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Travel from Melbourne to Phillip Island to watch hundreds of little penguins emerge from the surf to return to their burrows for the night. Marvel at the penguins as they waddle up the beach, feed their young, and vocally interact with each other. Phillip Island has the largest little penguin colony in the world, and you get to see them in action in their natural habitat! En route to the penguin parade, drive through the affluent suburbs of Melbourne, outlying farming communities, and the quaint fishing village of San Remo.
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    Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    Depart Melbourne and travel directly to the Penguin Parade Explore Phillip Island's Penguin Parade Centre to discover an extensive range of information available about Phillip Island, its history and wildlife Here you can learn about the Little Penguin and its lifestyle Browse through the souvenir shop for your own little piece of Penguin memorabilia See the wonderful nightly phenomenon of the Little Penguins battling the strong surf as they return to the beach after a day of hunting fish at sea Watch the Little Penguins as they make their way up the beach to their waiting families
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Highlights
  • See the unforgettable sight of little penguins in their natural environment
  • Guided visit with viewing options ensures the best viewing spots
  • Upgrade for even better views from the Penguins Plus viewing platform
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transportation from Melbourne
What to Expect
After being picked up from your central Melbourne hotel in the mid-afternoon, set out on the around 1.5-hour journey to Phillip Island. Traveling aboard an air-conditioned coach, head south towards the coast and admire the scenery along the Yarra River. Arrive at the fishing village of San Remo, where you will cross the bridge to Phillip Island. The first stop of the evening is at the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre, where you can learn more about the island’s native wildlife, hear about ongoing conservation efforts, and discover fascinating facts about the little penguins—Phillip Island is home to the largest colony in Australia. Arrive at Summerland Beach, on the southwestern coast of Phillip Island, in time to watch the nightly parade. Depending on the tour option chosen, either find a place on the beach or watch from the comfort of the Penguin Plus Viewing Platform, and enjoy seeing the hundreds of little penguins waddling back up the beach to their burrows. At the end of the evening, return to Melbourne and enjoy views of the illuminated city on the drive back to your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
AAT Kings Melbourne Day Tours, Federation Square, Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick-ups commence prior to the tour start time. You will be collected from the hotel you have selected in the drop down list during the booking process. Your hotel pick-up time will be displayed on your voucher. If you wish to change your pick-up location from the one selected, you must call the operator at least 24 hrs prior to travel. If your hotel does not appear on the drop down list, the operator does not pick-up from your hotel. Please phone the operator to arrange an alternate pick-up time and location.
Departure Time
4:00 PM
Duration
6h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Super comfortable luxury vehicle including: free wifi, in seat USB and air conditioning
  • Ticket for general viewing platform (Penguin Parade) unless upgrade selected
  • Learn all about the spectacular Phillip Island with your expert local guide
  • Pickup and dropoff at selected Melbourne hotels
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Departure times subject to change due to daylight savings
  • Be sure to bring warm layers of clothing, as the ocean air can get cold at night
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note photography or filming is prohibited at the Penguin Parade. Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate a penguin.
  • Guests that require a wheelchair are welcome on our tours providing they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from the supplier to embark and disembark the vehicle. Wheelchairs will be stored under the vehicle whilst in transit. If travelling with a wheelchair, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure your wheelchair can be accommodated. no access to upgrades to Guided Ranger or Skybox at Phillip Island Nature Parks, Penguins Underground is the recommended upgrade.
  • Children under 16 are not permitted on skybox tour
  • Children under 12 are not permitted on the Ranger Guided Tour
  • If travelling with an infant that requires a stroller, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure the can be accommodated.
