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“The highlight of our trip!”

The Little Penguin Bus
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Owner description: Check out our new tours! A full-day Phillip Island tour, a Great Ocean Road tour and an express tour just to the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road! 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 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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“The highlight of our trip!”
Reviewed 18 April 2012 via mobile

The Little Penguin Bus is one that really shouldn't be missed. The experience offered by Mac, the owner/driver/guide is one that my family and I wouldn't forget.

First off, I had some queries about the tour and emailed Mac about it. I was definitely pleasantly surprised to find a reply from him within just a couple of hours. Really prompt service. Throughout the few days prior to our tour, I was in touch with Mac and he was always very patient and detailed in his replies.

He picked is up from the nearest pick-up point from our hotel in St Kilda, just a couple of minutes walk and also arrived on time.

He was very engaging and knowledgeable, giving us snippets of information about iconic featurs along the route we travelled.

The scenery very along the way to Phillip Island was breathtaking as well! We snapped some really nice shots of the country-side, something city dwellers rarely get to see.

We had a little bit of extra time and so Mac took us on a little detour which we thought was more exciting than the Penguins itself. We had amazing views of the sea and also managed to spot some geese and wallabies.

He also gave us pointers to spot the penguins better which we found really useful as we opted for the cheaper tickets.

Definitely worth the money and you pay less (compared to the other more established tour agencies) for a more personalised and engaging experience! :)

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PenguinMac, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this review, 19 April 2012
I'm running out of ways to say thanks! Seriously though it's hugely appreciated having people taking the time to share their experience with other travellers. And it's really nice to know people appreciate the service. It was a pleasure! Cheers Mac
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“Great value for money”
Reviewed 16 April 2012

Great value For money. Friendly and helpful service and generally very good tips coming from Mac on how to get the best of the experience.

Visited April 2012
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Singapore
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“Value for money”
Reviewed 16 April 2012

We found the experience very good. Mac was very generous with his tips and mostly spot on.

Visited April 2012
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“Loved Mac and the Little Penguins!”
Reviewed 12 April 2012

My daughter, who lives in Melbourne, found this tour for us and booked directly with the owner/driver Mac. We couldn't have had a better time. We were picked up at a spot near the Flinders Street train station and took a pleasant two-hour ride out to Phillips Island. The van was very comfortable and Mac gave us a bit of narration and history of the area on the way out. It was just right- we learned enough to know where we were and what we were seeing but not so much that we couldn't enjoy the gorgeous views of the water and the country side.

The highlight was, of course, the little penguins. We bought the "penguins plus" ticket for a bit of up-close seating and it was worth the extra $20. We had a brief ranger talk and then just after the sun went down, we all waited for the penguins to start appearing on shore and making their way to their little burrows. There was plenty of time to see them preen and socialize and hear their calls and see some squabbles too. There were some sprinters and some adorable ones that were so tubby their little bellies dragged on the ground and they walked out of the water and up into their hills.

This was definitely one of the highlights of my Melbourne visit- don't miss it!

Visited April 2012
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“Fantastic tour & great value for money”
Reviewed 9 April 2012

My friend & I were on a whistle stop tour of Melbourne for 3 days & were kicking ourselves for not booking the Penguin Tour before leaving the UK as it was much more expensive to do when we arrived. That was until we discovered the Little Penguin Bus Tour via Google & we were not disappointed. As our time was limited in Melbourne the fact that we did not leave the city until 4pm gave us additional time to explore that we had not anticipated. Mac was at the agreed pick up point when we arrived & made all those who were on the trip feel at ease & very welcome. He kept us informed throughout the journey to Philip Island, taking a more rural route which allowed us to enjoy the lovely scenery. When we reached Philip Island, Mac took time to give us a preview of the viewing points as well as sharing his tips for getting the best view...he was not wrong! Mac dropped us off right outside our apartments on our return to the city. Seeing the penguins was one of the highlights of our 3 week trip & I would not hesitate to recommend the Little Penguin Bus Tour to anyone who has the Penguin Parade on their holiday wish list. Excellent tour, excellent guide & excellent value for money.

Visited March 2012
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