Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne - Standard Viewing 10:00 - Children (age 4-15)

Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne

12 hours Melbourne, Australia

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See all the world class attractions of Phillip Island in one day on this small group eco tour from Melbourne.

Departing Melbourne at around midday, you'll travel to Victoria's most colourful attraction, the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes for an opportunity to visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks.

Get up close to koalas and other Australian animals at the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park. Watch a wildlife show and even have the chance to hand feed cute Wallabies and Kangaroos!

The highlight of your Phillip Island experience will begin at dusk as you watch the fairy penguins waddling up the beach into their burrows in the sand dunes.

Traveling in a small group with a maximum of 24 people, you will explore all that Phillip Island has to offer in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
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Stop At: Brighton Bathing Boxes, 131 Esplanade Brighton Beach, Brighton, Bayside, Victoria 3186 Australia

Photo opportunity of Melbourne's most colourful attraction!

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale, Victoria 3912 Australia

Explore Moonlit Sanctuary where you have the opportunity to feed Kangaroos and Wallabies under the supervision of Sanctuary staff plus view many famous Australian animals.

Moonlit Sanctuary is dedicated to helping save Australia’s endangered wildlife from extinction. Many of the animals kept at the Sanctuary are threatened with extinction. However, just keeping and breeding rare animals is not enough, they must interact with programs aimed at saving them in the wild.

Also, enjoy the amazing 'Conservation in Action' wildlife show conducted by Sanctuary Staff and lesser known Australian animals!

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: The Nobbies, 1320 Ventnor Rd, Phillip Island, Victoria Australia

Beautiful views across the ocean while you spot the local seal colony

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade, 1019 Ventnor Rd Summerlannds Estate, Summerlands, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922 Australia

The nightly spectacular! See the cute little penguins waddle ashore to their nesting grounds.

Duration: 2 hours


  • Pickup from Selected Hotels
  • Friendly & Informative Tour Guide
  • Entry fees for Moonlit Sanctuary and Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • WiFi on board
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade


  • Gratuities
  • Food & Drink
  • Kangaroo & Wallaby Food

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout.

Your pickup will be between 10am-11am (June-August) & 11am-12pm (September-May), depending on which hotel you selected. Your exact meeting time will be provided after a booking is placed.

This tour returns to Melbourne between 9pm-12am midnight depending on the season.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Photography of any kind is not permitted at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Children under the age of 12yrs are not able to join the Guided Ranger Tour. Please choose either the Penguin Plus or Standard Penguin Parade
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • The safety & well-being of our guests and team members is Go West Tours’ highest priority. We continue to monitor all updates from the Australian & Victorian governments and will continue to update & evolve our responses & protocols in line with best practice.


461 Reviews

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anita.m.gaston March 2020

Long but very enjoyable tour. Phillip Island was wonderful - really enjoyed seeing the penguins and Mike C, our guide, gave us great tips for where to go to get the best views during the parade of the penguins. Brighton Beach and the Moonlit Sanctuary were also great - lots of animals and very active.
A long day but well worth it! Mike was a great host and guide. Highly recommend.

GWYNETH S March 2020

This trip was absolutely magical- the penguins being the highlight of course! We paid for the guided ranger walk and talk and it was worth every penny! She was so excited! And so knowledgeable! And the seating was prime location to where the penguins come out of the ocean. One little fellah went rogue and came straight towards me and waddled under my seat for a shortcut LOL It was a wonderful night. I was really frustrated with the stupid people taking photos when we had been explicitly told that the penguins have very sensitive eyes. I would have LOVED a picture but followed the rules. They should be thrown out and made to delete their pictures.
We loved this trip! Words cannot describe how beautiful these little creatures are. We also saw other wildlife on the reserve especially wallaby’s.

