Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour

Duration | 9 Hours
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Enjoy Amazing Wildlife Experiences & Spectacular Sights Including The World Famous Penguin Parade.

Departing Melbourne at around midday, we journey to Phillip Island stopping at attractions along the way. Visit the Brighton Beach boxes, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, The Nobbies, Seal Rock & the Phillip Island Penguin Parade.


  • A visit to the famous Brighton Beach boxes
  • A guided tour at the award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Meet and feed a wide range of Australian animals including koalas, wombats, dingoes, and many more
  • Visit Point Grant to view the Nobbies and Seal Rock
  • Stroll the coastal boardwalks to enjoy amazing panoramic views
  • See the penguins waddle up the Phillip Island Penguin Parade at sunset

Departing from the city around midday, we journey to the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes, one of Melbourne's most colourful attractions. Take some time to admire these historic landmarks and soak up the sun on the beach.

Next, we continue our journey through Melbourne's bayside suburbs on the way to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Here, we enjoy a guided wildlife walk where we have the opportunity to meet and hand-feed many species of native Australian animals. Learn about iconic species such as kangaroos, koalas, emus, and wallabies, as well as some of our lesser-known favourites including quolls, owls, bandicoots, and Tasmanian devils. This is an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Australia's unique wildlife.

Included in our visit here is the spectacular "Conservation in Action" wildlife show, which showcases several lesser-known Australian species in a series of interactive and engaging ranger presentations. You'll be amazed at what you learn about these incredible animals and the important conservation work being done to protect them.

Continuing our journey, we make our way to Phillip Island and enjoy views over Westernport Bay and Bass Strait, including Seal Rocks, home to Australia's largest population of fur seals. And then it's time for the main event, the Phillip Island penguin tour. Just after dark every night, the world's smallest penguins waddle ashore after spending the day fishing out at sea. You'll be truly enchanted as the stars of the show emerge from the surf and pass right before your eyes on their journey back to their homes. Your guide will ensure you get the very best vantage point to enjoy the Penguin Parade.

After the parade, we allow plenty of time to explore the visitor centre before beginning our own journey back to Melbourne. With dropoff right back to your inner city accommodation. 

9-12 hours (Return between 9 PM and midnight – according to the season)

Pickup Times
Please be waiting at your pickup location at least 10 minutes prior to your allocated pickup time.

11:00AM – 12:00PM September – April
10:00AM – 11.00AM May – August

Return Times
As the time that the penguins arrive on the beach changes significantly during the year, our return time to Melbourne also varies significantly.
On an indicative basis, this tour returns to Melbourne at approximately the following time

Nov – Feb: midnight
March: 11:00 PM
April: 10:00 PM
May – Aug: 9:00 PM
September: 9:30 PM
October: 10:30 PM

Melbourne Hotel Transfers
Inner-city pickup service from most accommodation providers and specified pickup points. Please leave the name of yur hotel in the booking notes and we will send you a pickup time.

Traveling with Children
We are able to provide an infant seat (0-3 years) or a child booster seat (4-8 years) free of charge.
We are unable to cater for prams or strollers due to absence of storage space in touring vehicles.

Translation App
Download the Go West Tours app from the App Store or Google Play prior to your departure for access to our tour language commentary. Available in Arabic, Malay, Cantonese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, and Hindi.

We do not include meals on this tour, but there are opportunities to purchase meals at appropriate times throughout the day. Guests are also welcome to bring food with them if they prefer.
On all of our tours, meal breaks are made at appropriate times and we always try to make sure that there are opportunities to select for a range of meal providers. You will always be able to access vegetarian and gluten free options as well.