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Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade Viewing Ticket

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A magical wildlife encounter at Phillip Island Nature Park with options to view the Penguin Parade

  • Visit Phillip Island Nature Park, home to Australia’s smallest species of penguins!
  • Gear up for a life-altering event as the sun dips in the horizon and the penguins march out onto the beach
  • Pristine shores and lush-green landscapes provide the perfect backdrop to this more than perfect occurrence
  • Enrich the experience by upgrading either to the Penguin Plus or the Underground Viewing option, both of which offer an up-close and fulfilling experience
  • Discounted tickets: Children between 4 - 15 enjoy reduced prices on their tickets
  • These tickets cannot be canceled, amended, or rescheduled
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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour

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An all exclusive day tour of Phillip Island with Penguin Parade watching

  • Take a day tour from Melbourne to the famous and colorful Brighton Beach boxes
  • Gear up for a unique Australian wildlife experience at the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park with guided walks and hand-feeding native species
  • Make way to Phillip Island and witness the cutest parade of Little Penguins as they waddle the way back to their burrows
  • Upgrade either to a Penguin Plus Viewing experience for an up-close encounter, or the Guided Ranger Tour for an immersive experience of the parade
  • Discounted tickets: Children under the age of 15 enjoy reduced prices on their tickets
  • Get a 50% refund on canceling this ticket up to 48 hours before the schedule
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Phillip Island: Penguin Parade Afternoon Wildlife Tour

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Guided day tour from Melbourne to three wildlife attractions in Victoria

  • Encounter Australia’s native species, including kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, and more at Moonlit Sanctuary
  • Enjoy stunning coastal views of south Phillip Island at Nobbies Center
  • Watch in wonder as a large group of little penguins waddle their way back to their homes during the setting sun
  • Early afternoon pick-ups on comfortable coaches ensure a hassle-free start to the day
  • Enjoy free wifi onboard the coach with insightful commentary by an expert guide
  • Discounted tickets: Children under the age of 15 enjoy reduced prices on their tickets
  • Get a 50% refund on canceling this ticket up to 48 hours before the schedule
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Phillip Island Tickets - 4 Parks Nature Pass

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  • Do not miss out on this iconic, explorative, educative, immersive, and interactive journey through Philip Island's Nature Parks!
  • A mere 90-minute journey from Melbourne's CBD, Philip Island is easily accessible and promises an all-inclusive and enjoyable tour for all ages.
  • Explore Philip Island's rugged beauty, seascape views, and various wildlife attractions with access to 4 of its parks.
  • Take your pick from the Penguin Parade's three ticket options (general viewing, penguins plus & underground viewing) for fun interaction with the amazing seabirds.
  • Stroll through lush woodlands and treetop boardwalks at the Koala Reserve where you'll meet-and-greet adorable koalas, wallabies, echidnas, many bird species, and more.
  • At the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, you'll get to experience daily heritage farming activities like cow milking, sheep shearing, and whip cracking. Enjoy peeks into the lives of early Australian settlers here.
  • The Antarctic Journey promises insight into nature conservation, climate resilience, and the inhabitants of the Southern Ocean to Antarctica!

This ticket has the following options you can choose from:

  • General Viewing Ticket + Koala Reserve + Churchill Island + Antarctic Journey
  • Penguin Plus + Koala Reserve + Churchill Island + Antarctic Journey
  • Underground Viewing + Koala Reserve + Churchill Island + Antarctic Journey
  • Infants aged 3 and below go free. However, their tickets need to be booked because of the strict seating capacity. Children aged 4-15 enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).
  • This ticket cannot be canceled, amended, or rescheduled

Phillip Island A Maze'N Things Tickets

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  • Make an appearance at one of Phillip Island's must-visit attractions, A Maze'N Things for a day of fun and excitement with the family.
  • With something in store for all ages, this theme park promises mind-boggling tasks: interactive displays, optical illusion rooms, outdoor attractions, and then some.
  • After you've skipped from floor to floor indoors, head outside for some sun-kissed fun: play a game of golf, find yourself lost in a maze, and hit the Sky Trail.
  • Whether you're a child or a child-at-heart, this theme park is enjoyably by all ages, making it an ideal family-friendly attraction!
  • Infants aged 3 and under go free. Children aged 4-15 enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).
  • This ticket cannot be canceled, amended, or refunded.

