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Small-Group Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne
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icon8 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
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Overview

Get up close to Australia’s native wildlife on this memorable full-day tour of Phillip Island from Melbourne, including hotel pick-up. See adorable koalas and wallabies at the island’s Koala Conservation Centre, spot Australia’s largest colony of fur seals at Seal Rocks and watch the sunset penguin parade along the coast. This small-group tour has a maximum of 12 participants, ensuring a personalized experience.
  • Small-group full-day tour to Phillip Island, from Melbourne
  • Enjoy beautiful views of French Island and Phillip Island
  • Get up close to koalas and wallabies in their natural habitat
  • Witness adorable penguins as they march back to their nests after a day in the ocean
  • Learn about wildlife conservation on Phillip Island
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a more intimate experience with your guide
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Live commentary on board
Moonlit Sanctuary
Nobbies and Seal Rock
Food and drinks
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Mercure Melbourne Southbank , 9 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

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This activity will end right where it started.We will message you pick up time from specific hotels. *** Please note this is the time when we depart that hotel, you need to be there at least 5 minutes before that time ***
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Oceania Tours and Safaris
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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star-5
Penguin parade trip!
Rita_J
, Aug 2022
I loved the whole experience, our tour guide Fred was great, kept us entertained throughout with his amazing stories, definitely will do more tours in the future .
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you Rita for your comments. We look forward to having you back!
star-5
My girl enjoyed the...
Heidy_L
, Jul 2022
My girl enjoyed the Australian animals seen in the trip. Our guide, Fred was friendly and welcoming.
star-4
Penguin highway parade.
Ollie_G
, Jul 2022
Alf was a most excellent host. He was friendly and gave great tips for seeing the penguins. Although it rained throughout the experience it was still worthwhile.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you Ollie for your comments. We are very lucky to have Alf as part of our team!
star-5
Fred is a truly brilliant tour guide!
TzeFei_K
, Jul 2022
Fred was a truly charismatic tour guide! He did a brilliant job of showcasing Melbourne and Australia's history, and the importance Aussies place on protecting their indigenous species! Of which, we were privllaged to listen to Fred to talk about and showcase the koalas, kangaroos, penguins, etc. on the tour! He ensured everyone on the tour bus was involved and that everyone had a great time! Highly recommend this tour! :)
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for your comments, Fred really is amazing!
star-5
Great tour
Candy_H
, Jul 2022
It was a great tour and Fred, our tour guide, was excellent! It was a rainy day but it didn’t stop us from seeing and enjoying everything!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Phillip Island Penguin Parade +
Madelin_F
, Jul 2022
Fred was a great tour guide/host for the journey to Phillip Island. Plenty of stories to entertain us along the way. Would do it again!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
What are you waiting for? Book it again!
star-3
More Penguins less Tour Guide
Marcie_L
, Jul 2022
We didn’t see seal rock and evidently the seals don’t go there anymore. The penguins were great. The tour guide made the day about him. I think he shares close to 8 stories about other tote participants and how they all loved him. His name was Fred and I wish it was more about our tour and less about him and his book
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Marcie, we are sorry your experience wasn’t satisfactory. Fed mentioned he hat to take a detour into town in the island to look for a chemist. This took time available to do a proper stop at the Nobbies so he drive past only. Keeping in mind the penguins are coming out very early at this time of year. Fed has a style that combines personal experiences and information about history, wildlife and general information. It works fantastically well with most people and not so well for some. We are sorry this wasn’t the case with you. We hope the rest of your time in Melbourne was positive.
star-5
Awesome experience. Very unique. Highly recommended.
Paul_H
, Jun 2022
We had a great time on our Phillip island trip. It was truly amazing seeing 1000+ penguins emerge from the ocean and come onto land. Also our tour guide (Fred G.) was awesome and I wish we would have had time to do more tours with him. Only negative is that you aren't to take pictures. I wish they would have something at least where an approved person took pictures to have more mementos of the trip.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you Paul for your comments! There was a trial for a few weeks allowing visitors to take photos, will see what they decide if that’s ok or not.
