Looking for the ultimate wildlife experience near Melbourne? Take a waddle on the wild side and witness the fantastic feathery spectacle of penguins shuffling to their burrows up a moonlit beach. It's as adorable and beautiful as it sounds! A day tour to Phillip Island will also give you the chance to meet wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, and more Aussie marsupials in a safe, spacious sanctuary where they're free to hop, skip, and lounge to their pouches' content.
After a hard day's work fishing for bite-size snacks off the southeastern coast of Australia, nothing beats a good waddle across a cool sandy beach to a warm underground burrow. At least, that's the philosophy of Phillip Island's wild penguin population.
Take a 90-minute coach ride from Melbourne, and treat yourself to one of nature's most elusive spectacles - wild penguins, doing as they please. Riding the tide back home, these plucky little seabirds arrive in droves every evening, and patter up the beach to call it a day.
While you're in the area, you'll also get a chance for a close encounter with the world's bounciest animals, as Phillip Island is also home to a thriving community of kangaroos and wallabies, who'll jump at the chance to be in your holiday snaps!
It wouldn't be an Aussie wildlife expedition without getting some koalaty time in too. These cute little critters are also represented in the Koala Conservation Centre.
A dinner stop will be made before or after the Penguin Parade (dependent on the season, at your own expense).
Tickets for Penguin Parade on Phillip Island: Day Tour from Melbourne