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.

  • See fur seals basking on rocks
  • Take a picture with a cuddly koala
  • View spectacular scenery at the Nobbies
  • Be amazed at the beauty of the Southern Ocean's beaches 

Departing after lunch, this tour takes you through the tree-lined streets of some of Melbourne's inner suburbs and heads south 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 The Koala Conservation Centre, where you will learn all about Koalas and the important work being done by the Phillip Island Nature Parks in protecting the island haven for these and other special animals. One of the experienced park ranges will guide you through the tree-top boardwalks and introduce you to the koalas in their natural habitat.

Next will visit The Nobbies, the home of the largest fur seal colonies in Australia, and its 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.

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Tour Details

  • Included in price:

    Includes entrance to Koala Conservation Centre and Phillip Island Penguin Parade. (Maru Animal Park instead of Koala Conservation Centre to 31 March 2020)

  • Available for purchase/hire:

    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 confirmation by the tour operator) when making your booking.

  • Duration:

    Approximately 10hrs.

  • Departure:

    1:15 PM Daily

  • Return:

    This tour returns at approx 10:30pm April to September, and 11:30pm between October and March due to seasonal changes.

  • Departure points:


  • Pickup/departure instructions:

    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.


  • What to bring:

    - Camera (Please note that due to restrictions imposed by the Penguin Parade, photographs of penguins are not permitted)
    - Warm clothing - it can get cold at night - even in summer!

  • Fitness level required:


  • Child policies:

    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.
    Please note: Children are not permitted in the Private and Skybox viewing upgrade options.

  • Additional Information:

    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.

  • Destinations:

    Phillip Island

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