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. 

  • Watch the world’s smallest penguins wade ashore at the Penguin Parade, a magical twilight experience
  • Travel from Melbourne to Phillip Island through the stunning scenery surrounding Western Port Bay
  • Meet and hand-feed native Australian animals
  • Visit the colourful Brighton Beach Boxes
  • See Australia’s largest colony of fur seals at Point Grant and The Nobbies


Departing Melbourne at around midday, this small group day tour encapsulates the very best of the region’s wildlife.

Leaving Melbourne we journey to see the famous Brighton Beach Boxes, one of Melbourne's most popular & colourful locations.

We then head toward Western Port Bay and stop at the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park for a unique Australian wildlife experience. Here, we’ll 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.

Heading onwards, we driver around Western Port Bay to the town of San Remo, where we drive across the bridge and onto Phillip Island. A visit to Point Grant and The Nobbies gives us an opportunity to enjoy views over Western Port 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 300, 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 area accommodation, you’ll remember this day as a true highlight of your Australian holiday.

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Tour Details

  • Included in price:

    All transfers and commentary, free Wi Fi, Moonlit Santuary's "Conservation In Action" wildlife show, all entrance fees.

  • Available for purchase/hire:

    Meals at own expense.

  • Duration:

    11 hours

  • Departure:

    11:00 AM Daily

  • Return:

    From 9pm to midnight depending on time of year.

  • Departure points:


  • Pickup/departure instructions:

    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.
    Pick ups for this tour are between 11am - 12pm (Sept - May) and 10am - 11am (Jun - Aug)
    The tour departs immediately after the last pick up.

  • What to bring:

    A sense of fun and adventure, camera and film, warm clothing as it can get cold waiting for the penguins to arrive.

  • Fitness level required:


  • Child policies:

    Children fare applies to all children and infants from 0 to 15 years inclusive. All travellers must have a seat allocated regardless of age. Child safety and booster seats can be supplied upon request at no additional charge.

  • Additional Information:

    Please note that photography is not permitted at the Penguin Parade.

    Maximum 24 passengers per vehicle.

    Please note that our guests who do not have English as a first language are requested to download the free Go West tours App prior to departure. Languages offered include Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, Malaysian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Russian, Japanese, Italian, Korean & Arabic. You will find the links to download this app on your confirmation. 

  • Destinations:

    Phillip Island

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