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Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park from Melbourne

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    A beloved day-trip destination for Melbournians, Phillip Island offers a combination of rolling farmland, windswept cliffs and unique animal encounters. After pickup at your Melbourne hotel in the afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive through the city’s leafy suburbs as we head south-east of Melbourne to visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park at the top of Mornington Peninsula. You will meet endangered Australian native wildlife such as koalas, wallabies, kookaburras and dingoes. Look out for a variety of bright colored birds and reptiles. 

    Cross a bridge to access Phillip Island, where the Australian Motor Grand Prix and home of our famous Little Penguins. Upon arrival on the island depending on the time of year and your interest, we will visit Woolamai Beach to admire surfers gliding along the waves. We will then head to the southern tip of the island to view the rugged windswept cliffs of the Nobbies and Seal Rocks, home to a large fur seal colony.

    In the warmer months between October to March we will spend time on the island town of Cowes where you might dine (own expense) in one of the delicious restaurant options and browse local shops. In the cooler months between April to September, you will return to Melbourne after the Penguin Parade visit to indulge in one of Melbourne City's decadent restaurants. 

    As dusk approaches, make your way to a local beach and settle in to a shoreline viewing platform for the world-famous Penguin Parade. Every night, hundreds of petite fairy penguins — the smallest in the world — emerge from the water here after fishing all day. Watch the awe-inspiring spectacle as the adorable penguins waddle across the sand and through the bush to tuck into their burrows for the night. Your tour includes an upgraded Penguins Plus experience for a VIP boardwalk view of the parade.

    Once all penguins have gone home for the night, relax on the approximately 2-hour return drive to Melbourne.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1: Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
    2: Phillip Island Nature Park, Cape Woolamai VIC 3925, Australia

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Melbourne CBD hotels
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
    • Local guide/driver
    • Live commentary on board
    • Penguin Plus access
    • Moonlit Sanctuary access
    • Entry/Admission - Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
    • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Adult pricing applies to all travelers 4yrs and above
    • Infants 0-3yrs please request car seat at time of booking
    • No photo or video of penguins allowed
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    This was a great day. It started off visiting the Moonlight Sanctuary. What a trhill to handfeed the Wallabees and Kanaroos. We also go to pet them. I never saw such active Koalas! Seeing The Penguin Parade was incredible! It's amazing to watch the number...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    Sebastian_Oceania, General Manager at Oceania Tours & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    On behalf of our team at Oceania Tours, thank you for taking the time to review your recent Phillip Island tour with us. We all agree that the animals at Moonlit Sanctuary are active and enjoy interacting with their visitors. A visit to the Phillip...More

    Reviewed 31 August 2019 via mobile

    I want to mention a remarkable Customer Service that my mother and I have received from George Tapia, an extraordinary tourist guide whose compromise with his work made that the tours to visit amazing places near Melbourne it was worth it. George is not just...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank LauraC11708
    Sebastian_Oceania, General Manager at Oceania Tours & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2019

    Dear Laura, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience of travelling with Oceania Tours. George is an integral member of the Oceania team and we all applaud his dedication and commitment to ensuring our passenger experience is nothing short of the...More

    Reviewed 25 April 2019

    This is how every tour should be organized! Our Guide Fred was phenomenal: started from being very punctual when picking us up from the hotel, his hospitality and friendliness never ceased for all the 9 hour-tour. The most informative tour we have ever taken! The...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank LarisaC89
    Sebastian_Oceania, General Manager at Oceania Tours & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2019

    Thank you for your kind words Larisa. The team at Oceania agree that Fred is a phenomenal member of our team. We all delight in being able to visit our Australian wildlife and showcase the wonders of our beautiful State to its visitors. We do...More

    Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

    This was one of my favorite toys I had while in Australia. My guide was Fred and he was so much fun. He had a lot of stories and fun facts and was all around an interesting person to talk to. We got to see...More

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    Sebastian_Oceania, Propriétaire at Oceania Tours & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

    Thanks for the fab review Andrea! Fred is becoming quite famous as Melbourne's official Possum Tour Guide!

    Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

    Had a wonderful time going to Phillip Island and Moonlit Santuary with Fred. Despite venues having many visitors, Fred provided guidance on how to make the most out of the experience. The wildlife show with a dingo, bettong and tawny frogmouth allowed us to see...More

    Thank mudrunner2016
    Sebastian_Oceania, Propriétaire at Oceania Tours & Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2018

    Thank you very much for this review, we are glad to hear that you had a great day out with Oceania, and also great to get the feedback on our brand new Phillip Island Itinerary with Moonlit Sanctuary. I hope that others take on board...More

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