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Walk into the Wilderness: French and Phillip Islands’ Full Day Tour with Cruises, 4WD Ride, Penguin Parade, Nobbies and Farmgate Lunch

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Mondays - Fridays

  • Duration

    11-12 hours

  • Start time


  • Meeting Point
    Your meeting point for the tour is from outside The Mail Exchange Hotel – 688 Bourke Street, Melbourne (Near to Southern Cross Train Station)
    We offer the following pickup locations prior to this, if you prefer one of these locations please contact the tour operator directly at least 48 hours prior to the tour departure.
    • Travelodge Hotel Southbank - 9 Riverside Quay, Southbank
    • Regent Theatre - 191 Collins St, Melbourne
    • Her majesty’s Theatre - 219 Exhibition St, Melbourne
  • Ending Point

Key Highlights

  • Book before 31 Dec 19 (for travel dates before 31 Dec 19) and we’ll treat you to 10% off!
  • Spend a day amidst the gorgeous natural landscape and native wildlife of French and Phillip Islands
  • Enjoy two scenic cruises on a sleek catamaran off the Western Port Bay
  • Have fun spotting pods of pelicans and colonies of seals off the Bay
  • Embark on a thrilling 4WD exploration ride through the exotic French Island
  • Visit hidden spots and learn all about native Aussie wildlife while watching koalas hanging around in the trees
  • Take a sterene stroll through the pretty township of Cowes
  • Feast your eyes on dramatic bluffs and sweeping sea views from the Nobbies Boardwalk
  • Experience the adorable Penguin Parade and watch how they head back to their burrows at sunset
  • Upgrade your tour to include seats closer to the Parade or include an expert ranger


Book before 31 Dec 19 (for travel dates before 31 Dec 19) and we’ll treat you to 10% off!

If an encounter with two of the most adorable animals on Earth is on your bucket list, we have the perfect opportunity for you. This full day tour of French and Phillip Islands will get you up close and personal with cute little penguins and koalas in one of the most vibrant ecosystems, besides treating you to two ferry rides, a 4WD excursion, a visit to Nobbies and, of course, the enthralling Penguin Parade. 

Take in the breathtaking ocean views and join us for a day that will be hard to forget for years to come. In fact, you can even upgrade your tour to include the Penguin Plus or the Guided Ranger Package. While the first gives you access to fantastic seats for superb, up-close viewing of the Penguin Parade, the second one treats you to a guided tour of the Parade with an expert ranger for a more engaging, immersive experive.

Curious about how the exciting day unfolds? Read on to find out what we have in store for you!

Western Port Ferries - I

Kickstarting our day with a short trip across the Western Port Bay to French Island in a sleek and fast catamaran, we’ll cross the crystal blue waters to be presented with our first tryst with the picturesque French Island. Keep a lookout to spot some dainty pelicans and cuddly seals!

French Island 4WD Tour

The French Island is a hidden treasure of untamed wilderness, never failing to awe a visitor - be it the first time or the upteempth. Embarking on a thrilling 4WD vehicle, we will traverse the gorgeous island watching koalas and other native Aussie wildlife in their natural habitat. With an extremely knowledgeable guide accompanying you, we will explore hidden spots very few people are aware of, learn all about the Australia’s treasure trove of flora and fauna and enjoy a delicious farmgate lunch.

Western Port Ferries - II

The second ferry ride will take us cruising into the township of Cowes, nestled amidst the dreamy landscape of Phillip Island which is home to some of the best surf conditions, amazing beaches, a dazzling array of indigenous wildlife and, of course, the world-famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Treat your eyes to some pretty sceneries of cliff top houses and have a ball spotting dolphins and seals. 

A Stroll through Cowes

A serene ramble through this charming town awaits us next, taking a walk along the mesmerising pier as well as the main street dotted stunning restaurants, neat little cafes, inviting microbreweries and lots of boutiques.

Nobbies Boardwalk & Wildlife Observation

A platter of spectacular panoramas are lined up next as we embark on the Nobbies Boardwalk at Point Grant. Home to a big colony of seals, sweeping sea views and dramatic bluffs that are way to take your breath away, this is an experience that will leave an indelible mark of inspiration on your life!

Penguin Parade

We’ve saved the best for the last, taking you to the enthralling Penguin Parade - an excellent opportunity to observe these magical creatures in their natural habitat. Take a seat and admire what are probably some of the cuddliest creatures on the planet as you witness their sunset parade, wherein they head back to their terrestrial burrows at sunset. With an expert ranger commentary presented by the parade, this is not just an informative activity but an absolutely engaging one as well.

About the Supplier: Dedicated to showcasing the warmth of the local providores and experiences as well as the natural Aussie beauty, the team at Explore Australia have created experiences that are more intimate while tapping into what a local may do and to bring a ‘moment of stillness’, whether on a beach, atop a cliff, or on the water. They are known for offering some brilliant day tours from Melbourne that are well crafted and deliver that ‘local feel’ with joy, a sense of fun and absolute quality.


  • 2 Ferry Crossings (A sensational sail into the wilderness!)
  • 4WD French Island tour (Enthralling excursions guaranteed!)
  • Farmgate Lunch (Eat like a local!)
  • General entry to Penguin Parade (Time to meet the cuties!)
  • Penguin Plus or Guided Ranger Tour Upgrade - depending on the option chosen (Upgrade to the best!)


  • Hotel Pickup & Drop Off (We bet you’ll be out and about!)

Please note

Voucher Information:  You can show your voucher on your smartphone (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised  activity to reconfirm.

Don’t forget to arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time to avoid getting stuck in any last minute rush.

We need a minimum of 4 people to run the tour. The tour might get rescheduled if these requirements are not met, the local operator will be in touch if this is the case.

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