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The Little Penguin Bus

51 May Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3025, Australia
+61 1800 466 080
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Ranked #5 of 210 Activities in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bus tours
Owner description: The Little Penguin Bus is a budget-priced express tour operator travelling direct to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Enjoy a two hour scenic drive... more » Owner description: The Little Penguin Bus is a budget-priced express tour 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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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Thanks to Rob our visit to the penguins was fabulous. Wonderful advice about the best places to look and the timing was spot on. Well worth the price. Budget trip enables you to virtually be within less than a metre of the penguins. So amazing.

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

During our brief stay in Melbourne we booked a tour with this company to see the penguins on Philip Island. Our driver/guide Rob, met us on time at the Rendezvous Hotel. We were the only two passengers but they continue with the booked tours regardless of number. Rob was very knowledgeable of the area and wildlife and gave us tips... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I'm actually from Melbourne, but I don't have a car and I really wanted to take my Mexican friend to see the penguins. We had an awesome time! Our driver and guide Rob was informative and very funny. It was a beautiful day, we got to see wallabies as well as penguins, and the little penguins are so cute! If... More

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this review

Hi Simon. Muchos Gracias! Thanks for your lovely review. It's always great to have a local on board. I'm delighted you both had such an enjoyable tour with Rob. I hope we will see you again sometime when more friends are visiting! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Our driver and guide Dave was an excellent host and had incredible knowledge about Philip Island and its surroundings. He took the time to point out little known facts along the route and we stopped a few times as soon as we saw wildlife - wallabies, penguin huts and burrows. He was and excellent and safe driver making sure we... More

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this review

Hi Daniel and Audrey. Thanks so much for taking the time to write your review, it's really appreciated! I'm delighted you had an enjoyable tour to see the little penguins with David. Thanks for choosing us! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More

London
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We took the research tour and David was early to pick us up at the Rendezvous Hotel, always a good sign. He gave us some interesting facts and stories as we drove through the outskirts of Melbourne, then gave us some quiet time as we drove on the motorway. We had a comfort break after about an hour, then onwards... More

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this review

Hi rjkwak. Thanks so much for your review. I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed the Research tour with David and Andy. It's such a treat to be taken to your reserved front row seats at Penguins Plus just before the penguins arrival and to learn so much about them and the work done for them at the Parade. I'm glad... More

Newcastle, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The little penguin bus was a great afternoon night out. We chose the guided ranger tour and we found it very informative and we had hands down the best penguin seats in the house. Walked past us less than a metre in front. The LPB was excellent , the service, the bus , the emails I sent beforehand were answered... More

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this review

Hi hie85. Thanks so much for your review. The Guided Ranger Tour is a great option for getting a very good Penguin Parade experience. And thank you for the warm feedback on our customer service, I'm delighted you were reunited with the earring! Thanks for travelling with us. Kind regards Mac McCrostie More

Singapore, Singapore
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The pick up was at a convenient location near to Flinders Street station. Our driver, David, was knowledgable and was kind to point out the wild wallabies, geese along the way. He even stopped along the way so that we could take a few pictures of these animals. The trip to Nobbies was a plus too as we enjoyed great... More

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this review

Hi Ed. Thanks for taking the time to write your review. I'm delighted you enjoyed your trip with us to the Penguin Parade but I'm sorry to hear the Penguin Parade's Research Tour didn't meet your expectations. I've passed your feedback on to the Parade for their consideration. This is the first time anyone has expressed disapointment with the tour... More

Sandbach, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Very handy pick up near to Flinders Street station. Were provided with plenty of information of the areas that we passed through on the way down to see the fairy penguins. Once at site were also provided with blankets. Could also have ponchos at a cost of $1 - only paid this though if they were actually used. Nice to... More

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I picked this tour as it was one of the most affordable options offering a ride straight to Philip Island and the Penguin Parade. As we had time, our driver Rob also brought us to see some wild wallabies, birds and the view from the Nobbies, which is a great plus! Rob also gave good advice as to where to... More

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We enjoyed so much of our trip. Rob is such a nice guy showing us around in the nobbies and the penguins in the Phillip island. he also showed us where to find the wallabees! He is very knowledgeable on the phillip island and about the penguines too. Bob gave us a nice introduction of the penguin parade and tell... More

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