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Phillip Island & Seal Rocks 25-Minute Helicopter Flight

1. Phillip Island & Seal Rocks 25-Minute Helicopter Flight

Depart from the heliport and turn left at the coast, heading for Cape Woolamai. Fly over the Cape Woolamai Surf Beach, regarded as one of the best surf beaches in the country, before flying around the Cape itself to take in views that can only be seen by helicopter. Head over the water towards the San Remo Bridge with great views of the fishing villages of San Remo and Newhaven. Follow the coast over to Rhyll and its Inlet, where migratory birds fly thousands of kilometers to feed. Move on to the main township of Cowes, Red Rocks Point and Ventnor before the spectacular Nobbies and Seal Rocks come into view. Seal Rocks are home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals. Turning east, fly over Summerland beach, home to the world-famous Penguin Parade, then move on to Pyramid Rock and the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Wave to the swimmers and surfers on Smiths Beach and Surfers Point before returning to the heliport. Experienced pilots will provide live in-flight commentary. Don't forget your camera, the most amazing photo opportunities await you. 

Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

2. Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

After pick-up from your accommodation in central Melbourne or St Kilda, journey out through the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne to the small country town of Tooradin. Continue above the top of Westernport Bay and stop at Maru Koala and Wildlife Park. Here you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, emus, dingos, wombats and of course, koalas. You’ll also have the option to have your photo taken with a koala (not included, pay at the time) and hand feed kangaroos! From here it is a short drive to Phillip Island where you’ll make your way to the spectacular views of Cape Woolamai and Woolamai Beach. Walk along the beach, dip your feet in or sit back and relax. A short drive along the island will take you to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. The far western end of the Island is some of the most spectacular coast line in Australia, featuring the ancient volcano remains known as The Nobbies. Then, go along the coastline spotting wallabies in the wild on the way to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Settle yourself into the little penguin’s environment as you watch them come ashore for the night, waddling next to and underneath the boardwalks. It’s a beautiful and heart rendering experience that will stay with you forever.

From Melbourne: 2-Day 12 Apostles & Phillip Island Tour

3. From Melbourne: 2-Day 12 Apostles & Phillip Island Tour

Day 1: Melbourne to Queenscliff Depart from Melbourne and make your way to the 12 Apostles to see the sunshine on these incredible treasures of the ocean. Travel along the Shipwreck Coast and stop at different locations along the way. Savor a picnic lunch on the coast before a stop at Otway’s Rainforest where you can search for local wildlife in its natural habitat. Enjoy dinner before spending the night in the coastal town of Queenscliff.Meals: DinnerAccommodation: Beacon Resort or similar (4 bed dorm with shared bathroom facilities) Day 2: Queenscliff to Melbourne Start your day with a ferry trip across Port Phillip Bay to the Mornington Peninsula. In the afternoon get up-close and personal with some Australian wildlife at a Koala Reserve and the Penguin Parade. Then head to the Nobbies to view the stunning rocky coastline and local seal colony. To cap off the trip, see the magnificent Phillip Island Penguin Parade spectacle before heading back to Melbourne. Meals:Breakfast

Melbourne: Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguins Tour

4. Melbourne: Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguins Tour

Join a day tour from Melbourne for an amazing journey covering 3 magnificent destinations. Your first stop is a short trip from Melbourne to ride on Australia’s favorite steam train, the historic Puffing Billy. Lovingly restored to its former glory, this century-old steam train continues to run on its original mountain track in the Dandenong Ranges, through lush fern gullies, with some of the tallest Eucalyptus trees in the world, the Mountain Ash towering overhead. Head to your next destination, the award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Take a guided tour of the animal exhibits and get acquainted with the local wildlife such as koalas, dingoes, wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Emus, and more. Wander along the "Wallaby Walk" where the local kangaroos and wallabies will eat right out of your hand. Finish your tour on a high note at the world-renowned Penguin Parade down on Phillip Island. Be amazed as you witness hundreds of little blue penguins, the world's smallest penguin species, emerge from the ocean and make their way up the sand dunes to their burrows.

Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguin Parade Day Trip

5. Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguin Parade Day Trip

Climb aboard the centuries-old steam train Puffing Billy and enjoy the ride through lush fern gullies and Eucalyptus forests. Lovingly maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers, this historic steam train still runs on its original mountain track, winding through the Dandenong Ranges. Next, head down to the award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Park to see a range of Australian animals. Learn about iconic species such as kangaroos, koalas, emus, and wallabies, as well as some of Australia's lesser-known favourites including quolls, owls, bandicoots, and Tasmanian devils. Hand feed some of the friendly local kangaroos and wallabies on the "Wallaby Walk". Arriving on Phillip Island, your first stop is the picturesque Point Grant, which offers incredible panoramic views of the coastline, as well as a gentle boardwalk around the Nobbies and Seal Rocks area. Finally, cap it all off with a visit to the world famous Penguin Parade to see the world's smallest penguins waddle up the beach before your eyes, making their way back home to their burrows higher up in the sand dunes.

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Phillip Island 2-Day Tour

6. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Phillip Island 2-Day Tour

Journey straight to the Port Campbell National Park to be amazed by the iconic limestone formations including the stunning 12 Apostles. Here enjoy time to wander the boardwalks and descend the stairs to Gibson Steps where you will feel dwarfed by the enormous offshore stacks. Hear the tale of the Loch Ard shipwreck from which the Stunning Loch Ard Gorge takes it name. Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the Otway Ranges’ cool temperate rainforest before a quick photo stop at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch. Then, journey along the winding cliff-side Great Ocean Road, making plenty of stops to take photos of stunning panoramic views, visit glorious beaches, and charming coastal towns. In the morning of the second day, board the ferry for a 1-hour journey across Port Phillip Bay to the Mornington Peninsula. Look out for seals and dolphins. Experience a guided tour of the multi-award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park where you’ll learn about Australia’s native fauna. You will even have the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos & wallabies, as well as see the cute koalas, wombats, dingoes and many other unique Aussie animals up close. On Phillip Island, take a walk along the boardwalks at the Nobbies before arriving at Summerland Beach to experience the world-famous Penguin Parade. Each day after sunset, these incredible animals emerge from the surf and cross the sand before your very eyes to make their way through the sand dunes to their homes.


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What people are saying about Penguin Parade

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 34 reviews

it was truly a fantastic trip. I thought going to the Maru Park would be a waste of time, but it was pretty fun. The nature on Phillip Island is utterly breathtaking. However, we only got to see the penguins for 40 minutes, but that was because of a thunderstorm.

Great job done by Simone Q! My wife & I really enjoyed. It would be nice if there were more dinner options. Most stops had minimal menu options. They seemed surprised when we showed up and were out of many menu items.

A superb day !!! A guide who was great, smiling and explaining the history of each place! Then we saw the penguin parade which is very nice to do!

Great value for money, very knowledgeable and helpful guide Simon Q

It was beautiful and definitely worth it. Can only be recommended.