Go West Tours is Melbourne’s premier small group day tour operator. Since September 2000 we have operated small group day tours to Melbourne’s iconic day tour destinations, showing our customers some great sights and – more importantly – some great times.
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Small Group Eco Tour From Melbourne
Meet the cutest little penguins in Australia on our Penguin Parade tour!
Phillip Island day tours from Melbourne are a great way to explore one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations.
Meet and view Australian wildlife at a multi-award-winning conservation park before reaching the highlight of the tour – the nightly Penguin Parade.
Daily from Melbourne
Between 11.00am-12.00 noon
to Melbourne approx 9pm-Midnight (Seasonal)
What will I do on my Phillip Island Penguin Parade Small Group Eco Tour?
Departing Melbourne at around midday, 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.
We continue our journey through Melbourne’s bayside suburbs on the way to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Here, we 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.
Included in our visit here is the spectacular “Conservation in Action” wildlife show, which showcases a number of lesser-known Australian species in a series of interactive and engaging ranger presentations.
Continuing on to Phillip Island, 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 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. With drop off right back to your inner city accommodation, you’ll remember this day as a true highlight of your Australian holiday.
Our Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour was awarded a TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award in 2018. Based on guest reviews – it was rated by TripAdvisor the #5 experience in all of Australia.
Penguins Plus Viewing upgrade – Add $30* (subject to availability during December-January period)
Phillip Island penguin tours provide access to the Penguins Plus boardwalk, where you’ll enjoy unrivalled views of the nightly parade. With visitor numbers limited to 300, and local rangers on hand to provide interpretation of the world’s smallest penguins and their fascinating lives, this option is well worth the extra $30!
Guided Ranger Tour (formerly Private Penguin Parade Experience) upgrade – Add $60* (subject to availability during December-January period)
Join a fully ranger-guided group of no more than ten at the Penguin Parade for an experience you’ll never forget. This option offers priority seating in a separate area from other attendees.
*Please note, a minimum age of 12 years applies to this upgrade.
** Please note that photography of any kind is not permitted at the the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Photography is permitted at all other locations.
Our smaller air-conditioned buses allow us to access areas the larger coaches can’t. They also allow for a more personal tour experience with the benefits of a small group environment. So come along and let our tour guides give you a value-packed day of outstanding sights, wildlife encounters, information and entertainment, with plenty of fun and a few little surprises along the way.
$140pp for adults
$120 for kids