Melbourne Sunset tours

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From Melbourne: Penguin Parade and Koalas Tour

1. From Melbourne: Penguin Parade and Koalas Tour

Discover the beauty of the volcanic formations at Nobbies National Park on this day trip from Melbourne in an air-conditioned coach. Experience local wildlife with a guided tour of the Phillip Island Koala Reserve and entry to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Depart Melbourne and travel to Phillip Island to watch the smallest penguin species in the world waddle up the beach at sunset. Before you get to the Island, stop at Phillip Island Koala Reserve where you will experience a ranger-led tour through the koalas' native habitat. Meet the koalas face-to-face on the spectacular tree-top boardwalk. Upon arrival at Phillip Island, visit the Cape Woolamai and Woolamai Beach. Let the sand flow through your toes as you stroll along the pristine beach and watch the local surfers carve the often monstrous waves. Then, journey to the far western end of the Island to view the extinct volcano remains of The Nobbies. Venture onto the boardwalks to explore the beautiful coastline. If you're lucky you may even see some little penguins in their burrows or huddling under the platforms. Experience the highlight of the day at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Go to the award-winning visitors center before making your way to the shoreline. As the sun sets to the west the little penguins will begin their dangerous journey across the yellow sands of Summerland Beach. Gathering in groups at the waters edge, watch as they waddle to the safety of the sand dunes. Once there, large numbers gather for one big penguin social evening. Listen as they "huk" to one another and slowly make their way to their burrows for the evening. A truly spectacular experience not to be missed!

Melbourne: Sunset Kayak Tour with Dinner

2. Melbourne: Sunset Kayak Tour with Dinner

Experience the sights of Melbourne from a unique water level perspective. Melbourne’s Yarra River is an excellent location for new paddlers to experience kayaking for the first time, or for experienced kayakers to enjoy a stunning paddle through the scenic waterways. No kayaking experience is needed to enjoy the tour, as patient guides will be with you every step of the way. Make use of a fleet of fibreglass sea kayaks, which are extremely stable and easy to operate. The tour meets just before sunset in Victoria Harbor, part of the modern Docklands precinct in the west end of the city. After a short safety briefing and paddling technique session on dry land, set off for an exploration of the sights in Victoria Harbor before tying up to a dock in a beautiful marina. Stay seated in your boats to be served fish and chips for a very special on-the-water dining experience.  After your meal continue your tour upstream, under the Bolte Bridge and through to Melbourne’s lively downtown. Kayaking past the Crown Casino and alongside stylish Southbank, continue past Flinders Street Railway Station and beneath historic Princes Bridge before arriving at the approach to Melbourne’s sporting precinct. Enjoy the sights and sounds from your unique vantage point as the sun goes down and the city comes to life. Your tour ends at the boat landing area at the Rowing Sheds, right in the heart of Melbourne, and directly across the river from Federation Square.

Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

3. Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a leisurely evening sunset cruise through the sheltered waters of Western Port Bay, aboard a modern 19-meter vessel. Grab a chilled drink from the licensed bar (not included in the price of the tour), take in the relaxed atmosphere, and watch the towns light up around the bay as the sun sets. Indulge in some delicious appetizers and keep a lookout for a variety of birdlife. If you're lucky, you may even be able to spot some dolphins and seals. You'll also learn some history as you listen to the captain's commentary on the local area. This cruise is a perfect way to end your day at beautiful Phillip Island.

