Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne

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Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne
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See all the world class attractions of Phillip Island in one day on this small group eco tour from Melbourne. Departing Melbourne at midday, you'll travel to Victoria's most colourful attraction, the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes for an opportunity to visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks. Get up close to koalas and other Australian animals at the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park. The highlight of your Phillip Island experience will begin at dusk as you watch the fairy penguins waddling up the beach into their burrows in the sand dunes. Traveling in a small group, maximum 24 people, will allow you to explore all that Phillip Island has to offer in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
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In Brief

Location:
Melbourne, Australia
Country:
Australia
Duration:
12 hours
Operates:

Daily

Highlights:
Instant Confirmation
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Small-group tour by minibus
All entrance fees included
Ideal choice for families
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Brighton Bathing Boxes, 131 Esplanade Brighton Beach, Brighton, Bayside, Victoria 3186 Australia

Photo opportunity of Melbourne's most colourful attraction!

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale, Victoria 3912 Australia

Explore Moonlit Sanctuary where you may have the opportunity to feed Kangaroos and Wallabies under the supervision of Sanctuary staff plus view many famous Australian animals.

Moonlit Sanctuary is dedicated to helping save Australia’s endangered wildlife from extinction. Many of the animals kept at the Sanctuary are threatened with extinction. However, just keeping and breeding rare animals is not enough, they must interact with programs aimed at saving them in the wild.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: The Nobbies, 1320 Ventnor Rd, Phillip Island, Victoria Australia

Beautiful views across the ocean while you spot the local seal colony

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade, 1019 Ventnor Rd Summerlannds Estate, Summerlands, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922 Australia

The nightly spectacular! See the cute little penguins waddle ashore to their nesting grounds.

Duration: 2 hours

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels)
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coaster fitted with free WIFI
  • Entry fees for Moonlit Sanctuary and Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Sightseeing at the Brighton Bathing Boxes, Nobbies and Seal Rocks
  • Entry/Admission - Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Meals

Departure Time

11:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
You may choose a pickup from the available list or the following locations: Immigration Museum (400 Flinders Street) or Regent Theatre (191 Collins Street). Pickup is only available from the listed hotels.

Your pick up information including exact meeting time will be provided after a booking is placed.

Please contact our reservations team 24-48 hours prior to your tour date to confirm your booking details.

This tour returns to Melbourne between 9:00pm and midnight depending on the season.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: Photography of any kind is not permitted at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Please note: Children under the age of 12yrs are not able to join the Guided Ranger Tour. Please choose either the Penguin Plus or Standard Penguin Parade
  • Please note: Infant restraint seats can be provided but must be requested at the time a booking is placed
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

