Small-Group Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne with Penguin Plus Viewing

Small-Group Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne with Penguin Plus Viewing

8 hours 30 minutes Melbourne, Australia

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Enjoy one of Australia's most incredible wildlife experiences on this magnificent Phillip Island tour. Witness the world famous penguin parade from the brand new exclusive penguins plus viewing platform, definitely the highlight of this day tour. Your day trip includes a visit to Phillip Island Koala Reserve where you can see the iconic Australian koalas up close.
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Stop At: Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Reserve, 1810 Phillip Island Tourist Road, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922 Australia

It is only a 1hr 45min drive from Melbourne directly to Phillip Island. On arrival you will be greeted by Phillip Island Nature Parks Ranger for a guided walk through Phillip Island’s Koala Reserve. You will be given a presentation about Koalas, history and relevance of the Reserve and the last area of natural woodland on the island. Guide to accompany the group and assist Ranger with the group.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Phillip Island, Phillip Island, Victoria

From the Koala Wildlife Park, it is a short drive to Phillip Island, a 10,000-hectare home to more than a hundred varieties of animal species. Phillip Island boasts a population of approximately 15,000 which is boosted during the busy tourist seasons. There are three main settlements being Cape Woolamai, New Haven & Cowes.

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Cape Woolamai, Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island, Victoria

Phillip Island boasts a population of approximately 15,000 which is boosted during the busy tourist seasons. There are three main settlements being Cape Woolamai, New Haven & Cowes.

Stop At: Cowes Beach, The Esplanade, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria Australia

Generally, we make time to wander through the coastal township of Cowes. Sheltered alongside the calm Westernport Bay this township was named after Cowes on the Isle of White. Beautiful seaside scenery, unique stores to peak into and many nice restaurants to purchase food.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: The Nobbies Centre, 1320 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922 Australia

Next, we arrive at the Nobbies Rocks where we take you on an optional guided walk down the boardwalks to see the rocky coast and spot Penguins nesting in their burrows. Then we travel along the Phillip Island backroads through Phillip Island Penguin Habitat. Enjoy incredible views of the coastal cliffs on your way to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade.

Duration: 45 minutes

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

The main attraction of Phillip Island tour has always been the Little Penguins doing their daily ritual of penguin parade. These little friends are the smallest of its kind in the world. Enjoy sunset at the Visitor Information Centre and choose the right seat to have a great view of the main spectacles of the day — the Penguin Parade!

Duration: 2 hours


  • Admission to Phillip Island (Penguins plus viewing area)
  • Admission to Phillip Island Koala Reserve with guided ranger tour
  • On-board wifi and water refill station
  • Expert driver guide with live commentary spoken in English
  • Audio translation app available in 10 different languages
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - The Nobbies Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade


  • Meals not indicated
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Our vehicles are not wheelchair, prams or child stroller accessible please refrain from bring on tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • For your safety, we have implemented comprehensive hygiene measures and increased regular sanitation. Guests will be asked to check-in by scanning the QR code during the on-boarding stage for contact tracing purposes.


23 Reviews

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Jennifer_B February 2020

There were 7 in our group and we all loved it! John Paul our tour guide was excellent and the chocolate factory is a must especially if you have children. The penguin experience is incredible! All of a sudden, hundreds of penguins show up on the beach and march to their homes. It's an hour of being in awe. It is cold so bring warm clothes.

jeffreysV3801TR February 2020

Great tour. Some very good stops on the way to Phillip island. Amazing coastal views, Wildlife sanctuary was good Seeing the wallabies in the wild was so cool. The March of the penguins was something to see. Our tour guide Kurt was also awesome. Very informative, and funny. He really helped make the trip even more enjoyable.

39shaune February 2020

The penguin parade was very good, it's great seeing them come in off the beach. One thing to be aware of is you can't take any photos. The rest of the tour was ok, we stopped off in what was basically a deserted town for lunch, the wildlife sanctuary was enjoyable. But it felt like the tour could be condensed into 4 hours rather than the 12 as the rest of the stop offs seemed pointless

Bryan_A February 2020

Driver tour guide JP was excellent. Too bad we had bit of late start, not sure why some people cannot show up on time at pickup location. Comfortable vehicle and drive down to region. Park experience with Koalas and roos lots of fun as was visit to Nobbies. The Antarctic experience done in conjunction with WWF was well done, esp the screen with all the animals showing up in pictures with you! The Penguin experience was one of the highlights of our trip to Australia and rangers were great. Too bad some people do not understand the no photography rule when most people are complying. The march of the penguins up the beach past the viewing platform was amazing.

OCNJLVR January 2020

JB, our very able guide, took us on a wonderful journey to the Maru animal sanctuary. We fed the Roos, and emus, saw the tassi devils among other Aussie critters. We then drove to Phillip Island finding the fairy penguin burrows in the hillsides. The fairy chicks were coming out of their homes looking for their dinner and parents. As darkness arrived, the parents began their daily walk from the sea to feed the chicks. Hundreds of them marched by the platform as we watched in awe. JB told us exactly where to stand to get the best view of the penguins. So tiny. We were within two feet of them! For all to remember, there is NO LIVE PHOTOGRAPHY THERE!!! A flash from a camera will blind the penguins making them unable to search for food at sea, hide from predators above ground or at sea. JB did a great job getting us back to our hotels on such a late nite. You will be treated to a wonderful day visiting Phillip Island with JB as your terrific guide. Thx JB! New Jersey!!

