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Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne provided by Bunyip Tours

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Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne

Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne
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Tour snapshot
Enjoy the nature, wildlife, and lifestyle of Phillip Island and beyond
Duration:
12–14 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
24
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    12–14 hours
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    24
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
The beautiful beaches, bushland, and nature reserves of Phillip Island lie just south of Melbourne. On this tour, enjoy unforgettable wildlife encounters in one day—spot kangaroos at the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, tour a working sheep farm on Churchill Island, and watch the famous Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12-14 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Visit Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and a Churchill Isle farm
  • Watch the famous Penguin Parade as small penguins waddle to their burrows
  • Great value: hotel pickup and drop-off, lunch, and entrance fees included
What to expect
Get picked up from your Melbourne hotel and set out on the journey to Phillip Island. Before crossing the bridge to the island, stop along the Mornington Peninsula to visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Follow the Wallaby Walk and spot a wide variety of native Australian animals, including wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, and dingoes. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, a working farm where you can see a sheep shearing demonstration and watch the sheepdogs at work. Then set out to explore Phillip Island to see the Nobbies rock formations, Seal Rocks, and Cape Woolamai before heading to Summerland Beach for the evening Penguin Parade: watch hundreds of little penguins waddle across the beach to their burrows. Return to Melbourne, where your tour ends back at your hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12-14 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Visit Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and a Churchill Isle farm
  • Watch the famous Penguin Parade as small penguins waddle to their burrows
  • Great value: hotel pickup and drop-off, lunch, and entrance fees included
What to expect
Get picked up from your Melbourne hotel and set out on the journey to Phillip Island. Before crossing the bridge to the island, stop along the Mornington Peninsula to visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Follow the Wallaby Walk and spot a wide variety of native Australian animals, including wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, and dingoes. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, a working farm where you can see a sheep shearing demonstration and watch the sheepdogs at work. Then set out to explore Phillip Island to see the Nobbies rock formations, Seal Rocks, and Cape Woolamai before heading to Summerland Beach for the evening Penguin Parade: watch hundreds of little penguins waddle across the beach to their burrows. Return to Melbourne, where your tour ends back at your hotel.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 5325P23
Important information
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Friendly & informative tour guide
  • Pickup from selected hotels
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry to Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguin Parade
  • WiFi on board
  • Entry/Admission - Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
Exclusions
  • Meals other than as stated
  • Gratuities
Duration
12–14 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout. Your pickup will be between 11:00am-12 midday (Aug-Apr) or 10:00am-11:00am (May-Jul) depending on which location you select. Your exact meeting time will be provided after a booking is placed. This tour returns to Melbourne at approximately 9pm-midnight depending on the season.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise of dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Photography and video are NOT PERMITTED at the Penguin Parade
  • Please limit luggage to a small backpack weighing no more than 11lbs ( 5 kg)
  • If travelling with an infant, please contact Tour Operator directly and request infant seat
  • Children of all ages must purchase a ticket
  • Penguins Plus, Underground Viewing & Guided Ranger Tour are on request. Once you have placed a booking, the Tour Operator will contact you in the event your chosen upgrade is not available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Friendly & informative tour guide
  • Pickup from selected hotels
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry to Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguin Parade
  • WiFi on board
  • Entry/Admission - Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
Exclusions
  • Meals other than as stated
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout. Your pickup will be between 11:00am-12 midday (Aug-Apr) or 10:00am-11:00am (May-Jul) depending on which location you select. Your exact meeting time will be provided after a booking is placed. This tour returns to Melbourne at approximately 9pm-midnight depending on the season.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
12–14 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise of dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Photography and video are NOT PERMITTED at the Penguin Parade
  • Please limit luggage to a small backpack weighing no more than 11lbs ( 5 kg)
  • If travelling with an infant, please contact Tour Operator directly and request infant seat
  • Children of all ages must purchase a ticket
  • Penguins Plus, Underground Viewing & Guided Ranger Tour are on request. Once you have placed a booking, the Tour Operator will contact you in the event your chosen upgrade is not available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 13 Oct 2021
A note from Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne
We have been closely monitoring recommendations from the Australian Government & World Health Organisation (WHO) & have enhanced our cleaning procedures and implemented precautionary measures to ensure the highest levels of safety.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    The Nobbies
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Claire C
1 contribution
I found this trip good but not amazing like others. My daughter and I took the trip a few days ago. We had an excellent tour guide Sherif, he was great fun, informative and even played the digeridoo for us which was amazing. Stopped for 30 mins at Brighton Beach, lovely, then onto Moonlit Sanctuary. You dont get there till around 1.45 so you have lunch first. If you dont want chips I suggest you take your own as there is a long queue and the cold food choice is poor, there was a couple of wraps left, falafel and a lamb one or some boxed salads, chicken ceasar or quinoa, we had salads, very average. Dont take this trip if you are tempted by feeding kangaroos and wallabies, they are not interested in the food as everyone can feed them so they are presumably fed up of it. Also the experiences such as pet a koala and walk a dingo are sold out by the time you arrive. Left there at 3.15 for the Nobbies which takes around an hour. The Nobbies are beautiful but there are crowds of people milling around and its hard to get good photos. We stayed there about 45 mins before going to the penguins. The centre is well organised and theres plenty of toilets. Its a long walk to the shore, we went on a hot day so had shorts and teeshirts on but its quite cold there as it gets dark so take a coat even on a hot day. There was over 2000 people there so again you’re fighting for a seat. Sherif was very good at explaining where to sit and how long to stay. We watched a couple of groups of penguins come onto the beach then moved to the boardwalks to see them come up in lines. It is lovely but sadly spoilt by hoards of people pushing in, shouting and taking photos despite being repeatedly asked not to by the rangers. I felt sorry for the poor creatures if they have to endure that every night. Its an opportunity to eat at the centre so we left the boardwalk as we were hungry. Had burger and chips which was actually very nice. Back on the bus at 7,30 and back in Melbourne just before 9.30.
Written 17 April 2022
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BunyipMD
Thanks very much for your review, Claire. As you travelled to Phillip Island during the Easter holiday period, your experience was clearly affected by the crowds that accompany peak holiday periods. On the evening that you visited the Penguin Parade, the venue was completely sold out, which is not the case if you travel off-peak. Likewise, the kangaroos & wallabies at Moonlit Sanctuary are usually quite keen for a feed, but during peak periods they have already filled up by visitors who arrive early in the morning. Of course, we understand that many visitors don't have an option as to when they holiday, but the reality is that peak periods are always a little less pleasant than if you're able to travel during quieter times. We're really pleased to hear that you found Sherif's guiding to be excellent, as this is one of the things that we are actually able to control! Thanks again & best wishes for your onward journey.
Written 18 April 2022
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Happy Mamma
766 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
I read about so many tour agencies and combinations and couldn’t be happier with my final choice. Bunyip was able to help me not only see penguins, sheep, ocean views and pet a koala (bucket list!!), but getting out of Melbourne with fresh air and sunshine the day after arriving from the US helps combat jet lag.

