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The Little Penguin Bus

Address: 51 May Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3025, Australia
Phone Number: +61 1800 466 080
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Ranked #5 of 278 Activities in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bus tours, Sightseeing Tours
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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.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This tour was exactly what we were looking for - a chance to see the penguins and the Nobbies, without having to pay for tons of other things we didn't care to see. We were a group of 9 and we all arrived a bit early, so we were able to head out a few minutes ahead of schedule with... More

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

Hi Chrissi. Thank you so much for your lovely detailed review of your tour with David. We both really appreciate the warm feedback and we are delighted you had such an enjoyable experience! Thanks for sharing it here with other travellers and thanks for choosing The Little Penguin Bus! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Our tour guide Lee was a cheery person who told us some interesting facts about the little penguins throughout the journey. He even gave us tips on where we could spot penguins on the boardwalk before heading down for the penguin parade! He also advised us on where we can sit so as to get a better view during the... More

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

Hi Eugenia. Thanks so much for your review of your penguin tour with the lovely Lee. Lee is actually a very good friend who was on loan from one of the best Melbourne tour companies! David and Rob and I all had a day off down on the island trying out the new seal boat cruise! We are offering it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The tour was extremely well organised. Our guide arrived on time in our hotel to pick us up. We have had a very nice trip to Phillip Island and a guided visit throughout the island. Our guide has given us a lot of useful information (where to stay and how to follow the little penguins) . We were also supplied... More

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

Hi Barbara. Thanks so much for your review! Readers here might like to know you were lucky to have a pickup at your hotel, only because it just happened to be the one where we pick up EVERYONE! Because we start our tour in the afternoon when the city is at it's busiest it's much quicker to get everyone to... More

Hong Kong, China
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Strongly suggest to join the premium express, we had a super close look to the penguins! and we spent one hr there which is much much longer than other tours. Big thanks!

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

Hi C C. Big thanks to you too for the 5 star review! That's us, one of the first buses in and last to leave! And great to hear you enjoyed the views from the premium seating too. Kind regards Mac McCrostie More

Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Had an absolutely wonderful day with our tour guide Rob, who knew the best places for good photos and wallaby sightings along our 2 hour ride. Perfect!

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

Hi TravellerSyds. Thanks for the review. It's great to hear you an enjoyable trip to see our delightful little penguins with Rob and thanks for sharing here with other travellers. Much appreciated! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More

Broadstairs
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We had a great trip with Rob our driver and guide .The penguins were fascinating and you get to see hundreds of them come out of the the sea at nightfall and make their way up the beach and into their burrows,sometimes this is quite some distance so you can watch them from the boardwalk and get quite close to... More

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

Hi Jilly. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience here, we really appreciate the feedback. I'm delighted to hear you an enjoyable tour with Rob to see the little penguins. Thanks again. Kind regards Mac McCrostie More

Leeds
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

My daughter is Penguin mad and this was our last day surprise for her on our trip to Australia and done a number of long day trips to see the numerous sights. This option was by far the best for us as it meant that we didn't have to spend another full day on a coach or going to see... More

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

Hi Ralph. Thanks so much for the review. I'm delighted you and your penguin crazy daughter had a such a great trip. And even dad enjoyed it! I'm glad you enjoyed the Guided Ranger Tour option and that the timing worked well for you too. Thanks for travelling with us! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More

Ilha Grande, RJ
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

Was a great tour, the way we want directly to the Penguis Parade, was already the end of our trip, so we already did Koala and other types of tour, so our focus was to see the penguis and the great experience and nice how the National Park do well there.

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

Hi Luiz. Muito Obrigado! Thanks for the review. I'm delighted you had such an enjoyable finish to your Australian travels! And by travelling with us you were able to just enjoy the penguins without more koala encounters! Thanks again and all the best for your future travels. Kind regards Mac McCrostie More

Scotland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We chose The Little Penguin Bus as I did not leave until afternoon. We had a leisurely drive with David our driver pointing out all the places of interest. When we got to Philip Island we stopped for a short while and we were able to walk down to see the ocean. On our way to the site we saw... More

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

Hi riwilson. Thanks so much for taking the time to share a review here. It's great to hear you had an enjoyable tour with David on our bus and also Claire on your Guided Ranger Tour at the Penguin Parade. It's an option that is really increasing in popularity. As you found, the views of the penguins crossing the beach... More

Vancouver
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Although I wondered if going to the Penguin Parade was going to be too touristy for words, in the end my fascination with penguins prevailed, and when I found The Little Penguin Bus that allowed us to spend a good part of the day in Melbourne AND take in the penguins, I was delighted. Again, because of my interest in... More

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

Hi Leni. Thanks so much for your thoughtful review. I really appreciate hearing that you had a great experience despite concerns about the Penguin Parade as a tourist enterprise. It's very satisfying knowing the effort we put in to achieve a good experience is successful and noted! I genuinely believe that sharing the story of the Penguin Parade, it's history... More

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