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Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park from Melbourne

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Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park from Melbourne

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Journey to Phillip Island for a day filled with spectacular vistas and amazing wildlife encounters. On this private tour from Melbourne, visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park to observe sleepy koalas in their natural habitat and meet several Australian native animals such as wallabies, kangaroos and colorful birds and reptiles. As dusk falls, witness one of nature’s most adorable spectacles at the Penguin Parade, when hundreds of tiny fairy penguins waddle out of the ocean and make their way across a local beach to their burrows. Enjoy the personalized attention of your guide and request customized stops to suit your interests.
  • Private tour to Phillip Island from Melbourne
  • Travel along the coastal highway with stunning ocean views
  • Stop at the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park and see the koalas and other Australian wildlife
  • Watch the nightly penguin parade
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Transport by private vehicle
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Local guide/driver
Live commentary on board
Penguin Plus access
Moonlit Sanctuary access
Food and drinks
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This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
  • Melbourne , Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
  • Phillip Island Nature Park , Cape Woolamai VIC 3925, Australia
  • Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank , 9 Riverside Quay, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria 3006 Australia
    2:00 PM

    After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

    This activity will end right where it started.Melbourne CBD hotels
    A beloved day-trip destination for Melbournians, Phillip Island offers a combination of rolling farmland, windswept cliffs and unique animal encounters. After pickup at your Melbourne hotel in the afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive through the city’s leafy suburbs as we head south-east of Melbourne to visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park at the top of Mornington Peninsula. You will meet endangered Australian native wildlife such as koalas, wallabies, kookaburras and dingoes. Look out for a variety of bright colored birds and reptiles. 

    Cross a bridge to access Phillip Island, where the Australian Motor Grand Prix and home of our famous Little Penguins. Upon arrival on the island depending on the time of year and your interest, we will visit Woolamai Beach to admire surfers gliding along the waves. We will then head to the southern tip of the island to view the rugged windswept cliffs of the Nobbies and Seal Rocks, home to a large fur seal colony.

    In the warmer months between October to March we will spend time on the island town of Cowes where you might dine (own expense) in one of the delicious restaurant options and browse local shops. In the cooler months between April to September, you will return to Melbourne after the Penguin Parade visit to indulge in one of Melbourne City's decadent restaurants. 

    As dusk approaches, make your way to a local beach and settle in to a shoreline viewing platform for the world-famous Penguin Parade. Every night, hundreds of petite fairy penguins — the smallest in the world — emerge from the water here after fishing all day. Watch the awe-inspiring spectacle as the adorable penguins waddle across the sand and through the bush to tuck into their burrows for the night. Your tour includes an upgraded Penguins Plus experience for a VIP boardwalk view of the parade.

    Once all penguins have gone home for the night, relax on the approximately 2-hour return drive to Melbourne.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
    We drive south-east from Melbourne to arrive at Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you will meet endangered species, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and an array of colourful birds and reptiles
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
    You will be treated to the magical experience of witnessing these special little penguins arriving ashore, decked out in their tuxedos and hurrying off to their find their burrows. On this private tour you will be treated to viewing the penguins at the special Penguin Plus viewing platform.
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Adult pricing applies to all travelers 4yrs and above
    • Infants 0-3yrs please request car seat at time of booking
    • No photo or video of penguins allowed
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • OPERATED BY Oceania Tours and Safaris
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park from Melbourne?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park from Melbourne.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park from Melbourne?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park from Melbourne.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park from Melbourne?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park from Melbourne.

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