Fodor's Expert Review Penguin Parade

Phillip Island Island Fodor's Choice

Phillip Island's main draw is the nightly parade of Little Penguins, also called Fairy Penguins, waddling from the sea to their burrows in nearby dunes. The parade of miniature penguins attracts onlookers year-round and crowds on summer weekends and holidays. There are several ways to view the Penguin Parade: general admission, with viewing from concrete bleachers; the Penguin Plus experience, which puts you on a smaller viewing platform that is closer to the action. There's even a small underground section to watch the penguins as they go to their nests. The Guided Ranger Tour puts you on the sand with a ranger, while the VIP Tour gets you into a private, elevated "Skybox" overlooking the beach. The Ultimate Adventure Tour, for private groups, includes headphones and night-vision equipment and a secluded spot on a separate beach. The spectacle begins at around sunset each night; booking ahead is essential in summer and during public holidays. Wear closed shoes and warm clothing—even... READ MORE

Phillip Island's main draw is the nightly parade of Little Penguins, also called Fairy Penguins, waddling from the sea to their burrows in nearby dunes. The parade of miniature penguins attracts onlookers year-round and crowds on summer weekends and holidays. There are several ways to view the Penguin Parade: general admission, with viewing from concrete bleachers; the Penguin Plus experience, which puts you on a smaller viewing platform that is closer to the action. There's even a small underground section to watch the penguins as they go to their nests. The Guided Ranger Tour puts you on the sand with a ranger, while the VIP Tour gets you into a private, elevated "Skybox" overlooking the beach. The Ultimate Adventure Tour, for private groups, includes headphones and night-vision equipment and a secluded spot on a separate beach. The spectacle begins at around sunset each night; booking ahead is essential in summer and during public holidays. Wear closed shoes and warm clothing—even in summer—and rain protection gear. Make sure to arrive an hour before the tour begins. A good deal for visitors staying for a day is the 3 Park Pass, giving admission to the Penguin Parade, the Koala Conservation Centre, and Churchill Island.

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Quick Facts

1019 Ventnor Rd.
Phillip Island, Victoria  3922, Australia

03-5951–2800

www.penguins.org.au

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: General admission A$24.50; Penguin Plus viewing platform A$47.20; Underground Viewing A$60; VIP and Guided Ranger Tours A$75.90; Ultimate Adventure Tour A$86.40; 3 Parks Pass from A$41.60

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