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The Little Penguin Bus

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328 Flinders St | The Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 1800 466 080
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The Little Penguin Bus is a budget-priced express tour operator travelling direct to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Enjoy a two hour scenic drive to Phillip Island, with commentary, arriving an hour before the penguins are due to appear. Time for a visit to the cafe, souvenir shopping and learning all about the Little Penguins in the visitor centre. We offer a selection of penguin viewing options (more options on our website!) and the personal service and small-group atmosphere of much more expensive operators. All fares advertised include return transport and Penguin Parade entry.
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328 Flinders St | The Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
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+61 1800 466 080
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great Trip. Mac made sure we were well informed and equipped. Easy drive with good stops and informative commentary. The island scenery is spectacular. Wildlife abundant. Penguins are gorgeous and we cared not about being soaked in the downpour! Mac gave us waterproof blankets and...More

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi koalajill. Thanks so much for the great review and the great attitude. Sometimes you just have to get out there in the weather and enjoy that wonderful wildlife event in whatever is thrown at you! It was a pleasure to take you both there....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We travelled from Melbourne on the little penguin bus. We bought premium seating tickets on the advice of a friend. We were pleased that we did this rather than the standard seating or the underground viewing. Our tour bus driver Mac was very knowledgeable and...More

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

HI Amanda. Thanks so much for the positive review. That was an unusually wet night. I'm glad a great attitude was able to overcome the conditions and you still enjoyed the penguin viewing. With a bit of help with seating/timing advice and our blankets and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour started with meeting Mac at the designated pickup point. Mac was very friendly and helpful and kept us engaged throughout the 2 hour drive out to Phillips Island. The drive was quite comfortable and safe. Once at the island, he gave us a...More

Thank Tarak P
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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the review Tarak. I'm delighted to hear it was such an enjoyable tour to see the penguins. Thanks for travelling with us and sharing the experience here. Kind regards Mac McCrostie

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thanks Mac. Tour was a great way to end our visit to Melbourne, 4 adults & 3 kids had an awesome time. Pick up is easy, good knowledge of Melbourne and the penguins, meant we all learnt something new. The actual parade itself is worth...More

Thank Simon3vie
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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Simon. Is that Simon #1 or Simon #2 ?! Either way thanks for the review! It was an absolute pleasure to meet you all and take you to see the Mullumbimby penguins. I hope the rest of the trip is just as enjoyable. Safe...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a great time on this tour. Mac was friendly and accommodating and gave us great advice on where to sit to best see the penguins. He also gave us blankets as it was so cold!

Thank Lucy B
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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the review Lucy. I hope the rest of your time here is just as enjoyable. Kind regards Mac McCrostie

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend the little Penguin Bus. Mac was so helpful when it came to organising the best experience for my elderly mum and the rest of my family. Definitely went above and beyond to ensure we got what we wanted. Great experience and price. Even...More

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Kerrie. Thanks so much for reviewing your tour with us. I'm delighted to hear it was such an enjoyable experience for everyone, including a tour "newbie"! It was a pleasure to meet you all and take you see Phillip Island and the penguins. Thanks...More

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duboisan715
2 July 2018|
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Response from Neville M | Property representative |
Hi. We can do that, no problem. We can offer our penguin express tour for only $80 per person with your own tickets, normally $100.00 - we have a sale on right now. You can simply book at our website (I can't put the address... More
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PMEPetalingJaya
25 December 2017|
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Response from Neville M | Property representative |
Hi. We have a maximum of only 11 people per tour. The price is per person. We have several different tours and different prices so please just head to our website for all your tour information, prices, availability and... More
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Cunfang C
3 December 2017|
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Response from Neville M | Property representative |
Hi. Thanks for the message. We have been operating tours every day right through this unusual weather period and will continue to do so. It’s safe and our guests are still enjoying the destinations. The wet weather is easing... More
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