Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day tour with Go west

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Fast facts

  • Visit the world famous penguin parade
  • See the famous Brighton Beach Boxes
  • Visit Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary
  • The Nobbies boardwalk
  • Tour returns 9 pm -12 midnight depending on the season


Go West shows you the best way to explore one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations. On this Phillip Island day tour, meet and view local wildlife at a multi-award-winning conservation park before reaching the highlight of the tour – the nightly Penguin Parade.

Departing Melbourne at around midday, we journey to the city’s most colourful attraction – the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes – for an opportunity to visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks.

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.

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.

Continuing to Phillip Island, a visit to Point Grant and The Nobbies gives us an opportunity to enjoy views over Westernport Bay and Bass Strait, including Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest population of fur seals.

And then it’s onwards to 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.

For an exclusive viewing experience, upgrade to the more personalised “Penguins Plus” viewing platform. With numbers limited to 300, you’ll enjoy special ranger interpretation in a more natural setting.

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, you’ll remember this day as a true highlight of your Australian holiday.

Included

  • All transfers in air-conditioned comfort
  • Experienced and informative guide
  • General entry to both Moonlit Sanctuary and the Penguin Parade
  • Access to our free translation app
  • Free onboard Wi-Fi

What to bring

  • Bathing suit and towel if you fancy a dip
  • Dress appropriately for all weather conditions
  • Snacks and a refillable water bottle
  • Warm weather: sunscreen, a hat, and warm clothes for when the sun goes down
  • Winter: warm clothes and layers as coastal winds can make conditions quite cold

Return time of tour

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 times:

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

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