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Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne

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icon12 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 11 more
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Overview

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.
  • Be enchanted as you witness small fairy penguins waddle past you from the ocean to their sand-dune burrows
  • Range of penguin viewing options including the exclusive viewing boardwalk or the more intimate option of the secluded beach location
  • Spend time at Brighton Beach and see the the iconic Brighton Bathing Boxes
  • Free WIFI available on all tours

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This combination tour visits three top attractions in just one day. Perfect for those with limited time.
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Pickup from Selected Hotels
Friendly & Informative Tour Guide
Entry fees for Moonlit Sanctuary and Phillip Island Penguin Parade
WiFi on board
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Food & Drink
Kangaroo & Wallaby Food

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Pickup is only available from the list of hotels provided upon checkout. Your pickup will be between 10am-11am (May–July) or 11am-12pm (Aug–Apr), depending on which hotel you selected. Your exact meeting time will be provided after a booking is placed. This tour returns to Melbourne between 9pm-12am midnight depending on the season.
Your Phillip Island adventure begins with late morning pickup at selected Melbourne hotels in an air-conditioned minivan equipped with onboard Wi-Fi. Your first stop on your Phillip Island day trip is Brighton to see the historic Brighton Beach bathing boxes, spend time at the beach and take some time to admire these iconic landmarks. 

Continue to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you'll learn about an exotic array of Australian animals, including cuddly koalas, and lend a hand during feeding time. Included in your visit here is the spectacular “Conservation in Action” wildlife show, which showcases a number of lesser-known Australian species in a series of interactive and engaging ranger presentations.

Afterward, head to the island’s southwestern coast for dramatic views of the Nobbies and Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest fur seal colony.

For an enchanting finale to the day, make your way to a local beach for the famous Penguin Parade. As dusk falls, watch from a viewing platform as hundreds of adorable little penguins — also called fairy penguins, as these are the smallest in the world — emerge from the ocean and waddle across the sand and shrub to their nearby burrows. Opt for the Penguin Parade Plus or Guided Ranger Tour upgrade for an even closer view of this marvelous spectacle (see Itinerary below for more details).

Once the penguins are safely tucked into their burrows for the night, relax on the approximately 1.5-hour return drive to Melbourne, where you’ll be dropped off back at your departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Brighton Bathing Boxes
Photo opportunity of Melbourne's most colourful attraction!
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
Explore Moonlit Sanctuary where you have the opportunity to feed Kangaroos and Wallabies under the supervision of Sanctuary staff plus view many famous Australian animals. Moonlit Sanctuary is dedicated to helping save Australia’s endangered wildlife from extinction. Many of the animals kept at the Sanctuary are threatened with extinction. However, just keeping and breeding rare animals is not enough, they must interact with programs aimed at saving them in the wild.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Nobbies
Beautiful views across the ocean while you spot the local seal colony
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
The nightly spectacular! See the cute little penguins waddle ashore to their nesting grounds.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Photography of any kind is not permitted at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Go West Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne.