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.
  • Home to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia, Phillip Island is located just 90 minutes from Melbourne.
  • Take your kids along and let them learn about wildlife and nature while watching the cute, pint-sized penguins scurry about.
  • Choose to enjoy your parade viewing time on the General Platform, the tiered seating, through an Underground Platform, on a ranger-guided tour, or on a secluded beach!

This ticket offers the following options you can choose from:

  • General Viewing Ticket
  • Penguin Plus
  • Underground Viewing
  • Guided Ranger Tour
  • Ultimate Penguin Tour
  • The Penguin Parade visitor center opens at 6:00 PM. Access doors to the viewing areas will open at approximately 7:00 PM to allow for physical distancing to be maintained.
  • Click here to see the penguin arrival time calendar for estimated penguin arrival times throughout the year.
  • Note: If you are planning a visit from mid-December to late January, or during a long weekend or the school holiday period, please allow extra travel time as the traffic can get busy.
  • Infants aged 3 and below go free. However, their tickets need to be booked because of the strict seating capacity. Children aged 4-15 enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).
  • Cannot be canceled, amended, or rescheduled.

Located 140 km from Melbourne is Phillip Island, Australia. One of the most scenic islands to visit in Australia, it is famous for its wildlife parks and sandy beaches. From watching the penguins to surfing on the blue sea, there is a lot to do on a day trip to Phillip Island from Melbourne! Learn all about Phillip Island tours, along with what to do and expect from a trip to this gorgeous island.

COVID-19 Safety Measures at Phillip Island

  • Visitors are recommended to buy the Phillip Island attractions tickets online. Tickets are available on-site as well, but only cashless transactions are allowed.
  • All the high-contact areas are regularly cleaned and sanitized.
  • Staff members are subjected to temperature checks and guests may/may not have to undergo it upon entry.
  • Guests are advised to maintain physical distance.
  • All guests need to wear face masks when they cannot follow social distance protocols.

Why Take a Phillip Island Tour

Located 140 km from Melbourne, Phillip Island is a popular tourist attraction in Australia for many reasons. This gorgeous island is home to over 32,000 Little Penguins. The penguins return to their home every evening and waddle across the beach. This event can be witnessed by the visitors at the famous Penguin Parade. This island is also a paradise for animal lovers, as you can spot wallabies, kangaroos, and koalas; and interact with over 100 different species here.

Apart from the wildlife parks, Phillip Island is also famous for its sandy beaches and clear seas. Taking a break from the hustle-bustle of Melbourne, visitors can enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery here and can indulge in many activities. From enjoying the puzzles and attractions at A Maze’N’ Things theme park to visiting the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, visitors are going to love a Melbourne to Phillip Island tour.

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Phillip Island A Maze’N’ Things Ticket

Enjoy a day at A Maze’N’ Things theme park with your family with some amazing outdoor attractions (Sky Trail, Maze, etc.), interactive displays, optical illusion rooms, and so on.

Validity & Cancellation: The ticket is valid for the entire day of the selected date and cannot be canceled or rescheduled.

Discounted tickets: Kids aged between 4 and 15 years can get discounted tickets for this attraction and those under 3 years can enter for free.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Nature Park Ticket

This ticket gives you entry into Penguin Parade and comes in five different variants. The General Viewing ticket offers you a seat in the general viewing platform, the Penguin Plus ticket gives you closer viewing from tiered seating, and the Underground Viewing ticket provides a close eye-level view from an underground viewing platform. Guided Range Tour includes a ranger guide who would take you through the penguin colony while the Ultimate Penguin Tour includes exclusive interaction with the penguins on a secluded beach.

Validity & Cancellation: These tours are valid for the selected date and time & cannot be cancelled or amended.

Discounted tickets: Kids 3 and under go free. However, their tickets need to be booked because of the strict seating capacity. Children aged 4-15 can get discounted tickets as long as they provide a valid ID.

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Phillip Island Nature Parks Ticket

With this ticket, you get access to the three nature parks in Phillip Island – Koala Reserve, Churchill Island, and Antarctic Journey. There are three options available in the Phillip Island Nature Parks ticket – General Viewing, Penguin Plus, and Underground Viewing. Depending on the ticket you choose, you can see the penguins from the general viewing area or up-close.

