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The Little Penguin Bus

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Central Business District
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Address: 328 Flinders Street | The Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3025, Australia
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+61 1800 466 080
08:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:00

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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Lots more than just Penquins!!

Wonderful experience from beginning to end. So much so that we took two other tours with them as well. The Penquin tour was so informative and fun. Learnt so much about the little... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Sharon M
Cambridge,Ontario ,Canada

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Cambridge,Ontario ,Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful experience from beginning to end. So much so that we took two other tours with them as well. The Penquin tour was so informative and fun. Learnt so much about the little critters. Got to see their nests habitat and wild wallabys as well. Our guide Katie prepared us for what we were to see and where the best... More 

Thank Sharon M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As first timers in Australia and with Melbourne being our first stop, we had no idea about what to do and what to expect. We had a look at a few tours before booking with The Little Penguin Bus and I'm so glad we booked through them as the tours were absolutely amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed them. First tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the most rewarding gifts that the human being can enjoy is to gaze at beautiful pictures of nature...... and that would you expect from this road trip of Great Ocean Road.... we were lucky enough to spot Dolphins, Koala, Kangaroos, and beautiful birds to feed with our hands..... Without doubt its scene tic beauty which kept us binding... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our guide Rob did an outstanding job of escorting us throughout an action packed day. It seemed that at every stop we were the only tour company (and in some cases the only people!) there to observe the wild life. It started with a walk through the bush to spot a mob of large, grey kangaroos. We then made stops... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There are 2 parts of the Philip Island Tour - The Wild Island Tour and the Guided Ranger Tour at the Penguin Parade. The Wild Island Tour starts with the pick up at 11am and goes on till 7+ in the evening before the Penguin Parade starts. The pacing of the Wild Island Tour is relaxed and you get to... More 

Thank iyhc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Cannot say enough good things about the tour I took with The Little Penguin Bus! I took the Ocean Road Tour on a pretty hot day in Feb 2017. We had Travis as our guide and he immediately put everyone in the group at ease and this continued all day which made the whole trip feel more personal. There was... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yesterday Travis took five of us on a wonderful tour of the Great Ocean Road. Was it long, yes. Was it fun, yes. Was it informative, yes. Was it worth it, absolutely. Even the dinner was good. I had the chicken Parm. Leaving later than other tour really helps beat the crowds.

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Oahu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the Little Penguin Bus on the Great Ocean Road tour. Very enjoyable - wonderful scenery and knowledgeable guide. We saw wildlife in natural habitat, rain forests and of course the Ocean. The history of the road along with local knowledge made this a very enjoyable 13 hours.

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I did two tours with the little penguin bus, on two separate days. I'd researched things to do in Melbourne before coming to Australia, and this company popped up. I liked how they don't do the other touristy thing and it seemed a more personal trip. My goodness it didn't disappoint, I'm so glad I booked with The Little Penguin... More 

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

Hi Ruffles. Thanks so much for the wonderful review. I'm delighted to hear it was such a good couple of days with Lee and Rob. They are indeed a great asset to the company. I especially appreciate hearing that you liked the personal touch, being less touristy with our itinerary and that you felt comfortable by yourself - that is... More 

Boonsboro, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were transferred to this tour company from the company we originally booked with. I am thrilled that we were. Even though it took us a long time to get to Philip Island due to traffic/construction it was absolutely worthwhile. The bus was comfortable and our tour guide, Katie, was very entertaining and knowledgeable. She was also very flexible and... More 

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

Hi Thomas. I love it when a tour transfer turns out to be such a positive experience. I'm sorry we weren't your first choice (!) but I'm delighted you found us anyway and had such a good tour with Katie. Thanks so much for sharing the experience here with other travellers. Kind regards Mac McCrostie More 

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