Phillip Island - Penguins Up Late
This afternoon you’ll travel south-east, heading to Westernport Bay. During the journey your Driver Guide will ensure you don’t miss any of the key landmarks along the way.
South-Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne
The early part of the trip will take you through many of Melbourne’s affluent suburbs. Here you’ll see many modern buildings alongside beautiful federation homes, many built in the late 1800s. As the South Gippsland Highway approaches the landscape becomes more rural with smaller townships and farming properties along the way.
San Remo is the gateway to Phillip Island and the region’s seafood capital. As you travel through this quaint fishing village you’ll see local fishermen casting a line off the jetty. For those interested in a bigger catch, San Remo offers a number of charters out on the ocean where even sharks are known to take the bait!
Next you’ll cross the only bridge that connects Phillip Island to the mainland. While Phillip Island is famous for its Little Penguin Parade, it also boasts an amazing coastline with ideal surf conditions and a huge range of wildlife. Another key attraction of Phillip Island is Australia’s Motorcycle Grand Prix track.
This huge visitors’ facility has a range of information available on Phillip Island, its history, wildlife, and of course, the Penguin Parade. Here you can learn about the Little Penguin and its lifestyle. You can also browse through their souvenir shop for your own little piece of Penguin memorabilia.
Please note: Dinner can be purchased at café.
Now you’ll head down to Summerland Beach to witness a Little Penguin magic. You’ll most certainly fall in love with these little guys. Just as the sun sets over the ocean, the Little Penguins emerge from the sea and waddle up the beach to their sand dune burrows. These Little Penguins are the smallest of the penguin species and Phillip Island is fortunate enough to be home to the largest colony in the world. We cherish our Little Penguin colony and to protect them, all revenue generated from the parade is invested back into research, environment and education projects to ensure their species flourishes.
Approximately 5.5 hours
1 Jul 2016 - 2 Oct 2016 :
Mon, Wed, Sat
3 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017:
from Federation Square, Corner Flinders & Russell Streets or earlier from your hotel
Apr-Sep: 9.30 - 10:30pm
Oct-Mar: 10.30 - 11.30pm
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 the Penguin Parade
- Experienced Driver Guide
- 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.
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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.
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.
Pick up times vary at different times of the year due to daylight savings.
Winter: 4th April 2016 – 2nd October 2016
Summer: 3rd October 2016 – 2nd April 2017
If your travel date is outside this period, please enquire at time of booking for hotel pick-up details.
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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.
Phillip Island covers 10,000 hectares. It is 26 km long and 9 km wide and consists largely of open and flat countryside.
Little Penguins are the smallest penguin in the world at only 33 centimetres tall and weigh 1 kilogram.
Phillip Island is connected to the mainland by a 640-metre long bridge at San Remo which, in 1969, replaced an older suspension bridge.
Little penguins can swim 8 kilometres per hour and dive as deep as 60 metres to catch pilchards, whitebait and other small fish.
Phillip Island currently attracts around 3.5 million visitors each year which makes it the most popular single tourist destination in Australia.
The Little penguin colony on Penguin Island eats more than 100 tonnes of fish every year.