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  • "Bring sunscreen and be aware that you probably won't get back until around midnight." See review
  • "I would recommend to bring warm clothes as I was so cold that i had to buy an extra sweater and a rain coat." See review
  • "As this is a conservation area photos are NOT allowed as this startles and can upset the Penguins, so the upmost respect should be given to these little creatures." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Amazing staff, amazing adventure!
Melissa_Z
, Jun 2022
Amazing tour guides Yazmin and Red. They made the bus ride a fun and enjoyable part of this entire excursion. Highly recommend!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Outstanding Tour
rubysehdev
, Jun 2022
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and attentive to all guest in group. I would recommend this tour as we ended up seeing more than we expected.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much for your review, Ruby! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour experience so much and that our team helped make your day a truly memorable one. Having experienced the Phillip Island Penguin Parade day tour with us, we hope you might come back one day to try out one of our other day trips from Melbourne such as our Great Ocean Road tour, or perhaps our Yarra Valley tour! Don't forget we also operate spectacular day trips from Melbourne to the Grampians National Park! Thanks again for your kind words & very best wishes for your onward journey.
star-5
Koalas, kangaroos and penguins… in a day
Sanjay_M
, Jun 2022
Watching the Penguins go to their burrows is an experience we will always remember and close encounter with other wildlife at moonlit sanctuary earlier in the day was amazing.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much for your review, Sanjay! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour experience so much and that our team helped make your day a truly memorable one. Having experienced the Phillip Island Penguin Parade day tour with us, we hope you might come back one day to try out one of our other day trips from Melbourne such as our Great Ocean Road tour, or perhaps our Yarra Valley tour! Don't forget we also operate spectacular day trips from Melbourne to the Grampians National Park! Thanks again for your kind words & very best wishes for your onward journey.
star-5
amazing experience
Teng_S
, Jun 2022
the tour guide, Tim, was friendly and funny, making the whole phillip island experience even better. the number of breaks and amount of time we had at each location were also adequate. we all had a wonderful time on the tour!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much for your review, Teng_S! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour experience so much and that Tim helped make your day a truly memorable one. Having experienced the Phillip Island Penguin Parade day tour with us, we hope you might come back one day to try out one of our other day trips from Melbourne such as our Great Ocean Road tour, or perhaps our Yarra Valley tour! Don't forget we also operate spectacular day trips from Melbourne to the Grampians National Park! Thanks again for your kind words & very best wishes for your onward journey.
star-4
Stupendous
MohammedYazid_B
, Jun 2022
The beautiful scenery of Phillip Island is simply inforgettable. Our guide, Chris N, was also very informative and funny. Learnt a lot about traditional beliefs and stories of old from him. Thank you very much for the wonderful experience!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks very much for your review, MohammedYazid_B! The title of your review and the content of your commentary suggests that the tour was perhaps worthy of an additional star. What could we have done to have secured a five-star rating? Thanks again for joining us on tour & best wishes fo4r your onward journey!
star-5
Enjoyable trip to see the Little Penguins
Kylie_M
, May 2022
An absolute must do. Our guides Cloe and Eric were fabulous and helped make the day extra special. I would recommend taking the opportunity to visit the little penguins and enjoy them in natural habitat.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
To do it again.
errol_S
, May 2022
Great driver good commentary and excellent organised and assisted on stops. Our driver was Chris N. Thank you again for everything. Errol and Gill
star-4
Nature's special moments
KEVIN_L
, May 2022
Wild life park with koalas and seeing the penguins in their natural habitat. It was such an enjoyable experience
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks very much for you review, Kevin! Great to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us so much.
star-5
Great experience!
Serena_T
, May 2022
Tour guide Sherif was engaging and very helpful! Everything was great except that we wished there was more time allocated at each stop.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for your review, Serena! It's excellent to hear that you enjoyed your trip with Sherif so much. We too wish there were a few more hours in the day during the winter months, but we're delighted that you still found your tour to be at the top level. Thanks again!
star-5
Had a really great time...
Mandy_L
, Apr 2022
Had a really great time with Yasmin. Super friendly and made our entire trip so enjoyable right from the pick-up to drop-off. Thank you so much!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Mandy, we're delighted to hear that you had a great time with Yazmin! Her friendly nature & amazing knowledge always makes for a great day. Thanks so much for joining us on tour & best wishes for your onward adventures!
