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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 #4 of 312 Activities in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bus tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Check out our new full-day tour! Totally wild and totally unique! The Little Penguin Bus is a...
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Type: Bus tours, Sightseeing Tours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Owner description: 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. Book and pay direct online.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Just do it! My husband and I went on this bus to see the little penguins in early January and we were not disappointed! The tour is exactly what I was hoping for - they pick you up in a small group, drive you out to the island, given you a lot of great info and tips about how to... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Our tour guide/ bus operator is Rob. After he gets to know you, he warms up and is really willing to share infos and snippets that would maximize your visit. The tour sells itself as 'Just The Penguins', perhaps as a differentiation to other tour operators who bundle other sights on Phillip Island. Well, we got more than just the... More 

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

Hi Dayou. Thanks so much for the review. We are delighted you really appreciated the additional sightseeing. We always try and allow a little extra time for some sightseeing on the island before the Penguin Parade. Unfortunately it does depend on the afternoon city traffic, our drive time to the island can vary a lot. But if we can we... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Back in October, I went to Phillip Island with THE LITTLE PENGUIN BUS, It was such a fantastic day, that I went back with some friends in January. Honestly, I didn't think it could get any better than the first time I went, but how wrong I was. The second time was even BETTER. Our driver/ tour guide Rob is... More 

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

Hi Jules. Thanks so much for coming back see Phillip Island with us again! It's great to hear the Wild Island day tour was even better the second time, and I'm delighted your friends had such a good day too! And it's great to hear Rob is doing such a good job, his knowledge of the island and the wildlife... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

After going back and forth on how I was going to get to Phillip Island, I found The Little Penguin Bus on TripAdvisor. All the reviews were very favorable and spot on. Our guide/driver, Matt was great. Very funny and knowledgeable with great inside tips on how to best manage the crowds and view the Penguins. Having someone else do... More 

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

Hi Bridget. Thanks for taking the time to review your tour here. It's great to hear you had such an enjoyable tour with Matt, our newest recruit! We all love showing our overseas visitors our lovely natural coastlines and wildlife. We are delighted to hear it was such an enjoyable experience! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This was an incredible experience from start to finish. The penguins are wonderful and the service is fantastic. Our guide, David, picked us up promptly at 4:30 from the Rendezvous Hotel and drove us out to Phillip Island. He was full of interesting information about the city of Melbourne and we drove around the island once we got there. He... More 

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

Hi Linsey. Thanks so much for your lovely review. The little penguins have weaved their magic once more! And David and I really appreciate the feedback on the tour as a whole. Thanks for sharing your experience here with other travellers and thanks for choosing The Little Penguin Bus! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

Wyongah, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Meeting at 4.30 to travel to Phillip Island gave us time to sight see in Melbourne, before embarking on our adventure. David, our driver, was very welcoming and informative as we departed the city and throughout the evening. We had plenty of time to explore the information centre before the excitement of the little penguins returning from their day at... More 

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

Hi Kristine. Thanks so much for your review. I'm delighted you had an enjoyable tour with David to see the little penguins. I trust you enjoyed the rest of your time in Melbourne just as much! Thanks for travelling with us. Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We had an amazing experience with the Little Penguin Bus Tour! We were struggling to find transport to and from Phillip Island and were put onto the Little Penguin Bus. They were so helpful and friendly and answered all of our questions. Rob, our bus driver, was very attentive and gave us a great tour. Thank you!

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

Hi Lucy.Thanks for the review! I'm glad we were able to help you with travelling down to Phillip Island to see the little penguins. Rob and I both really appreciate the feedback. Thanks for sharing the trip here! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

Brisbane, Australia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
43 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Mac, our tour guide for the Premium Express tour, provided us with a remarkable tour to Phillip Island. The bus itself was very comfortable ride. Mac gave us a generous amount of time to have dinner at Phillip Island prior to the Penguin Parade so that we were not rushed. He also supplied us with complementary blankets and rain jackets... More 

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

Hi kateemily. Thanks so much for the wonderful review. What a night that was! We do get some crazy, changeable, unpredictable weather but that was quite exceptional! An almost tropical, warm, slow moving storm, more like you would get in Brisbane! The best thing is no-one let it spoil their evening and the penguin experience. Everyone had such a fantastic... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Great evening out ....getting close to the little charmers. Rob was great showing us the available wildlife .... roos and hidden young penguins before the main evnt. Rachel the warden also did her best to talk to us inspite of the high winds. Front seat on the beach & access to the boardwalk where the little penguins traveled up to... More 

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

HI Garry. Thank you for the review, I'm pleased to hear it was an enjoyable tour with Rob. I'm sorry it was a late finish. The penguin arrival was the latest it gets (mid-summer) and we had people on your bus doing the Ultimate tour which always finishes about 15 or 20 minutes after everyone else's penguin viewing options. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

We loved the great experience we had with Rob and The Little Penguin Bus. We were picked up in a central location in Melbourne, taken to the Penguin Parade, and driven home to our door afterwards. Rob was informative and took us to various spots to see wildlife and penguins before the formal experience. Everything was easy and ran like... More 

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

Hi Pepperglam. Thanks so much for your lovely review, Rob and I really appreciate the feedback. It's great to know your family had such an enjoyable experience. Thanks for choosing The Little Penguin Bus! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

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