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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Evening Tour

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Overview
Watching the Penguin Parade is a highlight for visitors to Phillip Island, where every night hundreds of tiny penguins return to their nests on Summerland Beach. This evening tour is ideal for those short on time, with round-trip transportation from Melbourne, a visit to the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre, and a choice to watch the parade from the beach or enjoy a closer view from the Penguins Plus viewing platform.
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AAT Kings Melbourne Day Tours
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    Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    Depart Melbourne and travel directly to the Penguin Parade Explore Phillip Island's Penguin Parade Centre to discover an extensive range of information available about Phillip Island, its history and wildlife Here you can learn about the Little Penguin and its lifestyle Browse through the souvenir shop for your own little piece of Penguin memorabilia See the wonderful nightly phenomenon of the Little Penguins battling the strong surf as they return to the beach after a day of hunting fish at sea Watch the Little Penguins as they make their way up the beach to their waiting families
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AAT Kings Melbourne Day Tours
Federation Square, Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, AustraliaThe starting point of your tour is AAT Kings Day Tour office at Federation Square, corner Flinders and Russell Streets, Melbourne.
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Highlights
  • See the unforgettable sight of little penguins in their natural environment
  • Guided visit with viewing options ensures the best viewing spots
  • Upgrade for even better views from the Penguins Plus viewing platform
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transportation from Melbourne
What to Expect
After being picked up from your central Melbourne hotel in the mid-afternoon, set out on the around 1.5-hour journey to Phillip Island. Traveling aboard an air-conditioned coach, head south towards the coast and admire the scenery along the Yarra River. Arrive at the fishing village of San Remo, where you will cross the bridge to Phillip Island. The first stop of the evening is at the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre, where you can learn more about the island’s native wildlife, hear about ongoing conservation efforts, and discover fascinating facts about the little penguins—Phillip Island is home to the largest colony in Australia. Arrive at Summerland Beach, on the southwestern coast of Phillip Island, in time to watch the nightly parade. Depending on the tour option chosen, either find a place on the beach or watch from the comfort of the Penguin Plus Viewing Platform, and enjoy seeing the hundreds of little penguins waddling back up the beach to their burrows. At the end of the evening, return to Melbourne and enjoy views of the illuminated city on the drive back to your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
AAT Kings Melbourne Day Tours, Federation Square, Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Duration
6h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Super comfortable luxury vehicle including: free wifi, in seat USB and air conditioning
  • Ticket for general viewing platform (Penguin Parade) unless upgrade selected
  • Learn all about the spectacular Phillip Island with your expert local guide
  • Pickup and dropoff at selected Melbourne hotels
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Departure times subject to change due to daylight savings
  • Be sure to bring warm layers of clothing, as the ocean air can get cold at night
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note photography or filming is prohibited at the Penguin Parade. Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate a penguin.
  • Guests that require a wheelchair are welcome on our tours providing they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from the supplier to embark and disembark the vehicle. Wheelchairs will be stored under the vehicle whilst in transit. If travelling with a wheelchair, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure your wheelchair can be accommodated. no access to upgrades to Guided Ranger or Skybox at Phillip Island Nature Parks, Penguins Underground is the recommended upgrade.
  • Children under 16 are not permitted on skybox tour
  • Children under 12 are not permitted on the Ranger Guided Tour
  • If travelling with an infant that requires a stroller, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure the can be accommodated.
