1. Australia
  2. Victoria, Australia
  3. Melbourne
  4. Phillip Island

Phillip Island: The Penguin Parade 10-Hour Tour

Product ID: 2391
Every evening at dusk the little penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. Come and experience this nightly ritual, see koalas in gum trees, seals on half tide rocks, and enjoy the wildlife that makes Phillip Island a unique place.
About this activity
Duration: 10 hours
Starting time 1:15 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide

Pickup included

Hotel pick-up and drop off is available by request.
Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable.

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  • Look for koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalks
  • Witness the Penguin Parade on floodlit Summerland Beach from the general viewing area (upgrade options available)
  • See penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk
  • Visit Warrook Homstead for afternoon tea (at your expense) and get up close with kangaroos
  • Check out Seal Rocks, home to Australia's largest colony of fur seals (seasonal)
Full description
Like many things Australian, the Penguin Parade is a unique event in the world. Every evening at dusk the little penguins come home from the sea to Phillip Island.

From the waves across the beach to the sand dunes, the little penguins can almost be touched as they waddle to their burrows. Sunset at Summerland Beach has drawn millions of visitors to Phillip Island to watch this phenomenon. The quirky nightly ritual of these little flightless birds will enthrall you as you observe from the beach and the elevated boardwalk.

Koalas, one of Australias most beloved animals, peer down from the gum trees where they live. Fat and furry, wet little noses, and a gentle smiles signal a content life on Phillip Island.

Keep an eye out for the seals near the sea basking in the late sunlight on halftide rocks.
  • Entrance to Penguin Parade and penguins general viewing area
  • Meet wallabies and kangaroos
  • Videos on coach bus
  • Entrance to Koala Conservation Center
  • Free WiFi on the coach
What’s Not Included
  • Afternoon tea
  • Dinner

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Tour departs from Federation Square East on the corner of Russell and Flinders Streets.

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Important information
Know before you go
Please bring warm, waterproof clothing as nights can be cold on the island in any season. The Penguin Parade is a natural phenomenon taking place in the open outdoors.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Fantastic day, well worth the 2hr coach trip from Melbourne

Great to see the penguins up close as they waddle back to their burrows. Disappointing that you aren’t allowed to take photos of the penguins as a lasting reminder of your visit, but we’re told it’s for the benefit of the birds so you have to take that on board...although many selfishly don’t. Frustrating for those of us that do!

February 18, 2019

A long but wonderful way to spend the day/night. Our driver (James) was perfect for the job. His commentary and insight made the trip very special. Well worth the expense and the trip of a lifetime.

November 27, 2019

A suggestion, choose this tour!

Perfect day with Dane, not only a driver but above all a perfect tour guide. Beautiful places, perfect accomodation (5* coach), in one word, AMAZING!!

October 22, 2019

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Gray Line Australia

Product ID: 2391