Observe some of Australia’s most popular native wildlife on this tour from Melbourne to Phillip Island that includes a stop at Maru Koala and Animal Park. Interact with koalas and kangaroos before arriving at Phillip Island, home to sea birds, fur seals and, most famously, penguins. You’ll see the Nobbies to look for seals on the rocky coastline while you wait for sunset, when the little penguins perform the Penguin Parade, their nightly ritual of waddling out of the water and along the beach to their burrows. Upgrade options are available for better views and an enhanced experience.
Your tour starts with hotel pickup in Melbourne for the approximate 1.5-hour drive southeast of the city and around Westernport Bay to Maru Koala and Animal Park, where you have the chance to see kangaroos, koalas, and Tasmanian devils. Afterward return to your coach, and continue the drive to Phillip Island, which you’ll reach by a bridge from the coastal town of San Remo. On the island, explore the coastline. As the sunset nears, head to Summerland Beach, where you’ll first visit the information center to read up on Phillip Island’s beloved penguins that come ashore each evening after a day spent fishing in the sea. Their adorable waddle along the sand to their burrows is known as the Penguin Parade, and you don’t want to miss it. Head to the appropriate area depending on the option you select when booking to watch this nightly ritual. If you book the standard option, you’ll watch from either public boardwalks or viewing stands, where there is no maximum number of spectators (read about upgrade options below). Your day tour ends with a drive back to Melbourne for hotel drop-off. Optional Penguin Parade upgrades: Penguin Plus Viewing Platform Enjoy the parade from a restricted platform next to the penguin's main route. A drink and small gift are included. This experience is limited to 150 people. The Penguin Skybox Watch the parade from an elevated tower, an exclusive vantage point in the main stands that’s limited to only five people. Dry and warm, the Skybox provides some of the best views of the penguin burrows on the beach. You’ll have your own ranger you can talk to about the penguins. This experience includes non-alcoholic drinks. Ranger Guided Tour Limited to 15 people, this option takes you, with your own guide, to a secluded location on the beach where you can get closer to the penguins. Underground Viewing Experience Limited to a maximum of 70 people, this option will provide you with the closest possible viewing of the penguins.