David F March 2020

Our guide Paul took us on a wonderful tour of Melbourne, specifically Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary and Phillip Island. This small group tour was much preferred over the large group tours that the cruise ship offered. Paul gave us so much information about Melbourne and Australia. We saw so much beautiful scenery and Paul allowed for just the right amount of time at each photo opportunity. Unfortunately, it rained the evening of the penguin journey and because of lightning, the viewing had to be delayed because of safety concerns, but we were still able to view, for a short period, a few of the penguins make their way to their burrows. An incredible experience. I highly recommend this tour if you visit Melbourne.

jamela c March 2020

I just want to give Alex a shoutout! He was really good and was keeping everybody alive and making sure everybody is enjoying the trip. It was a small group tour so it was really nice. This tour is a must when visiting Melbourne. The Penguin Parade is a mesmerizing experience, ti get your money’s worth, I recommend to get the VIP or the Ranger Guided tour. It’s so worth it.

marcia w March 2020

A great day out with a great driver/guide. Glength was informative guide and a good safe driver. The Moonlit Sanctuary was a bit disappointing as we were there in the heat of the day and the animals were resting but the little show was good. The Penguins were a delight. It was a long day but we'll worth it.

Gregory B March 2020

Great tour with Alex as our tour guide. Brighton Beach looks to be a great holiday destination and it was interesting to see the old bathing boxes. Moonlit Sanctuary was a great place to observe all sorts of birds, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and other wildlife. It was fun to feed the kangaroos and wallabies and of course, the birds gobbled up what they could as well. The Nobbies provided some spectacular views of the coastline on the way to Phillip Island and the Penguins. The Penguin Parade was amazing to see. We had rangers who provided us with background information and commentary throughout the tour. Watching the smallest penguins in the world come ashore and group up to make the journey from the beach to their nests was unbelievable to see. And at this time of year, they had chicks, some of whom were patiently awaiting the arrival of their parents and dinner, just outside of their nest. Totally enjoyed every moment of this experience

janabeers1 March 2020

We really enjoyed the Phillip Island Penguin parade. We stood on a boardwalk that was only about 2 feet from these adorable little guys. It was in February so they were close to the time when they molt all their feathers at once. Because of this, they had some extra weight on them. They were adorable. A few of them were so heavy that they would only "walk" a few feet at a time and then flop onto their bellies to rest.

Frederic D December 2019

Very well organized, very nice tour leader, highly recommended. Beautiful landscapes, very cute animals.

jeremyc.harris November 2019

James, the guide, was brilliant Full of enthusiasm and positivity on a very wet day. Well organised and the penguins were well worth waiting for

Rajesh Kumar C October 2019

Phillip island penguin parade was an out of the world and a uniquely humbling experience. Not to be missed and an absolute must

Amyperkins724 September 2019

This tour was the highlight of our trip. Phillip Island is not to be missed. Our tour guide was friendly and informative and all the sights were amazing.

Noah S August 2019

Great tour! The bus arrived exactly on time and everything went very smooth throughout the day. Great commentary by Scott who handled everything with ease. I will definitely be using Go West Tours again. This was probably my favorite tour I've been on and we really got to see a lot. Penguins were really great to see and I had a really fun day.

Dorothea Ann B July 2019

It was a long day but seeing those little penguins come out of the sea together and find their homes ashore was amazing. We had wonderful seats for this event. The Moonlit Sanctuary was included and the kangaroos and koalas were fun to see up close. There was a short show too that was very informative.

Matthiew July 2019

We stopped at Moonlit sanctuary where we got to feed lots of Wallabies and Kangaroos before going to Phillip Island to see the Penguin march, which was amazing to see. About 1,300 penguins came to shore that night and were very cute to see. I think the Guided Ranger Tour is a must, the ranger explained a lot of interesting facts about the whole thing and we got to sit in a secluded place where we had an awesome view of the penguins returning to their homes.

liping.ang July 2019

No regrets opting for this tour! We had Yazmin as our guide who is very cheerful and provided great info and tips on the places that we went to. She also took great care of my son , Bryan.

salmanfortune April 2019

It was a great tour very helpful tour guide and informative. The great thing of this tour that you will get plenty of time to explore the things.

Holly C April 2019

Yazmin of GO West tours was awesome! She was very informative and face of inside tips for the best viewing! Great trip!