James, the guide, was brilliant Full of enthusiasm and positivity on a very wet day. Well organised and the penguins were well worth waiting for
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
Phillip island penguin parade was an out of the world and a uniquely humbling experience. Not to be missed and an absolute must
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
This tour was the highlight of our trip. Phillip Island is not to be missed. Our tour guide was friendly and informative and all the sights were amazing.
• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
Great tour! The bus arrived exactly on time and everything went very smooth throughout the day. Great commentary by Scott who handled everything with ease. I will definitely be using Go West Tours again. This was probably my favorite tour I've been on and we really got to see a lot. Penguins were really great to see and I had a really fun day.
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
It was a long day but seeing those little penguins come out of the sea together and find their homes ashore was amazing. We had wonderful seats for this event. The Moonlit Sanctuary was included and the kangaroos and koalas were fun to see up close. There was a short show too that was very informative.
• Submitted 11 Jul 2019
We stopped at Moonlit sanctuary where we got to feed lots of Wallabies and Kangaroos before going to Phillip Island to see the Penguin march, which was amazing to see. About 1,300 penguins came to shore that night and were very cute to see. I think the Guided Ranger Tour is a must, the ranger explained a lot of interesting facts about the whole thing and we got to sit in a secluded place where we had an awesome view of the penguins returning to their homes.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
No regrets opting for this tour! We had Yazmin as our guide who is very cheerful and provided great info and tips on the places that we went to. She also took great care of my son , Bryan.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
It was a great tour very helpful tour guide and informative. The great thing of this tour that you will get plenty of time to explore the things.
• Submitted 26 Apr 2019
Yazmin of GO West tours was awesome! She was very informative and face of inside tips for the best viewing! Great trip!
• Submitted 15 Jul 2019
Go West Tours was fantastic as was our tour guide, Amy. They use a small 25 seater bus which I prefer rather than the larger buses. The bus was very comfortable. Our tour guide picked us up on time and always made sure that everyone was comfortable on the trip. She was enthusiastic and energetic and gave us really good information about the sites along the way. We visited 2 beaches, Brighton Beach and one other lovely beach. Then we went to Moonlit Sanctuary where we had the opportunity to see some marsupials, a dingo and some birds come out and their handler would give us an educational talk about them. Our family had tons of fun feeding and petting the kangaroos and wallabies. They were very tame and friendly. The koalas were awake and active which was a real treat for us because they are sleeping most other times we see them. They have a baby koala also. But the highlight of the tour and of my trip to Melbourne was the Little Penguin Parade. If you are trying to decide which option to take, I would recommend the Ranger Guided Tour or the Viewing Platform (max 200). The Viewing Platform has a good view of the penguins coming home and most of them come up to shore from that side of the beach. There is also a walkway along the Viewing Platform with low light that we can see (but the penguins cannot see that light spectrum so doesn't hurt their eyes) so you can see the penguins very close up. They in fact walk beside the platform. I chose the Ranger Guided Tour and a Ranger takes you on your own walkway where there are nests along the walkway, and teach you a lot of things about penguins. Then you are taken to your own seating area of about 50 overlooking the beach to watch the penguins come home. You are also given binoculars. Then you go into the boardwalk of the Viewing Platform to watch penguins return home. The penguins are very cute but please DO NOT TAKE ANY PHOTOS OR VIDEOS as the flash will blind their eyes. To print out your own photos, download the app "Phillip Island Penguin Parade" and there you will find lovely photos you can print out. I went in early January, the summer, and Melbourne was 25 Celsius but Phillip Island at night was freezing with a wind factor. So make sure to bring fall/winter clothing, touque, windbreaker, blanket, etc to stay warm. I would like to thank Amy for a fantastic time and also the Ranger. I would certainly recommend Go West Tours.
• Submitted 18 Jan 2019
We had an amazing time on this tour. I would highly recommend this tour, it was a great way to see lots of different places in Australia. The little penguins are so adorable. We choose the underground experience which was incredible we got to see them up close and personal. Our tour guide Ricky was awesome. We had a great day. Bring sunscreen and be aware that you probably won't get back until around midnight. It's a must do experience if you have never been to Australia.
• Submitted 17 Jan 2019
This really is a great excursion. Got picked up in a fully air conditioned minibus at the time advertised and off we went. The guide/driver Ricky was very knowledgeable and likeable as we went to the various places en-route to the Penguin Parade. These included the iconic Beach Boxes at Brighton, moonlit animal sanctuary and the beach at Woolamai before being dropped off at Cowes for refreshments before a penultimate stop at the Nobbies, where you can see Wallaby’s, Grey Geese and Bandicoots in the natural environment. Unfortunately didn’t manage to see any of the seals the area is famous for. Once we got to the Penguin Parade we were directed to our seats in the Penguin plus area ( worth paying the extra for in my opinion) where at just past 9pm we had sight of these wonderful little creatures taking a breather following their long swim back to land before they set off to find their burrows, where you can follow them on the final stage of their journey . As this is a conservation area photos are NOT allowed as this startles and can upset the Penguins, so the upmost respect should be given to these little creatures. We set back off to Melbourne at 10 pm and were back in the city by midnight. A thoroughly enjoyable time was had.
• Submitted 07 Jan 2019
The trip was worth it! Paul was an entertaining and knowledgeable guide! Would recommend it to others!
• Submitted 17 Dec 2018
This is one of the best trips we have ever done. Second time for us and it didn't disappoint. A must for anyone coming to Melbourne.
• Submitted 01 Nov 2018
Such an incredible experience! It was incredible just waiting for the penguins to come out from the ocean and watch them walk to their burrows. The Nobbies and Seal rocks were also truly breathtaking! Kaitlyn from GoWest Tours is such an amazing guide as well. Very organized. I highly recommend for families with kids.
• Submitted 13 Jul 2018
Memorable Trip. A friendly and Informative tour guide by the same of Ms.Leah, I guess.
• Submitted 05 Jul 2018
I absolutely loved that day from beginning to end. One of my favourite moments was the visit of the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where I spent quality time petting wallabies. What an experience! I could have stayed there all day. It really felt being in the wild as opposed to fenced or enclosed like in a zoo. It was amazing. The stop at Brighton Beach was also nice but could probably be done on its own without the tour. Finally Philip Island is definitely a must visit. I am glad I opted for a special experience with a guide, I believe it made is extra special. I understand why we cannot take photos of the place but it's still a pity, and would have liked to know in advance, just to set my expectations. I would recommend this tour for solo travellers, couples or families.
• Submitted 02 Jun 2018
Highlight of the trip was the penguins. We did the guide option and would highly recommend as the crowds are less.
• Submitted 13 May 2018
Amazing experience Phillip island was definerly the highlight of the evening. I wish we couldve spent a little more time at the kaola/kangaroo sanctuary nut feeding them was amazing!!! Especially the wallaby, I wanted to take them all home! Im glad we purchased the underground option for the penguins because you get to see them really up close so close you can see their eye color. Since the dont surface until evening its a bit hard to see them since they are a dark blue color when your up on top on the platform. However being in the underground portion you do miss seeing them arrive on shore but they do have a video monitor for you.
• Submitted 29 Apr 2018
Great day out! Nice beaches and scenery. Wildlife sanctuary and feeding kangaroos was fun no pictures with koalas. Penguin parate not to be missed! Wonderful experience! Late return. Dinner plans didn't fit into schedule very well.
• Submitted 09 Apr 2018
such an unique experience ....the penguins are so adorable .. a must do especially if you have young children .
• Submitted 03 Apr 2018
Had a great day. More time with the penguins would have been good.
• Submitted 01 Apr 2018
Great tour! The Penguins are super cute! Brighton Beach was fun and the stop at the Wild Animal park was great. Getting to feed the kangaroos was a highlight for my daughters.
• Submitted 31 Mar 2018
This tour is brilliant and I would highly recommend it. Our guide was very informative, friendly, caring and thoughtful made sure we had good places to see the penguins
• Submitted 22 Mar 2018

In Brief

Location:
Melbourne, Australia
Country:
Australia
Duration:
12 hours
Operates:

Daily

Highlights:
Instant Confirmation
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Small-group tour by minibus
All entrance fees included
Ideal choice for families

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