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Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park from Melbourne

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    A beloved day-trip destination for Melbournians, Phillip Island offers a combination of rolling farmland, windswept cliffs and unique animal encounters. After pickup at your Melbourne hotel in the afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive through the city’s leafy suburbs as we head south-east of Melbourne to visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park at the top of Mornington Peninsula. You will meet endangered Australian native wildlife such as koalas, wallabies, kookaburras and dingoes. Look out for a variety of bright colored birds and reptiles. 

    Cross a bridge to access Phillip Island, where the Australian Motor Grand Prix and home of our famous Little Penguins. Upon arrival on the island depending on the time of year and your interest, we will visit Woolamai Beach to admire surfers gliding along the waves. We will then head to the southern tip of the island to view the rugged windswept cliffs of the Nobbies and Seal Rocks, home to a large fur seal colony.

    In the warmer months between October to March we will spend time on the island town of Cowes where you might dine (own expense) in one of the delicious restaurant options and browse local shops. In the cooler months between April to September, you will return to Melbourne after the Penguin Parade visit to indulge in one of Melbourne City's decadent restaurants. 

    As dusk approaches, make your way to a local beach and settle in to a shoreline viewing platform for the world-famous Penguin Parade. Every night, hundreds of petite fairy penguins — the smallest in the world — emerge from the water here after fishing all day. Watch the awe-inspiring spectacle as the adorable penguins waddle across the sand and through the bush to tuck into their burrows for the night. Your tour includes an upgraded Penguins Plus experience for a VIP boardwalk view of the parade.

    Once all penguins have gone home for the night, relax on the approximately 2-hour return drive to Melbourne.
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    Reviewed April 25, 2019

    This is how every tour should be organized! Our Guide Fred was phenomenal: started from being very punctual when picking us up from the hotel, his hospitality and friendliness never ceased for all the 9 hour-tour. The most informative tour we have ever taken! The...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank LarisaC89
    Sebastian_Oceania, General Manager at Oceania Tours & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2019

    Thank you for your kind words Larisa. The team at Oceania agree that Fred is a phenomenal member of our team. We all delight in being able to visit our Australian wildlife and showcase the wonders of our beautiful State to its visitors. We do...More

    Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

    This was one of my favorite toys I had while in Australia. My guide was Fred and he was so much fun. He had a lot of stories and fun facts and was all around an interesting person to talk to. We got to see...More

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    Sebastian_Oceania, Propriétaire at Oceania Tours & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2018

    Thanks for the fab review Andrea! Fred is becoming quite famous as Melbourne's official Possum Tour Guide!

    Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

    Had a wonderful time going to Phillip Island and Moonlit Santuary with Fred. Despite venues having many visitors, Fred provided guidance on how to make the most out of the experience. The wildlife show with a dingo, bettong and tawny frogmouth allowed us to see...More

    Thank mudrunner2016
    Sebastian_Oceania, Propriétaire at Oceania Tours & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2018

    Thank you very much for this review, we are glad to hear that you had a great day out with Oceania, and also great to get the feedback on our brand new Phillip Island Itinerary with Moonlit Sanctuary. I hope that others take on board...More

    Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

    Fred picked the six of us up from the pier at about 2pm and gave us a wonderful 10-hour tour. He was very knowledgeable and delightfully entertaining the entire tour. We started out viewing the colorful bathhouses at Brighton Beach and then hit the road...More

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    Sebastian_Oceania, Propriétaire at Oceania Tours & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2018

    Thanks so much Nancy for the lovely review - and wonderful run down of the day! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your day with Fred and Oceania. Best wishes for your onward travels

    Reviewed January 22, 2018

    we went here late last year and it was great, the walking tracks around the sanctuary were good to get around. if you pa a bit extra you can get close up with a koala and get someone to take a photo, the staff are...More

    Date of experience: October 2017
    Thank michelle b
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