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Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade Tickets

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  • Treat your eyes to the magical sight of little penguins returning to their burrows at dusk in the world-famous Penguin Parade at Phillip Island.
  • Spot koalas lounging in their eucalyptus haven and traditional sheep-shearing, herding techniques used for generations at Churchill Island with an upgrade to 3 park passes.
  • Upgrade to Penguin Plus for an up-close viewing experience - perfect for kids to learn about wildlife while watching the cute, pint-sized penguins scurry about.
  • Join a ranger at the visitor center for insights into the penguins' world. Then, descend to the "Burrow" for an underground penguin encounter as they make their grand entrance.
  • Home to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia, Phillip Island is located just 90 minutes from Melbourne.

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  • Penguin Parade from the general viewing platform
  • Access to 3 Parks Pass (optional)
  • Access to up-close viewing with penguin plus (optional)
  • Access to the underground viewing platform (optional)
  • Tip: Phillip Island boasts stunning coastlines. Ask a local about hidden coves or beaches for a more secluded experience. Pack a picnic and enjoy the tranquility!
  • Penguins will arrive at the coast at sunset. It is recommended to arrive approximately 1 hour prior.
  • Photographs and video recordings are not allowed when penguins are coming home, because the artificial light sources will stimulate the eyes of the penguins. The island implements light control at this time.
  • You can see penguins all year round, regardless of the weather. The Penguin Parade is outside, so pack a raincoat or umbrella if rain is predicted.
  • All parks are wheelchair accessible.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 7 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Melbourne: Half-Day or Full-Day Phillip Island Guided Tour with Penguin Parade

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  • Imagine this: thousands of the world's tiniest penguins, waddling home across the beach. That's the magic you'll witness on a half-day or full-day Philip Island tour from Melbourne.
  • Take a stroll along the boardwalk trails with a guide, and you might just spot a koala snoozing peacefully in a eucalyptus tree.
  • Next stop? The Nobbies Center at Seal Rocks with spectacular clifftop views! Catch a sight of seals lounging and little penguins returning from their fishing expedition.
  • Upgrade for a premium viewing experience of the penguin parade as they take on the surf before going back to their nests.
  • Learn about the life cycle of penguins and the many initiatives taken to protect their dwindling numbers.

Inclusions

  • Half-day tour of Philip Island
  • Access to Penguin Parade general viewing area
  • Round-trip hotel transfers
  • Entry to Koala Conservation Reserve
  • Expert driver guide
  • AC coach
  • Full-day tour of Philip Island (optional)
  • Access to Penguin Parade premium viewing area (optional)
  • Wi-Fi (optional)
  • Audio guide in 10 languages (optional)

Full-day tour

  • 11:45am (Apr-Sep) or 1:45pm (Oct-Mar): Departure from Melbourne
  • Koala Conservation Reserve
  • Phillip Island
  • Cowes
  • Phillip Island Nature Park
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • 9:45pm (Apr-Sep) or 11:45pm (Oct-Mar): Return to Melbourne

Half-day tour

  • 1:45pm-2:45pm: Pick-up from Melbourne
  • Koala Conservation Reserve
  • Phillip Island
  • Phillip Island Pengeuin Parade
  • Return to Melbourne
  • Tip: Sheltered alongside the Westernport Bay there is a township named after Cowes on the Isle of White. Beautiful seaside scenery, unique stores to peak into, and many nice restaurants to purchase food.
  • This experience is not pram/stroller or wheelchair accessible.
  • No photography or filming is permitted at the Penguin Parade. Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate a penguin.
  • Suitcases and large bags are not allowed.
  • A low level of fitness is required to complete the walks on this tour itinerary.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Melbourne: Brighton Beach & Phillip Island Tour with Penguin Parade

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  • Craving a taste of Aussie wildlife? This full-day guided adventure whisks you away from Melbourne to the colorful Brighton Beach and then the stunning Philip Island.
  • Take a walk at the Moonlit Sanctuary and hand-feed a delightful cast of native Australian animals such as Kangaroos, koalas, emus, quolls, owls, and more!
  • Make way to Phillip Island and witness the cutest parade of Little Penguins as they waddle the way back to their burrows.
  • Upgrade to Penguin Plus or Underground Viewing tickets for an up-close viewing experience - perfect for kids to learn about wildlife while watching the pint-sized penguins scurry about.
  • Visit Point Grant and The Nobbies offering breathtaking views of Westernport Bay, including Seal Rocks – home to Australia's largest fur seal colony!

