Phillip Island Half Day Tour

“Impressed by A Petite Tour with the professional tour service provided. They are flexible, making good recommendations to the tailored itineraries at our pace. Good knowledge on history, culture, scenery and local authentic experiences. Sharing interesting facts about wildlife” – Kue Chin

Tour Highlights

A trip to Phillip Island is a must-do for an unique Melbournian experience. Mesmerised by the gorgeous sunset views at The Nobbies and adore cute little penguins after dusk.

Spend a lovely afternoon with native Australian animals, observe lovely koalas, feed and pat friendly kangaroos and wallabies at Maru Koala Park. Enjoy dinner at the seaside town of Cowes in summer. Watch the adorable little penguins waddle back to burrows.
  • Maru Koala and Animal Park – optional

  • Seaside town Cowes (summer)

  • The Nobbies (best sunset views)

  • World Famous Penguin Parade

Start time

3-4 hours before Penguin Parade occurs

Finish time

8 – 12 pm (depend on season)

Inclusion

  • Transport
  • Hotel Transfers
  • Friendly Guide
  • Bottled Water
  • Child Safety Chair (if required)
  • Heaps of Fun
  • Car Park
  • Toll Fee

Hotel Transfer

On the day of your tour, we would pick up from your hotel. On the way back, we can drop you either to your hotel or your chosen restaurant

Price

AUD $549

for 8 seater Mercedes

(Suitable for 1 to 7 passengers)

AUD $699

for 12 seater Mercedes

(Suitable for 8 to 11 passengers)

For a group booking of more than 11 people, please contact us for a quote.

Have more questions?

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Tour Itinerary

1

Let’s Go To Philip Island!

In the afternoon, our friendly guide will pick you up from your hotel 3-4 hours before penguin parade occurs.

Local tourists began to visit Phillip Island since the early 20th century, the island possesses large area of natural habitat for the world’s largest number of small penguins (the smallest of its type). Over the decades, those cute little penguins have gained tremendous popularity and are the most famous attraction on the island.

Most attractions on Phillip Island are run by not-for-profit organizations. proceeds from ticket sales will be used to protect the living creatures and preserve the ecosystem on and around the island, as well as further related research.

2

Maru Koala & Animal Park

Maru Koala and Animal Park is a small zoo en route to Phillip Island, it allows travellers to see a variety of Australian native animals in a relatively short time.

Maru Koala & Animal Park exhibits Australia’s native animals, including: koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, Tasmanian devils, Tawny Frogmouth, alpacas and dingos. You can also touch and feed friendly kangaroos and take pictures with koalas.

Optional fee-paying activities include: close encounter with koalas, Australian dingos and etc.

The animal park also provides daily animal shows at different times, such as: sheep shearing at 2:30 PM.

Travellers who love mini-golf can perfect your swing  here, the mini-golf course is also good for beginners who are keen on learning the basics (Extra fee applies).

Animal Park Admission ticket: Adult $22 / Child $12

3

Cowes town – Summer

Cowes is the largest town on Phillip Island and has many restaurants for travellers to choose from. On hot summer days, the communal beach in town is quite lively. Especially at sunset, it is absolutely charming. When it’s on daylight saving time, we will stopover in Cowes for a rest and dinner, as the food selection at Penguin Parade is relatively limited, hence we recommend our lovely travellers to enjoy dinner here.

Cowes has a number of good quality restaurants,  including Italian, Thai, local pub food, Chinese and other table service / fast food restaurants.

Travellers who have finished your meal early are advised to lie on the grass beside the beach and enjoy the cool sea breeze and pleasant sunbathing (our guide’s favourite activity!)

4

The Nobbies – Phillip Island

The Nobbies, located at the very end of Phillip Island. It is a part of  “Summerland” nature reserve that is the only area on Phillip Island where the penguins still live. Sea seals are inhabited on a small island 1.5 km away from The Nobbies’ coastline and occasionally humpback whales can be spotted in the nearby waters. The rocks in the water are dark in colour as they were originally formed by lava from volcanic eruptions.

There is a long stretch of boardwalk at the Nobbies, it’s a great place for a stroll in the sunset and be impressed by the natural beauty along the coast. You will spot many wooden boxes scattered around the area, they were built by Phillip Island Nature Park staff and are homes to those little cute penguins.

