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The Little Penguin Bus

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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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A friendly penguin bus

I was very, very fortunate. I checked the weather forecast and called the Little Penguin Bus. Why specifically that Company? First, from the brochure it seemed no-nonsense, I just... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
silvia_frisia
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Newcastle, Australia

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I was very, very fortunate. I checked the weather forecast and called the Little Penguin Bus. Why specifically that Company? First, from the brochure it seemed no-nonsense, I just wanted to see the penguins and I had no time for anything else. The price was good...well...it's Winter and it is cheaper. Which is very considerate, because it means that the... More 

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Canberra
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful experience seeing the little penguins in their natural habitat. We chose the Guided Ranger option (discounted price at the moment of $120 including the bus trip) and it was so worth it. We caught the 1pm bus. The driver stops at a large petrol station with a McDonalds on the way down to Philip Island where you... More 

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

Hi Jackie. Thanks for taking the time to review your tour here. We have been very happy to be able to offer such a great deal on the Penguin Express with Guided Ranger Tour, $20 off the usual price! This is to help make up for the premium seating area (Penguins Plus) being closed for rebuilding this winter. I'm delighted... More 

Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A wonderful experience. The Little Penguin Bus was the perfect company that helped us to get to Phillip Island to experience the Penguin Parade. Highly recommended. Thank you for an enjoyable afternoon and your hints and tips on enjoying the penguin parade.

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

Hi Monica. Thanks so much for your review. It's great to get those positive vibes flowing again! It's why we do what we do! It was a pleasure to meet your family and take you all to see the penguins, and make sure you had the best possible Penguin Parade experience. Thanks for travelling with us and I hope we... More 

North Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We got to see what was advertised by the company and the sights we great. We felt like our driver, Rob, did not really like his job and went through the motions of doing what needed to be done. The driver really does make the experience, especially when you're spending all day with him.

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

Hi traveller0587. Thank you for reviewing your tour. I'm genuinely saddened and surprised at your, perhaps rather harsh, assessment of your experience with Rob. It's a complete contrast to every other review he has had in almost two years working with me, and further back with other companies. A recent, more typical, example is "Our tour guide, Rob, was an... More 

Coomera, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Wonderful informative bus driver, fantastic time viewing the little penguins. Food available to purchase at cafe on Phillip Island.

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Gosford, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

No fuss, no frills package. It'll get you to and from Philip Island to allow you to enjoy watching the penguins waddle onto the beach. Certainly a priceless adventure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

What a great way to see the Penguins. Would highly recommend these guys. Mac was super friendly and gave us a run down of what was what and what to expect. My son and I were on a guided tour of the Penguins and Mac took us through to where we were to meet, rather than letting us work it... More 

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Heerlen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Did trip on 2 July and had a truly wonderful day. I did the full Philip Island tour, followed by the Ultimate Experience - Penguin tour. Pick up at the Rendez Vous hotel went smooth, the driver was very knowlegdeable and gave us time enough at the different stops (ample time for photography). No rush, relaxed and friendly ambience, stunning... More 

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

Hi superbeem. Thanks very much for taking the time to share your Wild Island Tour experience here with other travellers. It's great to hear the winter can still be such an enjoyable time to explore the island and see the wildlife. And good to know you enjoyed the Ultimate upgrade at the Penguin Parade to finish the day. Thanks for... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Such an enjoyable and interesting drive to Phillip Island with the guide, who gave a great overview of Victoria's history. I liked the fact that the tours are limited to a small number of people, so it's more personal and comfortable. But of course, the absolute highlight was the incredible experience of seeing the cute little penguins making their way... More 

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

Hi Ange. Thanks so much for your review. It's always great to know people appreciate our prices, they are the lowest of any similar express tours! It certainly makes it challenging operating small group tours at these prices but the constant positive feedback makes it all worthwhile! Thanks for travelling with us and taking the time to share the experience... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

My partner and I did the Wild Island Full Day Tour and it was absolutely fantastic! We started the day by being picked up by our wonderful tour guide Rob and began our journey towards Phillip Island. Along the way Rob provided us with fun and interesting facts about the places we past as well as about Phillip Island itself.... More 

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

Hi Beccy. Thanks so much for reviewing your Wild Island Tour here. Rob and I both really appreciate the feedback and we are delighted you both had such a good day. And thanks for the pics! Thanks for travelling with us! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

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Address: 328 Flinders Street | The Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3025, Australia
Phone Number: +61 1800 466 080
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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