Inclusions

  • Full-day tour of Philip Island
  • Round-trip transfers from Melbourne
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Live commentary
  • Entry to Brighton Beach
  • Entry to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park
  • Entry to Point Grant & The Nobbies
  • Access to Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Penguin Parade from the general viewing platform
  • Access to up-close viewing with penguin plus (optional)
  • Access to the underground viewing platform (optional)
  • Pick-up from Melbourne
  • Brighton Beach's bathing boxes
  • Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Phillip Island
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Drop-off to Melbourne
  • Tip: Do not miss out on the “Conservation in Action” wildlife show, which showcases several lesser-known Australian species in a series of interactive and engaging ranger presentations.
  • No photography is allowed during the Penguin Parade.
  • This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Melbourne: Puffing Billy Train Ride & Phillip Island Guided Tour

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  • Get picked on an AC vehicle from Melbourne for a full-day adventure that includes a scenic train ride and a visit to Philip Island to catch a sight of little penguins.
  • Chugg-chugg-choo choo! All aboard the legendary Puffing Billy Steam Train for a scenic ride from Emerald to Belgravea and witness the glorious Dandenong Ranges.
  • Next on the agenda: Emerald Lake. Think crystal-clear water, fresh mountain air, and a chance to stretch your legs on a leisurely stroll.
  • Get your cameras ready for Nobbies Lookout for insane views of the coastline. Don't miss Seal Rocks – home to Australia's largest fur seal colony!
  • The star attraction: the Phillip Island Penguin Parade! Just after dark, hundreds of the world's smallest penguins waddle ashore after a day of fishing at sea.

Inclusions

  • Full-day tour
  • Transfers from Melbourne
  • Ride on Puffing Billy steam train
  • Access to Emerald Lake
  • Entry to Nobbies Blowhole and Seal Rocks Lookout
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • 10am: Pick-up from Melbourne
  • Emerald Lake
  • Dandenong Ranges
  • Puffing Billy steam train ride
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • 9-9:15pm: Drop-off to Melbourne
  • Tip: If you plan to take photos, use a camera with a good low-light capability. Remember, flash photography is not allowed as it can distress the penguins.
  • Bring along your sunscreen, hat, water bottle, camera, warm clothing, and umbrella.
  • Facilities: Pram/Stroller Accessibility.
  • This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Melbourne: Healesville Sanctuary & Phillip Island Tour with Penguin Parade

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  • Take a day tour from Melbourne, traveling down the coast in an AC coach. Meet native Australian animals at Healesville Sanctuary before heading to Phillip Island.
  • Make your first stop at Healesville Sanctuary, where you'll meet cuddly koalas, lively kangaroos, elusive platypuses, and many more fascinating species.
  • Next stop: Point Grant and The Nobbies, offering stunning views of Westernport Bay. Don't miss Seal Rocks – home to Australia's largest fur seal colony!
  • Witness the unique sight of petite penguins on Phillip Island, parading to their burrows at sunset after a day of fishing at sea.

Inclusions

  • Full-day tour of Philip Island
  • Round-trip transfers from Melbourne
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Live commentary
  • Entry to Healesville Sanctuary
  • Entry to Point Grant & The Nobbies
  • Access to Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • 11-11:30am (summer) or 9-9:30am (winter): Pick-up from Melbourne
  • Healesville Sanctuary
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • 10:30-11:30pm (summer) or 9:30-10:30pm (winter): Drop-off to Melbourne
  • Tip: While at the Healesville Sanctuary, you can attend Keeper Talks that are free and get to know more about some of your favorite animals like kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, and more.
  • The Healesville Sanctuary is pram/stroller and wheelchair accessible.
  • Assistance animals are allowed except at the kangaroo walk-through, Koala Forest, all walk-through aviaries, flight arena shows, and close-up encounters.
  • Witness the unique sight of petite penguins on Phillip Island, parading to their burrows at sunset after a day of fishing at sea.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Phillip Island 3 Parks Pass: Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Reserve & Churchill Island

