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Our most recommended Phillip Island Sunset tours

Penguin Parade: General Viewing Ticket + 3 Attractions

1. Penguin Parade: General Viewing Ticket + 3 Attractions

Explore 4 of Phillip Island’s top attractions with a flexible pass, including the famous Penguin Parade at sunset. Located just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island offers an abundance of Australian wildlife, spectacular scenery and exciting experiences to enjoy. Make your own way to and around the island to explore at your own pace. You can experience all 4 attractions in a single day, or visit within 6 months to enjoy them at leisure. Take a walk on the wild side and see wild little penguins at the Penguin Parade just before sunset. Marvel as the world’s smallest penguin species emerge from the ocean after a day of fishing and waddle up the beach at Australia's largest penguin colony. Come face-to-face with marsupials at the Koala Conservation Reserve, and wander the tree-top boardwalks and extensive trails through the Australian bush. Travel back in time at the site of the first European farm in Victoria at Churchill Island Heritage Farm, where you can watch sheep shearing and herding demonstrations and take a stroll in the fragrant cottage gardens. Go on a virtual trip to the world's most extreme continent at the Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre and feel the freeze at hands-on multimedia displays! 

Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

2. Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a leisurely evening sunset cruise through the sheltered waters of Western Port Bay, aboard a modern 19-meter vessel. 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.

From Melbourne: Phillip Island Penguin Parade Full-Day Tour

3. From Melbourne: Phillip Island Penguin Parade Full-Day Tour

Visit Phillip Island on this one-day tour starting from Melbourne city. Pass by San Remo, and then head to Cowes town for some free time before going to Phillip Island to watch the penguins return to their nests. Start from your meeting point in Melbourne City. Meet your driver and hop into the air-conditioned coach to begin your day trip. Relax on the coach and marvel at the views from the windows. On the way, the coach will make a stop for you to admire the views of San Remo. Capture photos of the only bridge connecting Phillip Island to Victoria and then cross over it. Continue to Cowes, the main town on Phillip Island. Soak up the seaside vibe and enjoy some free time for dinner or exploring the town. Finally, make your way to the Penguin Parade with your guide. Penguin Parade is the largest wild penguin protection base in the world, with more than 30,000 penguins living on Phillip Island. After sunset, watch as the world's smallest fairy penguins fight in the waves, their mouths are full of food to be brought back to the nest. See the penguins swim back to the shore and waddle in line back to their nests. Under the guidance of management staff, you and passengers from all over the world will sit in turn on the open-air observation deck built along the coast, waiting for the penguins to return to their nests. After this incredible experience, return to the coach to begin the journey back to Melbourne.

Full-Day Private Australian Wildlife Tour of Phillip Island

4. Full-Day Private Australian Wildlife Tour of Phillip Island

Phillip Island is the a safe haven for thousands of penguins, seals, wallabies and lots other birds unique to Australia. Over here you can see the pure sandy beaches ideal for surfers stretching towards rugged shorelines where you can have amazing photos from glorious southern ocean. Every sunset, and after that you had a full on encounter with Australian animals, hundreds of little penguins getting out of the water together, waddling toward their burrows while, calling each other and from time to time tumbling over, such view which likes more to a dream than reality. Your full day Little Penguins Tour will be a fantasy escape from big city that will create an unforgettable memory like no other thing. - Take a break from the city and discover the diverse wildlife of Australia on this full-day excursion to Phillip Island. - Learn about the area’s wildlife from your guide - Visiting one of the most beautiful sandy beaches of Australia in Cape Woolamai, next to the nesting place of thousands of mutton birds, who have the longest migration route among all the other birds in the world - Enjoy the breath taking lava based rugged shorelines of the nobbies, where you can have the astonishing views of wave lashing the coastline, have the view of seals rock, the second largest colny of the seals in the world and watch wild wallabies hopping around and the wild geese stopping your car

