Penguin Parade

Penguin Parade: Our most recommended tours and activities

Phillip Island: Penguin Parade Entry Ticket

1. Phillip Island: Penguin Parade Entry Ticket

Discover the magic of watching penguins in their natural enviroment with this ticket to the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. Get access to a variety of viewing platforms and boardwalks that get you close to the penguins in a way that that is safe for the birds.  Pick from general admission, penguins plus entry, or underground viewing tickets. With general admission, enjoy tiered seating in from grandstands which overlook the picturesque Summerlands Beach where the penguins make their daily march to their burrows.  Select the penguins plus entry to get up close and personal with the little penguins from a special platform that offers excellent views of the Summerlands Beach. Go with the underground viewing ticket and see the penguins waddle past the window. Arrive an hour before sunset and find out more about these creatures at the visitor center. Have the chance to see them come right up to the window to say hello. Hungry visitors can visit the onsite café serving coffee, snacks, drinks and full meals. 

From Melbourne: Penguin Parade and Koalas Tour

2. From Melbourne: Penguin Parade and Koalas Tour

Discover the beauty of the volcanic formations at Nobbies National Park on this day trip from Melbourne in an air-conditioned coach. Experience local wildlife with a guided tour of the Phillip Island Koala Reserve and entry to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Depart Melbourne and travel to Phillip Island to watch the smallest penguin species in the world waddle up the beach at sunset. Before you get to the Island, stop at Phillip Island Koala Reserve where you will experience a ranger-led tour through the koalas' native habitat. Meet the koalas face-to-face on the spectacular tree-top boardwalk. Upon arrival at Phillip Island, visit the Cape Woolamai and Woolamai Beach. Let the sand flow through your toes as you stroll along the pristine beach and watch the local surfers carve the often monstrous waves. Then, journey to the far western end of the Island to view the extinct volcano remains of The Nobbies. Venture onto the boardwalks to explore the beautiful coastline. If you're lucky you may even see some little penguins in their burrows or huddling under the platforms. Experience the highlight of the day at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Go to the award-winning visitors center before making your way to the shoreline. As the sun sets to the west the little penguins will begin their dangerous journey across the yellow sands of Summerland Beach. Gathering in groups at the waters edge, watch as they waddle to the safety of the sand dunes. Once there, large numbers gather for one big penguin social evening. Listen as they "huk" to one another and slowly make their way to their burrows for the evening. A truly spectacular experience not to be missed!

Melbourne: Phillip Island Tour & Penguin Parade

3. Melbourne: Phillip Island Tour & Penguin Parade

Experience a day of Australian animals and nature on this guided day trip from Melbourne. Begin your animal adventure with hotel pickup and a trip to the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park. Experience up-close encounters with kangaroos, wombats and echidnas in this unique habitat. Next, it's time for Phillip Island. Witness the waves and die-hard surfers of Woolamai Surf Beach, then journey to the dramatic west coast and the dramatic scenery of the Nobbies. Enjoy the commentary and learning about the scenery from your expert, local guide. Finally, settle into your seat on a beachside protective platform for the famous Penguin Parade. Watch hundreds of little penguins waddle out onto the beach in this adorable natural spectacular.

From Melbourne: Phillip Island and Brighton Beach Day Trip

4. From Melbourne: Phillip Island and Brighton Beach Day Trip

Spend the day exploring Phillip Island and Brighton Beach on this day trip from Melbourne. See native wildlife at the Wildlife Park and coastal views at Brighton Beach, Nobbies Boardwalk, and Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Start the day by being picked up by an air-conditioned vehicle with free wi-fi and head to Brighton Beach. Explore the area and take photos of the iconic Brighton beach boxes. From here, you can also see views of the Melbourne skyline. Next is a visit to Phillip Island Wildlife Park. Here you can see over 100 species of Australian animals who live on the 60-acre property. There will be time to purchase lunch here before driving to the next location. Stop at Nobbies Tourist and Information Center to learn about Nobbies Blowhole and Seal Rock precinct. Then walk along Nobbies Boardwalk and enjoy coastal views. After a relaxing walk along Nobbies Boardwalk, visit Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Purchase dinner before watching the penguins emerge from the rolling waves and make their way across the sand to their burrows. From here, head back to Melbourne and be dropped off at your accommodation.

Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

5. Phillip Island: Penguins and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

Admire the rich diversity of Australia's wildlife on a guided bus tour to Phillip Island Nature Parks from Melbourne. Continue to Philip Island to watch the Penguin Parade and relax on the shores of Woolamai Beach. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in central Melbourne and hop aboard an airconditioned bus. Relax on your journey out through the southeastern suburbs of Melbourne to the small country town of Tooradin. Continue above the top of Westernport Bay and stop at Phillip Island Koala Conservation Reserve. Get up close to local koalas in their natural bushland habitat. Take a short drive to Phillip Island to enjoy sweeping views of Cape Woolamai and Woolamai surf beach. Walk along the beach, dip your feet in the cool water, or unwind on the beach. Make your way to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Take in views on the far western end of the island of Australia's stunning and dynamic coastline. See the remains of an ancient volcano called The Nobbies. Go along the coastline looking for wallabies in the wild on the way to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Settle yourself into the little penguin’s environment as you watch them come ashore for the night, waddling next to and underneath the boardwalks. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Phillip Island: Penguins, Kangaroos, and Koalas

6. Phillip Island: Penguins, Kangaroos, and Koalas

Take a full-day tour to Phillip Island from Melbourne and spend an afternoon and evening surrounded by an array of wildlife, including Australia's largest fur seal colony, cuddly koalas, and more. You will go to the Koala Conservation Center to pet and feed kangaroos and wallabies, as well as meet and interact with a host of farm animals. Get your photo taken holding a koala, and go inside enclosures where the animal keepers will make introductions.  View the spectacular coastal scenery at the Nobbies, 2 rocky outcrops abundant in marine life. From the walkways, you can sometimes catch a glimpse of Australia's largest population of fur seals along the rugged coastline. Browse the educational Phillip Island Visitors Information Centre to learn about the little penguins of the stunning island.  Then, watch the lovable birds as they battle the surf and waddle their way to their dune burrows. Hear about the environmental and conservation methods that are initiated to ensure the wildlife and vulnerable geology of Phillip Island remains protected. Stay to see the penguins as they return to their nests from their daily fishing expeditions and greet their young families back onshore. Marvel at the powerful coastline of the Southern Ocean, with its clean, sandy beaches and rocky shores. During the summer season, there will be time for dinner at the seaside town of Cowes or the Penguin Parade Café before returning to Melbourne. 

Phillip Island & Seal Rocks 25-Minute Helicopter Flight

7. Phillip Island & Seal Rocks 25-Minute Helicopter Flight

Depart from the heliport and turn left at the coast, heading for Cape Woolamai. Fly over the Cape Woolamai Surf Beach, regarded as one of the best surf beaches in the country, before flying around the Cape itself to take in views that can only be seen by helicopter. Head over the water towards the San Remo Bridge with great views of the fishing villages of San Remo and Newhaven. Follow the coast over to Rhyll and its Inlet, where migratory birds fly thousands of kilometers to feed. Move on to the main township of Cowes, Red Rocks Point and Ventnor before the spectacular Nobbies and Seal Rocks come into view. Seal Rocks are home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals. Turning east, fly over Summerland beach, home to the world-famous Penguin Parade, then move on to Pyramid Rock and the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Wave to the swimmers and surfers on Smiths Beach and Surfers Point before returning to the heliport. Experienced pilots will provide live in-flight commentary. Don't forget your camera, the most amazing photo opportunities await you. 

Melbourne: Healesville Sanctuary & Phillip Island Tour

8. Melbourne: Healesville Sanctuary & Phillip Island Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Melbourne, ride in air-conditioned comfort with free Wi-Fi to your first stop on this full-day tour. Wander around the world-renowned Healesville Sanctuary and see Australia's native wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, platypus, birds of prey, and more. Take part in animal education lessons and live shows to learn more about these wonderful creatures. Choose to buy your lunch here before heading to the next stop. Visit Nobbies Tourist Information Center, where you will be able to find out all you need to know about the Nobbies Blowhole and Seal Rock precinct. Then, continue to the Nobbies Lookout and Boardwalk. Take on the glorious views of the Nobbies and Seal Rock region from this iconic viewpoint. Walk along the boardwalk with ocean views to the Nobbies Blowhole and Seal Rock and enjoy the spectacular surrounds. Head to Phillip Island, where you can purchase your dinner at the venue. Then, get ready to witness the world-famous Penguin Parade. Watch the penguins emerge from the rolling waves and make their way across the sand to their burrows. After a day to delight animal and nature lovers, return back to Melbourne city center and be dropped back off at your accommodation.

