Phillip Island Penguin Parade
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Get acquainted with the cutest little penguins in Australia!
Experience the wonders of Phillip Island Nature Park with this half day tour to see the seals, koalas, kangaroos and of course the Little Penguins that call this island home.
Our guide to Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Departing Melbourne at around midday, we journey to the city’s most colourful attraction – the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes – for an opportunity to visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks.
We continue our Phillip Island tour journey through Melbourne’s bayside suburbs on the way to the award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park for a unique Australian wildlife experience. Here, we’ll enjoy a guided wildlife walk where we have the opportunity to meet and hand-feed many species of native Australian animals. Learn about iconic species such as kangaroos, koalas, emus & wallabies, as well as some of our lesser known favourites including quolls, owls, bandicoots & Tasmanian devils. Included in our visit here is the spectacular “Conservation in Action” wildlife show, which showcases a number of lesser-known Australian species in a series of interactive and engaging ranger presentations.
Continuing on to Phillip Island itself, a visit to Point Grant and The Nobbies gives us an opportunity to enjoy views over Westernport Bay and Bass Strait, including Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest population of fur seals. And then we’ll reach what will undoubtedly be the highlight of your Phillip Island tour – the main event – where just after dark the world’s smallest penguins parade ashore after spending the day fishing out at sea. You’ll be truly enchanted as the stars of the show emerge from the surf and pass right before your eyes on their journey back to their homes.
Your tour guide will assist in ensuring you are able to get the best possible vantage point to enjoy the famous Penguin Parade. Just on sunset, as some visitors begin to doubt that the birds will arrive, dark patches appear in shallow waters. The penguins’ familiar “huk huk” call is heard and they magically appear on the water’s edge. The penguins stand in the shallows, sometimes retreat in to the sea if they sense danger, regain confidence and again come to the beach. They usually regroup, sometimes numbering over 100 birds, and make their way up the beach to the dunes.
After the parade, allow plenty of time to explore the Visitor Centre before beginning your the journey back to Melbourne. With drop off right back to your inner city accommodation, you’ll remember this day as a true highlight of your Australian holiday.
Penguin Plus Viewing
For an exclusive viewing experience, upgrade to the more personalised “Penguins Plus” viewing platform. With numbers limited to 300, you’ll enjoy special ranger interpretation in a more natural setting.
Daily, year round
12.00pm. Hotel pick-ups commence at 11.00am. Departure times are one hour later during daylight savings (November-March).
Around 11 hours in total.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for Phillip Island Penguin Parade
- This tour uses smaller air-conditioned buses, allowing access to many areas not available to the larger coaches as well as providing a personal touch with the benefits of a small group environment.
- Nobbies viewing is seasonal and dependant on daylight hours.
- Photography of any kind is not permitted at the the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Photography is permitted at all other locations.
- The number of birds arriving on the beach varies significantly throughout the year due to seasonal factors.
- Dress according to the weather for that day. A jumper is recommended as it can get chilly in the evening.
- Any infants and children travelling must be advised at time of booking. Prams and strollers are not permitted on the vehicle as they do not have storage space for these items.
- Cancellation Policy: Cancellations within 60 days prior to travel or in the event of a no show will incur cancellation fees. - Cancellations fees to be reconfirmed at time of cancellation.
Frequently Asked Questions for Phillip Island Penguin Parade
- Can I bring luggage on board the bus?
The touring vehicles have minimal storage space, so any more than a small day pack is undesirable. Large bags, prams & strollers cannot be stored on board. If you need to bring along any more than this, please be sure to let the tour operator know at the time of booking, as it may be necessary to purchase an extra seat to accommodate your luggage.
- Is much physical activity involved?
A moderate level of physical mobility is required.
- How many penguins will I see?
The number of birds arriving on the beach varies significantly throughout the year due to seasonal factors. The penguin’s year is divided into four different “seasons”: February-April: Moulting; May-July: Nest Building; August-October: Egg Laying; November-January: Chick Feeding