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Penguin Parade Evening Express Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Have limited time? This express tour is designed for you
  • Take an evening tour to Phillip Island, to watch the Little Penguins waddle to their burrows
  • Drive through picturesque countryside of Melbourne
  • Your driver guide will ensure that you don’t miss a thing on the way
  • Watch fishermen getting ready for their catch at the fishing village of San Remo
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    6.5 hours

    Start time

    October to March: 1630h (4:30pm)
    April to September: 1500h (3:00pm) Duration: 6.5 hours

    Meeting Point

    Federation Square (On the corner of Flinders and Russell Streets).

    Ending Point

    Same as the start point

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Watch hundreds of tiny happy feet waddling to their burrows after sunset at Phillip Island with the Penguin Parade Evening Express Tour . If you have less time in hand and still want to catch up with the famous Penguin Parade, then this tour is designed for you.

    Depart from Melbourne to set off on a picturesque journey to this largest colony of Little Penguins in the world.

    Little Penguins are the smallest species of penguins and are only found on the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand. After sunset, see them emerge from the sea and wobble up to the beach.

    To protect the Little Penguins, all revenue generated from the parade is invested back into research, environment and education projects to ensure their species flourishes.

    On the way to Phillip Island, you will also visit the Gippsland region, the fishing village of San Remo and the Visitor Information Centre.


    You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the corner of Flinders and Russell Street Federation Square and then you will be taken to Westernport Bay to start off your Little Penguin Parade Evening Express Tour. Your driver guide will point out important landmarks on the way, so that you don’t miss a thing.

    Pass through some of the affluent suburbs of Melbourne where you will see many modern buildings and beautiful federation homes built in the late 1800s. Notice the change in landscape as you travel further and take delight in the scenic rural countryside.

    You will travel through San Remo, a quaint fishing village and the region’s seafood capital. See the fishermen setting off for their daily catch. For those interested in a bigger catch, San Remo offers a number of charters out on the ocean where even sharks are known to take the bait!

    Next, you will cross the bridge that connects Phillip Island to the mainland. Phillip Island features an abundance of Australian wildlife and a charming heritage. Some of the famous sites of the Island are Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Nobbies Centre and the famous Penguin Parade.

    You will also visit the Phillip Island Information Centre which has a range of information available on Phillip Island, its history, wildlife, and of course, the Penguin Parade. Here you can learn about the Little Penguin and its lifestyle. You can also browse through their souvenir shop for your own little piece of Penguin memorabilia.

    The main highlight of the tour happens at Summerland Beach. Watch the Little Penguins emerge from the sea and waddle up the beach to their sand dune burrows just as the sun sets. Phillip Island is the largest colony of Little Penguins in the world.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Experienced Driver Guide
    • Comprehensive commentary
    • Air conditioned coach
    • Entrance to Phillip Island Penguin Parade
    • Hotel Pick up and Drop Off


    • Meals
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the tour start time to confirm all details
    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.

    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.
  • Reviews
    • Penguin Parade

      My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. The driver was very helpful and knowledgeable about the excursion....

      Debra Hagerty
    • A good, solid tour to see the adorable Penguins!

      The Penguin Parade trip was good. However, it was a good thing we called, because the starting time was different than the one we had on the printed page. Ultimately, it...

      Linda Ann Knight
    • A most interesting trip to see the small penguins.

      The coach was very comfortable. The driver was very good at telling us about the city of Melbourne, the penguins, and others. It was fun the whole evening....

      Shek Siu Tai