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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FrequentFlier770799 wrote a review 10 Mar
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This is a must do activity in Australia and Mark was an awesome driver/guide. He was very knowledgeable about the area, very funny, and great driver. Would highly recommend.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Phillip Island Penguin Parade Evening Tour
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello FrequentFlier770799, Thank you for leaving us this lovely review about our guide Mark. We truly believe that AAT Kings has the best guides in the business, and we are very glad you agree. We will be sure to pass on your kinds words. Enjoy the remainder of your travels,
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HTJ wrote a review Feb 2020
4 contributions
I took this tour in January, set off Melbourne in late afternoon, before the Penguin parade started 9pm, there was a plenty of time that the driver/guide Paul took us some extra scenic places on the way. I really enjoyed visiting the seaside, dune, race track and was happy to
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Phillip Island Penguin Parade Evening Tour
Responded 5 weeks ago
Hi Hitomi J, Thanks for this amazing review. Paul is an amazing guide of ours, as you know and how special that he was able to squeeze in some extra sights. We also appreciate the review about the penguin parade venue as we believe others will find this useful for planning their own travels. Thanks again,
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Lourdes C wrote a review Feb 2020
Sydney, Australia68 contributions4 helpful votes
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If visiting Melbourne, make time to see the evening Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. The AAT Kings tour stops at Maru Koala where you get to see several native animals which is a plus for overseas visitors. The little penguins are just adorable! They come ashore once the sun
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Phillip Island Penguin Parade Evening Tour
Responded 4 Feb 2020
Hello lourdesc689, Thank you for partaking in our Phillip Island, Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas Tour. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time on tour with us, especially the main attraction, the Penguin Parade. The Penguin Platform as you have mentioned is an advantageous viewing area and well worth the upgrade. Thanks for leaving us a review.
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dazbaza wrote a review Jan 2020
Cutnall Green, United Kingdom262 contributions61 helpful votes
Amazing evening however don’t get drawn in to watching the penguins coming out of the sea. Go to other areas to see the animal’s waddle to their home it’s more interesting. Really amazing to hear and watch near the home and path ways don’t wait on the beach.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Phillip Island Penguin Parade Evening Tour
Responded 19 Jan 2020
Hello dazbaza, Thanks for leaving us a review of your experience. If you have not pre-booked a viewing upgrade, we too would recommend spending most of your time along the board walks to see the penguins waddle right past your feet. What a great tip for other travellers! We hope you enjoy the remainder of your time in Melbourne
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kartim_10 wrote a review Jan 2020
maldon essex30 contributions14 helpful votes
Totally awesome, beautiful experience, upgraded to underground viewing and got see penguins at eye level, they could sense us and came up close to eye level window and looked at us, the ones following bumping into each other and almost falling over. Then up to viewing platform
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at Phillip Island Penguin Parade Evening Tour
Responded 7 Jan 2020
Hello kartim_10, This is a fantastic review of the underground viewing upgrade available at the Penguin Parade. It truly is a special experience, and we would highly recommend booking and securing this upgrade early as it is very popular. You have made some great tips about the Penguin Parade and your experiences we hope others take this on board when planning their own trip. Thanks for leaving us this lovely review.
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carriewdavispt
Richmond, Canada
60
The Miracle of Kangaroos and Penguins
We loved the time spent with the kangaroos and penguins. We had plenty of time to pet and feed the kangaroos with
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MENichols
Prosper, Texas
20
Do both the Maru Animal Park and Penguin Parade
We had the kindest driver, Keith who was so informative! We stopped at the Maru Park and got a close up experience
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Wally R
30
Full day of fun
From the first stop with tea, the walk in the woods, wild cockatoos, parrots, wallabies, ..... then train, wine
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Jesica
Indonesia
63
A Fun Experience
Did the one-day tour early this month to Puffing Billy and Healesville Sanctuary. Our experience was smooth and
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janddboots
142
Must see tour
Must see tour if it's your first time in Melbourne or Australia. It's compact tour you can experience wild life
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Sightseer595106
31
A "must see" tour.
This was a great tour to really experience Australia. Our guide, Mark, was very knowledgeable and entertaining
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FrequentFlier770799
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Mark
This is a must do activity in Australia and Mark was an awesome driver/guide. He was very knowledgeable about the
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Rheea B
20
AAT Kings
Amazing experience!! Kudos to our tour driver, Liem who made the whole journey sooo amazing and fascinating with
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Matt D
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
10
Puffing billy - fun trip for all the family
We joined the puffing billy/winery day tour early March this year. Adrian was our guide. Fantastic commentary of
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Jilllian
Liverpool, United Kingdom
1680643
Wxcellent
We booked onto the Philip Island and wildlife tour as it contained everything we wanted to see. Met our driver;
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