours of wildlife are to be respected and not interfered with. When viewing wildlife, people should take care to avoid rapid or sudden movements, which could frighten the animal, and should keep noise to a minimum and refrain from touching, petting or feeding all wildlife including birds. Contact with people can introduce diseases to wildlife and can cause them to become aggressive.
Wildlife should not be handled or fed, unless by certified wildlife handlers. Feeding wildlife can alter their natural foraging behaviour and can lead to disease or illness through contact with people and the introduction of foods that are harmful to their digestive system. Feeding wildlife can also cause them to become aggressive toward people.
Wildlife that appears to be in distress, injured or in danger should be reported immediately to the appropriate authority, such as your Guide/Tour Leader, a National Park Ranger or Visitor Centre Staff.
Protecting our National Parks
People should remain on designated walking tracks, behind safety barriers/fences and follow all directions given by the guide/tour leader. Venturing off these can alter fragile ecosystems and can harm wildlife shelters and native vegetation. There are other dangers to be aware of too, such as cliff edges, unstable rock formations, overhanging tree branches and slippery ground cover. Remaining on tracks ensures safe visitation for guests and the environment.
No flora or fauna should be removed from their natural setting. This includes dead wood, fallen leaves, flowers and so forth, as they form part of the ecosystem of the region and their removal could cause a disturbance.
All buses are fitted with waste bins. No organic waste should be disposed of onto the ground. Although organic, items such as banana peels, apple cores, bread and other food scraps, are not natural/native to the region and can introduce pest species, diseases or harm to wildlife if found and eaten. We recommend all passengers bring a water bottle with you on our Phillip Island Tour. Purchasing bottled water contributes large amounts of plastic into the landfill. Therefore, we ask guests to bring their own bottle, as there is access to water refill stations available on our vehicles. Please ensure you stay hydrated throughout the tour to reduce the risk of sun exposure and dehydration.
All our guides carry a current Level 2 First Aid certificate. Please report any accident or illness to your tour guide. We recommend anyone with an existing medical condition to carry their medication with them on tour and to notify their tour guide at the beginning of the tour.
If you are a smoker! We ask you to refrain from smoking whilst in the company of other passengers and limit it to designated smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted on any of our vehicles, or in any type of accommodation including permanent campsites. We make frequent ‘comfort stops’ to allow free time for guests but cannot guaranteed smoke breaks. Please ensure you dispose of your cigarette butt responsibly and appropriately.
General Viewing Ticket is included in your tour price
Upgrade to the Penguins Plus viewing area +$35 for Adults and +$25 for Children
Upgrade to the Underground viewing area +$65 for Adults and +$35 for Children
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Direct customer reviews
Not only you get to see the penguins, Simon Q our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the local places, and we had great stops at Maru Park, Penny’s Chocolates, beach walks and Antartica discovery centre as well as Wildlife spotting. Also managed to squeeze in a helicopter ride (not part of tour). Certainly worthwhile experience being part of a smaller tour group. I went on the day tour to Phillips island. I really liked the main part of the tour, Phillips Island. The penguins are incredible and completely worth it for me, from the Northern Hemisphere, as I cannot easily see something like that. I really enjoyed our tour guide, Rob. Fantastic tour and worth the money and time. Our tour guide, Grant T is marvellous. He’s so knowledgeable and give us good tips for the best spot to view the penguin.
Not only you get to see the penguins, Simon Q our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the local places, and we had great stops at Maru Park, Penny’s Chocolates, beach walks and Antartica discovery centre as well as Wildlife spotting. Also managed to squeeze in a helicopter ride (not part of tour). Certainly worthwhile experience being part of a smaller tour group.
I went on the day tour to Phillips island. I really liked the main part of the tour, Phillips Island. The penguins are incredible and completely worth it for me, from the Northern Hemisphere, as I cannot easily see something like that. I really enjoyed our tour guide, Rob.
Fantastic tour and worth the money and time. Our tour guide, Grant T is marvellous. He’s so knowledgeable and give us good tips for the best spot to view the penguin.