Guillermo P January 2020

Really recommend this 12 hour trip. Has everything you need to know Phillip Island plus the fabulous Maru wildlife experience. You get in contact with the animals easy and naturally. Do not recommend paying for the koala experience. There are many koalas to watch very close and standing by and touching the animal, I believe it is no worth it. But it is an individual choice. The tour was great and the guide, do not remember his name, was yesterday thursday 16, also very good.

Lydia L January 2020

I booked this tour as a solo traveller and it did not disappoint. Our guide Shannara was fantastic and upbeat. She made sure that we got the most out of our day and armed us with tips and tricks that we needed to know. I would definitely recommend for people to try this tour if you love wildlife.

SRM45040 November 2019

Tour was a wonderful way to end my stay in Australia. The animal park was terrific, beach walk lovely, and penguins up close and personal. Daniel was a great guide; loved his sense of humor.

Terry_C November 2019

Nicely paced, well guided, and friendly driver. The bus was quite uncomfortable. We enjoyed the variety of stops and being able to book at the last minute.

inge-1955 October 2019

A wonderful trip. We saw many animals, in a park and in the wild. Tour guide Troy was informative, pointed out sights and gave good advice.

Nora D October 2019

The main attraction is seeing the penguins just after sunset. The visit to Maru was also enjoyable. Our guide JP was very nice and attentive to the needs of the group. I like that the company supports protecting wildlife and the environment. I thought I’d read in the tour description that we would visit the town or Cowes. I would have much preferred that to the chocolate factory tour or the windy beach.

corinna2403 August 2019

I did the Phillip Island & Koala Highlights tour and I had so much fun! Our tour guide JP was really good knowledged and made the best out of our day :) The koalas & the tiny tiny penguins have really been a highlight on my travels and I never felt rushed on the tour. So I would always book another tour with Autopia!

Ron F July 2019

All that was promised and more. The stop at Maru Koala & Animal Park was a great place to get up close with Koalas, Kangaroos, Wallabies, and other Australian wildlife. Cape Woolamai provided a chance to walk along the beach and watch surfers, the Nobbies were rugged, scenic, and an opportunity to see fur seals, and finally the Penguin Parade, a must see. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Autopia is definitely the Tour Company to use Victoria.

mov105 July 2019

Love the schedule and everything is nice ,also the tour guide is really friendly.The penguins and they kangaroos are adorable. 導遊人很好,旅途非常的輕鬆愉快。時間也調配的剛剛好,非常推薦給喜愛動物的人。小企鵝跟袋鼠都很可愛!請記得去看企鵝時不可以拍照,給企鵝一個良好的棲息地。

ilovetimtam June 2019

I've had really great time today. Penguins Koalas and my favorite kangaroos... This is well-thought out plan and I appreciate Duane's super kindness. Thanks a lot!

Relax654873 June 2019

It was amazing tour ever Especially, our guide Duane was really friendly and helpful I will definately join other tours with Autopia again Thank you so much for awesome tour Thumbs up

Bruin76 May 2019

We very much looked forward to this tour. Originally we were told that hotel pick up was included. We were then told to walk a few blocks to a museum for pick up. Then we were told to walk a few blocks in the other direction to meet at a church. That would have been okay, had it not been pouring rain and the driver was a half hour late, leaving us out in the cold. They had our phone number and email and could have updated us. We had to call them multiple times to check on where the driver was. He showed up with no apology, ironically after driving right past our hotel, where he was supposed to pick us up. One of the stops on the itinerary was to a Wildlife preserve. It was supposed to include a light lunch. In fact the confirmation email from Autopia Tours asked whether we had dietary requirements. We were never told that they no longer provided lunch so we were forced to eat at the wildlife stop. The menu was not inexpensive, and the two smallest items cost us $33. We ultimately made a long distance call from New Zealand to the US to inquire why this was the case and Viator, the TripAdvisor partner, and seller of the trip said that lunch was no longer included. We had purchased and paid for the tour in January. Our printouts show both hotel pickup and lunch are included. There were multiple correspondences with Autopia Tours, when they continued to change the meeting spots, and at any point they could have told us of the change. The Viator operator made two phone calls to Autopia and they would only reimburse us $10 each. There was no light lunch for $10 so this was no more than selling me one product and delivering a less, unsatisfactory replacement. Viator refused to take responsibility saying that Autopia changed their offer. I take the position that I purchased the tour from Viator and that they should have honored the lunch or reimbursed a respectable amount, since I paid Viator for the lunch and I paid the Wildlife preserve for the lunch. Why would I ever do business with thieves again? PS: The Penguins were adorable.

lowen_vita May 2018

A well planned tour. I widened my horizons with cute animals and excellent scenery. Tour guide was informative.

Yu Juan L March 2018

Charlie from Autopia was a fantastic guide. His guided tour was very personalized. He remembered all the names of the tourists in his bus. His commentary was very clear and detailed throughout the trip. If you need a guide from Autopia, ask for him, Charlie, the musician. -YJ (from Singapore)

laleja18 January 2018

Amazing day , just perfect. finalizing with such lovely creatures. a little bit more time with the penguins, would nevertheless had been desired

MichaelE_K February 2017

Had a great tour director! Upgrade to better Penguin seating was well worth it. Survived easily a random vehicle safety stop.

Lorraine F August 2017

me encanto conocer a estos pequeños pinguinos de AUSTRALIA, el recorrido para verlos es ameno, e interesante, puedo recomendar este tour se conoce un paisaje diferente , naturaleza y animales en el camino, no me gusto mucho el lunch que nos dieron .

Nathalie D January 2017

Notre guide et conducteur Léon était fantastique il a tout fait pour nous occuper jusqu a l heure de l arrivée des pingouins et le groupe était sympa , tout le monde à discute ensemble, Merci Leon

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