star-5
Awesome Experience
Joanne_P
, Apr 2022
our tour guide Cloe was awesome! Very knowledgeable ... we got lots of trivia along the route. She made the trip really fun .. my kids love it!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks so much for your review, Joanne! It's great to know that your kids also enjoyed our tour, as our tour guides make an effort to ensure that any kids are not left out in any way. We're sure Cloe will be very happy to receive your feedback. Thanks again & best wishes!
star-5
Excellent Effortless enjoyable tour
Zippy_C
, Apr 2022
Our guide Terry knew his stuff and made the tour and easy and enjoyable holiday item. We have no hesitation to tour with them again
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks very much for your review, Zippy! It was terrific to have you and Wilson along on tour with us and we're really grateful that you brought a great attitude to the day. I really enjoyed your singing too :)) Thanks again & best wishes for a safe return home.
star-5
I had a great time!...
Victoria_G
, Apr 2022
I had a great time! Seeing the penguins was very memorable. Our guides Amy and Sherif did an excellent job and made the trip fun
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks so uch for your review, Victoria_G! It's wonderful to hear that our new boom recruit Sherif is hitting the mark, and is passing on some great training already to our even newer boom recruit, Amy! Great to know that your trip was a fun one :))
star-4
The penguins are adorable
anish
, Apr 2022
The tour was fun and the guide knowledgable. It did feel rushed at times, but it was for a good reason. The purpose of the tour is to see the penguins and getting there early is key to getting a good spot and enjoying the penguin center. I would pay extra to get the Plus or Underground viewing, you get really up close and personal. The animal sanctuary was OK. I would have done the evening penguin parade tour only, but it is not operating at the moment.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks very much for your review, Anish! We're sorry that as we emerge from our Covid-hibernation we're not yet able to operate the express tour, but we look forward to doing so again in the months ahead. Thanks very much for joining us on tour & best wishes.
star-5
Fun day for all ages
Pauline_B
, Mar 2022
Watching the little penguins going to burrows. They spend a lot of time deciding if it's safe to come out of the water and the cross the beach.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks very much for your review, Pauline! We're really pleased to hear that you enjoyed the Penguin Parade so much.
star-5
Great Experience
Kanan_I
, Mar 2022
Excellent experience out of ordinary. Robin was a great tour guide through out the tour.Robin showed patience and very knowledge about the entire tour.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks so much for your review, Kanan! We're delighted to hear that you found Robin's guiding to be at such a high level and that it helped create some wonderful travel memories for you. Thanks again & safe travels!
star-5
Great tour guides, great...
Danielle_S
, Mar 2022
Great tour guides, great locations good experiences , very good trip & was a very memorable day, thank you
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks Danielle for joining us on tour and for leaving us a lovely review! We're delighted that you & Blake enjoyed your time with us so much. It was great to have you along on tour & we wish you both all the best for you return to the NT & beyond!
star-3
Good Trip - Scenery, Kangaroos and Wallabies
Denise_E
, Mar 2022
The trip gave a good overview of some scenic places in Melbourne. My fellow trip goers were good company. This trip could have been improved with better communication (eg knowing when you're next stop will be and when the next washroom break will be). It would also have been great to have lively music in the bus and a bit more engagement from our tour guide. He was very nice and responsive. Note to future travellers, you most likely won't see the seals and you'll only get a good look at the penguin parade with the upgraded tickets.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
We're always a disappointed when a guest's experience with us is not worthy of 5 stars. This is because our whole reason for existing is to provide touring experiences that are memorable for all the right reasons. It is definitely important that our guests are aware of how long it is until the next stop and bathroom opportunity, and we'll be discussing this with our guide to ensure that they are better at communicating this in the future. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, Denise, and we're glad that your Great Ocean Road tour hit the 5-star benchmark!
star-5
Nice scenary
xie_y
, Mar 2022
Amazing tour. Very well organized w knowledgable gudie Will definitely recommend to frds visiting Melbourne.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks very much for your review, xie_y! We're so glad to know that you'll be recommending us to your friends and we do look forward to meeting them in the future. Thanks again & best wishes!
star-5
Take me to island named philip
Ravnoor_s
, Feb 2022
It was an amazing experience travelling with gowesttours and specially our tour guide jerry made the trip more exciting and enjoyable
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Ravnoor, it was great to have you along on tour last week and we're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us so much. Very best wishes for your journey back to Brisbane & beyond.

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