While most famous for its little penguin population and the annual Motor Grand Prix, there is much more to discover on Phillip Island than birds and bikes. Located 90 minutes south-east of Melbourne in Westernport Bay, the picturesque Phillip Island is a popular travel destination for nature lovers, families and foodies. Cross the San Remo bridge and enter a world of wild surf beaches, spectacular coastal walks, delicious regional produce and a wealth of wildlife.
But of course, it’s not a trip to Phillip Island without viewing the little penguins. Home to roughly 32,000 of these adorable seabirds, our Phillip Island tours offer plenty of opportunities to observe them in their natural habitat. The best spot to watch them as they make their way home from a hard day at work (catching fish out at sea) is at the world-famous Penguin Parade. Take a seat on the beach and witness them cautiously exit the water and waddle up the beach to their home in the dunes. It’s an unforgettable wildlife experience that you just can’t miss!
Best Phillip Island Tours & Day Trips from Melbourne
Discover the best of Phillip Island with one of our day trips from Melbourne. Departing Melbourne in the morning or early afternoon, our one day trips take you to meet some of the island’s charismatic wildlife, admire the dramatic coastal scenery and of course, observe the little penguins in their natural habitat at Summerland Beach.
With several Phillip Island tours on offer, we’ll help you choose the best option for you. Our Phillip Island day tour offers the chance to get up close to more iconic Aussie wildlife at Maru Wildlife Park, where you can hand feed kangaroos and get a photo with a koala. Then wander the boardwalks at the Nobbies centre to admire the craggy coastal scenery of Phillip Island before finishing the day at the Penguin Parade.
Our large coach tour is conducted on a luxury coach with reclining seats, toilets on board and wifi, which is perfect for travellers with small children or longer legs. You’ll visit the Koala Conservation Centre, Warrook Homestead and Nobbies before arriving at the Penguin Parade. For the ultimate nature adventure, join our Phillip Island and French Island tour to explore not one but two of Victoria’s wildlife havens.
If you want to explore a bit more of Victoria’s stunning coastal scenery, jump on the 2 Day Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island Tour. This tour spends the first day travelling along the spectacular Great Ocean Road, including the iconic 12 Apostles, before bedding down in the surfing town of Torquay. On day two we take the ferry across the bay to explore Phillip Island and end the tour at the Penguin Parade, before travelling back to Melbourne.
Penguin Parade Tours
Just interested in seeing the penguins? Join our evening Penguin Parade Tour to head straight to the main event! Admire the passing scenery from the comfort of the large luxury coach as you head out from Melbourne, straight to Phillip Island. The tour arrives at the Penguin Parade in time for you to take a seat for the nightly spectacular, so you can relax and watch as the penguins cautiously exit the ocean. Make sure you explore along the boardwalks to walk alongside the penguins as they waddle home to bed down for the night.
Melbourne Must Do PackageMelbourne's two best day tours, Great Ocean Road & Phillip Island, with entrance to Eureka Skydeck.
1 Day Phillip Island TourSpend a day exploring the home of the little penguins, immersing yourself in the beauty of the area.
Phillip Island & French Island AdventureEnjoy unique wildlife encounters, rugged coastal scenery and sample scrumptious local produce.
2 Day Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island TourExplore two of Victoria’s most iconic destinations, including overnight accommodation in Queenscliff
2 Day Wilsons Prom & Phillip Island Nature & Wildlife TourJoin our small-group, overnight tour exploring the natural wonders of Phillip Island & Wilsons Prom.
1 Day Phillip Island Large CoachRelax on our luxury coach while you admire the stunning sights and meet the local wildlife.
The Evening Penguin Parade TourHead straight to the Penguin Parade with tickets included on our late departure tour from Melbourne.
These are the best tours to Phillip Island:
- 1 Day Phillip Island Tour
- 2 Day Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island Tour
- 2 Day Wilsons Prom & Phillip Island Nature & Wildlife Tour