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  • Explore 3 parks on Phillip Island in 1 day. Bonus – it's only 90 minutes from Melbourne, so ditch the city blues and get your nature fix!
  • Get your dose of cuteness at the Koala Conservation Reserve. Spot them in their eucalyptus hideaways as you stroll the treetop boardwalks.
  • Going for the Penguin Parade? Take a seat and wait until the little waddlers appear in your sight, walking with their group into the sunset.
  • Enjoy the penguin parade from a tiered seating, or choose an immersive, eye-level experience from the underground viewing area.
  • Want a taste of heritage farming? At Churchill Island, milk cows, shear sheep, and crack a whip like the early Australian settlers.

Inclusions

  • Access to the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Access to Churchill Island
  • Penguin Parade viewing
  • Penguin plus viewing (optional)
  • Underground viewing (optional)
  • Tip: Bring binoculars for bird-watching and wildlife spotting. The island is a haven for various species, from the majestic white-bellied sea eagles to purple swamphens.
  • You can see penguins all year round, regardless of the weather.
  • All parks are wheelchair accessible.
  • Click here to see the estimated penguin arrival times throughout the year.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 7 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Why a Phillip Island tour should be on your bucket list

With a variety of views and experiences in store, the dolphin-shaped Phillip Island just south of Melbourne may as well be a tourist utopia. Only a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, Phillip Island is a beautiful amalgamation of adventure, wildlife, beaches, expeditions, farm life, and greenery.

Some of the most pristine beaches of Victoria. like the Cowes, Smiths and Red Rock beaches, lay nestled in this island, making a Melbourne to Phillip Island tour a perfect way to get back in touch with nature and wildlife. Read on to learn more about what you can see and do on Phillip Island.

Guide to Phillip Island tours: What you’ll find on this page

  1. Things to do on Phillip Island
  2. Booking guide to Phillip Island tours
  3. Phillip Island tour options
  4. Compare your options
  5. Plan your visit
  6. Top attractions
  7. Frequently asked questions

Your guide to understanding Phillip Island tours

Can’t decide on which Melbourne to Phillip Island tour would be best for you? Here’s a quick guide to help you make your choice. 

  • Phillip Island tours come in 5 varieties. You can either get island experiences with Penguin Parade tickets, 3 Park Pass and combo tickets. Or, you can pick a half-day tour or a full-day tour from Melbourne, which usually also include return transfers. Half-day tours are usually about 8 to 10 hours. Whereas, full-day tours can be anywhere from 10 to 12+ hours, including transfers.

  • The main difference between half-day and full-day tours would be in how long you’d spend at any one attraction. If you prefer to start early or like to take your time to explore, then a full-day tour that starts at 11:45am would be your better option. If you’re a fast browser, have other plans or just want to start later in the day, the 1:45pm half-day tour would be your best pick. However, starting from August, half-day tours will begin at 2:45pm.

  • The Phillip Island Penguin Parade is the star attraction on the island and is included in all of your Melbourne to Phillip Island tour options. The prices start from AU$32 for general seating, which can be further upgraded based on where you’d like to view the penguins from. The Penguin Plus upgrade has a capacity of seating 250-300 people on an elevated platform and costs AU$80. The Underground Viewing upgrade is an indoor seating area that gives you eye-level views of the penguins and has a capacity of just 70 people. This upgrade allows you to get exclusive glimpses of the penguins crawling into their burrows and costs AU$85. If you don’t mind spending extra for better views, we suggest that you go the distance and pick the Underground upgrade to get the best views. However, these seats also tend to run out so make your bookings a few days in advance. 

  • The Melbourne to Phillip Island day tour offers Standard and Premium seating instead of the Penguin Plus and Underground upgrades. While Standard seating is general seating itself, Penguin Premium seating is a special viewing platform that mimics the landscape of the island. The platform surrounds the most popular pathway followed by the penguins and is made from natural elements to allow the penguins to wander much closer than other seating areas.

