Duration: 10 hours
No. of Guests: 1-10
Languages: Available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, French, German & Italian (others by request)
Many consider Phillip Island’s iconic penguin parade an unmissable wildlife experience. Its immense popularity has made it hard to escape the tourist droves but a private tour with a local host will ensure this is as intimate as possible. With plenty of unique wildlife, coastal and nature experiences on offer, this is an experience the whole family will enjoy.
Suggested but highly flexible itinerary:
Depart Melbourne at 1:30 pm (winter)/2:30 pm (summer). The drive out from Melbourne is a great chance to share some of your tastes and interests so these can be made a feature of your uniquely tailored experience.
Sit back and get to know your host in a luxury touring vehicle equipped with wi-fi, water and a selection of Victorian treats.
En-route to Phillip Island, stop for a selfie with a koala at a local wildlife sanctuary.
Visit a few of the island’s beautiful natural attractions like The Nobbies or Pyramid Rocks. Your host will help you spot local wallabies and endemic bird species unique to the area.
During the cooler months, the penguins arrive earlier in the evening and typically, we would visit before dinner.
We will make sure to reach the penguins in time for you to take your place in the premium viewing area (subject to availability) to experience this marvellous natural wonder up close.
After you have admired the penguins, take time to walk the boardwalks and hear from naturalist guides about this curious and memorable phenomenon.
Enjoy a lovely meal in a charming seaside restaurant boasting plenty of delicious local fare (not included).
In the summertime, we are able to arrange a classic seaside BBQ (weather permitting) before visiting the penguins.
Your host will have you back in Melbourne by 10 pm (Winter) or midnight (Summer).
Tour Highlights / Inclusions:
– Expert Localing guide
– Premium private touring vehicle with in-car wi-fi
– Locally bottled spring water and Victorian treats
– Hand feed native wildlife
– Stunning coastal views by car or foot
– Local afternoon tea
– Penguins Plus premium viewing (or equivalent)
– Fascinating stories and unique insights
– Meet interesting island locals
– Standard activity and admission expenses
$1600A for up to 2 guests (excludes dinner)
$220A for each additional guest (up to 10 total)
Children under 5 free
+$360A during Public holidays & peak season
Recommended Add-ons (allow for extra time)
Café dining +$80A p. p.
Gourmet, farm-gate dining +$120A p. p.
Airport pickup (max 4) +$160A total
Airport drop-off (max 4) +$120A total
Professional photographer +$1200A total
Owner host (Dan or Dean) +$600A total
Foreign language surcharge +$280A total
Penguins guided ranger (shared, ages 12+) +$60A p. p.
Private, keeper–led wildlife encounters +$180A p. p.
One-way private heli. transfer (min 3 pax) +$1200A p. p.
Spectacular Additions (by design)
Unique farm-to-plate dining experiences
A host of unique water-based activities like fly-boarding