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Express Penguin Parade Tour

The penguins are coming! They magically appear in dark patches. Come and see for yourself the Little Penguins waddling from the surf to their burrows in the dunes. Join us in our Half Day Express Penguin Parade Tour.

1/2 Day Tour
Operates:    DAILY (Oct – Mar) / Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat(Apr – Sep)
Departs:      04:30:pm (Oct – Mar) / 03:00 pm (Apr – Sep)
Returns:      10:30 – 11:30 pm (Oct- Mar) / 09:30 – 10:30 pm (Apr – Sep)

Direct transfer to Phillip Island to witness the little penguins waddle ashore at the Penguin Parade at sunset and return to Melbourne.  

  •  City pickup and Drop off
  •  Penguin Parade entry fee
  •  National Park entry fee
  •   Air- Conditioned Large Coach
  •  Professional guide
  •  Onboard commentary
  •  Audio translation devices
  •  Strapped for a time then why not travel on our express transfer to see the Penguins up close.
  •  Pass through the magnificent coastal beaches & see the rocky coastline of Phillip Island.
  •  Take a walk along one of Phillip Island’s surf beaches at Woolamai
  •  Home to abundance of wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies, dingoes, emus, parrots & reptiles
  •  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)
  •    Water
  •    Hat & Sunscreen
  •    Warm clothing
  •    Money for Food and Beverages
  •    Camera
  •    Rain Jacket (just in case)

Popular Pickup Locations are:

  •   Bayview Eden – 6 QUEENS RD, MELBOURNE
  •   Bayview on the Park Hotel – 52 QUEENS RD, MELBOURNE
  •   Crown Plaza – 1-5 SPENCER ST, MELBOURNE
  •   Crown Promenade Hotel – 8 WHITEMAN ST, MELBOURNE
  •   Ibis Styles Kingsgate – 131 KING ST, MELBOURNE
  •   Langham Hotel – 1 SOUTHGATE AVE, SOUTHBANK
  •   Melbourne Marriott Hotel –  Cnr LONSDALE ST and EXHIBITION ST, MELBOURNE
  •   Mercure Treasury Gardens – 13 SPRING ST, MELBOURNE
  •   Novotel St. Kilda – 16 THE ESPLANADE, ST. KILDA
  •   Pan Pacific (formerly Hilton SW) –  2 CONVENTION CENTRE PL, SOUTH WHARF
  •   Radisson Hotel – 380 WILLIAM ST, MELBOURNE
  •   Rydges Melbourne – 186 EXHIBITION ST, MELBOURNE
  •   Stamford Plaza – 111 LITTLE COLLINS ST, MELBOURNE
  •   Windsor Hotel – 111 SPRING ST, MELBOURNE


Detailed itinerary of  Express Penguin Parade Tour

Explore the exotic wildlife, the coastal views of rocky surfs and sandy beaches, and the sunset spectacles happening daily in Phillip Island.

Our penguin parade tour highlights include the following: an express transfer to Phillip Island from the city of Melbourne, passing through the rocky coastline and surf beaches of the island, beach walk at Woolamai, sight seeing of some of the island’s wildlife, and the famous parade of penguins at sundown.

Spend some time in the morning strolling down the city and enjoy visiting the cafes, shops, and laneways. Or you can explore the city streets. Melbourne is such a beautiful, hospitable, and friendly city.


Penguin Parade tour visitor center

The penguin parade tour departs Melbourne at noon. We travel from the city straight to Phillip Island Nature Parks. Be always on the lookout for wildlife along the way because you might see your Aussie furry favorites — the kangaroos and koalas — on the side streets.

On the way to the destination, we pass through the iconic fishing village of San Remo. From there, we wind our way to Phillip Island and view the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Track. Enjoy the great ocean views, rocky coasts and surf beaches of the island as we drive to Woolamai Beach. Have a walk on the beach and breathe the fresh ocean breeze.


Get up close and personal with Phillip Island’s wild life at a park. Spot some wild animals and reptiles. Have a closer look at the koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, emus, and the friendly birds. So get your cameras ready!

