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Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne

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Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne
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icon12 to 14 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 8 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Travel on a small-group tour from Melbourne to Phillip Island to see the penguin parade and other wildlife highlights of Victoria. Your full-day tour stops at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park to meet Australian natives such as koalas and wallabies. Head to Churchill Island to visit a historic farm and then go to see the dramatic Cape Woolamai surf beach and the Nobbies boardwalk where you can enjoy the views of the rugged South Coast.
  • Full-day small-group wildlife tour to Phillip Island from Melbourne
  • Hand-feed the kangaroos and wallabies at Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Stop at Churchill Island Heritage Farm to see a working farm
  • Enjoy the views of Phillip Islands rugged coastline from the Nobbies boardwalk
  • See the penguin parade when hundreds of little penguins emerge from the ocean for the night
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Lunch
Friendly & informative tour guide
Pickup from selected hotels
Air-conditioned vehicle
Entry to Moonlit Sanctuary & Penguin Parade
WiFi on board
Meals other than as stated
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Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout. Your pickup will be between 11:00am-12 midday (Aug-Apr) or 10:00am-11:00am (May-Jul) depending on which location you select. Your exact meeting time will be provided after a booking is placed. This tour returns to Melbourne at approximately 9pm-midnight depending on the season.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise of dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Photography and video are NOT PERMITTED at the Penguin Parade
  • Please limit luggage to a small backpack weighing no more than 11lbs ( 5 kg)
  • If travelling with an infant, please contact Tour Operator directly and request infant seat
  • Children of all ages must purchase a ticket
  • Penguins Plus, Underground Viewing & Guided Ranger Tour are on request. Once you have placed a booking, the Tour Operator will contact you in the event your chosen upgrade is not available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Bunyip Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne.
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne.
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What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne.

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  • "PPS: No photography allowed, and they yell (nicely) for you to put them away!" See review
  • "This was a very good tour, just a small group which is ideal when doing trips." See review

