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Philip Island Tours with Penguin Parade

Explore one of Victoria’s biggest tourist attractions during a Phillip Island Tour Melbourne. Teeming with a wide variety of wildlife, Phillip Island is just a 90-minute drive from Melbourne. Witness the penguin parade, cuddle with some koalas, and enjoy Mother Nature with your Phillip Island tickets., And for those who want an extended wildlife and nature experience, go on the Phillip Island Ultimate Eco-Tour, where you can also visit Moonlit Sanctuary and Churchill Island. It’s one of the best things to do in Melbourne when you want to get in touch with nature!

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Our tips for Phillip Island

  • Take your pick. Take part in a small-group tour of Phillip Island that includes the penguin parade and a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary. Or you can take the Penguin Parade Afternoon Express Coach Tour from Melbourne during your Phillip Island trip. You can even enjoy a 2-day Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island Tour with accommodation as part of a combo package.
  • Soak in the view. The 360-degree view from the lookout point of the Nobbies boardwalk is heavenly. Don’t forget to take pictures here!
  • Book in advance. The island received tourists all year round. So, don’t forget to book your tours and accommodation well in advance.

Good to know

With over 4 million tourists to Philip Island every year, the gorgeous island is a much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne. San Remo Bridge is the gateway to the island which takes you through the scenic seaside. Home to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia, it is a must-visit attraction to enjoy the idyllic coastal charm. Phillip Island boasts the renowned Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, a globally recognized racetrack that hosts a range of motorsport events, including the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. It is renowned for its high-speed and challenging course layout.

Additionally, the island is the habitat of Seal Rocks, a cluster of rocky islets that act as a breeding haven for Australian fur seals. Enthusiasts can embark on boat tours for a close-up encounter with these captivating marine mammals. Furthermore, Phillip Island is celebrated for its nightly Penguin Parade at the Phillip Island Nature Park, where visitors can witness countless small penguins returning to their burrows along the island's shoreline following a day of fishing in the ocean. This attraction ranks among the most popular on the island.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the best time to visit Philip Island?

    Experience the best of the coastal climate of Philip Island during the summer months of November to April. Although it will be crowded in the peak season, you can explore the island during the winter months of May to September.

  • Q: How do I get there?

    It takes approximately two hours to reach Philip Island from Melbourne by road. If you are coming by car, take the Monash Freeway (M1) to reach Philip Island. You can also reach the island by air via helicopter. Alternatively, if you book a tour from Melbourne, transfers will be included.

  • Q: What are the top things to do in Philip Island?

    Witness the Penguin’s parade, spend quality time at the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, explore Phillip Island Wildlife Park, have fun at A Maze’N Things’ theme park, and spot koalas at the Koala Reserve.

  • Q: What are the top eateries in Philip Island?

    There is a plethora of eateries loved by both locals and tourists alike on the island namely Madcowes Café, Cheeky Goose Café, The Cape Kitchen, and the Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant.

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