  • You can also find combo tickets that allow you to combine multiple experiences along with a visit to Phillip Island. Penguin Parade is also included in your combo tickets, however, they may be limited to general seating. The Brighton Beach combo from Melbourne, however, gives you all three seating options. 

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Phillip Island tours - Penguin Parade tickets

Penguin Parade tickets

Ideal for: Budget travelers, very short on time
Price range: AU$32 to AU$85

  • Watch the penguins waddle back to the shore after a long day of hunting. 
  • Upgrade your seats to Penguin Plus for up-close viewing and Underground Viewing for exclusive burrow shots. 

Recommended experiences:

  • Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade Tickets
3 Park pass - Phillip Island tours

3 Park pass

Ideal for: Mid-range budget, flexible itinerary
Price range:  AU$54.50 to AU$112

  • Get access to 3 Nature Parks on Phillip Island: Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Reserve and Churchill Island. 
  • Whether you have just a few hours or the whole day at your disposal, take your time to explore other wildlife at Phillip Island with this pass that gives you full-day access.

Recommended experiences:

  • Phillip Island 3 Parks Pass: Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Reserve & Churchill Island
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Day tours from Melbourne

Ideal for: Guided tours, long durations
Price range: AU$155 to AU$210

  • These all-inclusive day trips from Melbourne not only include return transfers, but also access to the Nature Parks within and an expert guide to take you around the island. 
  • Get air-conditioned transfers directly from your hotel. 

Recommended experiences:

  • From Melbourne: Half-Day or Full-Day Phillip Island Guided Tour with Penguin Parade
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Combo tickets

Ideal for: Multiple attractions, flexible durations
Price range: AU$175 to AU$216

  • Explore other attractions along with your Melbourne to Phillip Island tour and save a few bucks with a combo deal. 
  • Take a scenic train ride on the Puffing Billy, view the colorful beach huts at Brighton Beach or enjoy a whole day of wildlife encounters with entry to Healesville Sanctuary. 

Recommended experiences:

  • From Melbourne: Brighton Beach & Phillip Island Tour with Penguin Parade

Compare your Phillip Island tour options

Experience name
Penguin viewing options
Attractions (apart from Penguin Parade)
Transfers included?
Duration
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Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade Tickets
General, Penguin Plus, Underground
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4 hours
Phillip Island 3 Parks Pass: Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Reserve & Churchill Island
General, Penguin Plus, Underground
Koala Conservation Reserve, Churchill Island
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All-day
From Melbourne: Half-Day or Full-Day Phillip Island Guided Tour with Penguin Parade
General, Penguin Plus
Koala Conservation Reserve
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10-12 hours
From Melbourne: Brighton Beach & Phillip Island Tour with Penguin Parade
General, Penguin Plus, Underground
Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary, Point Grant at Nobbies
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10 hours
From Melbourne: Healesville Sanctuary & Phillip Island Tour with Penguin Parade
General
Healesville Sanctuary, Point Grant at Nobbies
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12 hours
From Melbourne: Puffing Billy Train Ride & Phillip Island Guided Tour
General
Puffing Billy, Nobbies Blowhole, Seal Rocks Lookout
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11 hours

Plan your Melbourne to Phillip Island tour

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Timings - Phillip Island tours

Tour durations: The duration of your tour usually depends on the type of tour you pick and the inclusions in your experience. 

  • Half-day tour: up to 10 hours
  • Full-day tour: 10 to 12 hours
  • Combo tours: up to 12 hours

Penguin Parade timings: The penguins arrive at different times throughout the year. Here’s what you can expect in each season. 

