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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
  • Be amazed with spectacular “Conservation in Action”wildlife show.
  • Enjoy and admire the historic landmark -Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes .
  • Meet and hand-feed many species of native Australian animals.
  • The tour is led by an expert guide
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    Approx. 11 hours (seasonally)

    Start time

    April to October - Between 11:00am to 12:00pm(noon)
    November to March - Between 12:00pm(noon)to 1:00pm

    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 the 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 is a must-do!Visit the Brighton Beach Bathing boxes and take time to admire the beauty of the beach. After this pay a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary on the Mornington Peninsula and see koalas, kangaroos and wallabies in the sanctuary.

    Visit the Moonlit Sanctuary on the Mornington Peninsula. Watch for koalas, kangaroos and wallabies in the sanctuary. The sanctuary also showcases the lesser-known but equally adorable endangered creatures including the southern bettong, eastern quolls and rare squirrel gliders.

    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. Also,any visit to Penguin Parade is halfway without visiting Penguin Underground to acquaint yourself with the penguins a little more.You have the option to upgrade to more personalised experiences - Penguin Plus and Great Ranger Tour, that offers priority seating and guided narration.

    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, we proceed to the city’s most colourful attraction the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes for an opportunity to visit the beach and take some time to admire this historic landmark.

    The first destination of your Phillip Island Tour will be the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, just 50 minutes from Melbourne.

    This award-winning park is home to more than 200 animals and makes up some 30 species. Learn about iconic species such as kangaroos, koalas, emus & wallabies, as well as some of our lesser known favourites including quolls, owls, bandicoots & Tasmanian devils. Enjoy the spectacular “Conservation in Action wildlife show, which showcases a number of lesser-known Australian species in a series of interactive and engaging ranger presentations.

    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 Penguin Underground where you would be experiencing a bird's eye view of the little penguins.

    For an exclusive viewing experience, you may upgrade to more personalised experiences - Penguin Plus or the Guided Ranger Tour. With Penguins Plus, enjoy access to an exclusive viewing platform. With numbers limited to 300, you’ll enjoy a special ranger interpretation in a more natural setting.

    With Guided Ranger Tour, be a part of a group of not more than 10 guests accompanied by a ranger guide for a private eco-tourism experience including secluded priority seating.

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

    With a 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
    • Visit to Moonlit Sanctuary
    • All entrance fees
    • Free onboard Wi-Fi
    • Visit to Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes.
    • "Conservation in Action" Wildlife show.
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    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.

    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 .

    Meal stops are made in towns where there are numerous food options across a range of tastes and budgets.

    You are advised to bring warm jacket and fully charged camera.

  • reviews
    • Service was great...

      Yon Kong, , 09/Apr/2017
    • 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, United Kingdom, 24/Aug/2015
    • 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, Australia, 27/Feb/2016
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