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The Little Penguin Bus

51 May Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3025, Australia
+61 1800 466 080
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Ranked #5 of 212 Activities in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bus tours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. Full details on the website bookings page. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The shuttle bus was clean and I was so glad that the shuttle bus offered to take us back to the hotel. Small group tour was especially impressive with more catered service. The tour guide was extremely friendly and we had a good time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I was happily surprised by the quick and personalised response from the owner of The Little Penguin Bus, who arranged for a special drop off point outside of the city on the way back which was more convenient for us. Thank You!

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

The Little Penguin Bus was a small group tour experience. Rob was our tour guide that he did a good job and very knowledgeable to the history. we stopped at the Nobbies and walked along the shore on the boardwalks among the penguin burrows. Also Rob gave us really good advice that where to go for the best viewing of... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This was a lovely experience. We were greeted by our tour guide in a penguin hat, he was so friendly and knowledgeable about the penguins and the surrounding areas, he was great, gave us good advice too. I must say travelling on a smaller bus, instead of the coaches, made the experience nicer. We had a scenic drive, visited the... More

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

Hi hhuuii. Thanks so much for the review. The penguin hat always seems like a fun way to start the trip, and helps find the passengers! I'm glad you liked it. And it's great to hear your appreciation of the smaller bus experience. It really is The LITTLE Penguin Bus. It has so many benefits, more personal, friendlier, less drop... More

Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The Little Penguin Bus was an awesome small group tour experience. They took the time to do a very nice tour of Phillip Island on our way to the penguin parade. During this tour, we stopped at the Nobbies and walked along the shore on the boardwalks amongst the penguin burrows (we even saw Little Penguins in their burrows:) We... More

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

Hi Chelsea. Thanks so much for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure having you on board. We really appreciate you taking the time to write such a warm and detailed review. I've no doubt other travellers here on TA will appreciate it too. Thanks again! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

My friends and I signed up for the tour with the little penguin bus and had an incredible day. Rob, our tour guide, was fantastic and provided us with great information and advice as we went. As a group we were a bit skeptical of going through a tour company but the fair price and incredible guide made it well... More

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

Hi James. Thanks for the great review and fantastic feedback for Rob. I'm delighted to hear you all really enjoyed the day out on your Full Day Tour Private Charter, in case anyone was wondering which option you chose! I'm especially pleased to hear you felt the price was reasonable and that overall it was a good decision. Thank you.... More

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Booked this tour with my wife after reading all the great reviews and we weren't disappointed. Met our driver/guide Dave at 2pm and we set off shortly after. After a scenic 2 hour drive, we arrived at Philip Island and went to the Nobbies Centre. During our drive to and from Nobbies, we stopped several times as Dave showed us... More

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

Hi CMKop. Thanks so much for your wonderful review. It's always great to hear people are enjoying our express tours and still seeing some of our wildlife and rugged coastal scenery. Good to hear too that David looked after you and gave you some great advice on how to get the best experience at the Penguin Parade. We both really... More

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Thanks to Rob our visit to the penguins was fabulous. Wonderful advice about the best places to look and the timing was spot on. Well worth the price. Budget trip enables you to virtually be within less than a metre of the penguins. So amazing.

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

Hi Taddums. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your trip here. It's great to hear you enjoyed the Budget Express to see the penguins. It was a pleasure to have you travel with us. Kind Regards Mac McCrostie More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

During our brief stay in Melbourne we booked a tour with this company to see the penguins on Philip Island. Our driver/guide Rob, met us on time at the Rendezvous Hotel. We were the only two passengers but they continue with the booked tours regardless of number. Rob was very knowledgeable of the area and wildlife and gave us tips... More

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

Hi Havacruiser. Thanks so much for your wonderful review. We obviously would prefer to have a few more people on board but rather than cause any inconvenience we find it easier to just guarantee a departure, for two or more. We know people are often limited on time in Melbourne and making changes just isn't always possible. I appreciate your... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I'm actually from Melbourne, but I don't have a car and I really wanted to take my Mexican friend to see the penguins. We had an awesome time! Our driver and guide Rob was informative and very funny. It was a beautiful day, we got to see wallabies as well as penguins, and the little penguins are so cute! If... More

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

Hi Simon. Muchos Gracias! Thanks for your lovely review. It's always great to have a local on board. I'm delighted you both had such an enjoyable tour with Rob. I hope we will see you again sometime when more friends are visiting! Kind regards Mac McCrostie More

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