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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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    Departure Point
    1: Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
    2: Phillip Island Nature Park, Cape Woolamai VIC 3925, Australia

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Melbourne CBD hotels
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
    • Local guide/driver
    • Live commentary on board
    • Penguin Plus access
    • Moonlit Sanctuary access
    • Entry/Admission - Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
    • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Adult pricing applies to all travelers 4yrs and above
    • Infants 0-3yrs please request car seat at time of booking
    • No photo or video of penguins allowed
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    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
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    Reviewed January 20, 2018 via mobile

    Great tour capped with the beautiful parade of the penguins... a must see! Despite the cool and rainy weather, Freddy entertained us and made it a fantastic day!

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    Sebastian_Oceania, Propriétaire at Oceania Tours & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2018

    Thank you for your review of our Phillip Island Tour - great to hear that you had a great day out. Happy onward travels.

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