Departs: Melbourne early morning
Returns: Melbourne 22:30 (winter) 00:00 (summer)
(Departs 2 hours earlier from daylight savings 3rd April 2016)
Max Passengers: 24
$140A / $100C
- Nature Park & Penguin Parade Entry fees
- FREE Entry into WWF Antarctic Journey
- Morning tea & biscuits
- Lunch & Entry at the Wildlife Park
- Modern Air Conditioned Bus
- Highly Experienced Driver/Guide
- Informative Tour Commentary
- Audio Translation Devices
- WiFi for the journey home
- Inner city pickup/drop off
PHILLIP ISLAND TOUR PENGUIN PARADE & KOALA HIGHLIGHTS
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 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.
EXCLUSIVE TO AUTOPIA TOURS – Come immerse yourself in a world-first interactive Antarctic experience located at the Nobbies Centre on Phillip Island. This FREE additional activity takes our passengers on a virtual journey to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, where they can engage in a multimedia experience unlike none other. As committed custodians, Autopia Tours are proud supporters of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Phillip Island Nature Parks. Through wildlife awareness, we recognise our social responsibility to educate, implement and empower environmental change for future generations.
1 DAY TOUR
$140 Adults – $100 Children
HIGHLIGHTS of PHILLIP ISLAND TOUR:
SUNSET AT THE PENGUIN PARADE
UP CLOSE WITH KOALAS
HAND-FEED KANGAROOS AND WALLABIES
INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE AT WWF ANTARCTIC JOURNEY
VISIT SEAL ROCKS AND THE NOBBIES
COASTAL BEACH WALKS & CHOCOLATE SAMPLES
PENGUIN PARADE’S AWARD WINNING VISITOR CENTRE
1 Day Phillip Island Tour
Heading out of Melbourne 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 over the bridge and onto Phillip Island tour, known for its natural beauty, sandy beaches, rugged cliffs and unique penguin parade experiences home to a colony of around 32,000 little penguins.
Check out the giant surf at Woolamai Beach and take time to enjoy a tranquil coastal walk. Head to the new marine centre at the Nobbies and stroll the boardwalk to view the majestic rocky coast, home to a colony of Australian fur seals. Take a time-out to immerse yourself in the interactive WWF Antarctic Journey, experience this state-of-the-art fun, the educational and virtual world of discovery, located beneath the Nobbies centre. Visit Pannys Chocolate Shop for the opportunity to sample some tasty chocolate treats. (factory tour not included).
View the Phillip Island Nature Parks award winning Penguin Parade and Visitor Information Centre and as the sun fades, witness the world’s littlest penguins emerge from the sea and waddle ashore. It’s truly a magical and unforgettable experience in Phillip Island Tour!!!
Phillip Island Tour Penguin Parde and Koala Highlights
One of the favorite Melbourne day tours spectacles is the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Get yourself ready and join us in our Phillip Island Tour Penguin Parade and Koala Highlights.
Before you meet the magical stars of the day we start our Phillip Island tour by meeting some of your Australian furry favorites — the koalas and the kangaroos! We will visit the Wildlife Park and see Australian wildlife up close. Hand feed the kangaroos and get a closer look at the ever cuddly koalas.
Do you know why koalas do not pass as bears? It is because they do not have enough koalafications. Having large heads and fluffy ears, these lazy little buddies live a sedentary lifestyle in their native land of Australia. Koalas munch on eucalyptus leaves and sleep up to 20 hours a day.
The highlights of this Phillip Island tour include the following: sunset at the penguin parade, getting up close with the koalas, hand feeding kangaroos and wallabies, interactive virtual experience at the WWF Antarctic Journey, a visit to seal rocks and the Nobbies, coastal beach walks and chocolate samples, and Penguin Parade’s award-winning Visitor Center.
We will drive along a 140-kilometer stretch from Melbourne to Phillip Island, a 10,000-hectare home to more than a hundred varieties of animal species. At the Wildlife Park, you will have the chance to take some amazing photos with your favorite koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and different types of birds. You can also spot the foxes (bats) in their natural habitat. The island is southern Australia’s largest colony of flying foxes.
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. On this Phillip Island tour, we watch the magical sunset spectacle at the Phillip Island. Remember, it’s all about the penguins!
Marvel at the giant surf of Woolamai Beach and take a walk at the beach. We strut down the boardwalk to see the rocky coast and spot the fur seals.
Then we will head to the new marine center at the Nobbies. Immerse yourself in an exclusive Autopia Tours offering of experiencing a world-first interactive of the Antarctic at Phillip Island’s Nobbies Centre. Take a virtual journey to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica and experience the fun and excitement. We promote wildlife awareness so we pave the way to protect and preserve our natural environment for future generations.
