From the City to the Seaside: A Day Trip from Melbourne to Phillip Island for Penguin Watching

Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure? Join the comprehensive Phillip Island day tour that will take you from the bustling city of Melbourne to the enchanting Phillip Island. This full-day excursion promises to be a highlight of your Australian holiday, offering an array of wildlife encounters and breathtaking scenery that will leave you in awe.

Tour inclusions:

  • Fully guided day tour from Melbourne
  • Brighton Beach bathing boxes
  • Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • All standard entry fees
  • Standard Penguin viewing
  • Return transfers from Melbourne CBD hotels
  • FREE onboard Wi-Fi


  • Tours depart daily from 10.00am – 11.00am (June to August) and 11.00 – 12.00pm (September to May)
  • Tours return seasonally between 9.00pm – Midnight
  • Tours not available Christmas Day

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The tour departs from Melbourne in the morning, giving you ample time to soak up the sights and sounds of this vibrant city before embarking on an exciting day of exploration. There will be experienced guide with you every step of the way, providing fascinating insights into the history, culture, and natural wonders of Phillip Island.

Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes

First stop on the tour is the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes, where you’ll have the opportunity to capture stunning photos and admire these charming landmarks. These brightly coloured boxes are a beloved symbol of Melbourne’s coastal culture and provide a picture-perfect start to your adventure.


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Whether you pose in front of a favourite box or opt for a panoramic shot of the entire row, these pictures will be a testament to the unique charm and character of Melbourne’s coastal heritage.

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Next, the tour will head to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you will have the chance to get up close with Australia’s cuddliest wildlife icons.

As you step foot into the sanctuary, you’ll be greeted by knowledgeable and passionate guides who will introduce you to the incredible diversity of Australian fauna. From the adorable koalas and playful kangaroos to the elusive wombats and colorful parrots, you’ll have the chance to observe and interact with these fascinating creatures in a safe and ethical environment.


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The sanctuary provides a range of interactive experiences, allowing you to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, stroke friendly koalas, and even meet some of the lesser-known native species, such as sugar gliders and quokkas. It’s an opportunity to learn about their behaviors, habitats, and the conservation efforts being made to protect them.

Point Grant and the Nobbies

On the way to Phillip Island, the tour will stop at Point Grant and the Nobbies, where you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the island’s rugged coastline. Get treated to breathtaking panoramic views and the opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique geography of the region.

Point Grant, named after a former lighthouse keeper, offers a picturesque setting that showcases the wild and untamed nature of Phillip Island. You’ll be greeted by a sweeping coastline adorned with dramatic cliffs and rocky outcrops. The crashing waves of the Bass Strait add an element of power and awe to the scene, creating a symphony of sights and sounds that will leave you in awe.

Continuing along the coast, you’ll reach the Nobbies, another captivating feature of this area. The Nobbies is a collection of rocky outcrops that jut out into the ocean, creating a stunning landscape of natural formations. These formations have been shaped over thousands of years by the powerful forces of wind and water, resulting in a unique and awe-inspiring sight.

The combination of Point Grant and the Nobbies offers a sensory experience that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the natural wonders of Phillip Island.

Penguin Parade

The highlight of the tour awaits you in the evening – the world-renowned Penguin Parade. Witness the magical spectacle as hundreds of adorable Little Penguins waddle their way up to the beach. This mesmerizing display of nature’s wonders is a true delight, and you’ll be captivated as you observe these tiny creatures returning to their burrows after a day at sea. It’s a memory that will warm your heart for years to come.


For an enhanced and more exclusive Penguin Parade experience, you have the option to upgrade your viewing platform. These upgrades provide additional benefits and a closer encounter with the adorable Little Penguins. Choose from two exciting options: Penguins Plus viewing platform or the Private Penguin Parade Experience.

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The Penguins Plus viewing platform upgrade allows you to enjoy an elevated and enhanced perspective of the Penguin Parade. For an additional fee of $30 per person, payable on the day of the tour, you’ll have access to a specially designed platform that offers a closer view of the penguins as they make their way up the beach. This upgraded platform provides an even more intimate encounter with the penguins, allowing you to witness their endearing behaviors up close.

For an even more exclusive and immersive experience, you can opt for the Private Penguin Parade Experience. This upgrade offers a fully ranger-guided tour and priority seating. For an additional fee of $60 per person, payable on the day of the tour, you’ll receive personalized attention from an experienced ranger who will provide in-depth insights into the lives of the penguins and their conservation efforts. This exclusive experience ensures that you have the best possible vantage point and a more intimate understanding of these fascinating creatures.

Visitor Centre

After the Penguin Parade, there will be ample time provided for you to explore the Visitor Centre. Dive deeper into the world of penguins through interactive exhibits and educational displays. Learn about the island’s rich biodiversity and conservation efforts, further enhancing your appreciation for this remarkable place.

End of tour

As the day draws to a close, the tour will begin its return to Melbourne. Sit back, relax, and reminisce about the extraordinary experiences you’ve had throughout the day. The tour will ensure you have a comfortable ride up till the end, dropping you off right at your inner city accommodation.

This comprehensive tour to Phillip Island from Melbourne offers an unbeatable combination of wildlife encounters, stunning scenery, and memorable experiences. Whether you’re an animal lover, a nature enthusiast, or simply seeking adventure, this day trip is perfect for you. Don’t miss the chance to make lifelong memories and immerse yourself in the beauty of Phillip Island. Book your tour now and prepare for an extraordinary journey that will leave you yearning for more.

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Some additional tips:

  • We suggest you dress appropriately for all weather conditions. In warm weather, we strongly recommend bringing sunscreen and a hat. During winter, dress warmly as coastal winds can make conditions quite cold
  • Pack snacks and a water bottle that can be refilled throughout the day.
  • Download the Go West Tours App from the App Store or Google Play Store prior to your departure for access to multi-language tour commentary available in Arabic, Malay, Cantonese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese & Hindi
  • Due to the natural condition of penguins, tourists might witness different penguin behavior in certain months:
  • Feb-Apr: Moulting
  • May-Jul: Nest Building
  • Aug-Oct: Egg Laying
  • Nov-Jan: Chick Feeding

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