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Philip Island: Dolphin and Whale Cruise

1. Philip Island: Dolphin and Whale Cruise

Set sail on a winter dolphin and whale spotting adventure venturing past the sheer cliffs of Cape Woolamai and along Phillip Island’s southern coastline. Along the way, you’ll search for humpback and southern right whales on their annual migration route. Expert whale spotters will be on board to ensure that you don’t miss a whale sighting while on the cruise Search for dolphin pods as they eat and play in the ocean. In addition to whales and dolphins, you might also spot seals and see a range of birdlife including, wandering albatrosses, who are regularly spotted in the area. Enjoy complimentary tea, coffee, and afternoon tea, or a cold drink from the licensed bar as you cruise along the coastline. Along with the expert whale spotter, the captain will provide commentary along the way.

Phillip Island: Whale Watching Boat Tour with Lunch

2. Phillip Island: Whale Watching Boat Tour with Lunch

Embark on a winter whale watching adventure discovering Phillip Island’s picturesque coastline. Phillip Island is a fantastic place to experience lots of Australia's wildlife and view picturesque coastal landscapes.  Search for Humpback and Southern Right Whales on their annual migration route. You might also see playful dolphins, curious seals and a variety of birdlife including the Wandering Albatross.  As you look out for marine life, enjoy a freshly-made lunch. Tea and coffee is also available throughout the experience.

Philip Island: Seal Watching Cruise

3. Philip Island: Seal Watching Cruise

Enjoy a 2-hour scenic coastal boat tour to Seal Rocks, where you will drift among over 7,000 Australian Fur Seals. There are seals all year round, from young pups to adult bulls, there is always something exciting to see! Benefit from educational commentary on board, helping you identify the seals and the other diverse wildlife in this rich ocean, as well as pointing out the various historical sights visible from the boat. Relax in comfort with complimentary afternoon or morning tea, a warm undercover viewing area, as well as activities for children onboard. Visit the captain's bridge for an insight into how the boat operates!

Phillip Island: 1-Hour Cape Woolamai Nature Cruise

4. Phillip Island: 1-Hour Cape Woolamai Nature Cruise

Depart on a boat cruise to Cape Woolamai from San Remo. As you sail along the coast, witness the most spectacular scenery that Phillip Island has to offer, including sheer granite cliffs and caves surrounded by turquoise water. You will cruise under the Phillip Island Bridge.  You will have the chance to see an abundance of marine life such as dolphins and seals. There are also many bird species that populate the area, with cormorants, gannets and wedge-tailed eagles being spotted regularly.  On the boat, listen to a commentary telling you about the local wildlife and scenery. You will arrive back at San Remo at midday, in time to watch the daily feeding of the pelicans.

Melbourne: Phillip Island Tour & Penguin Parade

5. Melbourne: Phillip Island Tour & Penguin Parade

Experience a day of Australian animals and nature on this guided day trip from Melbourne. Begin your animal adventure with hotel pickup and a trip to the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park. Experience up-close encounters with kangaroos, wombats and echidnas in this unique habitat. Next, it's time for Phillip Island. Witness the waves and die-hard surfers of Woolamai Surf Beach, then journey to the dramatic west coast and the dramatic scenery of the Nobbies. Enjoy the commentary and learning about the scenery from your expert, local guide. Finally, settle into your seat on a beachside protective platform for the famous Penguin Parade. Watch hundreds of little penguins waddle out onto the beach in this adorable natural spectacular.

Phillip Island: Half Island Highlights Helicopter Tour

6. Phillip Island: Half Island Highlights Helicopter Tour

Soar high in the sky above Phillip Island on a half-island helicopter tour. Marvel at the island's white sand beaches, green farmland, glowing ocean, and impressive landmarks. Watch the island's landscape unfurl in front of your eyes — seeing both ends of the island from your high vantage point. Take off and head northwest to see the charming seaside village of Rhyll from a bird's-eye view. Continue to the island's main township, Cowes, with its sprawling white sand beaches and stunning coastal location. Turn inland straight across the center of the island, flying over vast, green farmland for a very different perspective. Look left and right to catch glimpses of both ends of Phillip Island in the distance. On your way back to the airport, pass Pyramid Rock jutting out into the ocean and the world-famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit from above.

Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

7. Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a leisurely evening sunset cruise through the sheltered waters of Western Port Bay, aboard the local partner's 19-meter vessel, the ‘Kasey Lee’. Grab a chilled drink from the licensed bar (not included in the price of the tour), take in the relaxed atmosphere, and watch the towns light up around the bay as the sun sets. Indulge in some delicious appetizers and keep a lookout for a variety of birdlife. If you're lucky, you may even be able to spot some dolphins and seals. You'll also learn some history as you listen to the captain's commentary on the local area. This cruise is a perfect way to end your day at beautiful Phillip Island.

Phillip Island Coastal Snapshot Helicopter Flight

8. Phillip Island Coastal Snapshot Helicopter Flight

With two flight paths to choose from you may depart from the heliport east or west and choose to take in the cliffs of Cape Woolamai or maybe a lap of the world famous Grand Prix Circuit. Whichever tour you choose all will have spectacular views of stunning beaches and miles of stunning coastline and interesting commentary from knowledgeable pilots. Fly over the Cape Woolamai Surf Beach, one of the best known surf beaches in the country and its life saving club, before flying around the Cape itself. Marvel at the highest point on Phillip Island, home to the Pinnacles and the old Granite Quarry. See the fishing boats moored in San Remo, looking so small from the sky  If race tracks are more your thing then start to head inland for a lap around the home to the Australian Moto GP, World Superbikes and Phillip Island V8 Supercars. Relive your favorite race moments as you see the whole of the track from above.

Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguin Parade Day Trip

9. Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguin Parade Day Trip

Climb aboard the centuries-old steam train Puffing Billy and enjoy the ride through lush fern gullies and Eucalyptus forests. Lovingly maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers, this historic steam train still runs on its original mountain track, winding through the Dandenong Ranges. Next, head down to the award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Park to see a range of Australian animals. Learn about iconic species such as kangaroos, koalas, emus, and wallabies, as well as some of Australia's lesser-known favourites including quolls, owls, bandicoots, and Tasmanian devils. Hand feed some of the friendly local kangaroos and wallabies on the "Wallaby Walk". Arriving on Phillip Island, your first stop is the picturesque Point Grant, which offers incredible panoramic views of the coastline, as well as a gentle boardwalk around the Nobbies and Seal Rocks area. Finally, cap it all off with a visit to the world famous Penguin Parade to see the world's smallest penguins waddle up the beach before your eyes, making their way back home to their burrows higher up in the sand dunes.

Phillip Island: 16-Minute Beach & Wildlife Helicopter Flight

10. Phillip Island: 16-Minute Beach & Wildlife Helicopter Flight

Discover Phillip Island as you have never seen it. Your 16-minute helicopter scenic flight commences as you leave the heliport and track the spectacular coastline, passing Smiths Beach, Surfers Point and Cunningham Bay. Marvel at the amazing views of the world-famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, home to Moto GP, World Superbikes and V8 Supercars. Fly overland to Berry's Reef, and pass by the appropriately named Pyramid Rock. Look below and you might catch a glimpse of the shipwreck SS Speke as you fly over Kitty Miller Bay. Move on to Summerland Beach, home to the little penguins, who arrive home here each night at dusk. Arrive at Seal Rocks and The Nobbies. Look below to see the seals, then return along the coast, taking in fantastic island views, back to the heliport. Don't forget your camera, to make sure you take some wonderful photos to keep as memories forever of this spectacular flight. All flights have in-flight commentary provided by locally experienced pilots. 

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What people are saying about Gippsland

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 830 reviews

We had a great time seeing Moonlit Sanctuary and Philip Island by our tour guide Fred! He’s very enthusiastic and friendly, sharing lots of facts along the long drive and keeping us entertained. We didn’t see as many penguins sadly, but we still managed to see a few along the route as we walked back from the viewing deck to the visitor center. Nonetheless I’m appreciative of the experience and would love for Fred to be my guide again if I return to Melbourne some day!

Had the most fantastic with Fred on the Phillip Island tour. He shared a lot of interesting facts with us, and made sure we were very comfortable. He even provided cushions for us during the Penguin Parade. Highly recommended!

Close encounter with seals. Great boat trip out to view seals. Able to see coastline from Cowes to where Penquin Parade is. Brett was great at telling us history of area and info about seals and other cruises you can do.

The staff were lovely,plenty of room to sit indoors,you get close to them swimming and showing off around the boat..well worth it

Fantastic cruise, friendly knowledgeable staff. Highly recommend