If you are visiting Melbourne and you’re a lover of nature and native wildlife, then visiting Phillip Island and seeing one the worlds largest penguin colony is a must. We recommend joining a Phillip Island Penguin Tour.
Melbourne to Phillip Island
Our Phillip Island penguin tour begins in Melbourne’s CBD picking you up from your hotel or a nearby meeting point. Once all guests have been collected in our modern air-conditioned minibus, our tour leader and wildlife expert will provide a comprehensive rundown of what to expect throughout your day. How to safely view wildlife in the nature reserves of Phillip Island, and of course where to find the best instagram-able vantage points.
Phillip Island is approximately 90 minutes South East of Melbourne. Melbourne’s city quickly gives way to beautiful views of Gipplands rolling hills and farmlands. On our final approach to San Remo the gateway to Phillip Island, you will be spoilt with ocean views of Western Port Bay seeing fishing boats and souring seagulls circling high above.
Phillip Island Tour Highlights
Phillip Island is connected to the mainland via a bridge which was re-built in 1971 making it easy to access this famous holiday destination. Our tour makes a stop at a beautiful surf beach known as Cape Woolamai. Cape Woolamai is your first introduction to the Phillip Island Nature Park, a nature reserve spanning the entire southern coastline. If the winds are offshore and the swell is up you will see local surfers dancing across the deep blue faces of the islands most famous waves.
Visit the Koala Conservation Centre
A short journey from Cape Woolamai is Phillip Islands Koala Conservation Centre. Be guided along the elevated boardwalks learning many interesting facts and quicky behaviours of our most famous native animal. Your tour will spend approximately 45 mins spotting Koalas and native Swamp Wallabies amongst the eucalyptus trees.
Visit the township of Cowes
Travel to the islands main settlement, Cowes. Cowes is the perfect holiday township situated on Western Port Bay’s coastline with many speciality shops, cafes, ice-creameries and restaurants. Here we allow time to explore or enjoy a meal.
Phillip Island Nature Park
Only a short journey from Cowes is Summerland’s Phillip Island Nature Park, home to 32,000 Little Penguins. Yes, that’s right, this species actual name is ‘Little Penguin’ standing at only 30cm tall they are the worlds smallest and cutest Penguins. Upon entering the habitat your tour guide and wildlife expert will explain how we can view Penguins with minimal impact on their environment. Your first stop is the Nobbies Rocks and Penguin Habitat Boardwalk. Be guided by your wildlife expert and learn of the many initiatives in place to help preserve this penguin colony. See tiny man-made wooden penguin shelters, replicating burrows which have been destroyed by human impact over many years. If you look inside you may spot a Little Penguin resting after a long day foraging the Southern Ocean for Pilchards, their favourite meal.
Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Your tour takes a short drive along the Phillip Island Coastline to the Phillip Island Penguin Centre. Here is where you will witness up to 2000 penguins cross the beach after dark.
Your tour guide will tour you through the centre explaining all the facilities available to you and where your chosen ticket meeting point is. For those joining a Guided Ranger Tour, we will introduce them to their Ranger GUide and inform them of where to meet us after their experience. For those with General Viewing or Penguins Plus tickets your tour guide and wildlife expert will take you down to your seating area. They will give a few tips on where to sit and where to look for the penguins coming out of the ocean. They are creatures of habit after all.
Once the sunsets and the first penguins arrive on the beach you will have 90 minutes before the facility closes. Follow the Penguins from the beach as they search for their burrows. Watch the Penguins greet their loved ones as they return from fishing. This Phillip Island Penguin Tour is an incredible experience and one we strongly recommend when visiting Melbourne, Australia.