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Phillip Island Penguin Parade & Wildlife Tour

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Highlights

  • See the world-famous Penguin Parade of Phillip Island
  • Up-close and personal encounters with amazing Australian wildlife
  • Meet cuddly koalas, feed roos, see seals at play
  • A photographer′s dream tour
  • Perfect family day out- something for everyone
  • Complimentary lunch or dinner and morning tea

Overview

Discover the natural delights of Phillip Island on an action-packed away day from Melbourne.

Get up close to koalas, kangaroos, emus, wombats, dingoes, Tasmanian devils and beau-tiful native birds at the Australian Wildlife Park – a photographer's dream!

Be blown away by the Island’s rugged beaches and towering cliffs. Admire the awesome scenery at The Nobbies. Watch the antics of fur seals on the rocks through special cameras and see a spectacular blowhole created by the pounding surf.

The climax of the day comes at sunset when you meet the mega-stars of Phillip Island – the little penguins. See these delightful birds emerge from the surf in their hundreds and wad-dle up the beach to their homes in the dunes. This nightly Penguin Parade is one of Australia’s top attractions and an experience you’ll never forget.

Itinerary

The Phillip Island Penguin Parade & Wildlife Tour is an action-packed adventure that kicks off when you are picked up from your hotel or from St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne.

Traveling in a comfortable coach you will head out to Phillip Island which lies 140km (86 miles) south-east of Melbourne. On the way you’ll see beautiful coastal views, and stop to enjoy complimentary morning tea.

Cross over to Phillip Island by a bridge from San Remo and continue to the Australian Wildlife Park. Covering 60 acres, the park is home to more than 60 types of Australian animals. here you can experience really close encounters with wildlife.

Hand feed and pat kangaroos and wallabies like the red kangaroo, the parma wallaby and the red-necked pademelon. See kangaroos with joeys all year round. View koalas close up from a raised board walk. Marvel at the large size of the flightless birds like the emu and the cassowary and see colorful parrots, cockatoos and birds of prey.

Next you’ll either stop at Phillip Island’s famous Chocolate Factory to pick up some sweet treats, or head to Wollamai Beach, the longest and most exposed beach on the Island.

You’ll also spend time at the magnificent headland of The Nobbies, where the views seem to stretch forever. Stroll along the boardwalks and learn more about the natural history of the area at the information center.

One and a half kilometres offshore from The Nobbies are Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest Australian fur seal colony. Special observation cameras allow you to watch the seals at play. This part of the Island also has an awesome blowhole – a spectacular sea cave that thunders during big southern swells.

Your last stop is at Summerland beach, home to Victoria’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Each night these endearing birds – the world’s smallest penguins – toddle ashore to the safety of their burrows after their daily fishing expedition. The sunset Penguin Parade is one of Australia’s most popular attractions. This experience is sure to be the highlight of your visit.

The package includes a free pizza dinner in summer or a tasty lunch in winter. In summer the tour ends around midnight. In winter it ends around 2100h (9:00pm)

At the end of the excursion, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Melbourne or at St Pauls Cathedral, Melbourne.

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Reviews

I'm lost for words! This trip should be in the "Not to miss list" of all tourists visiting Melbourne. The tour was very well organised and it was a fantastic experience. The... NAVIN KUMAR

The minibus picked us up drm a hotel near where we were staying which was very convenient. The driver/guide was very nowledgeable and friendly and did his best to accommodate... mrs maria h lewis

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

12 hours

Start time

Start time: 1000h (10:00am). Please check in 20 minutes prior to the departure time
Duration: 12 hours

Meeting point

Pick up from your inner city Melbourne hotel.
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Alternative pick-up location: St Pauls Cathedral, Melbourne.

Ending point

You will be dropped off at your Melbourne hotel or at St Pauls Cathedral, Melbourne

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Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Professional English-speaking driver/guide
  • National Park fees
  • Penguin Parade
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch (winter) or Dinner (summer)

Do/Dont's

Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Bring something warm to wear watching the penguins, take a water bottle, sunscreen and carry a rain jacket in winter

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Please note

Please call the activity operator by 1600h (4:00pm) on the day prior to departure. Failure to do so may result in cancellation.
Please carry a copy of your voucher with you.
Please advise if hotel pick-up and drop-off required at time of booking.
Check in 20 minutes prior to the departure time.
The itineraries in special circumstances may be altered. A suitable alternative will be provided. Customers will not be refunded in this case.
This tour is not recommended for children under 4 years of age.
No form of photography is permitted at the Penguin Parade

Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
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Cancellation policy

See the Cancellation policy for this product

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