  • Jul to Aug - Mating & nest building: 5:45pm to 6pm
  • Sep to Oct - Egg laying & incubation: 6pm to 6:45pm (non DST) or 7:45pm (DST)
  • Nov to Jan - Chick feeding: 8:15pm to 8:45pm
  • Feb to Apr - Molting season: 7pm (DST) or 6pm (non DST) to 8:30pm
  • May to Jun - Non-breeding winter visits: 5:15pm to 5:30pm
Phillip Island tours - Best time to visit Phillip Island

The summer months (Dec to Feb) is the peak tourist season at Phillip Island for the pleasantly warm weather and fewer showers. However, the attractions within the island tend to be packed with large crowds, so we suggest you start your day early

Off-peak seasons like spring (Sep to Nov) and autumn (Mar to May) are also great times to visit Phillip Island. The weather isn’t too cold and the crowds are comparatively lesser. The spring allows you to spot budding trees and newborns in the wild. Keep a jacket with you just in case you come across a few stray cool breezes. 

The autumn season is usually the least popular tourist season after winter, but the lesser crowds also means that you’re mostly going to have a very relaxing visit with very few other souls around. The Penguin Parade, however, tends to start quite late in the day, especially because of daylight savings. It can get quite chilly here at this time, so carry extra warm layers.

Best time to view Penguin Parade - Phillip Island tours

The best time to view the Penguin Parade doesn’t vary much from the best time to visit Phillip Island, however, their behaviors change throughout the year depending on their mating and raising of their young. 

Summer season (Dec to Feb) is the peak tourist season and you’ll be able to spot adult Little Penguins feeding and caring for their fledglings. However, this time also tends to be quite crowded and you’ll have to arrive at least an hour before the start of the parade to make sure you get good viewing seats. 

Spring season (Sep to Nov) and Autumn months (Mar to May) are also great times to view the penguins as the crowds are smaller and the weather isn’t too cold. Penguins lay their eggs during the spring and while the mother incubates the egg, the father hunts for food and cares for the mother. But if you want to spot some adorable penguin chicks, drop by during the autumn when they start to lose their baby feathers to gain their remarkable “Little Penguin” blue hue. But be sure to keep a jacket and some rain protection handy for sudden cool breezes and unforeseen showers.

Return transfers - Phillip Island tours

As Phillip Island is about 142 km away from Melbourne, you’ll mostly have to resort to public transport if you don’t have your own vehicle. You can avoid the hassle of traveling back and forth from the island by simply booking a Melbourne to Phillip Island day tour

All the Phillip Island tours that start from Melbourne include return transfers directly from your hotel. All you need to do is add the name and address of your hotel while making the booking and an expert guide will contact you on the day of your tour. 

However, the Puffing Billy combo ticket has a designated pickup point at The Hotel Windsor on Spring Street at 10am

We suggest that you arrive at the lobby of your hotel or at the pickup point about 10-15 minutes before the start of your tour to avoid any delays. 

Address: Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.
Distance from Melbourne: 142 km
Travel time: approx. 90 minutes

By public transport

By bus: The V/Line coach is available every 4 hours from Melbourne to Cowes on Phillip Island and includes stops at Bass, Corinella, Grantville, New Haven and San Remo. 
By car: From Melbourne CBD, head towards the Monash Freeway (M1) and take the Cranbourne exit onto the South Gippsland highway (M420). Continue on M420 until you reach Bass and then turn onto the Bass Highway (B420) that leads to San Remo and further into the island. 

Parking: You can find plenty of parking space near any of the Nature Parks or other attractions on the island. There are also paid parking facilities all over the island to allow you to park your vehicle near whichever attraction you’re visiting. 

