This is a full-day private tour to Phillip Island, take a walk in a wildlife park amongst traditional Australian animals and see a penguin show at the conclusion of the day. In the rays of the setting sun, a huge number of little penguins will come out of the roaring surf and, shuffle their little feet, cross the beach on their way to their burrows to be greeted by hungry chicks.
But let’s start from the beginning!
In the morning, you will be picked up from the hotel in the city centre and on a comfortable minibus, you will go towards Phillip Island, located 140 km from Melbourne.
Upon crossing the bridge connecting Phillip island and the mainland, you will find yourself in places where you will come across plenty of surprising discoveries.
The visit to the island will begin with a visit to the Koala Conservation Centre, where these wonderful Australian endemics live in natural conditions. You will have the opportunity to observe the koalas up close, take photographs, and learn the details of their lifestyle.
Then you will be offered to visit the A Maze’N Things illusions museum, which contains remarkable magic tricks, puzzles and many other fun activities, especially popular with children.
After regaining strength from lunch, you will visit the local wineries where you can taste local wines.
Then, on the way to the parade of penguins, you will visit Cape Nobbies, inhabited by a colony of seals and many wild grazing wallabies.
At sunset, you will be taken to Summerland Beach, which is home to thousands of colonies of little Fairy Penguins. These wonderful creatures leave each day to sea on a fishing trip to come back in the evening with food for their chicks. Coming out of the waves of the sea, in small groups, they traverse the beach to their nests. This show gathers millions of viewers annually. After about an hour the bulk of the penguins safely cross the beach and get to their nests. This unique event was called the Penguin Parade. For tourists watching the parade, park rangers built special viewing stands and boardwalks so people would not scare these little creatures. You will be able to watch these birds from almost arm’s length away.
Once the show is over, you will be delivered back to Melbourne.
There are several options of places from where you are able to view the parade.
The Penguin parade general admission ticket – AU$25.7/13.0 (Adult/Children)
Penguin Plus – a tribune positioned closer to the beach shore, where the penguins can be seen better and closer – AU$50/25
Underground Viewing – limited to a maximum of just 70 people, this world-first facility gives you the chance to watch the Little penguins waddling along the Penguin Parade’s most popular pathway. Enjoy up-close viewing of the Little penguins in their natural habitat through an underground viewing window, with the comfort and convenience of being indoors, undercover and out of the elements – AU$65/32.5