Premium Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour

5. Premium Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour

Every evening at dusk the Little Penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. Watch from an elevated boardwalk as they waddle cautiously from the beach to their burrows after a long day out at sea. Phillip Island is a treasure trove of Australian wildlife; seals, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birdlife and penguins! At Koala Conservation Reserve, look for koalas in their natural habitat and before sunset, we head to the Penguin Parade where you can wander through the "Penguin Experience" exhibit to learn more about them. Stroll out to Summerland Beach and take your seat in the main grandstand for the Penguin Parade. Highlights of this tour Panoramic views of Western Port and French Island Phillip Island – a popular holiday destination Phillip Island Nature Park – a natural home for koalas, wallabies, seals, shearwaters and Little Penguins Visit Koala Conservation Reserve Look for koalas in their leafy native bushland habitat from treetop boardwalks Keep an eye out for wallabies (smaller looking kangaroos) grazing the woodlands floor Afternoon tea snacks (own expense) available here or at our next stop Continue to the western tip of Phillip Island to The Nobbies Centre, a rugged rocky outcrop with magnificent coastal views Stroll down the extensive boardwalk where you may spot Little Penguins’ homes (dependant on the season) Admire Seal Rocks – home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals Explore the Visitor’s Information Centre at the Penguin Parade Learn about the life of the Little Penguins as you walk through the “Penguin Experience” display Dining options available at the Penguin Parade At sunset witness the Penguin Parade from the tiered seating of general viewing grandstands directly overlooking floodlit Summerland Beach See penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk.

Melbourne: Phillip Island Wine, Wildlife, and Penguins Tour

6. Melbourne: Phillip Island Wine, Wildlife, and Penguins Tour

A Phillip Island Penguin Tour that has it all – Wine, Wildlife, Food, and Penguins! Journey with us onto picturesque Phillip Island, as you enjoy an evening of delicious food from a local winery; sample some of the regions best wines; explore the beaches and native wildlife retreats; watch the sunset with Sparkling Wine; and of course, watch the world-famed Penguin Parade. We include a pickup in our Luxury Midi Coach from Melbourne, OR if you are staying on Phillip Island (or San Remo) you can join us on this tour with a pickup from your accommodation. On this all inclusive day (and night) out, you will experience the best that Phillip Island has to offer! With a late lunch, plus evening canapes, we will keep you well fed. Multiple wine stops will ensure you don’t get too thirsty. Some down time to explore the seaside coastal town of Cowes will allow you to kick back and relax, should you wish. And of course entry to the Penguin Parade at sunset, being a perfect end to a perfect day – this tour will have you wanting for nothing more. Enjoy the journey back to Melbourne, knowing that you’ve just experience. All this, whilst being escorted by our fun and friendly local guide, who will be with you every step of the way.

Melbourne Magic: City Discovery and Penguin Parade Tour

7. Melbourne Magic: City Discovery and Penguin Parade Tour

Experience the best of two worlds in a single unforgettable day! Our tour seamlessly combines the vibrant charm of Melbourne's cityscape with the natural wonders of Phillip Island, offering you the opportunity to explore not one, but two incredible destinations in just one day. Prepare for an adventure as Melbourne, a city teeming with lush gardens, lively eateries, quaint alleys, and a thriving art scene, beckons you to dive into its captivating blend of sophistication and laid-back charm. Explore iconic landmarks such as the MCG forecourt, Luna Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and the Shrine of Remembrance, each a gateway to unforgettable moments and Instagram-worthy snapshots. Our expert guide will share stories from years gone by and ensure you get a taste of Melbourne's most iconic architecture and culture. But the excitement doesn't stop there! After soaking in Melbourne's energy, we'll whisk you away to Phillip Island for a change of pace where the main star is nature. Enjoy complimentary onboard Wi-Fi to share newly captured moments on our journey to Victoria's most popular island. Stroll along the picturesque coastal boardwalks at The Nobbies, where you might catch sight of sunbathing seals. As the sun dips below the horizon, be ready for the grand finale—the Penguin Parade. Imagine adorable little penguins emerging from the sea, waddling their way back to their nests. It's a natural spectacle that will leave you mesmerised.

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What people are saying about Phillip Island

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4.6 / 5

based on 60 reviews

We had an incredible experience on the sunset cruise. The music selection was fantastic, the views were beautiful and the bar staff were so much fun, definitely a must do experience.

The cruise was perfect! Staff were very friendly and professional, the Captain was very informative. The fruit platter was delicious. Would definitely reccomend

Website was easy to use. Booking & paying was simple. Staff were amazing. Very welcoming & fun. The sunset was stunning!

Great staff. Enjoyable evening with a relaxing cruise even though the weather was overcast.

it was amazing to see the penguins in their natural habitat..