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The Phillip Island Penguins Tour

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As one of the most popular tours, this tour celebrates some of the best countryside, the best of local produce as well as some of the most amazing Australian Wildlife living in their own natural environment.

Spend the day exploring some of Victoria's treasures. Travel with a small, friendly group in mini coach comfort and enjoy being fully informed by your own group guide. All entrance fees as totally covered. Food and wine tastings and lunch is included along the way. 

Phillip Island penguin at the Penguin ParadePhillip Island Penguin

The tour can last somewhere between 9 and 12 hours so the value for money is amazing.

Experience the unique wildlife in Australia such as Victoria's little penguins as you tour throughout Phillip Island on one of Viator's most popular eco tours.

Observing the little penguins as they return at dusk from their daily food search has to be one of the most amazing Melbourne tourist attractions that you seriously don't want to miss out on.

The Phillip Island Penguin Parade will fascinate you as you watch hundreds of little penguins jumping out of the ocean and waddle up the beach, over rocks and sand dunes and finally find their own next.

The Phillip Island Penguins Tour is one that is crammed full of some of the most exciting things that you can do down on the Island.

What The Phillip Island Penguins Tour Offers

Phillip Island Winery grapevines

1) Tour the Phillip Island Winery with a personal and well informed guide. Wander through the rows of grapevines learning how this region produces some of the world's best wines and why this is so.

Thoroughly enjoy a selected wine tasting overlooking some of the dramatic and beautiful countryside of Phillip Island.

Compliment the wine with tasting a delicious selection of cheeses and other tantilizing local produce.

This can include olives, olive oils, chutneys, honeys, jams and cherries or any other seasonal fruits grown locally.

Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm rainbow trout

2) You are now over the bridge at San Remo and on Phillip Island itself.

Your second stop is at the Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, check out the indoor and outdoor areas to fish for rainbow trout.

'Bush Tucker' is everywhere, enjoy learning what can be found and where. How you can use many plant varieties in cooking, some of these are used in the lunch provided.

The fun and informative Bush Tucker Trail winds around the lake, the wetland area and she oak forest.

Sleeping koala at Koala Conservation Centre Phillip Island

3) A close encounter with Australia's unique little bush koala is your next stop. 

The Koala Conservation Centre is just outside of Cowes and the eucalyptus trees house this creature in its native environment.

Explore the two tree top boardwalks and enjoy the native and diverse birdlife.

You may just see other Australian wildlife such as wild bats, echidnas and wallabies wandering the extensive bush trails.

There are interactive displays in the Visitor Centre to enjoy at your leisure.

The Nobbies on Phillip Island

At the south west tip on the Island can be found 'The Nobbies Centre' overlooking bass Strait.

The Nobbies are a large outcrop of rugged rocks found offshore and that house many different wildlife creatures including the largest fur seal colony in Australia.

Abundant with marine life, most of which you can view through the real spy cameras that can zoom in for a closer look.

There is a boardwalk to wander along if there is time this takes you to the exciting blowhole.

Within the centre you will find plenty of interactive an informative displays.

The World Famous Phillip Island Penguins Parade

The last stop of the tour is the world famous Phillip Island Penguin Parade.

At dusk the little penguin returns to shore and its nesting area after it has been fishing in the open waters of Bass Strait.

It is an amazing sight to watch these little creatures waddle up the sand dunes and somehow make their way through the scrub and bushland until they have found their own nest.

There are 3 choices as to where you can view this phenomenon from.

  • The Standard Penguin Parade - included in this tour's price

or for a little extra upgrade to...

  • The Penguin Plus View Platform - Unique up-close and interactive penguin viewing with commentary by an eco-qualified ranger. Excellent and preferential penguin viewing from wooden seating and boardwalks.
  • The Private Penguin Parade - enjoy exclusive seating on the beach in a small group in front of the crowds, then be guided by a ranger as you access the exclusive Penguin Plus boardwalk.

Note that no photography is allowed at the Penguin Parade, there are photos that can be purchased in the informative and interactive Visitor Centre though.

The Penguin Parade on Phillip IslandPenguin Parade On Phillip Island

Time your tour of Phillip Island to coincide if possible with the seasonal cycle.

The Phillip Island Penguins seasonal cycle:

Feb - April: Molting
May - July: Nest Building
Aug - October: Egg laying
Nov - January: Chick Feeding

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