Penguin Parade, walks and wildlife in the wild
On this very special experience we combine the iconic Phillip Island penguin parade with a spectacular walk along the clifftops and secluded coves and bays in the George Bass Coastal Reserve.
Located on the mainland just before you cross onto Phillip Island the coastal walk steers you away from the crowds and on a journey of discovery as you follow the cliffs and gentle rolling plains above the beaches with stunning views out to sea and of rugged coastline. During the winter months this an ideal walk for spotting migrating humpback and southern right whales, whilst wallabies and shore birds and perhaps a few seals on the beaches can be seen at any time of the year.
Tour inclusions and highlights:
- Spectacular but moderate level coastal walking (6.7km)
- Possibility of whales in the winter
- Fresh local and delicious gourmet lunch.
- No wildlife parks and petting zoos, just pure nature.
- A visit to the Koala Conservation Centre
- Standard entry to the Penguin Parade with options to upgrade
- Professional local field guide with 20 years experience
- Small group of 11 people max
- Comfortable and spacious high roof Mercedes minibus
Our tour begins with a pick up at your Melbourne CBD accommodation and departs from our central meeting point at St Pauls Cathedral at 9.30am (May to October) and at 10.30am October to April 30). You will travel in a small group of a maximum of 11 guests in our comfortable and spacious high roof Mercedes mini coach.
Your guide will take you straight through to San Remo where we begin the walk along a beautifully maintained trail in the direction of Kilcunda. Although the walk is only 6.7kms in length and not difficult it should take around 2.5 hours to complete as most people like to stop for photos or scan the ocean for whales so we have allowed plenty of time for you to get to the end. With the promise of a beautifully prepared and delicious lunch waiting at the end we know you will have all the incentive you need to finish strongly!.
After a relaxed lunch we make our way on to the island with our first stop being the Koala Conservation Centre. Here you will be able to amble along easy paths and raised boardwalks where you can spot Koalas resting or feeding in the trees. You will also have the opportunity to learn about koalas and the important conservation work being undertaken to ensure the survival of the species in the wild as they face increasing pressure from habitat loss and illness.
As the sun begins to get low it is time to make our way over to the Summerland peninsula for the penguin parade but before we get there we take a short loop drive out to the Nobbies for some spectacular views of the Seal Rocks and a chance to see plenty of wallabies grazing on the native Poa grass that covers the ground hiding thousands of penguin burrows.
There are many Penguin parade experience options for you to choose from which need to be pre booked. Included in the cost of your tour is a general admission ticket however we strongly recommend upgrading your ticket to Penguins Plus seating for a much better and more intimate viewing experience. You can opt to upgrade your penguin viewing experience on our booking page however please be aware that numbers are limited in Penguins Plus, underground viewing, Guided ranger tours and the ultimate tour so upgrade confirmations can only be guaranteed when booking well in advance. Please click on this link for more information on the Penguin parade viewing options before making your decision. https://www.penguins.org.au/attractions/
At approximately 45 minutes after the arrival of the penguins your tour will depart the penguin parade to return you to your accommodation in Melbourne. The return journey takes approximately two hours.