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Small Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Eco Tour from Melbourne

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Key Highlights

  • This action-packed tour allows you to see the very best of Phillip Island in just one day
  • Spend some time at “the Nobbies” enjoying the beautiful coastal scenery and see the largest colony of fur seals in Australia
  • The day ends with the wonderful Penguin Parade – watch the little penguins return from the surf to their home
  • Travel in style from your hotel in Melbourne in a luxury coach with free onboard Wi-Fi
  • The tour is led by an expert guide
  • Tour is operated by Go West Tours – voted the number one sightseeing operator in Melbourne by users of Trip Advisor!
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    Approx. 11 hours (seasonally)

    Start time

    Start time: Pick-up is between 1000h (10:00am) and 1200h (noon)
    Duration: Approx. 11 hours (seasonally)

    Meeting Point

    Your City Hotels in Melbourne.
    (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).
    If your hotel is not a pick-up point, please assemble at the central pick-up point: Rendezvous Hotel, 328 Flinders St, Melbourne at 1050h (10:50am).
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting points.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Vibrant nature and exciting native wildlife make this Phillip Island tour a must-do!

    Feeling hungry? Visit the Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm to enjoy guided bush tucker tour and complimentary lunch.

    At the famous Koala Conservation Centre, walk among the treetops and view the numerous wild koalas up close.

    Enjoy an exclusive tasting of locally produced wines and other gourmet produce at the boutique Phillip Island Winery.

    The day ends with an amazing wildlife experience; the famous Penguin Parade. Watch the world’s smallest penguins waddle 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.

    Itinerary

    You will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned minibus for your Phillip Island Tour. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

    Departing Melbourne at around midday, this small group day tour encapsulates the very best of the region’s wildlife and gourmet delights.

    Leaving Melbourne we journey through the Gippsland region directly to Phillip Island and make our first stop at the Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm. Upon arrival our guests enjoy a guided bush tucker tour through three hectares of native food crops to learn about the fascinating array of edible fruits, berries, seeds leaves & flowers that were harvested by the Koori people over millennia.

    Here, we also enjoy a delicious lunch with our menu offering selections to meet a broad range of tastes. Perhaps you’d like to “Fish for your Dish” and catch a trout that the staff will prepare and serve for you. While an additional fee applies for this experience, there’s nothing like the taste of a fish that was swimming about in a pond only minutes earlier!

    Departing Rhyll, we travel to the famous Koala Conservation Centre to meet some of the friendly locals. We’ll walk among the treetops and view the numerous wild koalas up close at this iconic wildlife attraction.

    We’ll journey next to the delightful Phillip Island Winery where we’ll enjoy a gourmet afternoon tea featuring not only a range of locally produced wines, but also a selection of Gippsland’s finest cheeses and other gourmet produce. The tasting is accompanied by an informative presentation about each of the foodstuffs sampled, ensuring an experience that is educational as well as truly mouth-watering.

    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 it’s onwards to the main event, where just after dark every night the world’s smallest penguins waddle 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 guide will ensure you are able to get the very best vantage point to enjoy the Penguin Parade and will help to keep you toasty warm with a complimentary hot cuppa.

    For an exclusive viewing experience, upgrade to the more personalised “Penguins Plus” viewing platform. With numbers limited to 150, you’ll enjoy special ranger interpretation in a more natural setting. This option also includes a complimentary hot beverage.

    After the parade we allow plenty of time to explore the Visitor Centre before beginning our own 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.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus
    • English-speaking guide
    • Recorded tour information provided in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, Malaysian, Portuguese on iPods
    • Complimentary lunch at Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm
    • Complimentary hot beverage at the Penguin Parade
    • All entrance fees
    • Free onboard Wi-Fi
    • Gourmet food and wine tasting at the Phillip Island Winery
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

    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.The tour operates in English. However, recorded tour information is provided in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, Malaysian, and Portuguese on iPodsMeal stops are made in towns where there are numerous food options across a range of tastes and budgets.Guests may also wish to catch a fish and have it cooked for their lunch. This experience is available as an optional upgrade at an additional fee of $20.00pp (payable direct to the trout farm).
  • Reviews
    • Best Tour

      the whole trip to philips island was amazing and i had super fun time....

      Razana Akma
    • Fanrastic trip

      Great trip and guide. Enjoyed the small group on trip and small group at penguin parade well woth te extra cost....

      C Alexander
    • Fully enjoyed the tour

      The driver was entertaining & took us to interesting places to try new experiences is: the perch farm. We had a good time & we recommend the small bus tour as well as the ranger...

      Mrs louise g lawrence
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