Phillip Island Cruise Ship Tours
Phillip Island is proud to be able to welcome upwards of 10+ Cruise Ships each year – and as local tour providers on Phillip Island, we are proud to offer our set of Phillip Island Tours, catered directly for disembarking passengers.
With us, you will experience the best Phillip Island has to offer – but with a local touch.
Head off the beaten track as you are immersed into the beautiful scenery; indulge in the delicious food & wine; enjoy the hidden-gems that are so abundant; and visit the must-see attractions, but with the ‘Tour Local’ touch.
☀ You DON’T book us through your Cruise Ship, meaning you save on all their commissions
☀ We are LOCAL, meaning that we know the best places to go, and the best ways to go there
☀ Our departures are GUARANTEED, so you don’t miss out on a great day on the Island
☀ All our tours take in the the highlights of Phillip Island – with one visiting the Penguins and one visiting the Koalas (or you can combine both tours for a full 10 hour experience)
☀ Our Tours are Fully Refundable IF your ship is unable to dock due to weather etc.
COMBINE BOTH OUR TOURS for $225pp
Our Pickup Location
Our tours DO NOT Start at the Ships Tender – we meet you in COWES (Transit Centre) – and there is good reason for it too.
1.It is always quite chaotic in Rhyll (where the Ship tenders) on cruise mornings – with so many buses coming and going
2. It means that you do not need to ensure you are off the Ship at an exact specific time – get off when you choose, and leisurely make your way to us
3. The Ship (in collaboration with Phillip Island) organise for FREE Shuttle Buses to run every 10-15 minutes between Rhyll and Cowes – so it is easy for you to get into Cowes
4. We recommend you make your way into Cowes nice and early, as then you can relax, find a cafe, do some shopping, wander along the beach, and then come find us when its time for your tour.
5. Our tours START right where the Shuttle Bus Drops you off (and picks you up)
6. At the end of the Tour, if its still Day Time – we drop you at the Shuttle Bus Location. If its Night Time (ie. after the Penguins) we take you straight back to the ship tender
PRIVATE GROUP TOURS
Get your group together, and let us treat you to a day out!
You Choose the Date || You Choose Your Pickup Location || Just you (and your friends) on board!
Minimum Group Number = 6 Travellers
Our Cruise FAQs
We understand that it can be a lot of effort finding a reputable tour operator – especially when the cruise ships put such an emphasis on their providers.
That’s why we are here to ensure you that we have been touring for over 15 years now, and as local operators to Phillip Island, you know you are in good hands!
Please note – this is only if you ship is unable to dock. For change of mind/general cancellations, our regular cancelation policy still stands.
COWES TRANSIT CENTRE – Cowes is the main township in Phillip Island, and an approx. 10 minute drive from Rhyll. Phillip Island offers regular transport to and from the Ship Tender in Rhyll to Cowes.
The Ship Shuttle Bus will drop you off AT THE TRANSIT CENTRE – this is where our tours starts
Good question – we have done this in the past, but found the it is just so chaotic down there at the Dock, that it was much easier for both us and you to meet you in Cowes.
Because the Ship & Phillip Island run regular free Shuttles between Rhyll and Cowes, it is extremely easy and accessible for you to hop on the Shuttle, and simply meet us where it drops you off in Cowes.
This also means that you dont have to worry about getting off the Ship at exactly the right time – you can get of early, take a shuttle into Cowes, relax here (Shop; get a coffee at the Cafe;walk the beach) and then come find us when its time.
Our Koala and Highlight Tour starts at 11.00am
Our Wine and Penguin Tour starts at 2.30pm
OR you can combine both these tours, and start at 11.00am as well.
Yes – our Phillip Island Wine, Wildlife and Penguins Tour – see here – includes the Penguin Parade at Sunset, as does our combination tour.
This is one of the main highlights of Phillip Island, and no where else in the world can you see the Little Penguins in their natural habitat like this.
All ships leave after 11.00pm – which gives us PLENTY of time to get you back.
We depart the Penguin Parade 1 hour after the first Penguin arrival (plenty of time), meaning we have you back at the ship most nights between 9.30pm-10.30pm.
We guarantee your on-time arrival back.
We don’t like to include any hidden fees or hidden additional charges on the day.
The price you see here is all that you need to pay.
The Penguins of Phillip Island
All our tours Phillip Island Tours, whether you are starting out of Melbourne or starting on Phillip Island, finish with the Penguin Parade. This is the only place in the world where you can see the Little Fairy Penguins in their natural habitat, as they return to their burrows of a night time.
So yes, although we include some other amazing inclusions on our tours, a visit to the Penguins is a must!
Travel in Style
With our fleet of luxury coaches & midi buses, you know that when you are on a Melbourne bus tour with us, it’ll be one of comfort, style, and safety.
And of course, one of fun…as each one of our buses comes paired with one of our friendly and experienced Driver-Guides!