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The Little Penguin Bus

51 May Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3025, Australia
1800466080
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Ranked #3 of 184 activities in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Hong Kong, China
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

only 11 ppl in today's tour, just like a private one. pick up point is easy to find; drop off to your stayed hotel -> highly recommend espcially if you travel with parent or kids

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We booked this trip after reading its excellent reviews and agree with them completely. We were collected from a central hotel and driven to Phillip Island. On route, we stopped at a service station for a comfort break. We had eaten a late lunch before leaving Melbourne and recommend doing this, as the food at the service station and on... More

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

Hi thompsonUK. Thanks so much for your review, our 200th! The feedback we get and the time people take to share their experiences is hugely appreciated. The success of this business is in no small part due to TripAdvisor and people like you connecting here with other travellers. It really gives us a chance to keep up with the bigger... More

Stockholm, Sweden
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This tour is perfect if you don't have time/don't want to spend an entire day at Phillip Island. This was good for us because we only had two days in Melbourne and wanted to make the most out of it. The pick up spot is easy to find in the middle of the city and the Little Penguin Bus is... More

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

Hi MissGelinder. Thanks so much for your review. I'm delighted you had an enjoyable tour with David and that you appreciated the extra time available for you in Melbourne. I hope the rest of your time here is as enjoyable. Thanks again for the feedback. Regards Mac McCrostie The Little Penguin Bus More

Exeter, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I absolutely loved my experience with the Little Penguin Bus. It was exactly what I was looking for. Travelled with a small group, therefore we easily all got to know each other. I unfortunately cannot remember the name of my guide, oops! (I went on 25th March 2014) but he was fantastic - friendly and helpful throughout the trip. He... More

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

Hi Clare. Thanks so much for your review. Rob is not too upset you forgot his name! We are both delighted you found the shorter tour you wanted and it was such an enjoyable experience. Thanks for sharing it and recommending the tour for other travellers! Regards Mac McCrostie The Little Penguin Bus More

Watertown, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Pick up is centrally located with a beautiful lobby to wait in at the Rendezvous Hotel if you are early (up to you to keep an eye out for the little bus). The ride was broken with one pit stop where there were bathrooms, drinks, snacks, McDonalds, etc... Our guide/driver, Katie Campbell, was very informative about the areas we passed... More

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

Hi DAWtraveller. Thanks for your wonderful 5 star review for Katie on her very first tour with us! She is actually a hugely experienced driver/guide from another tour company, and a personal friend, and was just covering for another unwell driver. I was so lucky to have her step in and help us out! Thanks so much for your feedback,... More

maryland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We went on a Little Penguin Bus tour at the end of February and it was fantastic! We wanted to see the penguins, but did not want to spend all day being taken to the chocolate factory and wildlife sanctuaries (we drove to Healesville the day before) so Little Penguin Bus was perfect. Interesting ride out with lots of commentary... More

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

Hi Hilary. Thanks for the review and feedback. I'm pleased we were able to provide exactly what you wanted and it was such an enjoyable experience. Thanks again for sharing your experience here on TA. Regards Mac McCrostie The Little Penguin Bus More

Adelaide, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This is a very great experience to see the penguin. I booked my tour over phone and paid by cash on pick up. The operator and owner Mac is very kind and friendly, also humourous (but jokes are a little bit difficult for me as a foreigner haha). We have seen some beautiful sceneries on the Island and enjoyed one... More

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

Hi Joan. Thanks so much for your lovely review. I'm delighted you enjoyed the evening watching the little penguins. And those clear skies and stars really do add to the atmosphere as you say. Thanks for sharing! Regards Mac McCrostie The Little Penguin Bus More

singapore
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We have gone twice with The Little Penguin Bus. The service we got both times - last year from Mack and this year from David - was great. Each guide gave his own unique take on the penguins and the landmarks and points of interest along the way. In fact, the reason why we decided to go a second time... More

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

Hi 'youarehere'. Thanks so much for a fantastic review. It's amazing to think I've been operating this fairly new business long enough to have returning guests! And such a compliment that you wanted to travel with me again. I'm delighted you enjoyed your tour with David this time. And I really appreciate you sharing how different the penguin viewing was... More

Oulu, Finland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Was a very pleasant evening - you meet the penguins quite close, and see wallabies too. There is a great visitor centre at the site, with refreshments and a lot of extra information. And of course, the parade of 1000 or so penguins is unforgettable! The Little Penguin Bus picked me up from my hotel, even though it wasn't right... More

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

Hi Ohohohoho! Thanks so much for the review. It's great to hear you had an enjoyable trip with Rob. I'm glad you mentioned your hotel was on the way to the island! We don't normally offer hotel pickups but if it's right on the route with no detours, as yours was, no problem! Those wallabies are always such a popular... More

Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The Little Penguin Bus was the perfect way for us to see the penguins! We booked the "Guided Ranger Tour" which was perfect as there were only 10 of us in the group and the Ranger was very informative. We also got to sit right on the beach and had the best view of the penguins (there were over 1,000... More

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

Hi Tish. Thanks so much for the review. I'm really delighted you had a good trip with David and you both enjoyed the Guided Ranger Tour. Hopefully we'll see a few more "Robinsons" in the future!! Thanks again for travelling with us and sharing the experience here. Kind regards Mac McCrostie The Little Penguin Bus More

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