Rules & regulations - Phillip Island tours
  • Watch out for wildlife on roads: Sometimes wildlife can come out onto the roads while driving. Drive slow and remain alert for signs of wildlife crossing the roads. Brake safely and avoid sudden swerves to remain in control of your vehicle. 
  • Avoid agitating wildlife: Keep your distance from the island’s wildlife. Avoid trying to feed them or petting them for the safety of the wildlife and yourself. 
  • Report any animal injuries: Be sure to report any animal injuries you come across. Give Wildlife Victoria a call on 0384007300. 
  • No photography after sunset: The Penguin Parade strictly prohibits any flash photography after sunset. This is to ensure that the penguins aren’t startled or agitated and they continue to return to Phillip Island every year.
  • Use dustbins: Phillip Island is a protected area and much efforts go into maintaining it and protecting its wildlife. Throw your trash in dustbins or take them back with you to keep the area clean.
  • Stay on designated trails: Phillip Island’s lush greenery also means that you may get lost if you stray too much from designated walkways. Watch out for signs and avoid venturing too far on your own.
Tips - Phillip Island tours
  • Carry extra warm layers: Sudden cool breeze is common on Phillip Island, even in the summers. Always keep a jacket or scarf handy to keep yourself warm. 
  • Get rain protection: You may also come across unforeseen showers so keep an umbrella or rain jacket with you.
  • Arrive early to the island: The earlier you arrive, the more activities you’d be able to indulge in. 
  • Spend at least an entire day: Phillip Island has much to do and even an entire weekend is probably insufficient to cover all the activities. We recommend that you set aside at least one entire day to explore Phillip Island, even if you’re short on time, for a fulfilling excursion. 
  • Carry water and light snacks: Carry a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated on the many walking trails. Keep some light snacks with you as well for whenever you’re unable to find eateries nearby. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes: You will have to do a lot of walking around the island so wear sneakers or walking shoes to prevent foot aches. 
  • Use sun protection: Apply sunscreen and carry a hat or sunglasses to avoid any sun damage. An umbrella can keep you protected from the sun too. 
Dining - Phillip Island tours

You can find a variety of restaurants and eateries at Cowes on Phillip Island. There may also be cafes available at the attractions within Phillip Island. 

Phillip Island RSL Sub Branch - Lone Pine Bistro: This veteran welfare center has a lovely little bistro that serves delicious steaks, mains and salads and also offers a senior discount. 

La Porchetta Phillip Island: This Italian restaurant is famous for its pizzas. You can choose to have a half-and-half pizza with two types of toppings or even pick something from their pasta, salads and vegan options. 

Anerie: This French restaurant is known for its gourmet flavors. Their onion soup, scotch filet steak and creme brulee are absolute must-tries!

Top attractions to visit on Phillip Island

Penguin Parade - Phillip Island tours

Penguin Parade

Highlights: Largest colony of Little Penguins in Australia
Timings: Every day 4pm onward
Duration: up to 4 hours

Home to one of the largest colonies of penguins in Australia, the Penguin Parade is a spectacular sight adored by all. There is a penguin viewing area that offers a 180-degree elevated view for you to enjoy the penguin getting back home.

Koala Conservation Reserve - Phillip Island tours

Koala Conservation Reserve

Highlights: Koala encounters, tree-top boardwalks
Timings: Every day 10am to 5pm
Duration: up to 1 hour

Nestled within the natural splendor of Phillip Island lies the remarkable Koala Conservation Reserve—a sanctuary dedicated to the preservation and protection of Australia's beloved koalas. Watch them go about their daily activities on a tree-top boardwalk and also spot many colorful native birds.

Churchill Island - Phillip Island tours

Churchill Island

Highlights: Centre for farming since 1800s, family fun
Timings: Every day 10am to 4:30pm
Duration: up to 2.5 hours

Churchill Island stands as a testament to Australia's rich heritage and offers visitors a captivating journey through time. Explore the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, a working farm that showcases traditional farming practices and offers a range of interactive experiences.

A Maze’N Things - Phillip Island tours

A Maze’N Things

Highlights: Award-winning theme park, adventure, family fun
Timings: Every day 10am to 5pm
Duration: up to 3 hours

With lots of awe-inspiring puzzles and contraptions within, A Maze’N Things offers a fun day out for all ages. Marvel at optical illusions, solve a puzzling maze, and if you’re daring, harness up for an obstacle course set 10 meters off the ground! 

Chocolate Factory - Phillip Island tours

Chocolate Factory

Highlights: Largest chocolate fountain in the world
Timings: Every day 10am to 5pm
Duration: up to 3 hours

A paradise for chocolate lovers, learn about how it’s made through fun workshops, demonstrations, and games. Enjoy an unlimited supply of chocolate samples, try to lift a one-ton block of chocolate with friends, and even take back some sweets from the shop.

