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The Little Penguin Bus

51 May Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3025, Australia
1800466080
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Ranked #5 of 201 activities in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bus tours
Owner description: The Little Penguin Bus is a budget-priced express transport operator travelling direct to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Enjoy a two hour scenic... more » Owner description: The Little Penguin Bus is a budget-priced express transport operator travelling direct to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Enjoy a two hour scenic drive to Phillip Island, with commentary, arriving an hour before the penguins are due to appear. Time for a visit to the cafe, souvenir shopping and learning all about the Little Penguins in the visitor centre. We offer a selection of penguin viewing options and the personal service and small-group atmosphere of much more expensive operators. All fares advertised include return transport and Penguin Parade entry. Book and pay direct online. Full details on the website bookings page. « less
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Brooklyn, NY
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

We picked this company because we got a visit to the penguins along with a morning to explore Melbourne - other companies had mostly full day tours. We had a nice ride out with Rob and he drove us around the island a bit to see the penguins' homes and to catch a glimpse of a few wallabies. We also... More

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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Thanks so much to Rob our nice tour guide. Mini van was very comfortable. He took us around Philip island and saw the wallabies around the places before watching little penguins back from the sea. Kids were so happy. We initially booked the budget tour and upgraded to premium, which has the best view of little penguin. Rob also guided... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We had a brilliant trip with David on the Little Penguin Bus. He was incredibly knowledgeable, not only about the penguins and Phillip Island, but also all the sights on the 2 hour drive down. The penguins arrived (not loads as it's winter - you get more when they're nesting) and waddled up the beach where we (along with hundreds... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This was a really great, good value tour. The commentary on the bus drive out to Phillip island was interesting and we were provided with blankets which was a lovely thought as it does get cold waiting for the penguins! I would recommend getting the premium / penguin plus option as you can be right up close to the penguins... More

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16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We had an amazing time seeing the little penguins of Phillip Bay with The Little Penguin Bus. Rob - our driver - was extremely knowledgeable and made every effort to ensure that we had the best experience possible. It's a long drive (2 hrs or so from Melbourne CBD) but we were entertained all the way. As we had extra... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Brilliant day out to watch the little penguins of Phillip island come ashore to their burrows. From start to finish this was money well spent, the company picked us up from a central location, our driver Rob was very knowledgable and friendly. We paid the extra to have the research tour which was interesting but the best part of that... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The bus is a smallish van probably fitting max 10 people, and there were only 3 of us so it was plenty spacious and very comfortable! Our guide was friendly and let us snooze most of the way to and from Philip Island. The meeting point (Rendezvous Hotel near Flinders St station) is easy to find, and they drop you... More

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Hong Kong, China
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We did the Ultimate Adventure Tour and it was awesome! The beach was all to ourselves and it was such a close encounter! Using the night vision scope was fun too! I didn't see any other tours offering this option. Our guide David was also excellent! He was informative and caring. He also had keen eyes and spotted a penguin... More

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Perth Hills, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

From start to finish this was such an enjoyable trip. Rob truly is a fountain of knowledge and never hesitated in answering our endless questions throughout the day. His insider knowledge of the Phillip Island area along with his recommendations about where the best place to sit in the viewing area was and the added touch of the blankets all... More

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PenguinMac, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this review

Hi Louise and Shane. Thanks so much for travelling with us and sharing your review here with other travellers. Rob really appreciated the feedback and it's great for me to know you had a good time and found it to be good value too! Thanks again. Regards Mac McCrostie The Little Penguin Bus More

Austin, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

David was a great tour guide! The weather conditions were quite wintry the day we went to see the penguins. We got a lot of rain and wind, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the Nobies and then of course the highlight of the day; Little Penguins! David provided us with blankets and ponchos during the penguin parade. We... More

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PenguinMac, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this review

Hi Meredith. Thanks for your review. It's great to hear you had a good trip with David. I'm pleased you found our express tour and "just the penguins" was just what you wanted. Much better to save some time for Melbourne than wasting it on other Phillip Island attractions you aren't so keen on.Thanks for sharing your experience here on... More

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