Tour ID: 10000123
As you head south from Melbourne you will pass through some stunning scenery. The rugged coastline with it's colony of fur seals and beaches will create lots of photo opportunities. You visit a wildlife sanctuary to see & learn about Australian animals, and even get to feed some! The highlight occurs at sunset, watch the adorable penguins make their way home for the night. You will never forget the sight of these special little animals.
Departing Melbourne at around midday, this small group day tour encapsulates the very best of the region’s wildlife and gourmet delights.
Leaving Melbourne we journey through the Gippsland region directly to Phillip Island and make our first stop at the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park for a unique Australian wildlife experience. Here, we’ii enjoy a guided wildlife walk where we have the opportunity to meet and hand-feed many species of native Australian animals. Learn about iconic species such as kangaroos, koalas, emus & wallabies, as well as some of our lesser known favourites including quolls, owls, bandicoots & Tasmanian devils.
Our next stop is at the Phillip Island Winery, overlooking the famous Berry’s Beach. Here we sample not only the locally produced wines, but also a selection of Gippsland’s finest cheeses and other gourmet produce. The tasting is accompanied by an informative presentation, ensuring an experience that is educational as well as truly mouth-watering.
A visit to Point Grant and The Nobbies gives us an opportunity to enjoy views over Westernport Bay and Bass Strait, including Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest population of fur seals.
And then it’s onwards to the main event, where just after dark every night the world’s smallest penguins waddle ashore after spending the day fishing out at sea. You’ll be truly enchanted as the stars of the show emerge from the surf and pass right before your eyes on their journey back to their homes. Your guide will ensure you are able to get the very best vantage point to enjoy the Penguin Parade.
For an exclusive viewing experience, upgrade to the more personalised “Penguins Plus” viewing platform. With numbers limited to 150, you’ll enjoy special ranger interpretation in a more natural setting.
After the parade we allow plenty of time to explore the Visitor Centre before beginning our own journey back to Melbourne. The journey back is a great chance to upload photo’s, send E-Postcards, and research your next destination as Go West Tours is the proud operator to offer the first in free Wi Fi on board all our Melbourne day tours.
With drop off right back to your inner city and St Kilda area accommodation, you’ll remember this day as a true highlight of your Australian holiday.
*Valid until 31st March 2017
**As of the 1st of April 2017, this tour will no longer be visiting the Phillip Island Winery. Instead we journey to the city’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.
All transfers and commentary, free Wi Fi, cheese and wine & other gourmet samplings, all entrance fees (valid until 31st March 2017).
Meals at own expense.
11:00 AM Daily
Please contact us using the details provided on your booking confirmation to specify a pick-up point that suits you. If not staying in a CBD hotel, we recommend that Rendezvous Hotel on Flinders Street as a convenient pick-up location.
Due to seasonal variations in the penguins' arrival time our tour departs one hour earlier from April to October than it does from November to March.
March 2017 pick ups are between 12:00pm and 1.00pm.
April 2017 - October 2017 pick ups are between 11.00am and 12.00pm.
Nov 2017 - March 2018 pick ups are between 12:00pm and 1.00pm.
The tour departs immediately after the last pick up.
A sense of fun and adventure, camera and film, warm clothing as it can get cold waiting for the penguins to arrive.
Children fare applies to all children from 0 to 15 years inclusive.
Please note that photography is not permitted at the Penguin Parade.
Maximum 24 passengers per vehicle.
Personal audio translation service is available on request for selected languages.
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