Phillip Island Tour with Koalas
Experience Australia’s diverse wildlife at Phillip Island. Get up close with your favorite koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, and lovely birds. Spot the seals in their colony on the rocky shores. Learn about the Little Penguins and watch them live perform the penguin parade. Join us on our one day Phillip Island Tour.
1 Day Tour
Operates: DAILY (all year-round)
Departs: 10:00 am (winter) / 12:00 pm (summer)
Returns: 22:30 pm (winter) / 00:00 am (summer)
- City pickup and Drop off
- Afternoon tea & biscuits
- Penguin parade entry fee
- Maru Animal Park entry fee
- National Park Fees
- Professional guide
- Onboard commentary
- Audio translation devices
PHILLIP ISLAND TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- Spend a full day visiting magnificent coastal sites and viewing amazing scenery
- Explore Phillip Island’s pristine beaches & rocky coastline
- Take a walk along one of Phillip Island’s surf beaches at Woolamai
- Visit an Australian wildlife park and see Koalas up close (photo optional extra)
- Home to abundance of wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies, dingoes, emus, parrots & reptiles
- Explore the redeveloped Nobbies Centre and seal colony with optional extra Antarctic Journey
- Learn about the astonishing life of the penguins at the interactive, award winning information centre
- Witness the world’s smallest and cutest penguins waddle ashore at sunset
- Penguins Plus Viewing Platform $30
- Eureka Skydeck and Edge Experience voucher for only $27 (usually $32)
WHAT TO BRING?
- Water bottle
- Hat & Sunscreen
- Warm clothes
- Comfortable walking shoes
Popular Pickup and Drop off Points: (summer / winter)
- 11:13am / 9:13am – YHA Melbourne Metro, 78 HOWARD ST, NORTH MELBOURNE.
- 11:26am / 9:26am – Space Hotel, 380 RUSSELL ST, MELBOURNE.
- 11:35am / 9:35am – Discovery Melbourne, 167 FRANKLIN ST, MELBOURNE.
- 11:37am / 9:37am – Pegasus Apart’ Hotel, 206 A’BECKETT ST, MELBOURNE.
- 11:47am / 9:47am – Immigration Museum (East), Cnr FLINDERS/MARKET ST, MELB.
- 11:59am / 9:59am – Windsor Hotel, 111 SPRING ST, MELBOURNE.
- 12:00pm / 10:00am – Mercure Welcome, 265 LT . BOURKE STREET, MELBOURNE.
- 12:03pm / 10:03am – Regent Theatre, 191 COLLINS ST, MELBOURNE.
- 12:12pm / 10:12am – Ibis on Lt Bourke, 600 LITTLE BOURKE ST, MELBOURNE.
- 12:15pm / 10:15am – Vibe Savoy, 630 LITTLE COLLINS ST (stand on corner), MELBOURNE.
- 12:17pm / 10:17am – Holiday Inn, 575 FLINDERS LANE, NEAR SPENCER ST, MELBOURNE.
- 12:22pm / 10:22am – Crown Promenade Hotel, 8 WHITEMAN ST, SOUTHBANK.
- 12:31pm / 10:31am – Bayview Eden 6 QUEENS RD, ALBERT PARK.
- 12:40pm / 10:40am – Base Backpackers, 17 CARLISLE ST, ST KILDA.
- 12:43pm / 10:43am – Habitat HQ, 333 ST KILDA RD, ST KILDA.
Detailed Itinerary of Phillip Island Tour with Koalas
Highlights of this Phillip Island Tour include a full day of adventure to the magnificent coastal sites and amazing scenery of pristine beaches and rocky coastlines of Phillip Island. Take a walk along one of the island’s beautiful surf beaches at Woolamai. Visit an Australian wildlife park and see koalas up close.
Explore the redeveloped Nobbies Centre and the award winning Information Center where you can learn about the astonishing life of the penguins. There’s also an optional extra to have a virtual adventure at the interactive Antarctic Journey. Spot some seals in their colony prior to witnessing the world’s smallest and cutest penguins waddle ashore at sunset.
