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Premium Penguin Express Tour from Melbourne

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  • Small group tour ensures personalized experience
  • See local wildlife at The Nobbies
  • Scenic drive from Melbourne
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Premium Penguin Express Tour from Melbourne
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Overview

Discover the charms of the Phillip Island penguins. Enjoy a comfortable 2-hour drive from Melbourne and walk around The Nobbies looking for swamp wallabies and Cape Barren geese. Visit the Penguin Parade Visitor Information Centre and stop at the café before having a seat near the water to watch the main event. Take in the unforgettable sight of streams of penguins emerging from the ocean after fishing in Bass Strait.

What to Expect

This renowned small group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne is a friendly and personal way to enjoy the unique spectacle of the island’s famous little penguins returning home at dusk after a day of fishing in Bass Strait.

Setting off from Melbourne in the afternoon with a maximum of eleven guests, you’ll enjoy the wonderfully scenic drive southeast to Phillip Island. The journey takes around two hours (depending on the traffic) and your knowledgeable local guide will point out places of interest along the way. You’ll also learn interesting historical facts about the small rural towns you pass through.

On arrival at Phillip Island, there should be enough time for a scenic drive and a short stop at The Nobbies for a walk around the headland. Local residents you are likely to meet include swamp wallabies and Cape Barren geese.

The next stop on this Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne is the Penguin Parade Visitor Information Centre for the main event. When it comes time for the stars of the show to make their appearance (around dusk), you’ll take your seats in the premium Penguins Plus viewing area, which is much smaller than the General Viewing area and set in a different section of the beach. Typically these premium seats allow guests to see more penguins at closer range.

Once the parade concludes, you’ll see many more penguins as you make your way back up the boardwalk to the Visitor Centre.

Bring your camera to take photos of Phillip Island but please note that no photography of the penguins is permitted.

At the end of the allowed penguin viewing time, about one hour, you’ll make your way back to the bus for the return trip to Melbourne. If you are staying in a CBD, Southbank or Docklands hotel you’ll be dropped off at your door.

Enjoy this superb Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne to one of Victoria’s iconic attractions.

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Kids love it!

My kids and I traveled in Australia for 3 weeks and this was their favorite trip. Mac is fun and informative. Blankets were thoughtfully provided. It's a very exciting trip, highly recommended.

Thank Karen K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
phillip island penquins touron the little penquin bus

Mac picked us up at the meeting point ,he was great with the kids ,I had 3 with me 6,8,9 no problems for him . The enjoyed the travel down as he told the bus everything he could think of on the way to Phillip...More

1  Thank sandra284
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great experience at an amazing price

I was a bit skeptical when I booked with The Little Penguin Bus because it was much cheaper than a lot of the other tours I searched, even more so when I received an email saying I received another 20% discount from the already great...More

Thank Andrea978
Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Andrea. Thanks so much for the review. It was a pleasure to meet you and your friend and the boys and take you all to the penguins. I'm delighted to hear it turned out to be such a positive experience after your initial doubts,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Absolutely Informative and Enthusiastic Guide

Had such a wonderful trip with my family and friends. Max is such an informative, enthusiastic and helpful guide. He stopped the bus many times to explain about the wildlife that we saw along the journey. He even took the trouble to call me to...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi K. Thanks very much for taking the time to review your tour with me. It was a pleasure to meet you and your friends. The extra service is just simply what travelling with the little guys is all about, no problem. I hope you...More

Reviewed July 2, 2018
Premium Penguin Express Tour

Wow, what an amazing time we had!! From the time we met Mac until the time we were personally dropped off - we were looked after so well. Nothing was a problem for Mac and he was such am informed tour guide. The penguins were...More

Thank little2oot
Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2018

Hi little2oot. Thanks for taking the time to review your tour. It was a pleasure to meet your family and take you all to the penguins. Thanks for the recommendation for other travellers, I'm delighted to hear it was such a good experience. Kind regards...More

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