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Phillip Island Tour With Penguins Plus

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Key Highlights

  • Sample delicious wines at a boutique winery
  • Privileged priority seating at the Penguin Parade with Penguins Plus
  • Close encounters with cute koalas
  • See spectacular panoramas from The Nobbies
  • Fabulous photo-opportunities around every corner
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    11 hours

    Start time

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Hotel pick-ups approx 1000h (10:00am). Tour departs 1100h (11:00am)
    01 Nov - 31 Mar: Hotel pick-ups approx 1100h (11:00am). Tour departs 1200h (12 noon)
    Duration: 11 hours

    Meeting Point

    Pick up from your Melbourne inner city hotel.
    (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.)
    Alternative pick-up location: Rendezvous Hotel, 328 Flinders Street between Queen and Elizabeth Street.

    Ending Point

    You will be dropped off at your Melbourne hotel or at: Rendezvous Hotel, 328 Flinders Street between Queen and Elizabeth Street

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Get grandstand seats at one of nature’s most enthralling spectacles, see stunning views and try out gourmet foods on this magical day trip from Melbourne.

    Visit the Bush tucker farm and enjoy a guided tour of 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.

    Stroll along high-level boardwalks at a wildlife sanctuary for close encounters with koalas and enjoy exceptional photo opportunities.

    At The Nobbies, sniff the sea air and enjoy the scenery before heading to Summerland Beach and the highlight of your day – the evening Penguin Parade. As dusk falls, cute Little Penguins emerge from the surf and toddle up the beach to the safety of their burrows.

    It’s a sight not to be missed and the Penguins Plus package gives you priority seating in the area with the greatest concentration of penguins. A ranger will also be on hand to tell you more about these engaging birds.


    The Phillip Island Tour With Penguins Plus is an exciting full-day adventure that begins when you are picked up from your hotel or from Rendezvous Hotel, 328 Flinders Street.

    Traveling in a comfortable coach with an expert guide, you’ll head out of Melbourne and stop at a boutique winery. Here you will get a chance to sample some of Victoria’s finest wines and a selection of cheeses and other gourmet produce.

    Stop at Bush Garden Farm to enjoy a Guided tour and learn about Australian native plants. Enjoy a delicious lunch with our menu offering selections to meet a broad range of tastes. Perhaps enjoy the freshest possible fried trout, plucked from the trout farm’s ponds just minutes before landing on your plate, seasoned with lemon myrtle from the bush tucker garden.

    The next excitement is the famous Koala Conservation Centre. Here you can stroll through eucalypt woodland and come ‘face-to-face’ with koalas in their natural habitat. The Centre’s tree top boardwalks mean that you get exceptional views of these delightful animals.

    Then head to the Phillip Island’s beautiful coast to enjoy the rugged rocky outcrops and panoramas of The Nobbies beauty spot. Close by are the Seal Rocks, which boasts Australia’s largest fur seal colony.

    Afterwards, you will be taken to Summerland Beach for the highlight of the day - the internationally renowned Penguin Parade.

    Phillip Island boasts one of Australia’s largest colonies of Little Penguins. Each night these delightful birds – the world’s smallest penguins – toddle ashore to the safety of their burrows in the dunes after their daily fishing expedition. This penguin homecoming is one of nature’s most enchanting spectacles.

    Your tour includes the exclusive Penguins Plus experience.With guest numbers limited to 150, you’ll enjoy special ranger interpretation in a more natural setting. This option also includes a complimentary hot beverage.

    At the end of the full-day excursion, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Melbourne or at Rendezvous Hotel, 328 Flinders Street.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned coach
    • Experienced English-speaking guide
    • All entry fees
    • Upgraded Penguins Plus viewing at the Penguin Parade
    • Free Wifi
    • Lunch
    • Afternoon tea
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator by 1600h (4:00pm) on the day prior to departure. Failure to do so may result in cancellation.
    Please carry a copy of your voucher with you.
    Please check in 20 minutes prior to the departure time.
    In special circumstances the itinerary may be altered. A suitable alternative will be provided. Customers will not be refunded in this case.
    No form of photography is permitted at the Penguin Parade.
    This tour is not recommended for children under 4 years of age
    Departure times are one hour later during daylight savings (November-March)

    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
    • Good experience

      Good experience but if we can have better arrangement for the Penguin plus part that would be even better....

      Chow Yuk Wah Maggie
    • Not enough time for wildlife

      We booked this trip because it was going to the Nobbies and the penguins. Whilst we enjoyed the overall trip, we felt too much time was spent at the winery, leaving too little...

      Diana Camp
    • Another item checked off my Bucket list

      This was the best trip ever. Everything was perfect including the tour guide....

      Sandy Blackie
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