Phillip Island Koalas & Penguins

Duration | 8.5 Hours
Mobile Ticket OK

Phillip Island offers sandy beaches, rugged cliffs and unique wildlife experiences. This afternoon and evening tour offers Hotel Pickup from Melbourne, a visit to the Koala Conservation Reserve & the famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. 

Departs: 1:45pm (Oct to Mar) / 11:45am (Apr to Sep)
Returns 00:00am (Oct to Mar) / 10:00pm (Apr to Sep)

Penguins Plus Option
For an additional +$35 for Adults and +$25 for Children you can upgrade to the Penguins Plus viewing area. Get a close up view of the Penguin Parade. 


  • Admission into Koala Conservation Reserve
  • Penguin Parade general viewing entry
  • Guided tour commentary
  • Air-conditioned coach travel
  • Melbourne inner-city pick-up and drop off points
  • Access to audio translation available in 10 languages

Koala Conservation Reserve
It is only a 1hr 45min drive from Melbourne directly to Phillip Island. On arrival, you will be greeted by Phillip Island Nature Parks Ranger for a guided walk through Phillip Island’s Koala Conservation Reserve. You will be given a presentation about Koalas, the history, and relevance of the Reserve, and the last area of natural woodland on the island. Guide to accompany the group and assist Ranger with the group.

Explore Phillip Island
From the Koala Wildlife Park, it is a short drive to Phillip Island, a 10,000-hectare home to more than a hundred varieties of animal species. Phillip Island boasts a population of approximately 15,000 which is boosted during the busy tourist seasons. There are three main settlements Cape Woolamai, New Haven & Cowes.

Township of Cowes
Generally, we make time to wander through the coastal township of Cowes. Sheltered alongside the calm Westernport Bay this township was named after Cowes on the Isle of White. Beautiful seaside scenery, unique stores to peak into and many nice restaurants to purchase food.

Nobbies and Seal Rocks
At the Nobbies Rocks where we take you on an optional guided walk down the boardwalks to see the rocky coast and spot Penguins nesting in their burrows.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Discover the picturesque backroads of Phillip Island on your way to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Take in breathtaking views of the coastal cliffs as you travel to the Visitor Information Center to witness one of the island's main attractions.

At sunset, be amazed as the Little Penguins, also known as Fairy Penguins or Blue Penguins, emerge from the ocean and make their way back to their burrows. These tiny creatures, the smallest penguin species in the world, measure only 30 centimeters tall and weigh just 1 kilogram. They have established colonies along the coasts of Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Tasmania and the Chatham Islands.

With their distinctive indigo-blue plumage and white chin to belly stripe, the Little Penguins are a sight to behold as they traverse Summerland Beach in small groups, returning to their homes after a hard day of fishing. Don't miss this magical daily ritual on your Phillip Island tour.

Meeting Points in Melbourne
Our main meeting point is at the Immigration Museum (east-side). This is the last pick-up point before we travel to Phillip Island.
400 Flinders St, corner of Market St, Melbourne.
Meeting times change depending on the Season. 11:45AM (winter) / 1:45PM (summer).
Check booking form for times.

All Pickup Points

  • Newport Bus Interchange, Mason St, Newport
  • Space Hotel, 380 Russell St, Melbourne
  • Pegasus Apartments Hotel, 206 A’Beckett St, Melbourne
  • Adina Apartment Hotel, 189 Queen St, Melbourne
  • The Savoy Hotel, 630 Little Collins St, Melbourne
  • Holiday Inn, 575 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
  • Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St on the corner of Market St, Melbourne

Please arrive 5-10 mins prior to your nominated pickup time so as not to delay or miss your tour.

Traveling with Children
Child fare prices apply from 0 to 12 years old. Infants aged 0 to 4 are not permitted to travel on adult laps and must be safely restrained within a child protective seat.
Infant protective seats are provided and free of charge. Please note our vehicles do not have the storage to accommodate prams or strollers, these must be left at your hotel or accommodation.

Instant Booking & Mobile Friendly Tickets
Check availability & book here to secure you spot. Pre-booking is essential. Please do not turn up on the day without a booking.

Special Child & Family rates
We offer special rates for familes. Please check the booking for form for up to date family pricing.