This tour went to Moonlit Sanctuary where lunch was included, and for about $20 AUD, I was able to pet the most adorable koala. So soft and cuddly!! The kangaroos were absolutely not interested in food and napped in the shade.

Churchill Island included a sheep herding and shearing demonstration along with a chance at whip cracking and great views.

Pyramid rock offered cliff views of crashing waves, and a stop at the Nobbies let us see baby penguins before dark in their burrows.

Graeme was an professional guide who helped us hear Skippy the Bush Kangaroo and other fun music on the 2 hour journey out (then back).

I would highly recommend the guided ranger tour upgrade to get closer to the penguins, have a guide tell you about the little guys, and get a headset to hear the guide along with binoculars to see the penguins come in.

A fabulous mini adventure before the work week started. Worth every penny and much easier than trying to do it on your own.
Written 28 February 2020
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Terry M
13 contributions
I had a great time on this tour, augmented by our highly entertaining and informative guide/driver, Stefan.

We visited every place listed in the info above, and had plenty of time to see and do everything we wanted for a true Aussie nature experience. Pet a koala (extra charge ) .. check. Feed a kangaroo .. check. See a sheep herding demonstration by a border collie with a mind of his own, watch a sheep get sheared, see a gorgeous sunset at Nobbies, see wallabies in the wild, and of course, see the penguin parade ... check, check, check, and check.

And I cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed Stefan's rolling commentary throughout the day. It made the time fly by. Thanks, "S".

Terry M
Written 5 March 2020
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Hi Terry! So great to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us and leave this amazing review. I know Stefan will be delighted to receive your feedback and will be justifiably proud of his role in making your tour with us memorable one. I'm so pleased you got to meet so many of our local wildlife. Let's hope you can meet sometime again in the future.
Written 8 September 2020
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dom1947
Huntington Beach, CA145 contributions
Mar 2020
we had a full day from 10am to 11 30 pm.we covered various sites from an animal sanctuary with lunch ,to tour of farm area on churchill island to the bobbies to finally the penguin parade.we ,luckily,had sara as our guide the entire day.she informed us about what we will be seeing and tidbits of information along the way.during periods of longs drive she played this amazing easy music.i remembered at least 90 percent of the songs;there was no rap so we thoroughly enjoyed the respite.sara stopped at a farm where we enjoyed sheep shearing.it was amazing how she picked up the sheep and sheared the wool off the sheep.shearing requires skill and strength which the young lady had in abundance.we saw a demo on bull whipping and how the dogs controlled the sheep.the dogs ran rings around the sheep to keep them together.it was amazing how they controlled the sheep.the same person who sheared the sheep did the presentation of the dogs.she told us that these dogs could cost 10000 each. she told us the dog could control 200 sheep but for our presentation 25 would do.sara told us to the shore line to observe pyramid rock and to the bobbies where we could walk around the wooden deck to get an up close few of the coast line.finally we made it to the penguin parade to see these guys close up.we sat on bleachers maybe 15 feet from the area of their arrival.the penguins arrived in groups and waddled up the hillside to their home.it was a magical site to see these little creatures make the march obvious to the crowds watching.they made that march and nothing could stop them.sara than took us to out hotels after a long and totally enjoyable day.sara.the tour guide made our day so special.she give up great information and answered all questions.she was delightful.
Written 13 March 2020
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Thank you for such a nice review! We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. Our staff and Sara will definitely be happy to read your review. We make guest experience & satisfaction our highest priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. It's nice to hear you enjoyed the music selection and this helped to break up the day for you.
Written 4 September 2020
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Travis
33 contributions
Had a wonderful day with Bunyip going down to Phillip Island. Between the Moonlit Sanctuary, Churchill Island, surf beaches, the Nobbies, and of course, the Penguin Parade, the day was jam-packed without feeling rushed. (Be warned: you’re signing up for a 14 hour day! It’s fun, but long)