Validity & Cancellation: Visitors can use the ticket for the selected date to visit Penguin Parade. The three parks can be visited within 6 months from the visit to the Penguin Parade. These tickets cannot be cancelled

Discounted tickets: Those aged 3 and under go free. However, their tickets need to be booked because of the strict seating capacity. Children aged 4-15 enjoy can avail themselves of discounted tickets as long as they show a valid ID.

Best Way to Buy Phillip Island Tickets 

The best way to buy Phillip Island tour tickets is online in advance. There are lots of advantages of booking your Phillip Island tickets online, including better prices and deals on your tickets.

  • Convenience: You don’t need to wait in the queue to buy the tickets which can help you conserve time and energy. You also have enough time to go through the ticket details to select the right Phillip Island attractions ticket for you.
  • Advance Booking: By booking the tickets online, you can plan your visit in advance and don’t need to worry about the Phillip Island tickets being sold out.
  • Discount: By booking through platforms like phillip-island-tours.com, you can also avail of deals and discounts offered by third-party websites!

Things to do in Phillip Island

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Penguin Parade

Watch the adorable penguins of the Little Penguin colony that reside on the island and head back to their home on the beach at night. The penguins spend the day swimming for food and waddle back to their homes at night when the visitors can catch a glimpse of them. There is a penguin viewing area that offers a 180-degree elevated view for the guests to enjoy the penguin getting back home. You can upgrade your seating for a closer look at the penguins by opting for Penguin Plus or Underground Viewing platform.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tickets
Phillip Island Nature Parks
Nature Parks

Get access to the amazing wildlife parks at Phillip Island to spend a day with koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, penguins, and other amazing animal species. You can walk along the treetop boardwalks at Koala Conservation Reserve to observe koalas in their natural habitat. Churchill Island Heritage Farm is a 19th-century farm where you can enjoy activities such as walking, cycling, cow milking, whip cracking, and so on. Lastly, go on a virtual journey from the Southern Ocean to Antarctica to learn about the inhabitants in this region, conservation practices, and so on. Antarctic Journey will expose you to the animals living in the deep blue, sustainable seafood options, Antarctic Chill Zone, etc.

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AmazeN Things Phillip Island
Amaze’N Things

Spend a day at A Maze’N’ Things theme park with your friends and family. There are lots of amazing attractions to explore at this theme park including optical illusions, interactive displays, and so on. Play a game of golf, beat your fears at Sky Trail, or find your way through the Maze. This attraction is perfect for all ages and a must-visit on Phillip Island.

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Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
Chocolate Factory

Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is one of the top attractions to visit for chocolate lovers. Learn how the chocolate is made through fun workshops, demonstrations, and games. Visitors also can enjoy an unlimited supply of chocolate samples here while discovering the history of the Phillip Island chocolate factory. After exploring the exhibitions here, visitors can buy some souvenirs from the on-site gift shop and café. From chocolate fondue to white truffle, there are a lot of delicious treats to try out here.

Things to do in Phillip Island

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  • A Maze’N’ Things theme park at Phillip Island is open from 10 AM to 5 PM every day (last admission at 3.30 PM), including the holidays.
  • Penguin Parade visitor center opens from 4 PM every day.
  • Koala Conservation Reserve, Churchill Island, and Phillip Island Chocolate Factory are open to visitors from 10 AM to 5 PM every day.
  • Antarctic Journey park opens at 10 AM every day and stays open till one hour before sunset.

If you are planning to cover all the attractions and parks at Phillip Island, then you would need approximately 2-3 days at this island.

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  • Air: Phillip Island has its own airfield that can be used to reach the island in 30 minutes. You can take a helicopter charter service from any suitable landing location in Melbourne to Phillip Island.
  • Bus: Visitors can get V/Line bus services from Melbourne to Phillip Island’s towns such as Cowes, Newhaven, and Cape Woolamai. There are no direct buses to Penguin Parade so, you will need to change the bus at the bridge.
  • Car/Taxi: The drive from Melbourne to Phillip Island takes 90 minutes. You will take another 20 minutes to reach the Penguin Parade from the bridge. Once you reach, you can get free parking on site.
  • Ferry: Another interesting option for reaching Phillip Island is to take a ferry from Stony Point Jetty in Frankston to Cowes Jetty at Phillip Island. You can take a suburban train from Melbourne to Frankston and then the ferry to Cowes Jetty. The entire journey will take you 2 hours.
best time to visit phillip island

The best time to visit Phillip Island from Melbourne is between the months of September and May. The weather is mostly pleasant and warm in these months and there are more penguins visible during these months. Visitors will be able to enjoy the outdoor attractions more during these months.

