Has anyone been to Phillip island Ecco tour & night penguin parade?
Is it worth the cost & time it takes (12 hrs.) for entire outing. Thank you
You need to give us the full name of the company, there are several that call themselves an 'eco tour'.
sorry, I don't know the name since someone is arranging it for me. If you have any insight that may be helpful. thanks
We rented a car and drove down ourselves earlier in the day then stayed for the Parade.Being a family of 5 we were trying to do as much as possible on a budget. We just purchased the cheap seats which was perfectly fine you get to see the Penguins plus as you're walking back the boardwalk to the main building could see the penguins closeup! Really didn't need a tour we like to have the freedom of stopping whenever and wherever we want.
I really do think seeing the penguins is worth it. We added a flight to Melbourne on to our trip last March specifically for this opportunity. it was my second time - had to take the kids!
Both times, I rented a car and drove down from Melbourne and stayed a night on the island. There are also lots of day trip options from Melbourne. They rush you through everything, but you still get to see it all.
I like going to the Penguin Parade on my own because you can arrive well before the tour busses (the place is actually open all day and, during the day, you can go down to the beach and take photos, etc, which you can't do at night once the penguins start coming in). You can get down to the front of the seating area and sit right by the ropes on the sand. I've sat there both times and been glad for it, although this last trip it wasn't very crowded, so it was less of an issue.
Wild penguins. Not too many opportunities to see that! I'd go for it. :>
If you've got the time I would rent a car and drive yourself with an overnight stay on Philip Island. You could then return to Melb via the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.
Are you travelling alone, with other adult/s, with children? What time of the year will you be here?
Is buying a ticket the only way to sight the penguins? Are we able to just self-drive to the beach anywhere on the island and be able to spot them?
I'm planning a trip for 10pax mid - end jun...
Yes, must buy tickets and can only see them from the designated 'viewing area'. The penguins are in a 'protected area' to ensure that they and their habitat/nests are not disturbed or damaged by enthusiastic tourists.
There are apparently some penguins that can be seen free of charge off St Kilda pier, near Melbourne CBD. They are not always there so it's just the luck of the draw if you get to see them.
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