Phillip Island: Penguin Parade, Wildlife Park from Melbourne

Day Trips & Excursions in Melbourne
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Tour description

Spend a day exploring the spectacular views of Phillip Island while learning about local wildlife in both a wildlife park and in their natural habitat. The highlight of this Phillip Island day trip from Melbourne is the Penguin Parade where you can watch the little penguins come ashore after the sun sets.

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Maru Koala and Animal Park, Grantville, Gippsland, VictoriaIt is only a 1hr 45min drive from Melbourne directly to Phillip Island, you will break this up and stop along the way to visit Maru Koala and Animal Park, Maru are passionate about fostering an understanding and appreciation of native wildlife and their environment. Maru showcase this through tactile experiences where you can hand-feed, pat and ‘get in touch with’ many of the animals, including koalas. The park keepers provide regular talks to encourage you to learn more about the animals and Maru is also an authorised Wildlife Shelter, rehabilitating injured and orphaned native animals and then returning them to the wild.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Cape Woolamai Beach, Phillip Island, VictoriaAfter you have fully checked out all the Aussie animals at Maru, it’s time to head to the Island! Crossing over the bridge in San Remo arrive to Phillip Island and make your way down to Cape Woolamai Surf Beach. Breathe in the sea air and taking a walk along the beach provides stunning views of this volcanic coastline. Look for Pyramid Rock in the distance!Duration: 1 hourStop At: The Nobbies Centre, Summerlands, Phillip Island, VictoriaAs you enter Summerlands you will notice the absence of any housing, this is the part of the island which is all National Park. You will see the small wooden man-made burrows in which penguins who have not gone out fishing for the day are hiding. We will take a walk out around the board walks of ‘The Nobbies’ and have a look to see if we can spot any Little Penguins in their burrows, follow the walkways around to view ‘The Blowhole’ where waves come crashing up onto the dark volcanic rock, the caves and formations at this naturally craggy peninsula make for many dramatic photos, with the backdrop of Seal Rocks – on a sunny day you might be lucky enough to see Australian Fur Seals basking in the sun.If you do not fancy braving the boardwalks then step inside the Nobbies Information Centre where you can peruse the gift shop, grab a hot drink or discover the ‘Antarctic Journey Experience’, Antarctic Journey Entry can be added on for $18pp and gives an immersive insight into the many marine animals of the Southern Hemisphere, as a WWF attraction your entrance fee will go directly back into helping protect and preserve these majestic creatures of the deep Southern and Antarctic Oceans.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade, Summerlands, Phillip Island, VictoriaAs the sun begins to set it is time to make your way to the Penguin Parade, the Little Penguins only come out of the water after the sun has gone down so that they can be sure to stay out of the way of any predators in the air above them.The Penguin Parade ask that no photography is taken from this point on, this is to protect the sensitive eyes of the Little Penguins and ensure they are not scared, Wildlife Tours fully supports this request and we believe you will enjoy getting to witness such an amazing natural spectacle without the distraction of getting the ‘perfect photo’ – allow yourself to be fully immersed in the experience!Duration: 2 hours

What's included

  • Driver/guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • FREE App “Tour Translations of Australia”, if you require translated tour commentary.Available in Google Play & Apple App Store
  • Entry/Admission - Maru Koala and Animal Park
  • Entry/Admission - Cape Woolamai Beach
  • Entry/Admission - The Nobbies Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade

What's not included

  • Additional snacks & beverages
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)


  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Lunch included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour