Your Phillip Island Penguin Tour will be your ultimate wildlife viewing adventure. Phillip Island plays host to awe-inspiring natural wonders and bountiful attractions for naturalists and adventures alike. It is best known for the world’s largest fairy penguin colony. This magical procession of adorable little penguins, waddling up the beach after a day’s fishing, is a truly remarkable sight that will not be forgotten.
Travel to Phillip Island
Spectacular surf beaches lap the gateway to Phillip Island Nature Park, covering the expansive Southern coastline. Phillip Island is 90-minute drive south-east of Melbourne. Expect to see stunning sweeping views of Gippsland on your way to the bridge that connects the mainland to the island in Western Port Bay. Visit the Instagram worthy Cape Woolamai surf beach and begin to understand the passion that locals have to surf these famous roaring waves.
Visit the Koala Conservation Centre
Encounter our beloved Australian icons at the Koala Conservation Centre. Come up close to the koalas as you walk along the elevated boardwalks lifted amongst eucalyptus trees. The six-hectare bushland is home to plenty of native birds, wallabies and echidnas. The main settlement is the quaint settlement of Cowes. Here you will have time to explore and relish in a meal from one of the many speciality shops
Visit the Phillip Island Nature Park
Next stop is Summerland’s Phillip Island Nature Park, where you will experience the magic of the little penguin sunset procession. Delight in the smallest penguin in the world, popping their adorable heads out of the Southern Ocean after a tiresome day’s fishing. Marvel at them waddling up the beach to find their burrows in the sand dunes, where they will call to their family who are awaiting the catch of the day.
Nobbies Rocks Boardwalk
You will have the opportunity to stop at the Nobbies Rocks and Penguin Habitat Boardwalk that stretches along the rugged coastline. Your tour guide and wildlife specialist will explain the many ways we can help preserve this precious penguin colony. Primarily how we can enjoy the penguins with minimal impact. Catch a glimpse of the little penguin finally resting after a long day out at sea.
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour
Your tour will next explore the Phillip Island Penguin Centre. Take a wander through the interactive and educational displays in the visitor centre. You will then experience over 2000 fairy penguins in their natural habitat from tiered viewing stands and boardwalks. Please note that photography of the little penguin is not permitted, as flash photography can damage their vision. The name ‘little penguins’ is fitting for these tiny animals, as they stand no more than 33 centimetres tall and weigh around 1 kilogram. With dark blue feathers on their back and white on their belly, these small creatures will truly melt your heart. They spend the majority of their life searching for food in the Southern Ocean and only make their way back to their burrows at night. We are lucky enough to experience this wondrous parade as they waddle across the beach cooing for their families in the sand dune burrows.
Best time to complete the Phillip Island Penguin Tour
The Penguin Parade is busy all throughout the year, it is most popular at Christmas, Easter, Chinese New Year and school holidays. Please make sure you book a month in advance to save disappointment. The best time to make the journey to Phillip Island is late autumn or early spring when it is not too cold and dark. Penguins arrive at sunset every day of the year. At this time of the year, the sunset is earlier and saves the family from having a late night. We aim to arrive one hour before penguin arrival to provide time to explore.
Phillip Island Penguin Tour ticket options
The Phillip Island Nature Park offers a selection of penguin viewing experiences. The general viewing area at Summerland Beach has a tiered seating that manages a 180 degree elevated viewing of the little penguins. Adult tickets are included in your tour price.
Penguins Plus upgrade
The Penguins Plus viewing platform inhales the natural scenes of the coastal landscape and offers visitors up-close viewing of the penguins, including a comprehensive expert ranger commentary on the lives of these captivating creatures. Limited to a maximum of 300 people, the raised area oversees the popular path of the penguin parade, providing an intimate look at the penguins. + $35 Adult / $25 Child
Underground Viewing Experience
Experience a bird’s-eye view of the little penguins in the Underground viewing encounter. Limited to a maximum of 70 people, this world-class attraction offers you the convenience of being indoors and undercover. You receive the best possible prospect to watch the little penguins waddle their way along the most popular pathway of the Penguin Parade. + $70 Adult / $30 Child
Be given the VIP treatment on this exclusive guided tour with an expert ranger in the Penguin VIP Tour. Enjoy a prime elevated position overlooking the coast in the VIP Skybox. This option allows 10 people each evening to interact and assist in the penguin count, an essential element to ongoing research at the Phillip Island Nature Park. Minimum age is 12 years. POA.
The Ultimate Penguin Tour
The Ultimate Penguin Tour will provide a personalised venture to a secluded beach away from the Penguin Parade on a fully accredited Eco Tour. This truly is the ultimate naturalist adventure. You will be given personal headphones to listen to informative commentary and view penguins with high tech night vision. Minimum age is 16 years. POA.
With plenty of opportunities to see native Australian wildlife in its natural habitat, Phillip Island is a Victorian iconic destination that cannot be missed. Book our Phillip Island penguin tour today.