We will also have some chocolate tastings at Panny’s Chocolate Shop. Enjoy the Phillip Island 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 41 centimeters 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 color 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.
At the Phillip Island tour, witness the little fairies 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.
The penguin parade spectacle is one of the most popular Melbourne day tours destination. We provide you a highly entertaining and informative tour guide.
So, get your cameras ready. Bring with you your passion and sense of adventure. Prepare for an exciting adventure and enjoy the fun!
Add Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies (ICE) + $18
Add Penguins Plus Viewing Platform (P+) + $30
Add Penguins Guides Ranger Walk (GRT) + $80
Add Penguins Underground Viewing Area (UV) + $65
Add Eco-Boat Adventure Cruise Fur Seals (ECA) + $85
- Water bottle
- Warm clothes
- Comfortable walking shoes
Popular Pickup and Drop off Points: (summer / winter)
- 11:13am / 9:13am – YHA Melbourne Metro, 78 HOWARD ST, NORTH MELBOURNE.
- 11:26am / 9:26am – Space Hotel, 380 RUSSELL ST, MELBOURNE.
- 11:35am / 9:35am – Discovery Melbourne, 167 FRANKLIN ST, MELBOURNE.
- 11:37am / 9:37am – Pegasus Apart’ Hotel, 206 A’BECKETT ST, MELBOURNE.
- 11:47am / 9:47am – Immigration Museum (East), Cnr FLINDERS/MARKET ST, MELB.
- 11:59am / 9:59am – Windsor Hotel, 111 SPRING ST, MELBOURNE.
- 12:00pm / 10:00am – Mercure Welcome, 265 LT . BOURKE STREET, MELBOURNE.
- 12:03pm / 10:03am – Regent Theatre, 191 COLLINS ST, MELBOURNE.
- 12:12pm / 10:12am – Ibis on Lt Bourke, 600 LITTLE BOURKE ST, MELBOURNE.
- 12:15pm / 10:15am – Vibe Savoy, 630 LITTLE COLLINS ST (stand on corner), MELBOURNE.
- 12:17pm / 10:17am – Holiday Inn, 575 FLINDERS LANE, NEAR SPENCER ST, MELBOURNE.
- 12:22pm / 10:22am – Crown Promenade Hotel, 8 WHITEMAN ST, SOUTHBANK.
- 12:31pm / 10:31am – Bayview Eden 6 QUEENS RD, ALBERT PARK.
- 12:40pm / 10:40am – Base Backpackers, 17 CARLISLE ST, ST KILDA.
- 12:43pm / 10:43am – Habitat HQ, 333 ST KILDA RD, ST KILDA.
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“I went with Autopia to Penguin Parade Tours Phillip Island and really liked it. The tour guide Simon was really experienced and spontaneous enough to make a stops, when one of us spotted a wallaby on the way. The island is really beautiful and the penguins are an absolute highlight.”
– Stephan, Germany
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 the 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.
1. Sorry! No photography or filming is permitted at the Penguin Parade. Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate a penguin. To ensure penguins keep coming back to this special area we ask you do not use your cameras, camcorders or camera phones at the Penguin Parade.
2. Autopia Tours would like to begin by paying our respects to the traditional owners of this country, with specific acknowledgement to the Boonwurrung people. Please be conscious and respectful of the sensitivities of indigenous culture and the spiritual connection they have with the land at all times.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Please respect that although the penguins of Phillip Island have become accustomed to human presence, they are still wild animals and should be given space. We ask that our guests respect Nature Parks’ guidelines for the penguin viewing experience, as these are in place for the safety and comfort of guests and the penguins.
7. 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. The Nobbies region on Phillip Island is a nesting area for many seabirds and can experience large and unexpected wave action also.
8. 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.
9. 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 disturbance.
10. 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, Visitor Centre Staff or Wildlife Victoria Rescue Ph:1300 094 535.
11. If you are a smoker! We ask you to refrain from smoking whilst in the company of other passengers and not whilst at the penguin parade as this is a protected wildlife sanctuary. 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.
12. Bring a water bottle with you on our Phillip Island Tours. Purchasing bottled water contributes large amounts of plastic into 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.
Learn more about EcoTourism: https://www.ecotourism.org.au/
- 1 Day Phillip Island Tour
- Adult Fare Prices apply from 13yrs old and above
- 1 Day Phillip Island Tour
- Child Fare Prices apply from 4 to 12 yrs old
- Infants not included
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- Adult 1 Day Phillip Island Tour
- Eureka Skydeck Entry Voucher
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- Child 1 Day Phillip Island Tour
- Eureka Skydeck Entry Voucher
- Free Edge Experience Voucher