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March of the Penguins: Phillip Island's Cutest Parade

March of the Penguins: Phillip Island's Cutest Parade

Phillip Island is famous for its wildlife, but the headlining act is its little penguins who take center stage every evening during a sunset "penguin parade" and all waddle ashore to spend the night in their burrows. Here's how to catch the show.

Where to Go

The penguin parade takes place at Summerlands Beach on the southwestern shore of Phillip Island. Most tours run from Melbourne, about 85 miles (140 km) to the north, and include roundtrip transportation.

When to Go

Sunset hours provide the best time for spotting the little penguins in the wild, as this is when they return from feeding to rest and care for their young.

How to Go

Opt for an evening penguin parade tour from Melbourne. For the best view, upgrade to gain access to the dedicated viewing platform and watch the thousands of penguins descend on the beach. Alternatively, combine tickets for the penguin parade with an island sightseeing tour, a Melbourne city tour, or stops at other Phillip Island attractions such as the Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Heritage Farm.

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Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne

Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne

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Discover the natural delights of Phillip Island with an eco-tour from Melbourne. See the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes, visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks. Visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park for an up-close encounter with koalas and other Australian wildlife. Finish the day at a local beach where you can watch hundreds of some of the world's tiniest penguins waddle out of the ocean and across the sand to their burrows.
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Private Tour: Phillip Island, Penguin Parade and Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park from Melbourne

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.
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  • 8 hours
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2-Day Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory Tour from Melbourne

2-Day Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory Tour from Melbourne

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Discover the amazing Australian wildlife and natural beauty of two favorite Victoria destinations on this two-day tour from Melbourne. On Phillip Island, get an up-close encounter with kangaroos, koalas and other native species, tour a working heritage farm, and watch the famous Penguin Parade. The next day, travel to Wilsons Promontory National Park for spectacular hikes and bush walks, including a stroll along the aptly named Squeaky Beach. Overnight accommodation, two meals, all park fees and guided transport are included.
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  • 2 days
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