Phillip Island – Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas
This afternoon you will travel south-east, heading to Westernport Bay. The route will take you through many of Melbourne’s affluent suburbs where you will see tree lined streets and beautiful homes, many built in the late 1800s. As the South Gippsland Highway approaches the landscape becomes more rural dotted with smaller townships and farming properties.
Maru Koala & Animal Park
First stop is Maru Koala & Animal Park for up close and personal encounters with koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils and much more!*
You’ll cross the only bridge that connects Phillip Island to the mainland. Home to the famous Penguin Parade, Phillip Island also features a stunning coastline with great surf conditions and a range of wildlife including the largest colony of fur seals in Australia. It is also the location of our Motorcycle Grand Prix track, so it’s no wonder this island paradise attracts up to 3 million visitors each year.
Nobbies Rock Formations
Before reaching the Penguin Parade site you’ll see the ‘Nobbies’, so named for its unique rock formations. Located at the western tip of the island, this area has high conservation significance due to its population of penguins and graceful sea birds.
So you think the koalas are cute – just wait until you see the Little Penguins. After visiting the information centre, you’ll head down to Summerland Beach to witness penguin magic. As the sun sets, the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard days fishing and waddle across the sand to their dune burrows. These Little Penguins are the smallest of the penguin species and Phillip Island is home to the largest colony in the world. It’s easy to understand why this wonderful spectacle is one of Australia’s most popular wildlife attractions. To protect these Little Penguins, all revenue generated from the parade is invested into environment and education projects.
*Please Note: 25 Dec 2016 departure will visit Koala Conservation Centre on Phillip Island as Maru Animal Park will be closed.
Full Day Tour
Approximately 9 hours
from Federation Square, Corner Flinders & Russell Streets or earlier from your hotel
and 10.30-11.30pm (Oct-Mar)
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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- Entry to Maru Koala & Animal Park and the Penguin Parade
- Experienced Driver Guides
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle
- Jacket in the cooler months
- Warm waterproof clothing is recommended for the Penguin Parade. We suggest wearing long pants and a warm jacket while viewing the Penguins, as the sea air can be cold.
Low level of fitness required.
|2.45pm||Maru Koala & Animal Park|
|4.00pm||Phillip Island - Penguin Parade|
Penguin Parade Viewing Platform Upgrade (+P)
From your upgraded viewing platform you are placed in the heart of ‘penguin central’ where a friendly local ranger is on hand to tell you all about these gorgeous little creatures and their amazing lifestyle.
Penguin Parade Underground Viewing Area (+U)
Get a bird’s-eye view as you watch the Penguin Parade at eye level. Enjoy the closest possible viewing of them in their natural habitat, while being under cover and out of the elements.
*For bookings or further enquires, please contact our friendly reservations team.
Penguin Parade Skybox (+X)
Join an intimate group of only 10 in the comfort of an exclusive, elevated viewing tower. Gain an excellent overview of Summerland Beach and the opportunity to interact with a park ranger.
Please note that with this option children are not permitted on the tour.
Free hotel pick-ups
Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.
Pickup times listed below are valid for departures between 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017. If your travel date is outside this period, please enquire at time of booking for hotel pick-up details.
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Phillip Island covers 10,000 hectares. It is 26 km long and 9 km wide and consists largely of open and flat countryside.
Phillip Island is connected to the mainland by a 640-metre long bridge at San Remo which, in 1969, replaced an older suspension bridge.
Phillip Island currently attracts around 3.5 million visitors each year which makes it the most popular single tourist destination in Australia.
Little Penguins are the smallest penguin in the world at only 33 centimetres tall and weigh 1 kilogram.
The Little penguin colony on Penguin Island eats more than 100 tonnes of fish every year.
Little penguins can swim 8 kilometres per hour and dive as deep as 60 metres to catch pilchards, whitebait and other small fish.
Little penguins are excellent swimmers and are able to spend long periods at sea but they generally spend the day at sea and return to their colonies after dark.