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Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne

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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 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. 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, maximum 24 people, will allow you to explore all that Phillip Island has to offer in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
  • Comprehensive guided tour of Phillip Island's animal-focused highlights
  • Skip the transportation hassle with round-trip rides from selected Melbourne hotels
  • Learn about native Australian animal conservation at the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Center
  • See the little penguins in action at the Penguin Parade, upgrade options available
  • Spy one of Australia's largest fur seal colonies at the Nobbies and Seal Rock
What to Expect
Start your adventure with pickup at selected Melbourne hotels, and get settled in an air-conditioned minivan. Enjoy the scenery or take advantage of the onboard Wi-Fi. At Brighton Beach, see famous, brightly colored beach boxes while your guide fills you in on the beach’s importance. Explore independently before continuing on to the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park where you’ll learn about Australian animals and conservation efforts. See seal rocks and get views of the Nobbies on the southwestern coast. Be sure to have your camera ready for Australia’s largest fur seal colony, and learn about their biology and behavior from your guide. Around dusk, head down to a local beach to see and learn about the day’s stars, fairy penguins (one of the world’s smallest penguins). Upgrade options are available for a more up-close penguin experience. Relax on the ride back to Melbourne for drop-off at your departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
You may choose a pickup from the available list or the following locations: Immigration Museum (400 Flinders Street) or Regent Theatre (191 Collins Street). Pickup is only available from the listed hotels.

Your pick up information including exact meeting time will be provided after a booking is placed.

Please contact our reservations team 24-48 hours prior to your tour date to confirm your booking details.

This tour returns to Melbourne between 9:00pm and midnight depending on the season.
Departure Time
11:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels)
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coaster fitted with free WIFI
  • Entry fees for Moonlit Sanctuary and Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Sightseeing at the Brighton Bathing Boxes, Nobbies and Seal Rocks
  • Entry/Admission - Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
  • Gratuities
  • Meals
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: Photography of any kind is not permitted at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Please note: 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
  • Please note: Infant restraint seats can be provided but must be requested at the time a booking is placed
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Was promptly picked up directly at my hotel in a clean bus by the world's friendliest tour guide Mel. After a couple more stops (Brighton Beach wasn't so interesting to be honest) we visited Moonlit Sanctuary where we were given VIP treatment and had a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This tour I joined was great, Mel was our tour guide yesterday. She was very professional and knowledgeable. Cheers

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was wonderful. Beautiful trip to see fairy penguins at night. There were so many penguins to view, it was an amazing experience. We chose undercover viewing and we were not disappointed. Our guide was Scott M....a terrific host... looked after us the whole day....More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have joined the local tour with my family today. The tour guide - Leonie is extremely professional, with full of passion and knowledge. Leonie does not only well manage the tour with detail background of each checkpoint, she is funny and also kindness to...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Prolog L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour was fabulous. Highly recommend it. The Penguins were so cute and adorable, the views spectacular and Leonie our guide was so knowledgeable and nice. I would do this tour again.

Date of experience: October 2019
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11 August 2019|
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Response from John G | Reviewed this property |
The little penguins come ashore after dark and they would be blinded by the flashes of literally hundreds of cameras all trying for that special memory or photograph, so no photography is allowed after dark. However, it is... More
3 August 2019|
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Response from axhoai | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, the drop off time is actually quite late into the night. maybe about 11pm or 12am. As Philip island is quite far away from the Melbourne. And you need to watch the night view of the penguin coming back home. hence... More
Key Details
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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