(The ticket price for a general viewing admission is enough to construct such a warm wooden home for a penguin, so far 4,000 homes have been built for those little creatures). In the distance, you will often hear a large group of seagulls crisp chirping, coupled with cool sea breeze, it will get you ready for the much-anticipated Penguin Parade.

5

Penguin Parade – Phillip Island

Penguin Parade is the most talked about activity on Phillip Island. Hundreds of thousands of tourists come and visit little penguins each year. Unlike emperor penguins that live in the Antarctica, Phillip Island is home to those small blue penguins, also known as fairy penguins because of their small size, with an average height of 33 centimetres. They are found only in certain parts of the southern hemisphere and Phillip Island has the world’s largest number of fairy penguin, a total of approximately 33,000 so far. The little penguins you will see at Summerland on Phillip Island used to live on several natural habitats scattered along the coasts of Phillip Island, however today this is the only area on Phillip Island Island where little penguins can still be seen, thanks to the penguin protection and research projects conducted by the Australian government since 1980. Little penguins are hard-workers, they venture into the sea at early morning and return only after sunset, some may not return until a few or several days later. As Victoria is on daylight saving in summer, the time at which Penguin Parade occurs varies considerably throughout the year. In January, those little penguins do not return back home until 9 PM, whereas in June, they usually return before 6 pm.

There are three types of tickets available for Penguin Parade,

1) General Viewing Platform (Photo 2), outdoors spectator benches, there are enough seats for up to 3,000 spectators, further from the beach where the penguins come ashore, generally observe less penguins in comparison to Penguin Plus & Underground Viewing. Tickets: Adult: $ 26.60 / Child: $ 13.20

2) Penguin Plus Platform (Photo 3), outdoors viewing platform, right above the Underground Viewing platform, a total of 300 seats for spectators, generally you will see more penguins wiggling past you, you will enjoy a wider viewing angle in comparison to the Underground Viewing platform, suitable for summer & autumn. Tickets: Adult: $ 55 / Child: $ 27.50

3) Underground Viewing Platform (Picture 4), The indoor viewing platform accommodates only up to 80 visitors each day. You will be able to see those little penguins right from eye level, staircases were built purposely for children. As Underground Viewing is an indoor platform, it’s warmer and best of all, rain and wind proof. Tickets: Adult: $ 70 / Child: $ 35

In summer, General Viewing and Penguin Plus tickets are recommended, however if you fear the chilly wind and want to hide away from the unpredictable winter weather, Underground Viewing is highly recommended and get to see little penguins from an unique angle.

Little penguins are delicate living creatures, they have very sensitive eyes and can potentially lose their orientation under strong light in dark (e.g. camera flash), so please ensure that while you are watching the penguins, do not take any pictures. Let us bring back only the remarkable memories and keep these cute penguins returning back to Phillip Island.

ADDITIONAL TOUR OPTIONS:

Koala Conservation Center has two boardwalks crisscross in the woods, allow visitors to view koalas in close distance from different angles.

Tickets: Adult $13 / Child (4-15 years old) $6.50

Churchill Island Heritage Farm has daily farming activities starting from 2 PM, such as: sheep shearing, cow milking, whip cracking and working dogs. the rugged road leading to Churchill Island Heritage Farm is quite scenic in itself and you may spot some yaks grazing on the side.

Daily farming activities show time:

2.10pm Cow Milking

2.30pm Sheep Shearing

2.45pm Whip Cracking

3.05pm Working ogs

3.20pm Sheep Shearing

Tickets: Adult $13 / Children $6.50

Sweet and Personal

Sweet & Personal

We are all about Families! Each trip can be tailored to your family’s needs and wishes. We are flexible and have an eye for detail. We can stop at anytime along the trip for you, try out our photography skill on the trip!

Local Expertise

Local Expertise

Our guides are caring and knowledgeable, we use our expertise to create your hassle-free and memorable travel experience. Multi-language available (English, Mandarin & Cantonese)

Comfort & Convenience

Comfort & Convenience

We want your family to travel in comfort and style, Mercedes Benz luxury vehicle , free hotel & airport transfers on tour day. Ticket pre-booking to secure your spot in advance, restaurant and hotel booking assistance.

Family Oriented

Family Oriented

We understand that travel with a big group can be difficult sometimes, hence we have no overtime surcharge, no compulsory tips, provide bottled water, child safety chairs, umbrellas and more. we just want you to have an awesome trip!

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