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The following are some must-try restaurants in Phillip Island:

  • The Cape Kitchen: This Oceanside restaurant offers a fancy dining experience to the visitors while they enjoy the beautiful ocean views. Do try the Cheesecake and Eggs Florentine here.
  • Cheeky Goose Cafe: With an amazing ambience, Cheeky Goose Café is the perfect restaurant to try Australian cuisine on Phillip Island. Make sure you try Fried Chicken and Calamari here. 
  • Pino’s Trattoria: Pino’s Trattoria is an Italian restaurant that offers a chill ambience to the guests in the spacious, glass-walled room. Gnocchi and gelato are a must-try at this restaurant.
  • Tides of Rhyll: For amazing seafood, Tides of Rhyll is an amazing restaurant. With a comfortable setting, this restaurant is great for trying Calamari and Scallops.
Phillip island accommodation

Visitors have a lot of Phillip Island accommodation options to choose from. Depending on your budget, here are a few Phillip Island accommodations to consider for your trip to this island.

  • Budget-Friendly Hotels: The Island Accommodation, Arthur Phillip Motor Inn, and Golden Chain Quays Motel
  • Mid-Range Hotels: Glen Isla House, Ramada Resort by Wyndham Phillip Island, and Hilltop Apartments Phillip Island
  • Luxury Hotels: Silver Waters Bed & Breakfast, Swan Lake Guest House, and The Waves Apartment

Visitor Tips 

  • Since Phillip Island is a popular attraction, plan your trip on a weekday to escape the crowd of tourists.
  • Buy your Phillip Island Penguin Parade tickets in advance to get good seats else you won’t get a good view of the penguin waddle.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as you may be required to walk quite a bit around the island depending on your ticket.
  • You can visit Phillip Island throughout the year but do carry a raincoat or an umbrella. Penguin Parade is conducted outside and you might need protection from the rain if it rains.
  •  Enjoy the ultimate views from the famous blowhole lookout point that is located along the Nobbies boardwalk.
  • Visiting hours for the nature parks are subject to change so make sure you check the official website of the attraction before you leave from home.

Phillip Island Tours: FAQs

What ticket options are available for a Phillip Island tour?

There are three different types of Phillip Island Tour tickets available for the visitors: A Maze’N’ Things Phillip Island Tour, Phillip Island Penguin Parade Ticket, and Phillip Island Nature Parks Tickets.

Is it worth it to take a Melbourne to Phillip Island tour?

Yes, Melbourne to Phillip Island Tour is fun. There are a lot of Phillip Island attractions to cover on this trip such as Sky Trail, Koala Reserve, Penguin Parade, Churchill Island, and so on.

What is the best Phillip Island tour for families?

A Maze’N’ Things is the best Phillip Island Tour for families and friends as there are attractions for all ages here.

What is the best Phillip Island tour for kids?

The best Phillip Island tour for kids is the Phillip Island Nature Parks tour, as it lets them interact with different animals, combining education and entertainment.

What is the best Phillip Island tour for couples?

Phillip Island Penguin Parade and Phillip Island Nature Parks tours are the best options for couples.

Can I cancel my Phillip Island tour?

No, visitors cannot cancel or reschedule the tickets to their Phillip Island Tours.

How can I get from Melbourne to Phillip Island?

You can drive, take a flight, or take a V-line bus to get from Melbourne to Phillip Island.

When is the best time to go on a Phillip Island tour?

Although you can plan your Phillip Island tour throughout the year, the best time to visit is during the autumn and spring season. The weather is pleasant and not too chill for enjoying the outdoor activities.

What are the best things to do in Phillip Island?

There are lots of fun things to do at Phillip Island such as visiting the A Maze’N’ Things theme park, visiting the cottages, surfing in the blue water, exploring the wildlife parks, and more.

How much does a Melbourne to Phillip Island tour cost?

The starting price for Melbourne to Phillip Island tour tickets is AUD 27.75.