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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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Great Experience on the Wild Island Tour

I went on the Wild Island Tour on 20/4/15 with Rob. It was a small group and Rob drove us out to Phillip Island whilst providing information about the surrounding area. We stopped... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Very enjoyable trip. Quite a drive to the island, but our guide was very knowledgeable and looked after us extremely well. Nothing beats the thrill of seeing these little penguins in their natural habitat and although the weather was against us (and we used the picnic rugs provided for us to keep warm) we felt it was a very worthwhile... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I went on the Wild Island Tour on 20/4/15 with Rob. It was a small group and Rob drove us out to Phillip Island whilst providing information about the surrounding area. We stopped at spots to find wild kangaroos, pelicans and stingrays amongst other things. We also had a visit to a beach, koala conservation centre and saw the spectacular... More 

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

Hi Kiki. Thanks for reviewing the tour here, Rob and I both really appreciate the feedback. It's great to know you such a good day on the island. Regarding the suggestion of a walk we certainly will take the idea on board, thanks. Unfortunately as the days get shorter towards winter and the little penguins appear earlier, time is getting... More 

London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Our excursion to Phillip Island with The Little Penguin Bus was first-rate. The departure point in Melbourne - the Rendezvous Hotel on Flinders St. - was central and easy to find with, as a bonus, very elegant washrooms in the lobby! As the minibus headed off to Phillip Island with 10 or so passengers on board, our guide gave us... More 

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

Hi Firefly. Thanks so much for the review, I'm delighted you had such an enjoyable tour with us. Those toilets probably are the best on the tour! Just a brief note about the drop-off, for other travellers here on TA. Our official policy with drop-offs outside the city centre is that it is the drivers decision and they can ask... More 

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

Online- Booking works perfect - even the night before you wanna go. The trip was really good and we had a lot of time to visit the penguins. Mac - I will recommend your little penguin bus further. Greets, J.

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

Hi Jennifer. Thanks for taking the time to review your tour here. Enjoy the rest of your travels! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I've lived in Brisbane my whole life, yet I still saw Australian animals like I never have before on this tour. I cannot recommend The Little Penguin Bus enough. If you want every opportunity to see Australian wildlife, in the wild (or as close to wild as possible), then this is the tour for you! We were picked up from... More 

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

Hi Bethany. Thanks so much for the review. It's great to hear you had such an enjoyable Wild Island Tour with Rob. He will be delighted with the feedback too. I love it when we can even impress the "locals" with the wildlife viewing! The Ultimate Adventure Tour is a great option for the more intimate penguin viewing but I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Excellent journey to and around Phillip Island with Rob. Small groups (we were only 5 people), excellent guide, amazing intro to Australia wild life. Thank you Rob !

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

Hi Fabrice. Thanks so much for the review, I'm glad you found us and had an enjoyable day out with Rob! Enjoy the rest of your travels here! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

First thing first, everything mentioned on their website is true to the last word. I personally have a preference for small groups rather than taking tours on big coaches. Had a great time on their tour last week. They give you enough time at the Nobbies and at the Island. Since the group is small, it gives you flexibility on... More 

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

Hi delhitraveller. Thanks for taking the time to review your tour here. It's always good to know people find the website easy to use, and true and honest with the information! And I'm delighted you found the small group tour that you prefer, it is so much better! Thanks for travelling with us. Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This was just a wonderful experience from start to finish. Our guide was friendly, very informative, knowledgeable and humorous. We arrived in the Phillip Island area early so were treated to walks, finding and seeing wallabies in the wild and a visit to a nature reserve. We even saw a copper head snake -thankfully a safe distance from us. Unfortunately... More 

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

Hi Caroline. Thanks for the review! It's lovely to get the warm appreciation for the service provided. I'm delighted you an enjoyable tour with Rob and thanks for sharing the experience here. Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

A lovely day. Firstly, The little penguin bus saved me 2 hours of travel time, picking me up at my local train station. The many stops along the way were enjoyable and informative. We were allowed to be the last to leave the little penguin parade because there were only a few people on this tour. If small groups are... More 

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

Hi Beverley. Welcome to TripAdvisor! Thanks for taking the time to review your Wild Island Tour here. It was an absolute pleasure to have you on board and hear about your travels and adventures. Picking you up on the way to the island was no problem at all. I'm delighted you had an enjoyable day and thanks for contributing so... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Mac was super friendly and highly informative, and went out of his way to make sure we had a fantastic time. The Penguins were great but it was Mac's tour and commentary that made it such a great day. Cannot recommend highly enough!

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

Hi giuliacass. Thanks so much for your review. It's great to know you had an enjoyable tour to see the little penguins and thanks for the recommendations! Thanks for choosing us! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

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