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4 Parks Pass - Penguin Parade, Koalas, Churchill Island, Antarctic Journey Tickets

AU$55
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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 nature parks.
  • 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 Conservation Reserve where you'll meet-and-greet adorable koalas, wallabies, echidnas, many bird species, and more.
  • At Churchill Island, 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.
  • 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:

  • Penguin Parade General Viewing Ticket + Koala Conservation Reserve + Churchill Island + Antarctic Journey
  • Penguin Parade Plus + Koala Conservation Reserve + Churchill Island + Antarctic Journey
  • Penguin Parade Underground Viewing + Koala Conservation Reserve + Churchill Island + Antarctic Journey

Penguin Parade General Viewing Ticket + Koala Conservation Reserve + Churchill Island + Antarctic Journey

  • Penguin Parade viewing from the General Viewing Platform
  • Access to the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Access to Churchill Island
  • Access to interactive experiences at Antarctic Journey

Penguin Parade Plus + Koala Conservation Reserve + Churchill Island + Antarctic Journey

  • Up-close Penguin Parade viewing with tiered seating for a capacity of 250 - 300 people
  • Access to the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Access to Churchill Island Heritage Farm
  • Access to interactive experiences at Antarctic Journey

Penguin Parade Underground Viewing + Koala Conservation Reserve + Churchill Island + Antarctic Journey

  • Eye-level view of the Penguin Parade from an underground viewing platform with a capacity of 70 people
  • Access to the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Access to Churchill Island
  • Access to interactive experiences at Antarctic Journey
  • This ticket cannot be canceled, amended, or rescheduled

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour

AU$178
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Duration: 10 hr.
  • 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
  • Get a 50% refund on canceling this ticket up to 48 hours before the schedule.

Phillip Island Dolphin & Whale Cruise

AU$120
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Instant Confirmation
Duration: 3 hr. 15 min.
Free Cancellation
  • Cruise past the sheer cliffs of Cape Woolamai and along the striking southern coastline of Phillip Island for a wildlife spotting excursion.
  • Apart from Australia's wildlife, you'll also enjoy the picturesque landscapes of the coast.
  • Past the cliffs, you'll be greeted warmly by a host of aquatic animals that call the ocean their home.
  • Watch out for Humpback and Southern Right Whales on their annual migration route.
  • Playful dolphins, curious seals, and a range of sea birds (including the Wandering Albatross) can be spotted as well.
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule.

Phillip Island Winter Whale Cruise with Lunch

AU$160
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Instant Confirmation
Duration: 4 hr.
Free Cancellation
  • Cruise along the picturesque coastline of Phillip Island to spot aquatic wildlife.
  • Sail past the striking cliffs of Cape Woolamai and be greeted by the adorable animals.
  • Spot Humpback and Southern Right Whales on their annual migration route.
  • Spot playful dolphin pods, frolicking about in the sun.
  • Try and spot curious seals and a host of sea birds, including the Wandering Albatross
  • A freshly-prepared lunch onboard makes your wildlife spotting experience all the more memorable.
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule.

Phillip Island Sunset Cruise

AU$56
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Instant Confirmation
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Free Cancellation
  • Enjoy a leisurely evening twilight bay cruise on Kasey Lee, a 19-meter-vessel.
  • Cruise along the sheltered waters of Westernport Bay and spot dolphins, seals, sea birds, and more.
  • Buy yourself a drink from the licensed bar on board and munch on complimentary appetizers on board.
  • Your captain will impart fascinating facts and interesting information about Phillip Island.
  • Watch the day slowly turn into night as the sunsets and enjoy the city lights light up the sky.
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule.

Phillip Island Cape Woolamai Cruise

AU$35
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Instant Confirmation
Duration: 1 hr.
Free Cancellation
  • Sail from San Remo to Cape Woolamai for a remarkable cruising experience along the stunning Phillip Island.
  • You'll be privy to some of the best sights the island has to offer: picture granite cliffs, dramatic caves, and turquoise waters.
  • As you cruise under the Phillip Island Bridge, listen to onboard commentary about this bridge and its history.
  • Munch on cake and coffee as you spot the friendly residents of the sea: dolphins, seals, and if you're lucky, whales.
  • A range of sea birds call this island their home, popular among them being Cormorants, gannets, and wedge-tailed eagles.
  • Pick up interesting facts and stories about the local wildlife and scenery here from the commentary on board.
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule.

Located in a tranquil region on Victoria’s South Coast, Phillip Island is the perfect seaside holiday. If you want to surf, build sandcastles or even watch the waddling penguins, Phillip Islands is the right vacation spot for you. For the foodies, the history geeks, and the nature lovers, this getaway spot doesn’t get any better, especially since it’s only a 90-minute drive off the coast of Melbourne. If you want a peaceful weekend away from the world, jump into a car, and you’ll be here in no time. 

Why Take a Day Trip from Melbourne to Phillip Island 

Phillip Island has the combination of adrenaline meets calm and mellow meets fun. This combination allows you to explore all the attractions, enjoy the beaches and sip wine. As it is home to four nature parks, one gets to see the animals live in action, along with other educational visits such as the Antarctic Journey and the Koala Conservation Reserve. The scenic waterfront view and the mellow beaches, and the wineries make it the perfect place to unwind and relax.

Top things to do in Phillip Island

The following are some popular activities to indulge in on your Melbourne to Phillip Island tour. 

Melbourne to Philip Island Tickets
Melbourne to Philip Island Tickets
Melbourne To Phillip Island Tickets

Churchill Island

If you are looking to go on cycling and walking trails and reconnect with nature, Churchill Island is the place to be. Indulge in cow milking, sheep shearing, and other farm activities to get a feel of the countryside. Churchill Island is the first European garden in Victoria, and its remnants of historical gardens attract thousands of visitors every year. 