Nobbies Centre - Phillip Island tours

Nobbies Centre

Highlights: Beautiful beachfront views, accessible boardwalks
Timings: Every day 10am to 4pm
Duration: up to 1 hour

Escape the city and take a relaxing stroll on one of the winding boardwalks of the Nobbies Centre. Situated right next to the Penguin Parade, it gives you amazing views of the Bass Strait and the Seal Rocks. There is also a cafe in the vicinity where you can sip on some of their signature coffee and gaze out at the fur seals. 

Phillip Island Grand Prix

Phillip Island Grand Prix

Highlights: World-famous grand prix circuit, go karting
Timings: Every day 9am to 6pm
Duration: up to 1 hour

Indulge the sports fan in you and try go karting at the famous Phillip Island Grand Prix track. Go Karts, the company that offers go karting in a 750-meter replica track of the 4.5 km Grand Prix track. Choose between individual lap times, tandem laps or even family laps for those under age. 

Grumpy’s Crazy Golf - Phillip Island tours

Grumpy’s Crazy Golf

Highlights: Mini golf course, family fun
Timings: Every day 10am to 5pm
Duration: up to 2 hours

This mini golf course is situated out of the sun with 18 mini golf courses under the same roof. A perfect excuse to get under some shade, this mini golf course is great fun for people of all ages. You can also book the venue for group events and private functions. 

Frequently asked questions about Melbourne to Phillip Island tours

Why can’t I click pictures of the penguins?

The penguins on Phillip Island usually arrive after sunset. The flash of your camera can be quite sudden and disorienting to the penguins, which may agitate them or make them nervous about returning to the island. To ensure that the Little Penguins remain comfortable and protected, photography is strictly prohibited after sunset. 

Does my Phillip Island tour cover smaller attractions too?

Most Phillip Island tours cover the most popular attractions within the island, which includes Koala Conservation Reserve, Churchill Island and Penguin Parade. If you wish to explore beyond these attractions, you may have to venture out by yourself. 

Can I see any wildlife for free at Phillip Island?

There are several walking trails on the island that you can take for absolutely no cost. There is a Whale Discovery trail along the Bass strait that can help you spot the three types of whales that live around Phillip Island. You may also head to the Nobbies Centre and take a stroll on the boardwalks and you’ll be able to spot koalas, wallabies, colorful local birds, and if you’re lucky, some penguins too.

What is the best way to get to Phillip Island?

If you have a vehicle of your own, then we suggest that you drive down to the island by yourself as this is the best and the most convenient way to get to and around Phillip Island. We suggest renting a car, if it’s in your budget. If you don’t have your own vehicle, the most convenient way to get here is to take the V/Line bus from Melbourne to Cowes. 

How early should I make my Phillip Island bookings?

Phillip Island is a popular destination and bookings for tickets and accommodations usually run out a few days in advance, especially in the summer as it’s the peak tourist season. We suggest that you start planning your visit to Phillip Island at least a couple of weeks in advance to be able to get accommodation as well. 

What can I see in one day at Phillip Island?

Phillip Island has much to explore and one day is usually not sufficient time to cover everything that the island has to offer. That being said, we suggest that you at least visit the 3 Nature Parks of the island, the Koala Conservation Reserve, Churchill Island and the Penguin Parade. You will be able to cover these 3 attractions with relative ease within one day. 

How can I get around Phillip Island if I don’t have my own vehicle?

Getting around Phillip Island if you don’t have your own vehicle could be a little tricky as there is limited public transportation available within the island. South Coast bus operates a few buses on the island, but be sure to follow the schedule to ensure convenient traveling. You can also rent a bike and ride around the island at your own pace. Otherwise, we highly recommend avoiding this hassle entirely and booking a Melbourne to Phillip Island tour. They always include return transfers, usually from your hotel in Melbourne itself.

Is there a direct train or ferry available from Melbourne to Phillip Island?

If you wish to travel to Phillip Island by train or ferry, you will unfortunately not be able to find a direct route from Melbourne. However, you can club both options and take a train from Melbourne to Stony Point and then catch a ferry from here to Cowes.