Tour ID: 10002133
This tour is for the animal lover in you. You'll see the world's smallest species of penguin in its natural habitat as it emerges from the sea and burrows into the sand for the night. See Australia's largest fur seal colony as the large marine mammals sun themselves, and get up close and personal with cuddly koalas and kangaroos.
Departing after lunch, this tour takes you through the affluent, tree-lined streets of some of Melbourne's richest suburbs, heading straight to Western Port Bay. As you travel toward Phillip Island, watch the established streets fade away into the distance as the horizon becomes dotted with rural townships and farming villages. Your first stop will be Maru Koala & Animal Park. Make sure you have your camera ready as you are about to get up close and personal with all of Australia's weird and wonderful wildlife. You will have the opportunity for close encounters with cuddly koalas, kangaroos, and even Tasmanian devils.
After you've walked with the animals, you will drive over the bridge that connects Phillip Island. Look out for more camera opportunities as you will be awed by the beauty of this rugged coastline, with views out to the great Southern Ocean. The island attracts up to 3 million visitors per year as a haven for wildlife lovers and motorcycle enthusiasts, with the Moto GP track being a famous Phillip Island Landmark.
The Nobbies has views that stretch right out over the Bass Strait. This spectacular sightseeing spot contrasts the crashing of the powerful sea against the rugged south coast with long views of the horizon over the Bass Strait. You will be awed by the sight of thousands of fur seals sunbathing and looking after their young at Seal Rocks, just a kilometre and a half offshore from The Nobbies. Over 10,000 fur seals use this area to sunbathe, breed, and raise their young with stunning views across the Bass Strait. The Nobbies is also home to graceful sea birds and other marine life.
If you think baby seals and cuddly koalas are cute, wait until you get a look at the world's smallest penguins at the Penguin Parade. After visiting the tourist and information centre, you will head down to the Penguin Parade. Here, little penguins will break free from the waves to waddle onto the shore, burrowing their nests to rest their heads for the night. From viewing stations close by, you will watch these tiny penguins in the largest colony of little penguins in the world.
Includes entrance to Maru Koala & Animal Park and Phillip Island Penguin Parade.
Dinner is available for purchase during the tour.
If you wish, you can choose to add-on an upgraded Penguin Parade Viewing Option (viewing options subject to availability) when making your booking.
1:15 PM Daily
This tour returns at approx 10:30pm April to September, and 11:30pm between October and March due to seasonal changes.
Departs from & returns to Melbourne. All tours depart from Federation Square, cnr Flinders & Russell Streets, Melbourne. Complimentary Hotel Pick ups available on request from selected hotels.
Departs: 1.15pm (or earlier from your hotel)
Please visit this link for tentative pick up information.
Please note that reconfirmation is still required prior to departure as per your travel documentation. The coach will not attend a location unless a pick-up is prearranged. Please note the times listed are approximate and ALL bookings MUST be reconfirmed with operator the day before departure.
- Jacket for evening
- Warm clothing in the cooler months
Children between the ages of 2-15 years will be applicable for child rates. Children under 2 years are considered infants and travel free of charge when seated on a parent or guardians lap.
Child seats are unable to be used.
Note: Children are not allowed on optional extra the Private Penguin Parade or Skybox viewing options.
Note: Warm clothing is recommended for the Penguin Parade. We recommend wearing long pants and a warm jacket while viewing the Penguins, as the sea air can be cold.
Pensioner Fares apply to Australian and New Zealand Pension Card holders, Australian Senior Card holders, and full-time Australian Students.
Enjoy more personalised wildlife viewing in an area limited to 300 people with ranger interpretation giving you a closer viewing of the Penguin arrival than the main viewing stands
Enjoy more personalised wildlife viewing area and a view at penguin level with this upgrade to the Underground Platform Viewing area.
Join a group of up to 10 adults (no children), this ranger guided eco tour goes to an exclusive area on the beach to view little Penguins. You will hear live commentary via personal headphones whilst sitting on mats.
Join a group of only 10 adults (no children) in the comfort of an exclusive, elevated viewing tower. Gain an excellent overview of Sumemrland Beach interacting with a ranger.
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