Melbourne: French and Phillip Island Wildlife Expedition

9. Melbourne: French and Phillip Island Wildlife Expedition

Start off your journey with a short ferry crossing across Western Port Bay to French Island. Cruise over the crystal-blue sea, taking in views of the picturesque scenery along the way. Arrive on French Island, a hidden treasure of wilderness and where your guided 4WD tour will take place. Buzz around the island as your guide shares knowledge of the surrounding environment. Admire the koalas and the vast array of wildlife that inhabits the island. Stop for a lunch or afternoon tea at a local farm gate (seasonal), experiencing how locals live. Travel then by ferry across Western Port Bay to one of Australia's most amazing locations, Phillip Island, which is world-renowned and locally loved. Explore this magical place, home to some of the greatest surf conditions, amazing beaches, native Australian wildlife, and the world-famous motorbike circuit. Set off then on a short adventure to Point Grant, known by the locals as Nobbies. Marvel at the remarkable natural sights and discover the home to a seal colony, dramatic sea bluffs, and panoramic ocean views. To finish off the journey, get up close and personal with some cute little penguins and listen to expert ranger commentary on the lives of these delightful creatures at the Penguin Parade.

Melbourne: Phillip Island & Penguin Parade Private Tour

10. Melbourne: Phillip Island & Penguin Parade Private Tour

Embark on a private small-group guided tour of Phillip Island beginning with a pickup directly from your chosen Melbourne Hotel, in an air-conditioned vehicle. En route, stop off at a popular local Wildlife Park. Meet some of Australia's iconic animals and hand-feed kangaroo's in their natural environment. Head to Churchill island and visit a famous old heritage working farm. Experience some old traditional farming techniques and activities, including sheep shearing, a working dogs demonstration, and whip cracking.  Go to The Koala Conservation Center to explore the boardwalks and see koalas up close in their natural habitat. Get the chance to visit some quieter locations of the island with your guide, an excellent opportunity for some wildlife spotting. After dinner, visit the Nobbies Center, home to Australia's largest fur seal population and an incredible cliff-top boardwalk with panoramic views out to sea. Make a last stop at the Penguin Parade - the main highlight for any visit to Phillip Island. Take your seats and experience one of nature's most natural wildlife sights. Be shown the best vantage spots from your guide who will also supply you with binoculars, cushions, and warm blankets to maximize your Penguin Parade experience.

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based on 299 reviews

Die perfekte Mischung aus Wildlife und Natur. Das Koala Reservat ist wirklich sehr schön und wie eine Art Baumwipfelpfad aufgebaut. Auf dem Weg zu den Nobbis haben wir dann auch sehr viele freilebende Wallaby’s gesehen. Dort angekommen konnte man die ersten Pinguine erspähen - wenn man nicht von der Landschaft zu verzaubert war. Die Pinguin Parade selbst war recht schön, aber nicht mein Highlight. Hier ist es am besten nach 20-25 min auf der Tribüne zurückzulaufen, da die Pinguine neben den Stegen ihre Behausung suchen. Ein viel besserer und spannenderer Blick auf die Tiere. Und natürlich deutlich näher. Die Tour ist nur zu empfehlen!!

Excellent afternoon and evening. Maj our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Giving lots of interesting information on our journey to Phillip Island. She was really passionate about the wildlife and areas we visited. We spotted lots of Koalas and the highlight of course was to see the gorgeous Little Penguins. Thank you so much for such a memorable day!

Absolutely fantastic trip! Fully recommend for anyone visiting, our tour guide Brit was brilliant and very accomodating. The Penguin Parade is an experience not to be missed and is backed up by going to the Koala sanctuary

Sabastian was a great tour guide- very knowledgeable and had a lot of fun facts about the tour. He also made it very fun and enjoyable. He was also very attentive. 100% recommend.

Excellent county and animal knowledge by Maj made this a great trip