Phillip Island: Penguins, Kangaroos, and Koalas

4. Phillip Island: Penguins, Kangaroos, and Koalas

Take a full-day tour to Phillip Island from Melbourne and spend an afternoon and evening surrounded by an array of wildlife, including Australia's largest fur seal colony, cuddly koalas, and more. Explore the Koala Conservation Center and learn the importance of the conservation work done by Phillip Island Nature Parks in protecting this island haven and the biodiversity of Victoria. View the spectacular coastal scenery at the Nobbies, 2 rocky outcrops abundant in marine life. From the walkways, you can sometimes catch a glimpse of Australia's largest population of fur seals along the rugged coastline. Browse the educational Phillip Island Visitors Information Centre to learn about the little penguins of the stunning island.  Then, watch the lovable birds as they battle the surf and waddle their way to their dune burrows. Hear about the environmental and conservation methods that are initiated to ensure the wildlife and vulnerable geology of Phillip Island remain protected. Stay to see the penguins as they return to their nests from their daily fishing expeditions and greet their young families back onshore. Marvel at the powerful coastline of the Southern Ocean, with its clean, sandy beaches and rocky shores. During the summer season, there will be time for dinner at the seaside town of Cowes or the Penguin Parade Café before returning to Melbourne. 

From Melbourne: Phillip Island Penguin Parade Full-Day Tour

5. From Melbourne: Phillip Island Penguin Parade Full-Day Tour

- Itinerary introduction- Australia Phillip Island one-day tour starts from Melbourne city, passing by San Remo and then going to Cowes town for dinner (own expense), after dinner, go to Penguin Island to watch the penguins return to their nests. Penguin Parade is the largest wild penguin protection base in the world, with more than 30,000 penguins living on Phillip Island. Every time after the sunset, surprises will appear. Petite penguins are fighting in the waves, their mouths are full of food to be brought back to the nest, and they are walking and swaying, very cute! Under the guidance of management staff, you and passengers from all over the world will sit in turn on the open-air observation deck built along the coast, waiting for the penguins to return to their nests. - Attractions Introduction- ・ San Remo (San Remo) San Remo (San Remo) is a must-see place to go to Phillip Island (Phillip Island, also known as Penguin Island), and it is also The only bridge connecting the island to Victoria. we will stop over for a photo break. ・Phillip Island town center, cowes Located on one of Victoria's few north-facing beaches, Cowes, is Phillip Island's commercial hub, an ideal base to soak up the Island's seaside holiday vibe ・Penguin Parade Watching penguins homing There is a large colony of little penguins here, with the world's smallest fairy penguins, about 30 to 40 centimeters in height and only about 1 kilogram in weight. Swim from the sea back to shore after the sun goes down and waddle in line back to the nest in a magnificent migration known as the Penguin Parade. - Important Information- ・Photography and video recording are not allowed when penguins return to their nests. Because of the fear of artificial light sources irritating the penguins’ eyes, the island will implement light control, and only a few incandescent lamps with very small wattage will be set along the coast. ・Depending on the environment and other factors, the number of penguin colonies will change every year, and the number of spring, summer, autumn and winter will also be affected. ・The penguin homing wonder of this itinerary is a general observation deck (General) ・The above attractions will be fine-tuned according to the actual situation of the day *Please check the details and cancellation policy before ordering. There are remarks that do not include meals, driver tips, cancellation fees, etc. to avoid unnecessary disputes and make your journey smoother, thank you

Melbourne: Private St Kilda Tour with History Talk

6. Melbourne: Private St Kilda Tour with History Talk

You will be picked up by your driver and guide in a luxury vehicle and chauffeured to the iconic beachside suburb of St Kilda. We begin the St Kilda experience at the St Kilda Botanic Gardens, the lesser known botanic garden of Melbourne. From here the tour progresses through the main shopping street of St Kilda, the famous Acland St, and onto St Kilda Beach where we can six, relax and take in the sunset. After dark it's time to take a visit to the Little Penguins who reside in their sanctuary at the end of the pier. This penguin sanctuary is one of the best kept tourist secrets in Melbourne. Although you won't be allowed to touch them or take photos with a flash, you will be able to see and hear them from up close. A real nature experience. As we make our way back to your vehicle we take the back streets of St Kilda so that you can learn about the very unusual and specific architecture that can be found in the hidden parts of the suburb.

