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The Little Penguin Bus

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Please book direct at our website, there is a link in the Contact information to the right (or above if on a mobile). The Little Penguin Bus is a budget-priced express tour operator travelling direct to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Enjoy a two...more
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328 Flinders St | The Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 1800 466 080
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This was really fun and definitely worth the price. Mac was an excellent guide and the trip was very efficient. the ride was comfortable in the smaller-sized van and lended itself to a more focused tour. Mac stopped a few times along the way to...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 3 days ago

There are many tours to chose from when wanting to visit the penguins. We chose this one as it was small and affordable and just the right amount of time. Our tour guide Mac went over and beyond what I had expected. He was so...More

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104nevillem, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Zen. I'm glad you found us too! Thanks for the review. I'm delighted to hear that the extra advice really made a difference to the experience. And that we were able to exceed your expectations. It was a pleasure. Safe travels Mac McCrostie

Reviewed 4 days ago

I can't recommend this trip enough. I did the budget express trip which went straight to the island and back, which was exactly what I wanted. Mac was a great guide - really friendly and knowledgeable. You had plenty of time to see the island...More

Thank jpirozek
104nevillem, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi jpirozek. Thanks for taking the time to review your tour with us. We love being the last bus to leave! We can give you more time with the penguins, until closing time, and still get you home quicker because we don't have so many...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a fantastic time with our driver, Mac and that started from the time we were on the bus. Mac was prompt, warm and friendly and very knowledgeable and knew where to get the best coffee (chai latte for me!) when we had a...More

Thank Barbara L
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was the ideal small group tour to see the Little Penguins Parade at Phillip Island. Our guide, Mac was great, very knowledgeable, instantly friendly and a great conversationalist with many anecdotes about Phillip Island. Mac provided us with an informative drive out with excellent...More

Thank Stephen L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The half day tour to Phillips Island by the Little Penguin Bus was one of the highlights of our family trip to Melbourne. Cant say enough good things about Mac, our guide for the tour.. very happy to have had him as our guide! We...More

Thank R K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We got picked up promptly at 3pm by The Little Penguin Bus at the Rendezvous Hotel for our of journey to Phillips Island. Our driver and guide, Lee, was knowledgeable, entertaining and accommodating. Upon arrival, we were driven around to the Nobbies for a 30...More

1  Thank Albert C
Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi A and M. Thanks so much for the wonderful review for your tour with Lee. I would like to take this opportunity to let our TripAdvisor readers know we are definitely still operating our tours right through this summer. It's been a challenging year...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely excellent experience! Mac is a very nice guy. He gave a brief introduction about the Melbourne city as well as the Philip Island, while on the way to our destination. He told me some great tips on viewing penguins during the parade, which is...More

Thank Sebastian C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Little Penguin Bus was wonderful. With only about 10-12 people, it was intimate and personal. The driver was great: Friendly and informative. The penguins Parade is not to be missed. We booked the ranger tour which was very helpful. I recommend the ranger tour or...More

Thank Scenic105151
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were happy to find the Little Penguin Bus Tour online. Some tour companies offer additional activities combined with the penguin tour, but all we wanted to see was the little penguins so this was perfect. Mac picked us up at a nearby hotel (short...More

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19 October 2018|
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Response from 104nevillem | Property representative |
Hi Jas. The Underground Viewing is on our Premium Penguin Express tour. If you book direct at our website (there's a link in our Contact box on our TripAdvisor page) it pops up as an extra add on during the booking process... More
2 July 2018|
Response from 104nevillem | Property representative |
Hi. We can do that, no problem. We can offer our penguin express tour for only $80 per person with your own tickets, normally $100.00 - we have a sale on right now. You can simply book at our website (I can't put the address... More
25 December 2017|
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Response from 104nevillem | Property representative |
Hi. We have a maximum of only 11 people per tour. The price is per person. We have several different tours and different prices so please just head to our website for all your tour information, prices, availability and... More
Cunfang C
2 December 2017|
Response from 104nevillem | Property representative |
Hi. Thanks for the message. We have been operating tours every day right through this unusual weather period and will continue to do so. It’s safe and our guests are still enjoying the destinations. The wet weather is easing... More
Lily W
1 December 2017|
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Response from 104nevillem | Property representative |
Hi Lily. Sorry I didn’t get your message sooner but we only had 3 seats available today. Sometimes a phone call or email is a better idea for urgent enquiries. We have 5 seats tomorrow if that helps. You can book at our... More