Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Koala Conservation Centre from Melbourne

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Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Koala Conservation Centre from Melbourne information and booking

8 hours
Departs from
Selected Melbourne hotels
Returns to
Returns to original departure point at approximately 10pm
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Visit Phillip Island to see Victoria’s iconic penguins and koalas on a private tour from Melbourne. After a scenic drive to Phillip Island, you'll see koalas in their natural surroundings at the Koala Conservation Centre, then watch the penguins return from their day at sea at the famous Penguin Parade. Depending on the time of year, you can tailor your tour and include free time exploring Phillip Island at your own pace.

Leaving Melbourne, take a scenic drive to Westernport Bay to reach the vacation resort of Phillip Island. After crossing onto the island via the San Remo bridge, your first stop is the Koala Conservation Centre. Here you’ll not only see cute koalas in their natural habitat, you’ll also see wallabies, kookaburras, Cape Barren geese and other native birds.

If time permits, your trip to Phillip Island might include a visit to Nobbies, a rock formation that’s home to seals and sea birds.

The evening’s highlight is the penguin parade, where you'll watch the little penguins, also known as fairy penguins, return to their burrows after a day spent fishing out at sea. You’ll be able to see the black-and-white penguins emerge from the water and waddle up the beach to their nests. You might have an even closer view of the penguins when you make your way to the visitor’s center, as you’ll pass the world’s only ‘penguin crossing’ for penguins making their way to their nests via an alternate route. Your tour includes the penguin plus experience, where you will view the penguins from an exclusive viewing platform and boardwalk. It also includes entry to the visitor's centre, with ranger interpretation and MP4 audio tour.

As penguin viewing takes place after dark, depending on the time of year your tour might include free time to dine in Cowes (own expense) before viewing the penguins. Your departure time for the return to Melbourne also varies according to the time of year, so you can tailor your tour to explore the beach, shops or restaurants of Phillip Island.

What's included

  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Local guide/driver
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entrance fees
  • Penguin plus access
  • Visitor centre and complimentary drink

What isn't included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)