This is a full-day tour to Phillip Island, where you will have fish caught with your own hands for lunch, where you will try magnificent Australian wine, take a walk in a wildlife park amongst traditional Australian animals and see a penguin show at the conclusion of the day. In the rays of the setting sun, a huge number of little penguins will come out of the roaring surf and, shuffling their little feet, cross the beach on their way to their burrows to be greeted by hungry chicks. But let’s start from the beginning!
In the morning you will be picked up from the hotel in the city center and on a comfortable minibus you will go towards Phillip Island, located 140 km from Melbourne.
Upon crossing the bridge connecting Philip island and the mainland, you will find yourself in places where you will come across plenty of surprising discoveries.
The visit to the island will begin with a visit to the Koala Conservation Centre, where these wonderful Australian endemics live in natural conditions. You will have the opportunity to observe the koalas up close, take photographs, and learn the details of their lifestyle.
Then you will go to a fish farm where rainbow trout, Atlantic salmon and eels are bred. After receiving gear and fishing rods, you will go fishing in the pond. You are guaranteed to catch a 300-500g trout, and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch and 4-kilogram salmon. But for those who are not experts in fishing, will be able to easily reel themselves in a fish for dinner from special dams. After fishing, your catch will be scaled and cooked on the grill before you and you can relax and unwind over a delicious lunch.
For those who prefer other entertainment over fishing will be offered to visit the A Maze’N Things illusions museum, which contains remarkable magic tricks, puzzles and many other fun activities, especially popular with children.
After regaining strength from lunch, you will visit the local wineries where you can taste local wines.
Then, on the way to the parade of penguins you will visit Cape Nobbies, inhabited by a colony of seals and many wild grazing wallabies.
At sunset, you will be taken to Summerland Beach, which is home to thousands of colonies of little Fairy Penguins. These wonderful creatures leave each day to sea on a fishing trip to come back in the evening with food for their chicks. Coming out of the waves of the sea, in small groups, they traverse the beach to their nests. This show gathers millions of viewers annually.
After about an hour the bulk of the penguins safely cross the beach and get to their nests. This unique event was called the Penguin Parade. For tourists watching the parade, park rangers built special viewing stands and boardwalks so people would not scare these little creatures. You will be able to watch these birds from almost arms length away.
Once the show is over, you will be delivered back to Melbourne.
There are several options of places from where you are able to view the parade. The Penguin parade general admission ticket is included in the cost of the tour. You can order an upgrade to Penguin Plus – a tribune positioned closer to the beach shore, where the penguins can be seen better and closer.
The cost of the upgrade to Penguin Plus – AU$25
For those who would like to meet the penguins up close and find out more about them from a biologist and ornithologist a specialised Ultimate Adventure Tour can be organised (Adults 16+ only). Participants of the tour have the chance to watch the penguins at an even nearer distance. While they are situated on the beach in camouflage clothing, equipped with radio headsets and night vision devices, accompanied by an experienced ranger, they have the opportunity to observe the birds in their natural habitats.
And upgrade to the Ultimate Adventure Tour costs – AU$65
Inclusions and Highlights
Touring minibus with English speaking guide
Bottled water along the way
General Admission ticket on Penguin Parade
Koala Conservation Center ticket
Fishing Farm – AU$9.00 adult, AU$7.50 child (3-14)
Wine testing (adults only 18+) – FREE
A Maze’N Things attraction – AU$21.00 adult, AU$14.50 child (3-14)
drop-off back to Melbourne at your hotel
Daily, pick-up at 9.00 am
Tour is available on a daily basis with a minimum of 4 people
• Upgrade to Penguin Plus ticket – AU$25.00 pp
• Upgrade to the Penguin Ultimate Adventure Tour – AU$65.00 pp