We leave Melbourne at around 10 am taking a 140-kilometer drive to the 10,000-hectare Phillip Island which is home to over a hundred varieties of animal species and wildlife. The island is abundant in wildlife where you can spot kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, emus, reptiles, and native birds like parrots.
En route to the destination, we are going to have a picnic lunch. Don’t worry about the food, it’s on us. All you have to do is enjoy your meal and the beautiful natural surroundings. Make your Phillip Island tour memorable.
As we reach the island we head straight to the wildlife park where you can get up close and take some photos with the koalas. Koalas are happy with their sedentary lifestyle, and that makes them cute and cuddly with their strangely large heads and fluffy ears. These lazy Australian natives can sleep up to 20 hours a day.
Take also the time to snap pictures of your other Australian furry favorites — kangaroos, wallabies, and wombats. You might also spot some flying foxes. Phillip Island is the largest flying foxes colony in southern Australia. So, have fun as you hand feed the kangaroos. You can also shoot photographs of the colorful parrots and other native birds.
To have your Phillip Island tour a twist of sweetness, we visit a chocolate factory on the island. You can try some samples of their chocolate products and enjoy Phillip Island’s sugary and chocolatey welcome.
Have a walk at the Woolamai Beach and be amazed at the giant surfs. From the beach, we drive through the Grand Prix Circuit and view the place where the action happens.
We then head to the new marine center at the Nobbies. At the Nobbies Center, you can have the option to take a virtual journey to the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic. Enjoy the virtual interactive tour at the WWF Antarctic Journey. Eco Platypus promotes responsible tourism and wildlife awareness. This is our way to protect and help preserve the environment.
We also stroll down the boardwalks to spot the seals on seal rocks. A rocky coast is where fur seals usually make as their colony.
From the Nobbies we access the restricted dirt road on the way to the penguin parade. We explore the scenic landscapes and seascapes of Phillip Island Nature Parks. Bask in the picturesque views of sandy beaches and rugged cliffs.
We spend some time at the visitor center to learn more about the penguins while waiting for the sunset. The main highlight of Phillip Island tour is the penguin parade that happens every sunset on the shores of the Summerlands.
Happening daily in the island’s surf beaches is the famous penguin parade. The event held by these cute and feathery little friends has been a popular attraction on the island. The little penguins have helped drove Phillip Island’s economy despite them not paying taxes. Well, the government must have exempted them from responsibility which is unfair.
Phillip Island is home to more than 32,000 Little Penguins making the island one of their largest colonies. With just 41 to 43 centimeters tall weighing about 1 kilogram, the Little Penguins or “fairy penguins,” are the world’s smallest penguin species. Also called Blue Penguins in New Zealand, they wear an indigo-blue plumage, and they have a white stripe from chin down to the belly. You can find them along the coastlines of southern Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, and the Chatham Islands. Phillip Island is one of their biggest colonies.
Every day the Little Penguins parade to the sea at dawn to fish and they waddle back to the shore at dusk bringing home some catch to their chicks left in their burrows. The best time to watch the penguin parade spectacle is during sunset when the seabirds travel in small groups to return to the dunes.
Inclusive of this Phillip Island Tour is all the park entry fees, a complimentary lunch, afternoon tea and biscuits, a friendly and informative professional tour guide, and bus ride from the city to the island and back. We also provide you onboard commentary and free audio translation devices for non-English speakers. Our experienced driver picks you up from your inner city hotel and drops you off at the same hotel.
Get yourself ready for an exciting adventure to Phillip Island, the home of penguins, seals, whales, koalas, kangaroos, and other Australian native wild animals and birds. You Phillip Island tour experience is guaranteed to be one of its kind.
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Little penguins are amazing in Phillip Island tours. The tour operator facilities are great, it is also very well organised.