Premium Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour

7. Premium Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour

Every evening at dusk the Little Penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. Watch from an elevated boardwalk as they waddle cautiously from the beach to their burrows after a long day out at sea. Phillip Island is a treasure trove of Australian wildlife; seals, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birdlife and penguins! At Koala Conservation Reserve, look for koalas in their natural habitat and before sunset, we head to the Penguin Parade where you can wander through the "Penguin Experience" exhibit to learn more about them. Stroll out to Summerland Beach and take your seat in the main grandstand for the Penguin Parade. Highlights of this tour Panoramic views of Western Port and French Island Phillip Island – a popular holiday destination Phillip Island Nature Park – a natural home for koalas, wallabies, seals, shearwaters and Little Penguins Visit Koala Conservation Reserve Look for koalas in their leafy native bushland habitat from treetop boardwalks Keep an eye out for wallabies (smaller looking kangaroos) grazing the woodlands floor Afternoon tea snacks (own expense) available here or at our next stop Continue to the western tip of Phillip Island to The Nobbies Centre, a rugged rocky outcrop with magnificent coastal views Stroll down the extensive boardwalk where you may spot Little Penguins’ homes (dependant on the season) Admire Seal Rocks – home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals Explore the Visitor’s Information Centre at the Penguin Parade Learn about the life of the Little Penguins as you walk through the “Penguin Experience” display Dining options available at the Penguin Parade At sunset witness the Penguin Parade from the tiered seating of general viewing grandstands directly overlooking floodlit Summerland Beach See penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk.

Melbourne: Mount Dandenong Bush Private Tour with Dinner

8. Melbourne: Mount Dandenong Bush Private Tour with Dinner

Discover the beautiful region of Mount Dandenong on a private guided day tour from Melbourne. Discover a diverse range of local wildlife, admire the beautiful scenic views, and enjoy a hearty Australian-style dinner in the bush. Start with pickup from Melbourne by tour host and driver in a luxury vehicle at an agreed location. Travel into the scenic surroundings of Mount Dandenong. Admire the canopy of ferns and huge forest trees as you make your way to a number of picturesque locations to admire the lush surroundings. Enjoy a hearty Australian-style dinner in the tranquil surroundings as parrots and cockatoos tweet and soar overhead. Embark on a relaxed bush walk to help to burn some of the calories. If you're lucky you may encounter a Lyrebird. After the bush walk, you will visit a beautiful garden for some scenic photo opportunities. Make your way to the final stop of the tour known as "Sky High". Admire the breathtaking views of Melbourne before hopping back into the vehicle for a relaxing journey back to the city.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 142 reviews

Die perfekte Mischung aus Wildlife und Natur. Das Koala Reservat ist wirklich sehr schön und wie eine Art Baumwipfelpfad aufgebaut. Auf dem Weg zu den Nobbis haben wir dann auch sehr viele freilebende Wallaby’s gesehen. Dort angekommen konnte man die ersten Pinguine erspähen - wenn man nicht von der Landschaft zu verzaubert war. Die Pinguin Parade selbst war recht schön, aber nicht mein Highlight. Hier ist es am besten nach 20-25 min auf der Tribüne zurückzulaufen, da die Pinguine neben den Stegen ihre Behausung suchen. Ein viel besserer und spannenderer Blick auf die Tiere. Und natürlich deutlich näher. Die Tour ist nur zu empfehlen!!

This was a fantastic trip and totally worth it! The penguins parade was the best wildlife/animal experience I have had so far in Australia. It was so cool!! Seeing the other areas of Phillip island was also amazing but the day was really about the penguins. Our group did also have a very special experience at the Koala Conservatory! One of the koalas was awake for us :)

Our guide was funny and informative. Our traveling group was small which was good. Excellent experience overall and can recommend the experience and this company.

Amazing our tour guide and bus driver Chris N showed us all the sites and the sunset on last stop was amazing highly recommended

it was a wonderful experience to see penguins back from ocean. the tour guide is very professional and sense of humour.