Then we drive to the award-winning Nobbies Information Center where we spend most time of our stay on the island. Learn more about the penguins in an interactive virtual reality at the Visitors Information Center while waiting for the sunset. The highly anticipated penguin parade happens at sundown.


The Nobbies at Phillip Island

This penguin parade tour is also an educational tour about the lives and the environment of the little penguins. Eco Platypus encourages you to be responsible tourists who care for and help preserve the natural environment. Know more about the penguins, the seals, and the island’s wildlife at the information center.

You can spend some time visiting the cafes and shopping at the gift shops in the visitors center. You can also meet some new friends or grab some food while waiting for the sea birds. We help you find a comfortable spot where you can have that perfect angle to see the fairy penguins doing their daily ritual.


They are called Little Penguins because of their diminutive size typically measuring between 30 and 33 centimeters tall. A little penguin only weighs about 1 kilogram. This is also the same reason why they’re called “fairy penguins” in Australia. In New Zealand, they called “little blue penguins” or “blue penguins” due to their plumage which is slate-blue. In Maori, they’re called Korora.

Little Penguins are found in the coastlines of Southern Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, and the Chatham Islands. Living in large colonies, they have made Phillip Island as their territory. There are more than 32,000 of them on the island, making them a majority contributor to the island’s economy despite their not paying taxes. But they never failed to entertain the watchers and onlookers of their spectacular penguin parade.


The Nobbies at Phillip Island

Unable to flap their wings in flight, these sea birds are hard working creatures. Able to dive underwater up to 2 meters deep, they have mastered the art of fishing, and that their favorite food is seafood — fish, squid, and other small sea animals. At the break of day, they parade to the sea to fish. And at dusk, they go back home to feed their chicks left in their nests in the sand dunes.

Little Penguins loyal not only to their colony, they also show fidelity to their mates. A male penguin lover only loves one female penguin. It is because they are monogamous. The male penguin is usually bigger than the female. Having an average lifespan of 6.5 years, they start to breed between the ages 3 to 4.


You cannot get over with the experience of this penguin parade tour. There’s cuteness overload shown during their sunset tradition. Coming out of the surfs of the Summerlands in small groups, they then proceed to their well-rehearsed penguin parade.

They magically appear on the sandy beach, sense for predator sightings nearby, then waddle back to the nests in the dunes. Don’t worry about whether you have caused a disturbance because they’re definitely oblivious of the human watchers and onlookers. They don’t care about you having fun on them. They simply do their thing.


The Nobbies at Phillip Island

For years, the penguin parade has attracted hundreds of thousands of watchers making the penguin parade tour a favorite tourist activity on the island. If it is your first time to watch the penguin parade, please refrain from taking pictures of the penguins. The camera’s flash might harm the eyes of these little buddies.

When the penguins are done with their parade, we go down to the boardwalk to have a closer look. Reflect on your day filled with much fun and excitement as we head back to Melbourne.


This Half Day Express Penguin Parade Tour package is inclusive of all the entry fees. We pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the same hotel upon coming back. We also provide you a friendly, entertaining, and professional tour guide on board.

All you have to do is enjoy the trip as you adventure with us to Phillip Island to watch the magical penguin parade. So, what are you waiting for? Wear a warm/cool clothing and a pair of comfortable walking shoes. This penguin parade tour is guaranteed to be fun.

The Nobbies at Phillip Island

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by Shane, France on Express Penguin Parade Tour
Waddling Little Penguins

I had visited Phillip Island to watch the Penguin Parade and I was wondering how they are coming back to their colony again in the evening. It's amazing, little Penguins are different than other Penguins over the world. I had a nice holiday with you guys. Thank you!

by Harry (France) on Express Penguin Parade Tour
penguin parade

It was an amazing tour to Phillip Island. One of the best tours that I have done in Australia. The tour was extremely interesting to watch the penguins coming back to the shore and penguin parade was beautiful. I am so glad about the people who take care of penguins and protect them.

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