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Address: 328 Flinders St | The Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 1800 466 080
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Check out our new tours! A full-day Phillip Island tour, a Great Ocean Road...

Check out our new tours! A full-day Phillip Island tour, a Great Ocean Road tour and an express tour just to the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road! The Little Penguin Bus is a budget-priced express tour operator travelling direct to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Enjoy a two hour scenic drive to Phillip Island, with commentary, arriving an hour before the penguins are due to appear. Time for a visit to the cafe, souvenir shopping and learning all about the Little Penguins in the visitor centre. We offer a selection of penguin viewing options and the personal service and small-group atmosphere of much more expensive operators. All fares advertised include return transport and Penguin Parade entry.

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Great small-group trips!

I took both the Wild Island Tour and the Great Ocean Road Tour, with Rob and Lee, respectively. Both tours and guides were great. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I took both the Wild Island Tour and the Great Ocean Road Tour, with Rob and Lee, respectively. Both tours and guides were great. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and provided useful logistical and contextual information without constantly talking at you. Rob was a bit more bubbly and jocular and Rob was a bit more quiet, but their personalities... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Joined the day tour to Philip Island and Great Ocean Road respectively. Both tour is very good. And drop us off at Hotel. David drive us to philip island. He hs good driving skill. He lets us had enough time to see the penguin. And we almost the lattest to leave the park. Thanks David. We go to Great Ocean... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Could not have had a more fun and enthusiastic guide than Lee, who made every part of the trip amazing. We had a wonderful Ranger guide, Chris take us through the actual visit at Phillip Island. Very time and cost efficient.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An amazing trip to Phillip Island to see the Little penguins. A small group of us were picked up by David, who was an amazing tour guide, very knowledgable about the area. The trip there was very slow due to Friday afternoon traffic, but once on the island we had a wonderful time, wallaby spotting before being dropped off at... More 

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this review

Hi sammi. Thanks so much for the review. David and I really appreciate the feedback. We're glad the Friday traffic didn't spoil the trip too much. All we can do is allow plenty of time! Thanks for travelling with us and sharing the experience here. Kind regards Neville McCrostie More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing experience in a small group and with a great guide. I absolutely suggest the "penguins plus" package .

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this review

Hi Piero. Thanks for travelling with us and leaving a review here. Much appreciated. Kind regards Neville McCrostie More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I never write reviews but felt so happy with the experience I feel it deserves recognition! The Great Ocean Road was fantastic but I strongly believe the small group size and the tour guide really made the trip as good as it was. Lee's enthusiasm, knowledge and fantastic attitude made such a difference to the day and the day is... More 

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this review

Hi Ew1990. Welcome to the world of reviewing! It really is appreciated by us and other travellers will enjoy hearing of your experience. We are delighted to have the wonderful Lee with us for our new Great Ocean Road Tour. We are both delighted to hear it was such a great day. Thanks for choosing us! Kind regards Neville McCrostie More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was an amazing experience learning about the little penguins and watching them return from a long day at sea! Our tour guide Nicki was awesome and gave us the most wonderful tour. So glad there was an express Penguin Parade tour with The Little Penguin Bus, the tour leaves only at 3.30pm and goes straight to Philip Island for... More 

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this review

Hi Audrey. Thanks so much for taking the time to review your tour with Nicky. We started our penguin express tours over 5 years ago now and they are still our most popular day trip. Thanks for travelling with us! Kind regards Neville McCrostie More 

Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My friend + I only had 3 days in Melbourne so wanted to make the most of our time. We did the great ocean road tour with Lee on the Wednesday which was amazing! Although it's a long day it's well worth the effort. Our second trip the day after was with David to Philip island. Again another great day!... More 

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this review

Hi Emma. Thanks for taking two tours with us and sharing the experience here. I'm lucky to have some of the best driver/guides in Melbourne and David and Lee are a fine example. They really do make the day a special one. And we all really appreciate the feedback. Thanks. Kind regards Neville McCrostie More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lee was our guide and we had a great experience. We not only saw the penguin parade, but Lee took us around to different spots on the island to see the surf, beaches, and wildlife. This tour is a must for everyone! Very entertaining!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Would highly recommend the guided ranger tour booked through the little penguin bus. Our guide David was great, friendly with lots of local knowledge on the bus. The guided ranger tour adds better viewing position, and you are looked after by a ranger in a small group away from the crowds..Thanks David for a fantastic trip to see an amazing... More 

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