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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I took this tour in January, set off Melbourne in late afternoon, before the Penguin parade started 9pm, there was a plenty of time that the driver/guide Paul took us some extra scenic places on the way. I really enjoyed visiting the seaside, dune, race track and was happy to
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If visiting Melbourne, make time to see the evening Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. The AAT Kings tour stops at Maru Koala where you get to see several native animals which is a plus for overseas visitors. The little penguins are just adorable! They come ashore once the sun
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Phillip Island Penguin Parade Evening Tour
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello lourdesc689, Thank you for partaking in our Phillip Island, Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas Tour. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time on tour with us, especially the main attraction, the Penguin Parade. The Penguin Platform as you have mentioned is an advantageous viewing area and well worth the upgrade. Thanks for leaving us a review.
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Amazing evening however don’t get drawn in to watching the penguins coming out of the sea. Go to other areas to see the animal’s waddle to their home it’s more interesting. Really amazing to hear and watch near the home and path ways don’t wait on the beach.
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Phillip Island Penguin Parade Evening Tour
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hello dazbaza, Thanks for leaving us a review of your experience. If you have not pre-booked a viewing upgrade, we too would recommend spending most of your time along the board walks to see the penguins waddle right past your feet. What a great tip for other travellers! We hope you enjoy the remainder of your time in Melbourne
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Totally awesome, beautiful experience, upgraded to underground viewing and got see penguins at eye level, they could sense us and came up close to eye level window and looked at us, the ones following bumping into each other and almost falling over. Then up to viewing platform
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Phillip Island Penguin Parade Evening Tour
Responded 7 Jan 2020
Hello kartim_10, This is a fantastic review of the underground viewing upgrade available at the Penguin Parade. It truly is a special experience, and we would highly recommend booking and securing this upgrade early as it is very popular. You have made some great tips about the Penguin Parade and your experiences we hope others take this on board when planning their own trip. Thanks for leaving us this lovely review.
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This is one of the highlights of our three week trip to Australia! The AAT Kings Evening Phillips Island Penguin Parade tour was perfect! It is a long day with an early afternoon hotel pick up but the bus was comfortable and the driver very knowledgeable. We visited an animal
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Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Phillip Island Penguin Parade Evening Tour
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Hello there ChicagoMom847, Thanks for joining us on our Full Day Phillip Island Tour which you have described, the Evening tour actually has an alternate itinerary. We are glad to hear you enjoyed this wildlife focused tour to Phillip Island to encounter many Australian species. We agree that the Plus platform is also highly regarded as an upgrade viewing area to see the little penguins march up to their burrows. whilst it is a long day overall, especially in summer, we are grateful to have shared this experience with you. Thanks for the review :)
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HTJ
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lovely day trip of the train ride and wine tasting
It was an early start of 8am trip so the Devonshire morning tea was a good stop in a lovely countryside not very
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HTJ
40
Great trip!
This trip was absolutely wonderful, one of the must see scenic places in a lifetime.  The driver/guide Paul's talk
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HTJ
40
lovely wildlife!
I took this tour in January, set off Melbourne in late afternoon, before the Penguin parade started 9pm, there was
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Savannah T
Paphos, Cyprus
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The highlight of our holiday
Liam our tour guide for the day was more than amazing. He gave us a memorable day. He was full of recommendations
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Gracie
Dublin, Ireland
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Wonderful Day
This was one of the most amazing trips. It was a long day but we'll worth it. There were plenty of stops and there
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Lourdes C
Sydney, Australia
214
Once in a lifetime experience!
If visiting Melbourne, make time to see the evening Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. The AAT Kings tour stops at
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Anders J
Akersberga, Sweden
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AAT Kings ride 2 february Melbourne Great Ocean Road
Thanks Richard for a great day along The Great Ocean Road! Fantastic views and very comfortable and modern coach.
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Alan K
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I have just returned from this tour. What can I say?! I am truly speechless at what a fantastic day this was such
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buster142018
Perth, Australia
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Great Ocean Road Tour
Excellent tour. Steve the AAT driver/Guide was first class, his knowledge was great. This made the trip very
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dazbaza
Cutnall Green, United Kingdom
26265
Really good evening seeing nature at its most
Amazing evening however don’t get drawn in to watching the penguins coming out of the sea. Go to other areas to
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