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The Little Penguin Bus

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328 Flinders St | The Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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US$ 84.91*
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Budget Penguin Express Tour from Melbourne
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Please contact us via our website or freecall phone number, both are in the bus pic above. The Little Penguin Bus is a budget-priced express tour operator travelling direct to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Enjoy a two hour scenic drive to Phillip Island, with commentary, arriving an hour before the penguins are due to appear. Time for a visit to the cafe, souvenir shopping and learning all about the Little Penguins in the visitor centre. We offer a selection of penguin viewing options (more options on our website!) and the personal service and small-group atmosphere of much more expensive operators. All fares advertised include return transport and Penguin Parade entry.
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328 Flinders St | The Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We travelled with Mac under the little penguin bus. Mac carefully looked after us during the whole journey and gave us some valuable advice on the penguin parade. What we appreciate most was he provided us some blankets for the extremely windy weather which really...More

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi iam_kitlee. Thanks for the review! It was a pleasure to meet you all and take you to the penguins. And no problem with the extra stop on the way home to your apartment... that's what booking direct and travelling with the little guys is...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Penguin Parade coupled with The Little Penguin Bus was truly a remarkable experience. Highlight of my first Melbourne trip (Penguin Parade) wouldn't be made possible without The Little Penguin Bus! Thrilled on the natural phenomenon, I ordered Underground Viewing ticket directly from Phillip Island...More

Thank Rachel L
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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Rachel. Thanks for the review. I'm glad we were able to help and it was such a good experience for you. For readers information it is preferable to book the complete package with us, your tour and Penguin Parade entry, together. It's cheaper and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So glad we booked our trip to see the Penguin Parade with The Little Penguin Bus. David was extremely knowledgeable - pointing out places of interest, talking about history of places, etc on the way to Phillip Island. We had plenty of time and never...More

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi HHeritage. Thanks so much for the wonderful review. I'm delighted to hear David was able to provide such a memorable experience with the extra stops along the way and the recommendation for the upgrade. Thanks for choosing us and sharing the experience here. Kind...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Little Penguin Bus's "Premium Penguin Express" outing was a highlight of our latest trip to Australia and a must-do if you're going to Melbourne. Mac was a wonderful guide: friendly and knowledgeable, not only about the Penguin Parade itself but the city of Melbourne...More

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Karen. Thanks so much for the wonderful review. It was a pleasure to meet you both and show you Phillip Island and the penguins. I also appreciate the NOTE about booking direct. TripAdvisor users need to know that the site is basically being turned...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our experience with Little Penguin Bus was excellent! The tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable about all the sights we passed on our trip to Phillip Island and everything to do with little penguins. He also provided some very useful tips on how to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We chose this tour based on the great reviews we read. The experience was great! David our guide told us plenty of interesting facts, showed us not touristy spots and gave us plenty of tips to better watch the penguin parade. We totally recommend the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family booked two days of tours with The Little Penguin Bus and couldn't be happier with our choice. On the first day, we were fortunate to be the only three people on the Great Ocean Road Tour, with Travis as our tour guide. I...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a recent trip to Melbourne, we decided to take a chance on the Little Penguin Bus Tour. It was a great decision!! Our guide, Mack, was friendly, helpful and incredibly knowledgeable. He really went the extra mile to make sure that everyone had an...More

Thank Robyn F
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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Robyn. I'm glad you took a chance on us! Thanks for travelling with us and sharing the experience here, much appreciated. Kind regards Mac McCrostie

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First day trip was the great ocean road and it was super scenic. Best part was we saw a koala bears and kangaroos in the wild! A big check on the Australia must see list. The second tour we did was to see the penguins....More

Thank Stacy S
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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Stacy. Thanks for reviewing your tours with us. We no longer have the Great Ocean Road Tour but your Penguin Express with Guided Ranger Tour is still here for others to enjoy. Thanks for sharing the experience here. Kind regards Mac McCrostie

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My mum and I were in Melbourne for a business trip but, on the last day, we decided to sneak in some sightseeing and, since we really didn't plan to have a little excursion, we thought that seeing the penguins in Phillip Island would be...More

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Angelica. Thanks so much for the review. I'm glad you were able to book at the last minute with us. We do like to like to keep the booking process simple and hassle free, it's easier for us too! Your appreciation is appreciated! Thanks...More

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PMEPetalingJaya
25 December 2017|
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Response from Neville M | Property representative |
Hi. We have a maximum of only 11 people per tour. The price is per person. We have several different tours and different prices so please just head to our website for all your tour information, prices, availability and... More
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Cunfang C
3 December 2017|
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Response from Neville M | Property representative |
Hi. Thanks for the message. We have been operating tours every day right through this unusual weather period and will continue to do so. It’s safe and our guests are still enjoying the destinations. The wet weather is easing... More
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Lily W
2 December 2017|
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Response from Neville M | Property representative |
Hi Lily. Sorry I didn’t get your message sooner but we only had 3 seats available today. Sometimes a phone call or email is a better idea for urgent enquiries. We have 5 seats tomorrow if that helps. You can book at our... More
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