Tour Description

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Not just the penguins! Our Phillip Island Penguin Experience is all about the nature, touring the island and experiencing a range of our native animals as close up and personal as possible.

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Small Group Tours
Max 11

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The Experience

As our schedule is dictated by the arrival of our little Penguin friends at dusk each evening, our timing has to fit around their timing!

  • Complimentary hotel pick up and drop off within Melbourne City, surrounds and St. Kilda between 1:00pm-2:00pm October-April and 11:00-12:00 May to September
  • Journey through the fast growing South East region of Melbourne as we point out interesting facts about the development of ‘the most liveable city in the world’ as awarded for the third year running in 2013.
  • Winter (May – Sep) – Optional Extra: enjoy a delightful lunch and refreshment at a wonderful cafe in the asparagus capital of Australia, Koo Wee Rup. Our friends here specialise in local produce – and you must try their incredible homemade pies!
  • Arriving at Phillip Island, we begin our exploration with an extensive tour of the Phillip Island Nature Park where you can get close with a huge variety of our native friends including hand-feeding Kangaroos, Emus, Wallabies and Wombats.
  • We take a detour to the main township of Cowes where we take our time to enjoy the beautiful esplanade and foreshore.
  • It’s then off along the rugged surf coast of the island as we travel to the Nobbies viewing centre – here you can look out onto ‘Seal Island’ – home to the largest colony of Australian Fur Seals (binoculars provided).
  • We then go wallaby and birds of prey spotting as we slowly make our way to the world famous Penguin Parade.
  • There is plenty of time to enjoy the Penguin Information centre before we guide you to the best viewing spots on the beach for the nightly parade– cushions and ponchos are provided complimentary for your comfort.
  • Summer (Oct – Apr) –Optional Extra: enjoy dinner and a drink in a beautiful restaurant with the best views on the island overlooking the waterfront at Cowes with five different courses to choose from. Depending on the arrival of the Penguins, dinner may be before or after the Parade.
  • A variety of custom options are also available at discounted prices. When booking, please select the option you wish to experience (please note that entrance and standard seating to the Parade is alreaday included in our price):
    • Penguins Plus
      Situated next to the main path of penguins, and limited to 190 people, Penguins Plus offers fantastic up close viewing of penguins. Rangers are on hand throughout the night to answer your questions and give a talk 30 minutes prior to the estimated penguin arrival time. Includes a souvenir program and a free drink.
    • VIP Tour
      Spectacular penguin viewing with your own ranger in the Skybox – an elevated room with views across the Penguin Parade beach (as shown in the centre of the main viewing area). Participate in the nightly penguin count with the head ranger and enjoy a cheese platter and drink as part of your VIP tour experience. See out the evening in the Penguins Plus viewing area with up-close views of the penguins. Participants must be 16 years or over. Limited to 10 people. tour is approximately two hours.
    • Ultimate Adventure Tour
      Take a sunset eco adventure to a part of the penguin colony closed to the general public at night. Limited to just 10 people accompanied by a ranger guide, this fully accredited eco tour is ideal for nature lovers and takes visitors to a secluded beach away from the main parade grounds. Tour includes a full ranger briefing and headsets to comfortably hear your ranger on the tour. High-tech ‘night vision scopes’ allow you to spy on penguins in the dark.Witness the penguins returning to their burrows in the colony while you make the return walk to the visitor centre. Participants must be 16 yeas and over. closed walking shoes required. Reasonable fitness required – ability to walk on sand, up 20 stairs and a distance of 1.5 kilometres (0.8 miles). Waterproof jacket and overpants provided but you may bring your own if you prefer (must be dark and non-reflective). Tour limited to 10 people.
    • Guided Ranger Tour
      Take a guided ranger tour through the penguin colony before settling into your reserved front row seats on the sand for the parade. Watch the penguins emerge from the water and make their march across the beach, then continue with your guide to the Penguins Plus platform.Each guest supplied with binoculars, a thermal seating mat and a headset for the ranger commentary. Includes complimentary drink at the Boardwalk Café. Tour limited to 10 people. Limited to ages 12PLEASE NOTE: All options will be reconfirmed for availability before any payments are processed.

 

Details

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Price: From AUD $115.00
Duration:
9 Hours (approx.)