Phillip Island didn’t disappoint. The penguins, of course, were the stars. But the rest of the day was outstanding as well. We enjoyed the Moonlit Sanctuary, Brighton Beach, and the Nobbies. Our guide Chris was personable and excellent. We’re not usually fans of tours, but this one was excellent. I mean, you had me at penguins!!
Explore the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
Visit the colourful Brighton Beach boxes for a special Instagram moment
Visit Penguin Parade at Sunset
A Complete Wildlife Tour With Spectacular Sights at the Penguin Parade at Sunset
The best way to explore one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations. On this Phillip Island day tour, meet and view local wildlife at a multi-award-winning conservation park before reaching the highlight of the tour – the nightly Penguin Parade.
- Adult (16+): AUD $140
- Child (0-15): AUD $120
(Enquire for group discounts for groups of 5 people or more)
- Penguins Plus Viewing Upgrade – Add $30 (subject to availability during December-January) – all guests must be aged 12 years or older
- Guided Ranger Tour (formerly Private Penguin Parade Experience) Upgrade – Add $60 (subject to availability during December-January) – all guests must be aged 12 years or older
Inner-city pickup service from most accommodation providers and specified pickup points.
Monday to Sunday, year-round
9-12 hours (Return between 9 PM and midnight – according to the season)
Maximum of 24 guests
- All transfers in air-conditioned comfort
- Experienced and informative guide
- General entry to both Moonlit Sanctuary and the Penguin Parade
- Access to our free translation app
- Free onboard Wi-Fi
Meals other than as stated
Upgraded viewing options unless as purchased
What to bring
- Bathing suit and towel if you fancy a dip
- Dress appropriately for all weather conditions
- Snacks and a refillable water bottle
- Warm weather: sunscreen, a hat, and warm clothes for when the sun goes down
- Winter: warm clothes and layers as coastal winds can make conditions quite cold
Good to Know
- Please note you must arrive at your pickup location at least 10 minutes prior to your allocated pickup time.
- No prams or strollers permitted.
- We are able to provide an infant seat (0-3 years) or a child booster seat (4-8 years) free of charge. Please note we have only a limited number available each day and they must be pre-booked. Contact us with your request and provide the age of your child along with your confirmation number and booking details.
- Download the Go West Tours app from the App Store or Google Play prior to your departure for access to our tour language commentary. Available in Arabic, Malay, Cantonese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, and Hindi.
A visit to the famous Brighton Beach boxes
A guided tour at the award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
Meet and feed a wide range of Australian animals including koalas, wombats, dingoes, and many more
Visit Point Grant to view the Nobbies and Seal Rock
Stroll the coastal boardwalks to enjoy amazing panoramic views
See the penguins waddle up the Phillip Island Penguin Parade at sunset
What You’ll Do
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, and wallabies, as well as some of our lesser-known favourites including quolls, owls, bandicoots, and Tasmanian devils.
Included in our visit here is the spectacular “Conservation in Action” wildlife show, which showcases several lesser-known Australian species in a series of interactive and engaging ranger presentations.
Continuing 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, the Phillip Island penguin tour. 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 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 dropoff right back to your inner city accommodation, you’ll remember this day as a true highlight of your Australian holiday.
FAQs for the Phillip Island Tour
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park is home to many common and rare Australian animals including kangaroos, wombats, emus, and Tasmanian Devils (and more). The kangaroos and wallabies can be fed with food purchased from Moonlit Sanctuary’s counter. Please do not feed any animals inside enclosed areas!
Koala handling is not included on this tour. You will, however, still see these furry little guys in their habitats at Moonlit Sanctuary. From here, you will also be able to take photos of them munching away on eucalyptus or sleeping throughout the day!
Photos are permitted at all locations except the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Penguins’ eyes are very sensitive, and any bright or sudden flashes can frighten them. Please do not use cameras of any kind including phones and camcorders at any time during your visit to the Penguin Parade.
Over the many years that we have operated to this destination, only a very small proportion of our guests have expressed interest in swimming during the tour. However, if you’re keen to have a dip, this is possible at Brighton Beach, as well as at the town of Cowes (when we visit here in the summer months).
Please note that we do not make any special “swimming stops” so if you’re keen to have a swim you’ll need to do this in the available time, rather than expecting time to be allocated for this purpose. We also note that changing facilities are not available, so you will want to keep this in mind if planning to enter the water at all.
We do not include meals on this tour, but there are opportunities to purchase meals at appropriate times throughout the day. Guests are also welcome to bring food with them if they prefer.
As the time that the penguins arrive on the beach changes significantly during the year, our return time to Melbourne also varies significantly.
On an indicative basis, this tour returns to Melbourne at approximately the following times:
- Nov – Feb: midnight
- March: 11:00 PM
- April: 10:00 PM
- May – Aug: 9:00 PM
- September: 9:30 PM
- October: 10:30 PM
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Reviews From Our Previous Guests
We had a real nice day. Our tour guide Dan was a real nice guy who made us feel comfortable and amused us the whole day. (…) The trip itself was worth it’s price (…). Dinner is not included, but we stopped in a real nice town with a lot of different restaurants, where you can find something for every budget.
What a fabulous day. A tour that has a great itinerary and timed to perfection, well done Go West Tours and Yaszmin our tour guide.(…) we were delighted to see some Penguin s already at the boxes from the boardwalk there. (…) Just fabulous and would recommend for all to see.
Despite all the apprehension in AU from the COVID-19 threat (…), Mike C. always had a super positive attitude and would make the group super excited by everything that was to come. (…) he made it feel really special. (…) Thanks for a great tour, Mike!