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Phillip Island Day Trips From Melbourne

Phillip Island Day Trips From Melbourne

A wildlife haven just down the coast from Melbourne, Phillip Island is an idyllic retreat for those looking to get away from the city for a day. To savor the scenery and peek at the penguins, here are your options for day trips from Melbourne.

Phillip Island Wildlife Tours from Melbourne

Phillip Island is renowned for its wildlife, and its animal inhabitants are sure to be the focal point of your visit. Opt for a full-day tour and visit attractions such as the Maru Koala and Wildlife Park, the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park, the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, and Seal Rocks, home to Australia's largest fur seal colony.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tours from Melbourne

If you only have time for one Phillip Island attraction, make it the Penguin Parade—an opportunity to watch the island's population of little penguins as they come ashore around sunset. Choose an evening Penguin Parade tour with or without access to the viewing platform, where you'll be afforded the best views, or opt for a great-value super saver deal to combine the experience with a Melbourne city sightseeing tour.

Things to Know

  • Phillip Island is located about 87 miles (140 km) south of Melbourne, off the southeastern shore of the Mornington Peninsula.

  • The island can be in about two hours by road from Melbourne.

  • Day tours from Melbourne generally run between 6 and 12 hours. 

  • Be sure to bring your camera, comfortable walking shoes, and warm clothing if you’re staying for the evening Penguin Parade—it can get chilly along the seafront at night.

  • Most tours provide hotel pickup and entrance fees.

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Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
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Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne

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Discover the natural delights of Phillip Island with an eco-tour from Melbourne. See the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes, visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks. Visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park for an up-close encounter with koalas and other Australian wildlife. Finish the day at a local beach where you can watch hundreds of some of the world's tiniest penguins waddle out of the ocean and across the sand to their burrows.
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  • 12 hours
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Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne
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Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour from Melbourne

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Travel on a small-group tour from Melbourne to Phillip Island to see the penguin parade and other wildlife highlights of Victoria. Your full-day tour stops at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park to meet Australian natives such as koalas and wallabies. Explore the dramatic Cape Woolamai surf beach and the Nobbies boardwalk where you can enjoy the views of the rugged South Coast.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit
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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit

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Learn about Australia’s diverse wildlife on this full-day tour of Phillip Island from Melbourne, including round-trip transport and lunch. See native Aussie animals at the Maru Koala and Wildlife Park. Then, take a tour of Phillip Island, visiting the Nobbies and Cape Woolamai. End the day watching the memorable sunset Penguin Parade at Summerland Beach.
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  • 10 hours
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Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne

Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne

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Observe some of Australia’s most popular native wildlife on this tour from Melbourne to Phillip Island that includes a stop at Koala Reserve. Interact with koalas before arriving at Phillip Island, home to sea birds, fur seals and, most famously, penguins. See the Nobbies to look for seals on the rocky coastline while you wait for sunset, when the little penguins perform the Penguin Parade, their nightly ritual of waddling out of the water and along the beach to their burrows. Upgrade options are available for better views and an enhanced experience.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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