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  •  Activities
  •  Melbourne, Phillip Island
  •  Melbourne Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin VIP Tour: Exclusive Guided Tour with Underground Viewing

Melbourne Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin VIP Tour: Exclusive Guided Tour with Underground Viewing

  • Melbourne, Phillip Island
  • English
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Free Cancellation
  • 24 Working Hours Confirmation

Standard Inclusions

  • 1. Exclusive guided tour with a ranger in the VIP Skybox
  • 2. Nightly penguin count with the head ranger
  • 3. Eye-level view of the little penguins through an underground viewing window
From AUD
$88.00

1 Key Facts

Included

  • 1. Exclusive guided tour with a ranger in the VIP Skybox
  • 2. Nightly penguin count with the head ranger
  • 3. Eye-level view of the little penguins through an underground viewing window

Not included

  • 1. Transport from/to hotels
  • 2. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 3. Souvenirs
  • 4. Travel Insurance
Destination Melbourne, Phillip Island
Address Penguin Parade/Nobbies Centre/Antarctic Journey: 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands VIC 3922 Koala Conservation Centre: 1810 Phillip Island Rd, Phillip Island VIC 3923 Churchill Island Heritage Farm: 246 Samuel Amess Dr, Churchill Island VIC 3925
How to get there ● By Car
Located approximately 169km south of Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, takes about 2.5 hours; approximately 144km south of Melbourne Federation Square, takes about 2 hour 5 minutes.

- Free Onsite parking available

● By Public Transport
Unfortunately there is no direct public transport available. Most visitors drive or arrive on a coach tour. If you do not drive, please book one of the day tours that visits Phillip Island.
Operating hours
Penguin Parade Visitor Centre 18:00 - Late
Penguin Parade - Underground Viewing Vary by seasons. Please call 24 hours prior to your tour to confirm the meeting time
Christmas Day (25 December) Closed
Good Friday Closed
Reconfirmation requirements Please be advised you are required to contact The Service Provider 24 hours prior to the travel date during business hours to reconfirm your booking, meeting point and time, and departure time with your confirmation number. Please adjust your travel plan according to the details given by The Service Provider at time of reconfirming.
Check-in requirements The Penguin VIP Tours have strict start times. Please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes before penguin arrival time. Regrettably, failure to arrive before this time will most likely be classified as no-show and result in forfeiting the booking and it cannot be refunded or transferred.

If you are not familiar with the area or travelling on a weekend or local public holidays / school holidays, please make sure you've checked your timetable or driving route beforehand, and allow extra travelling time for unexpected delays to ensure you do not miss penguin arrival.
What to bring/wear ● The Penguin Parade is at sunset and at the outdoor, suggest to bring warm clothes
● A rug to sit on the seats is also handy
● Appropriate clothing for all weather conditions, eg. jacket for cooler months.
● Comfortable enclosed walking shoes
● Water bottle, Snacks
● Umbrella / raincoat if rains
● Insect repellent
● Money / credit card for optional purchases
Other info 【Important Post-Covid Service Information】
Please refer to https://penguins.org.au/ for the latest updates during the post-Covid period.
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● Minimum age of 12 years for all participants.
● Bookings are essential as numbers are limited to a maximum of 10 people.
● No photography or filming is permitted at the Penguin Parade. Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate a penguin. To ensure penguins keep coming back to this special area please do not use your cameras, camcorders or camera phones at the Penguin Parade.

General tips:
● Penguins arrive at sunset each night. Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to penguin arrival time. Check https://www.penguins.org.au/ for approximate arrival times.
● Beach access doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to penguin arrival time.
● Penguin Parade duration is 50 minutes from the time the first penguin crosses the beach.
● Please allow extra travel time if visiting from mid-December to late January, during long weekends, school holidays or other peak periods, as traffic can get very busy.
● The penguins are wild birds. Numbers and arrival times will vary with the life-cycle activity and weather.
● Estimated penguin arrival times (Guideline Only)
January: 20:45
February: 20:30
March: 20:00
April: 19:00 (Daylight Saving Time) / 18:00 (Non-Daylight Saving Time)
May: 17:30
June: 17:15
July: 17:45
August: 18:00
September: 18:15
October: 18:45 (Non-Daylight Saving Time) / 19:45 (Daylight Saving Time)
November: 20:15
December: 20:30

2 Overview

Join your ranger guide in observing the nightly penguin count from the exclusive skybox before heading to the Underground viewing area for up-close views of the penguins.

Melbourne Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin VIP Tour: Exclusive Guided Tour with Underground Viewing

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island is part of the UNESCO Western Port Biosphere Reserve and encompasses wildlife sanctuaries, wetlands, woodlands and breathtaking coastlines which are protected and managed by world-renowned environmental and research programs. Habitat within Phillip Island Nature Parks supports significant populations of little penguins, hooded plovers, short-tailed shearwaters and other international migratory bird species, and mammals such as koalas, possums, wallabies, Australian fur seals and bats. 

 

Penguin Parade

The Summerland Peninsula in the south-west of Phillip Island is home to an estimated 32,000 little penguins – one of the largest colonies in Australia. The Penguin Parade represents approximately 10 per cent of the colony. Each night at sunset, little penguins (numbering in the hundreds or thousands depending on the season) make the march across the beach and return to their burrow homes in the sand dunes.

 

Underground Viewing

Get an eye-level view of the Little penguins in the RACV Underground viewing experience. Limited to a maximum of just 70 people, Enjoy up-close viewing of the Little penguins waddling along the Parade's most popular pathway through an underground viewing window

*Please book ahead during the holiday season as many penguin viewing options book out well in advance.

 

Fun Facts
  • Little penguins are the smallest of the 17 penguin species and the only penguin that lives permanently in Australia.
  • There are approximately 32,000 breeding penguins on Phillip Island.
  • The first tourists visited the Penguin Parade in the 1920s.
  • In 1955 the State Goverment established a large reserve over the penguin colony.
  • The Little Penguin Scientific Advisory Committee was formed in 1966 and penguin counts and research programmes began.
  • The Phillip Island Nature Parks were established in 1996.

3 Policy

Cancellation Policy

● If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. ● If you cancel between 0 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. ● If no show, no refund.

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