Reviews

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184 reviews

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star-4
It was exited to see...
Chanra_K
, May 2022
It was exited to see thoes little penguins and wildlife. The tour guide was every friendly and experienced.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks very much for your review, Chanra! We're really pleased to hear that our guide was friendly ( as we'd expect!)
star-5
Penguin Parade, Philip Island
Josegin_M
, Apr. 2022
Our guide, Sherif was great! We had fun and enjoyed his company. Very personable , friendly, accommodating and well verse . He made our trip fun. I would highly recommend him as your guide .
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
Thanks very much for your review, Josegin_M! It's great to hear that you enjoyed your trip with Sherif so much.
star-1
Cancelled Tour
Dearnne_S
, Apr. 2022
I only rated it one star as I didn't actually go. I cancelled my trip in advance but then got a call from the poor bus driver on the day asking where we were. It made me feel physically ill. 5 minutes later I got an email from the tout provider saying I was getting charged the full amount as I was a no show. I cancelled as we chose this tour as pick up and drop off was from our hotel. This then changed. I know you said it was only a short tram ride away but it's not what I booked. I didn't fancy having to bus it home for 2 hours, then get to the tram, wait, tram ride, walk with 2 sleeping children. So, it seems I have a very expensive walk around the city that day.
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
We regret that this guest actually didn't cancel their tour in advance of the tour date. While we have been sent correspondence showing a message sent to TripAdvisor, we regret that this wasn't actually a cancellation, which could very easily have been arranged had the guests simply used the "cancel" function on their app, or had they simply messaged us directly. Had the guest contacted us to discuss their options, we would very happily have arranged to collect them from their hotel and would have dropped them off back there, but unfortunately the chain of communication from the guest was limited at best. It's a great shame that this has resulted in a 1-star review, as with some better communication from the guest the situation could have been much better handled and a better outcome for all would have resulted.
star-5
Great tour in great company
Fabien_R
, Mar. 2022
Very friendly and caring guide Graeme made our trip a really enjoyable moment. Small group which is nice, amazing Philip Island.
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
It was really nice to have you along on tour with us, Fabien, and we're really happy to know that you enjoyed your tour so much. It's good to know that Graeme helped make your trip enjoyable and that you liked the smaller group size that we operate. Thanks again for joining us on tour & best wishes for the future.
star-5
Exalent
Rosemary_B
, Mar. 2022
To Me The drive was very profsonal and lots Of information on The places we stop at al through out The Day and He was happy To Help for Me it was allrounder i would i would do another touer with Viator again
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Thanks very much for your review, Rosemary! It's really good to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us so much.
star-5
Great Experience!
Adam_S
, Mar. 2022
This was a fantastic tour; the guides were helpful and stops were fantastic. Make sure you listen where to see the penguins on the boardwalk too.
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
Adam, we're really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Phillip Island so much. Thanks very much for taking the time to leave us a review & best wishes for your onward travels!
star-5
Awesome experience
Ogata_R
, Mar. 2022
Our tour went to Phillip Island and saw a lot of penguins. They were so cute and it was awesome experience for me.
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Thanks so much for your review, Ogata! It was great to have you along with us on tour & we really enjoyed your company. Thanks very much for trusting us with your booking and very best wishes for your journey ahead.
star-4
Nice variety of activities
ProfessorMelody
, Mar. 2020
The tour itself was really great! Got to do a variety of activities and we did not feel rushed anywhere. The penguin viewing was fun, but we actually saw more closely the penguins when we walked back to the visitor center and saw them scurrying back to their borrows for the night. The reason for the loss of one star was some girls on the tour who, after the first stop, basically "stole" our seats on the bus, relegating us to the back.
star-4
Penguine parade a delight
janie1
, Mar. 2020
This was a very good tour, just a small group which is ideal when doing trips. We had a problem with the pick up as they only go to certain hotels, so we had to catch a taxi from and to our hotel, which just adds to the cost of the trip. We were at the Bayview on the park hotel, which is about a 50 minute walk to the centre all the pick ups seemed to be either for the centre or the other side, maybe you could look at having a drop off nearer to this area of hotels as coming home at 11.30 at night nobody wants to be walking home? The guide was good , did feel a little rushed at times and was a bit erratic with her driving. The wildlife centre was good as was the farm, the tea and cakes was a nice break and enjoyed by all, could maybe have stayed here (farm) a little longer. The views of the sea were amazing we nearly didn't get to see the pyramid rock and its great views as the driver wasn't sure she wanted to go, fortunately she changed her mind!!! The penguins were brilliant when you get to the boardwalk and it splits to main viewing and special viewing hang round the gate to special viewing as once the penguins start to arrive they open this gate to all and this is where the penguins walk up to their nests. If you want to see them come out of the sea you do need to go to the beach.
star-4
Very cool penguins
Mark_S
, Feb. 2020
Great tour with a bit of dead time in the afternoon while waiting for sunset and the penguins which are amazing. Our guide Terry was very knowledgeable and friendly.
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
Penguin viewing
Louise_N
, Feb. 2020
Great trip, lots of interesting places to go to before the visit to see the little penguins. Our tour guide told us lots of fascinating stories too.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing Tour! Highly Recommend!
Amanda_T
, Dec. 2019
This tour was so amazing! From the animal sanctuaries to the penguin parade! Our tour guide was very informative and I highly recommend this tour! If you visit Melbourne, book this tour, you won't be disappointed!
star-5
Book it now!
Michelle_F
, Dec. 2019
This tour was absolutely fantastic from start to finish! Such value for money with all we got to do and see! If you only have time for one tour from Melbourne this is a must do!! Our guide Kurn was so nice and helpful also. A magical experience
star-5
This tour was perfect
Keitaro_M
, Nov. 2019
We enjoyed a whole day with our wonderful guide. He was so knowledgeable, and was always taking care of each group. We're sure that all of us made the most of the day! Highly recomend joining this tour.
star-5
A Very pleasant & organize trip
Amytravel2019
, Nov. 2019
Kelly L, our guide was wonderful. The whole day trip was so well thought & well organized. Everyone knew exactly what time to meet & what to see because she had a notice board in the car to communicate with us ahead of time. After a tiring hot day we had tea & cakes as refreshment. It was an enjoyable trip.
star-5
Penguin March
28beve
, Oct. 2019
Steven gave us lots of inside information about where to sit, and what to expect at each stop. We enjoyed the whole day and would recommend it to everyone!
star-5
Thank you Cloe for the wonderful experience. We couldn't be happier we the tour
sergio_L
, Sep. 2019
Thank you Cloe for the wonderful experience. We couldn't be happier we the tour. Everything was fantastic, the road trip, the wildlife sanctuary, the cakes and the coffee courtesy of Cloe, the penguin parade, everything was perfect!!
star-5
Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne
Roro_C
, Aug. 2019
Well worth it! The bus fit max 20 people including the driver. We made pit stops along the way, but to be fair, these are simply fillers for the main event! Penguins! We booked the tour that included a private ranger, and boy was that the right choice. This allowed us to have our own private area along side the beach, binoculars and headsets (ranger talking and explaining). PS: August is windy and cold! Bundle Up! PPS: No photography allowed, and they yell (nicely) for you to put them away!
star-5
Excellent outing and animal encounter
Augustin M
, Jun. 2019
The trip began with a rather punctual pick up by our tour guide, Rob. Overall, the trip was efficient with enough time for each attraction. I think it was worth the while to get the Koala option to be able to get close with the furry beast! Even though it was raining most of the time, Rob's suggestion of a disposable parka worked well. My only thought was that we did not have much time to take a sip at the cafes in the various attractions - it was a very cold day! Maybe some 10 or 15 mins extra at each stop would have been good.
star-5
Great trip with great guide
Ondrej_P
, Jan. 2019
Almost everything was above my expectation. Chris was excellent guide! I think he showed us more than he had to.

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