The timings on the Farm Precinct are: 

  • Weekdays from 10am to 4.30 pm. (Last entry: 4 pm)
    Weekends 9 am to 4.30 pm (Last entry: 4 pm) 
  • Blacksmithing - 10.30 am
  • Cow Milking - 2.00 pm
  • Sheep Shearing - 2.30 pm (weekends only)
  • Working Dogs - 2.45 pm
  • Whip Cracking - 3.00 pm
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Koala Conservation Reserve

If you love koalas and their furry ears, large round head, and big black noses, then you must stop at the Koala Conservation Reserve to see the lives of these koalas upfront and in their homeland. By going on treetop boardwalks, you get to explore the six hectares of Australian bushland with ease. You also get to explore the other local birds, along with wallabies, and echidnas. 

The Koala Conservation Reserve is currently open from 10 am to 4.30 pm with the last entry to the boardwalk at 4 pm. The last entry to treetop boardwalks is 30 minutes

Melbourne to Philip Island Tickets
Melbourne to Philip Island Tickets

Plan Your Visit

Getting There
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  • Train: Since there aren’t direct trains to the island, you can take one up to Dandenong and then take a V/Line bus to the island. The other option is to go by ferry after reaching Stony Point via train.
  • Bus: There aren't direct buses to the Island; hence one needs to change their bus at Koo Wee Rup.
  • Ferry: Travel by ferry, reach Stony Point via train, from Melbourne to Frankston, and board the Inter-Island Ferries passenger catamaran that docks at Cowes Jetty.
  • Car: The journey is approximately two hours by road as it is over 140 km in distance. The main route is down Monash Freeway towards Warragul and turning to South Gippsland Freeway.
  • Air: If you feel like soaring the skies for your trip to Phillip Island, then worry not. The island has their airfield within 30 minutes, the helicopter shall drop you at Phillip Island from Melbourne.

Phillip Islands has a temperate climate, with cold winters and warm summers. Given that their most significant attraction is the Penguin Parade, it's best advised to go in autumn or early spring to avoid the freezing weather when enjoying the scenic view. 

where to eat in phillip island
  • Saltwater: Dining at the Saltwater gives you a view of the waterfront and the taste of the local produce, along with an airy summer vibe. Enjoy some cruisy tunes with wood-fired pizzas, tapas and cocktails and unwind during your vacation. 
  • Beach HQ: Enjoy the water view of Cowes foreshore beach, Westernport Bay, French Island and the Mornington Peninsula at Beach HQ. The menu offers dishes that complement the modern Australian palate, and enjoy the seafood the place has to offer. Enjoy your day with the choice of wine, from their list that goes with your meal. 
  • Phillip Island Winery: The location of Phillip Island Winery is near the Grand Prix Circuit, and the mild weathers allow for some delicious wine. Cosy weather in a cottage-style building, and the comfort of the seafood, the winery adds to the aesthetics of your mellow weekend getaway. 
phillip island accommodation
  • Phillip Island Cottages

With a private patio and garden views, the guests enjoy the beach within 3 minutes of walking time. The cottage is an 8-minute drive from the Koala Conservation Centre and a 15-minute drive away from the Penguin Parade and the chocolate factory. 

  • The Castle - Villa by the Sea

Located in the heart of Phillip Island, this Mediterranean style accommodation is the ideal location to stay, as it is a 2-minute walk away from the Phillip Island Beach and 10 minutes away from  Koala Conservation Centre, A Maze'N Things, and the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. 

Visitor Tips

  1. Choose your travel style as per your budget. While the bus is a cheap option, Phillip Island offers much more than what the eye can meet in a day. So, choose a comfortable mode of transport.
  2. The Penguin Parade gets sold out very soon, therefore get your hands on those tickets very quickly. 
  3. Phillip Island caters to every form of tourist, from walking on the boardwalk in the wind or planning to go surfing with some friends. So pack your clothes accordingly. 
  4. Keep the timings of the places in mind to avoid any last-minute panic. 
  5. Plan your trip around a weekday if you want to avoid the weekend tourist crowds. 
  6. If you are travelling between May and October, don't forget your Binoculars to watch whales and spot seals. 

Melbourne to Phillip Island Tours: FAQs

How far is Melbourne from Phillip Island?

Phillip Island is 140km away from Melbourne.

How can I get from Melbourne to Phillip Island?

You can get to Melbourne either by car, ferry, bus or even helicopter, depending on your budget.

Is there a train from Melbourne to Phillip Island?

There is no direct train to the Island, and you will need to take the bus or the ferry.

What can I do at Phillip Island?

At Phillip Island, you can tour the Penguin Parade, go to the chocolate factory, enjoy the wineries, go on an Antarctic journey, or meet koalas.

How do I get from Melbourne to Phillip Island by public transport?

If you choose to catch the bus, take the train to Dandenong and then a V/Line bus to the Island.

Is there a ferry to Phillip Island?

The ferry does provide services. But if you want to take the ferry, catch the suburban train from Melbourne to Frankston and switch to the diesel service till Stony Point. From Stony Point, there is a passenger ferry service that will bring you to Cowes.

How many days do you need in Phillip Island?

A three-day visit helps you cover the major tourist attractions, enjoy the secluded areas, and relax before heading back.

How long does it take to get to Phillip Island from Melbourne?

It takes closer to 2 hours via road.

Can you stay on Phillip Island?

Based on your budget, there are several hotels and AirBnBs placed in the heart of the island so that your commute to other places happens with ease.

How long does it take to get around Phillip Island?

Walking from one end of the island to the other would approximately take 5 hours.

What is the best time to go to Phillip Island?

The best time to go to Phillip Island is from May to September, where the weather is mellow and breezy and isn't freezing.