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Penguin VIP Tour: Exclusive Guided Tour with Underground Viewing

  • Phillip Island
  • English
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Standard Inclusions

  • 1. Exclusive guided tour with a ranger in the VIP Skybox
  • 2. Nightly penguin count with the head ranger
  • 3. Penguins Plus (Underground Viewing)
From AUD
$85.00

1 Key Facts

Included

  • 1. Exclusive guided tour with a ranger in the VIP Skybox
  • 2. Nightly penguin count with the head ranger
  • 3. Penguins Plus (Underground Viewing)

Not included

  • 1. Transport from/to hotels
  • 2. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 3. Souvenirs
  • 4. Travel Insurance
Destination 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 -
Phillip Island is located 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. Allow a further 20 minutes from the bridge to get to the Penguin Parade. Free car parking on site.

By Bus -
Public transport is limited on Phillip Island. V-line operates a bus to Phillip Island’s main town, Cowes, from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne city. Please note that the V-line bus does not go to the Penguin Parade and there are no return buses to Melbourne at the conclusion of the Penguin Parade.

* 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.
Operating hours
Penguin Parade Visitor Centre 10:00 - 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) 14:00 - Late
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. Failure to arrive on  time will most likely be classified as no-show and result in forfeiting the booking and it cannot be refunded or transferred.
What to bring/wear The Penguin Parade is at sunset and outside. We suggest you bring warm clothes and a rain coat if it looks like rain. A rug to sit on the seats is also handy. Please note – unfortunately cameras or camcorders cannot be used at the Penguin Parade.
Other info ● Minimum age of 12 years for all participants

● Video and photography is not permitted at the Penguin Parade or any of the penguin viewing options.

● The Penguin Parade occurs every evening at sunset for duration of 1 hour. Visitors must arrive at the visitor centre before the Penguins cross the beach, however to experience all the activities and attractions on offer it is recommended that you arrive 1-2 hours before sunset.

● The penguins are wild birds. Numbers and arrival times will vary with the life-cycle  activity and weather.

● Penguin Arrival Time (Guideline Only)
January: 20:45
February: 20:30
March: 20:00
April: 19:00 (Daylight Saving Time) / 18:00 (Non-Day Light Saving Time)
May: 17:30
June: 17:15
July: 17:45
August: 18:00
September: 18:15
October: 18:45 (Non-Day Light Saving Time) / 19:45 (Daylight Saving Time)
November: 20:15
December: 20:30

● Bookings are essential as numbers are limited to a maximum of 10 people

2 Overview

Be treated like a VIP on this exclusive guided tour with a ranger in the VIP Skybox, which enjoys a prime elevated location overlooking the beach. Participate in the nightly penguin count with the head ranger before heading across to the Penguins Plus viewing area for an up-close view of the penguins.

Penguin VIP Tour: Exclusive Guided Tour with Underground Viewing

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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