Lucy January 2019

Our tour guide Emily was welcoming and kept us entertained and informed. There were a couple of extra location stops which was a bonus. It’s a long day but we’ll worth it!!

lilo.2188 January 2019

Go West Tours was fantastic as was our tour guide, Amy. They use a small 25 seater bus which I prefer rather than the larger buses. The bus was very comfortable. Our tour guide picked us up on time and always made sure that everyone was comfortable on the trip. She was enthusiastic and energetic and gave us really good information about the sites along the way. We visited 2 beaches, Brighton Beach and one other lovely beach. Then we went to Moonlit Sanctuary where we had the opportunity to see some marsupials, a dingo and some birds come out and their handler would give us an educational talk about them. Our family had tons of fun feeding and petting the kangaroos and wallabies. They were very tame and friendly. The koalas were awake and active which was a real treat for us because they are sleeping most other times we see them. They have a baby koala also. But the highlight of the tour and of my trip to Melbourne was the Little Penguin Parade. If you are trying to decide which option to take, I would recommend the Ranger Guided Tour or the Viewing Platform (max 200). The Viewing Platform has a good view of the penguins coming home and most of them come up to shore from that side of the beach. There is also a walkway along the Viewing Platform with low light that we can see (but the penguins cannot see that light spectrum so doesn't hurt their eyes) so you can see the penguins very close up. They in fact walk beside the platform. I chose the Ranger Guided Tour and a Ranger takes you on your own walkway where there are nests along the walkway, and teach you a lot of things about penguins. Then you are taken to your own seating area of about 50 overlooking the beach to watch the penguins come home. You are also given binoculars. Then you go into the boardwalk of the Viewing Platform to watch penguins return home. The penguins are very cute but please DO NOT TAKE ANY PHOTOS OR VIDEOS as the flash will blind their eyes. To print out your own photos, download the app "Phillip Island Penguin Parade" and there you will find lovely photos you can print out. I went in early January, the summer, and Melbourne was 25 Celsius but Phillip Island at night was freezing with a wind factor. So make sure to bring fall/winter clothing, touque, windbreaker, blanket, etc to stay warm. I would like to thank Amy for a fantastic time and also the Ranger. I would certainly recommend Go West Tours.

Laurie F January 2019

We had an amazing time on this tour. I would highly recommend this tour, it was a great way to see lots of different places in Australia. The little penguins are so adorable. We choose the underground experience which was incredible we got to see them up close and personal. Our tour guide Ricky was awesome. We had a great day. Bring sunscreen and be aware that you probably won't get back until around midnight. It's a must do experience if you have never been to Australia.

Scott G January 2019

This really is a great excursion. Got picked up in a fully air conditioned minibus at the time advertised and off we went. The guide/driver Ricky was very knowledgeable and likeable as we went to the various places en-route to the Penguin Parade. These included the iconic Beach Boxes at Brighton, moonlit animal sanctuary and the beach at Woolamai before being dropped off at Cowes for refreshments before a penultimate stop at the Nobbies, where you can see Wallaby’s, Grey Geese and Bandicoots in the natural environment. Unfortunately didn’t manage to see any of the seals the area is famous for. Once we got to the Penguin Parade we were directed to our seats in the Penguin plus area ( worth paying the extra for in my opinion) where at just past 9pm we had sight of these wonderful little creatures taking a breather following their long swim back to land before they set off to find their burrows, where you can follow them on the final stage of their journey . As this is a conservation area photos are NOT allowed as this startles and can upset the Penguins, so the upmost respect should be given to these little creatures. We set back off to Melbourne at 10 pm and were back in the city by midnight. A thoroughly enjoyable time was had.

Suraiya I December 2018

The trip was worth it! Paul was an entertaining and knowledgeable guide! Would recommend it to others!

Graham M November 2018

This is one of the best trips we have ever done. Second time for us and it didn't disappoint. A must for anyone coming to Melbourne.


Such an incredible experience!
It was incredible just waiting for the penguins to come out from the ocean and watch them walk to their burrows.
The Nobbies and Seal rocks were also truly breathtaking!
Kaitlyn from GoWest Tours is such an amazing guide as well. Very organized.
I highly recommend for families with kids.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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