star-5
Tour that a tourist should never miss.
Viswalingam_N
, May 2022
Philip island was amazing. Fred kept us awake by his witty commentary . He also gave a very good headsup on the Melbourne city its culture and whatever famous en route Philip island. Thanks Fred.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your comments. We are very happy you enjoyed your tour with Fred.
star-5
Once in a life time experience
CheukLee_L
, May 2022
The tour was wonderful and so is our guide, Fred. Fred is the most nicest tour guide ever, being so knowledgeable and funny. He kept everyone safe, happy, and entertained throughout the whole trip. In Moonlit Sanctuary, we got to feed and to pet the “free range” kangaroos and wallabies. The penguin parade was a once in a lifetime experience, we were so happy and blessed to get to see it. The penguin + is recommended, it provides an area just a few feet away from where waddles of penguins come back up from the Ocean after a long day. This tour is really amazing!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your comments. We are very happy you enjoyed your tour with Fred.
star-5
Penguins!
Barbara_D
, May 2022
Really lovely day. The penguins are adorable! I highly recommend the "Plus" version, you get much closer!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you Barbara for your comments!
star-2
The guide won’t stop...
tom_n
, Apr 2022
The guide won’t stop talking for the whole trip , he spoke for one hour and 30 min non stop on the way to moonlit
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi Tom, you wrote this on the way to Moonlit that takes one hour. Two years of lockdowns and we are finally able to work and show our beautiful state to tourist from Australia and around the world. You may not know how bad it is for us as a business to receive a two star review. To make it worse the negative review is based on the guide talking more than you wish he did. Maybe an Uber would have been a better option for you. The disappointment I feel right now in your attitude is hard to express, have a good day.
star-4
Penguin-riffic!
Bree_S
, Apr 2022
Long drive, especially the stretch home but highly recommended . Our guide was lovely and very informative. The parade was freezing! Don’t forget your jacket!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your kind words Bree. We are glad you enjoyed the tour.
star-5
Tour Guide named Fred!!
Jeannie_L
, Mar 2022
I would say the highlights of this tour.. 1) was the Tour Guide named Fred 2) the night skies during the Penguin encounter and of course the Penguins Overall an awesome experience!! especially Fred!!! A BIG THANKS TO FRED!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
3) thank you!
star-5
Most Unique Experience
Bhupinder_K
, Mar 2022
This really is a great experience. We got picked up in a fully air conditioned minibus at the time advertised buy our tour guide Sebastian who was very knowledgeable and caring and looked after our needs throughout the journey. We also went various places en-route to the Penguin Parade and had delicious dinner at the town. Penguin parade was just magical and experience of a lifetime. We will definitely come back.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so happy to be able to show our beautiful state to visitors from Australia and overseas!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Remarkable experience
Rocio_R
, Dec 2021
The island has stunning views and the penguin show is an extraordinary experience as they are in freedom. The visit to Moonlight sanctuary was brief but worth it, I could see all the australian fauna.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for your comments Rocio. The protest in the city was a real problem to get the tour started and that restricted the time available to visit Moonlit Sanctuary. We are glad you still enjoyed the tour. Thank you!
star-5
Great experience
Eva_M
, Apr 2021
Great experience. Penguin Puls was a wonderful option. Had excellent views. Moreover, our guid Fred was the highlight of the trip :)
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you for your positive comments. we are bery happy you enjoyed your tour with Fred!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Penguins plus
Bart J
, Nov 2019
Our guide, Chris, packed lots of variety into our afternoon adventure. Enjoyed his extensive experience and knowledge of the flora and fauna.
star-5
George was a great tour guide! Nice tour!
JOANALBERT_P
, Oct 2019
Interesting and dynamic tour! We enjoyed the animals and the penguin parade. An authentic experience
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome trip
Nick_C
, May 2019
Frank was our tour guide, we had a private trip for just us two. Excellent information and a great guide. I would highly recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
We agree - Frank is great! Thank you for taking the time to review your private tour with us. We look forward to seeing you again when you next have the opportunity to travel with us. Until then, we wish you all the best with your onward journey.

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