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Premium Penguin Express Tour from Melbourne

  • Small group tour ensures personalized experience
  • See local wildlife at The Nobbies
  • Scenic drive from Melbourne
Premium Penguin Express Tour from Melbourne
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Discover the charms of the Phillip Island penguins. Enjoy a comfortable 2-hour drive from Melbourne and walk around The Nobbies looking for swamp wallabies and Cape Barren geese. Visit the Penguin Parade Visitor Information Centre and stop at the café before having a seat near the water to watch the main event. Take in the unforgettable sight of streams of penguins emerging from the ocean after fishing in Bass Strait.

What to Expect

This renowned small group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne is a friendly and personal way to enjoy the unique spectacle of the island’s famous little penguins returning home at dusk after a day of fishing in Bass Strait.

Setting off from Melbourne in the afternoon with a maximum of eleven guests, you’ll enjoy the wonderfully scenic drive southeast to Phillip Island. The journey takes around two hours (depending on the traffic) and your knowledgeable local guide will point out places of interest along the way. You’ll also learn interesting historical facts about the small rural towns you pass through.

On arrival at Phillip Island, there should be enough time for a scenic drive and a short stop at The Nobbies for a walk around the headland. Local residents you are likely to meet include swamp wallabies and Cape Barren geese.

The next stop on this Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne is the Penguin Parade Visitor Information Centre for the main event. When it comes time for the stars of the show to make their appearance (around dusk), you’ll take your seats in the premium Penguins Plus viewing area, which is much smaller than the General Viewing area and set in a different section of the beach. Typically these premium seats allow guests to see more penguins at closer range.

Once the parade concludes, you’ll see many more penguins as you make your way back up the boardwalk to the Visitor Centre.

Bring your camera to take photos of Phillip Island but please note that no photography of the penguins is permitted.

At the end of the allowed penguin viewing time, about one hour, you’ll make your way back to the bus for the return trip to Melbourne. If you are staying in a CBD, Southbank or Docklands hotel you’ll be dropped off at your door.

Enjoy this superb Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne to one of Victoria’s iconic attractions.

Reviews (20)
1 - 5 of 19 reviews
Reviewed yesterday
Must-do experience!

This was really fun and definitely worth the price. Mac was an excellent guide and the trip was very efficient. the ride was comfortable in the smaller-sized van and lended itself to a more focused tour. Mac stopped a few times along the way to...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 6 days ago
Penguin escapades were great fun.

We had a fantastic time with our driver, Mac and that started from the time we were on the bus. Mac was prompt, warm and friendly and very knowledgeable and knew where to get the best coffee (chai latte for me!) when we had a...More

Thank Barbara L
Reviewed 1 week ago
Superb half day tour to Phillips Island

The half day tour to Phillips Island by the Little Penguin Bus was one of the highlights of our family trip to Melbourne. Cant say enough good things about Mac, our guide for the tour.. very happy to have had him as our guide! We...More

Thank R K
Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent tour with Premium viewing of the Penguin Parade

We got picked up promptly at 3pm by The Little Penguin Bus at the Rendezvous Hotel for our of journey to Phillips Island. Our driver and guide, Lee, was knowledgeable, entertaining and accommodating. Upon arrival, we were driven around to the Nobbies for a 30...More

1  Thank Albert C
Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi A and M. Thanks so much for the wonderful review for your tour with Lee. I would like to take this opportunity to let our TripAdvisor readers know we are definitely still operating our tours right through this summer. It's been a challenging year...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Totally worthwhile - bring a warm jacket!

We were happy to find the Little Penguin Bus Tour online. Some tour companies offer additional activities combined with the penguin tour, but all we wanted to see was the little penguins so this was perfect. Mac picked us up at a nearby hotel (short...More

Thank Getaway_Canuck
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Hi. I'm sorry I hadn't noticed this question sooner. Due to any mobility issues we can reserve the best seat for you, no problem. Just make a note on the online booking form. The Langham is only about 8 minutes walk from the... More
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