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Address: 328 Flinders Street | The Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3025, Australia
Phone Number: +61 1800 466 080
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Description: Check out our new full-day tour! Totally wild and totally unique! The...
Check out our new full-day tour! Totally wild and totally unique! 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.
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Fantastic trip to the phillip island penguin parade

There are many tour groups including minibus tours to phillip island and you could in theory rent a car down but there was none as to the point and cost effective as this to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Sandy D
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

There are many tour groups including minibus tours to phillip island and you could in theory rent a car down but there was none as to the point and cost effective as this to seeing the penguins. Rob, the tour guide is very knowledgeable about the area and the best time and place to see the penguins. There are stopovers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was an afternoon tour. I had reserved 2 seats late on the little penguin bus website on the night before the tour today and was afraid I might be too late, but everything was confirmed via email and a short call in the morning to the operator. The pickup point at hotel rendezvous was easy to find and the... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

On a short trip to Melbourne? Want to tick off a must do Phillip Island penguin sighting which is a great Victorian attraction? Then the LPB express is the answer. We booked this at the last minute. Mac McCrostie promptly answered our questions on line and booking was as easy as. We were picked up from a Melbourne City central... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Rob is a fantastic tour guide. This is a great small owner operated company. Would highly recommend if you want to travel with a smaller group. Easy to make online bookings. Great price point. Rob knows a lot about the local wildlife & natural habitats of the animals. Enjoyed the commentary on the bus. So far my best tour in... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The Penguin Parade is a must-do when visiting Melbourne. We chose the Little Penguin Bus for this activity based on the good reviews online and we were not disappointed. The owner, Mac, was our tour guide and did a very good job. He was very knowledgable about the parade, penguins in general, and also the countryside. We found the bus... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Even though there were only two of us, the tour still continued and we were thus lucky to have a private tour. Our guide Rob was very knowledgeable about the animals we saw. A highlight of the tour was when he led us through a grassy plain to spot for kangaroos using binoculars, and all of a sudden a large... More 

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

Hi Caline. Thanks for reviewing your Wild Island Tour here. I'm glad you had a great day seeing the wildlife and scenery on Phillip Island. I'm always reluctant to cancel due to low numbers booked for the tour, I appreciate knowing you enjoyed and appreciated the "private tour"! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

Singapore, Singapore
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Mac was an.absolute delight, he was extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and penguins. We had insights on the history and purpose of the entire penguin experience. Mac also provided ponchos and blankets. It's a no frills tour and would highly recommend it.

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

Hi Min. Thanks for travelling with us and sharing the experience here with other travellers. I'm delighted you had an enjoyable trip to see the little penguins. It was a pleasure. Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

harlow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

a great trip small bus very nice way to go and see penquins Rob our driver was great went out of his way to tell us about everything would do it all again if possible 5 star trip

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

Hi mambo. Thanks for travelling with us and thanks for for sharing the experience here. Rob and I both really appreciate the feedback. Happy travels! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

Hamilton, NJ, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I feel like a jerk for not noting the names of the guides on this tour because everyone deserves kudos for the wonderful jobs they do. We took the guided ranger tour and it was worth the extra cost. Not only do they escort you to the front row of the bleachers after everyone else is seated, but you get... More 

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

Hi tinacan. Thanks so much for the review. It's great to hear you enjoyed the Guided Ranger Tour at the Penguin Parade. It's a wonderful penguin viewing option and will be very popular over winter while the Penguins Plus area is being rebuilt. Thanks for travelling with us! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

They guys are great! We booked the day of for Phillip Island and they were very accommodating, especially travelling with 2 little ones. David, our tour guide, was very friendly and knowledgable - and allowed us to decide on what we preferred to visit prior to seeing the penguin parade. The penguins coming in for the day are amazing to... More 

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

Hi EBennetto. Thanks for the review! It was a pleasure to be able to accommodate your family that day, thanks for the call! I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed your "private" tour to see the little penguins. David and I both really appreciate the feedback. Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

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