Our guide, Rohan, was awesome - he went to great efforts to call all 22 of us by our first names (incredibly rare for a single day tour), was knowledgeable with a good sense of humor, and did a wonderful job getting us to all the sites on the tour. During the sunset at the Penguin Parade, he was tracking down our group members with a couple blankets in hand and making sure everybody was warm and taken care of. Safe driver, excellent guide, top notch overall.

There’s loads of companies operating tours out of Melbourne, based on this experience I’d definitely do another one with Bunyip.

Only critical feedback is I felt a bit rushed at the Moonlit Sanctuary, adding on an extra 15 minutes there would make it a perfect length.
Written 4 February 2020
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GlaucoMariano
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
Feb 2022
We booked this tour just because of the Penguin Parade so we weren't expecting much from the other stops but we were completely wrong. Our guide Jon was super friendly, in addition to the Moonlit Sanctuary he took us to spectacular scenery in Phillip Island, and gave great tips throughout the day. About Penguin Parade, our recommendation is to get the Penguin Plus for $30 more. You have a privileged view and are very close to them.
Written 21 February 2022
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BunyipMD
Thanks so much for your lovely review, Glauco! We’re delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with Jon so much. Thanks again & best wishes for your onward travels.
Written 22 February 2022
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Sandee M
Cincinnati, OH38 contributions
Mar 2022
We had a great trip! Our guide Daniel picked us up right on time, stopped at a few other hotels and then we were on our way. We stopped at Brighton Beach, then a nature preserve, and then reached Phillip Island where we had several stops to visit beaches and had time for dinner in a small town. Daniel shared lots of information on the areas we visited, and gave us tips on viewing the Little Penguins. I can highly recommend this tour.
Written 25 March 2022
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BunyipMD
Thanks very much for your review and for your recommendation! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Phillip Island so much & that your enjoyed Daniel's informative guiding. Thanks for joining us on tour & best wishes for your onward journey.
Written 1 April 2022
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pernillegrambentsen
Copenhagen, Denmark3 contributions
A day full of amazing experiences and a very knowledgeable guide - Ricky - who with enthusiasm gave us lots of good insights of the places and animals we saw. I could list quite a few highlights - it is really highly recommendable to take this trip, we covered a lot in one day, in my opinion all good and nothing should be left out. Fun little detail to play ‘animal songs’ for koalas, kangaroos and penguins. Thank you for a great and memorable day!
Written 18 January 2020
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ray
Taipei, Taiwan1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Couples
My family had a great experience with our guide, Rachael who was very enthusiastic and passionate throughout the whole journey. We especially enjoyed the penguin parade which was totally out of our imagination. The penguins were so lovely and smart to find their way back home. Thank you, Rachael.
Written 18 April 2022
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BunyipMD
Thanks so much, Daydream36864054384, for your lovely review. Anyone who gets to travel with Rachael will know what you mean by her enthusiasm & passion for her role and the locations visited. We'll be sure to pass on your feedback to her & we know she will be very happy to receive it. Thanks again & safe travels!
Written 18 April 2022
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mizutory
Tokyo2 contributions
Dec 2019
I joined to this tour with my 8yo son in December 2019.
Chris was warm and friendly guide, and has deep knowledge on the history and nature of south Victoria.
We learned a lot from him on the way down to Phillip Island.
The tour is packed with visits to interesting and beautiful places but have appropriate free time which we really appreciated.
This was one the best load trips in my life.
My son were talking about the trip often even now (8 months after the trip).
Thank you Chris for your great guide.
Written 30 August 2020
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BunyipMD
Thanks very much for your review, mizutory! We're really happy to hear that Chris looked after you so well on tour & helped create some wonderful travel memories for you and your son. We know Chris will be really pleased to receive your feedback. Thanks again for joining us on tour & very best wishes for your future travels!
Written 13 April 2022
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