Penguin Express with Guided Ranger Tour

AUD $170.00
  • Duration: 8 Hours
  • Location: Melbourne, VIC
Departure times:
January 3.30pm
February March 3.00pm
April May June July August September 1.30pm
October November December 3.00pm
Late December 3.30pm

Return time: Approximately 8 hours after departure. Less in winter, more in summer.

Enjoy a two hour scenic drive to Phillip Island, with commentary and a halfway break. Take in the spectacular Bass Strait coastal views while on a short walk at The Nobbies (time dependent). Look for wild swamp wallabies, penguin burrows, sea birds and birds of prey while on a drive around Summerland Peninsula.

At the Penguin Parade you will have some free time for the cafe and information centre before you meet a different group of people and your own wildlife ranger for a Penguin Parade-conducted tour. Ranger tour groups are limited to 10 people 12 years and above and adult prices apply to all ages (Penguin Parade policy). Your ranger will give you an informative guided tour of the penguin colony and take you to reserved seats right on the edge of the beach for the arrival of the little penguins. Later you also get taken to the boardwalks to see penguins arriving there.

After your ranger tour you will have some more free time for the visitor centre, cafe and souvenir shops before we depart for Melbourne.

Maximum tour group size is 11 in one of our comfortable new aircon minibuses.

'Confirmed' bookings with us are still subject to availability at the Penguin Parade.

Pickup/departure instructions:
All tours depart from one central Melbourne location, The Rendezvous Hotel 328 Flinders Street near Elizabeth Street. Most city centre hotels are within 15 minutes walk, often much less, or you can use our free city centre trams. Have a look at the map on our Contact page. Passengers will be returned to any city centre accommodation at the end of the tour. If your accommodation is outside the city centre/downtown area please ensure you have suitable transport available for when we return, approximately 8 hours after departure.
Included in price:
Return tour to the Penguin Parade. Ranger guided tour at the Penguin Parade. Binoculars, mats to sit on and headsets to listen to your ranger. Meals and drinks are available to purchase but time is very limited. You can bring your own food and drinks but these will need to be consumed before the ranger tour starts.
What to bring:
Bring or wear warm waterproof comfortable clothing and closed shoes in any season. Bring a camera, although no photography of the penguins is permitted.

We are very proud of our low prices for our small group tour. To save you a price comparison search, AAT Kings large coach tours charge:
Budget Express $145.00
Premium Express $176.00
Guided Ranger Tour Express $212.00