Phillip Island Golden Hour Penguin Express Tour

“enjoy an evening of good food, good wine, great views…and Penguins!”

On this all-inclusive tour, we pick you up from your Phillip Island accommodation; drive you out to the scenic lookout at the Nobbies, where Sparkling wine, Grazing Platters, and scenic views await; take the back-beach road along the rugged coastline of the Island, where you’ll spot wallabies, echidnas, and other wildlife; before arriving at the Penguin Parade where you witness the amazing march of the Little Penguins back to their burrows. We then take you back to your accommodation!

The ease of a PHILLIP ISLAND accommodation pickup.

 Entry to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade with time to discover the world-class visitor centre

A glass of Sparkling Wine and  Grazing Platter, overlooking the Nobbies at golden hour 

Spot native wildlife in their natural habitat

Amazing photo ops of the beautiful Phillip Island rugged coastline

A memorable journey on our luxury touring midi-coachescorted the whole way by our fun and friendly local guide 

Donation on your behalf to Greening Australia – as part of our Tours for Trees initiative!

Tour Cost


  • Entry ticket to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Glass of Sparkling Wine & Grazing Platter at the Nobbies
  • Wildlife Spotting
  • Transport in our luxury, airconditioned midi-coach
  • Pickup & return from your accommodation

Departure Time & Pickup Location
We will contact you ON THE DAY to confirm your exact pickup time (as this is dependant with how many others we need to pick up on the day)
Please ensure you are at your Pickup Location at least 10 minutes PRIOR to your pickup time.

4.30pm – 5.30pm

3.00pm – 4.00pm

Tour Duration
This is a half-day bus tour, and we will be returning at night.
Returning time will be between
9pm for the Summer Season
7pm for the Winter Season.

Number of Passengers on Board
We like to keep our groups at an easy to manage size – for both your enjoyment…and ours too. You can expect between 6-15 people on board our luxury midi bus.

What to Bring

  • Something Warm – even during the Summer it DOES GET COLD at the Penguins. Please bring appropriate clothing. If it is due to rain, we suggest an umbrella/rain jacket as well. 
  • Extra Purchase Money (optional) – this is optional, we will provide you with some delicious grazing options, however you might like to purchase something more for dinner, or more drinks at the Penguins Centre

Cancellation & Refunds
If we must cancel a tour ( ie. covid restrictions, lack of numbers) then you will be provided with the option for a:

  • Full Refund
  • Full Tour Credit
  • Transfer of Tour Date

If you cancel a tour, the following conditions apply:

  • 15+ Days- Full Refund Provided
  • 8-14 Days- Full Credit Provided
  • 1-7 Days – Full Credit Provided – less $25pp admin fee
  • Within 24 Hours- No Refund/Credit Provided

We reserve the right to make any necessary changes either before or on the day to the itinerary that we deem necessary to ensure both passenger safety & enjoyment, and to ensure the tour is able to proceed. This includes, but not limited to, changes required to be made due to situations out of our control and changes that need to be made due to closure or unavailability of venues.


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Meet your Bus & Guide at your nominated pickup location, and get ready to embark on a journey you won’t soon forget.

Please ensure that you let us know you chosen pickup location, so that we don’t leave you behind. 

This is already one of Phillip Island’s main attractions, simply for the sheer beauty it possess – however, we visit this stunning spot right on Golden Hour, allowing us a perfect sight over the glistening waters and rocky cliffs.

Enjoy this moment with a Glass of Sparking Wine and Canapes, as you enjoy the views and take  a walk along the boardwalk, taking in spectacular sights, and glimpses of native wildlife.

We depart from here along the back roads, providing us unparalleled views over Westernport Bay and Bass Strait, with even more wildlife to spot.

Departing the Nobbies, we take the road-less-travelled on our way out to the Penguin Parade.
Driving this back beach road, you will be exposed to some of the most breath-taking scenery that Phillip Island has to offer. Rugged coastline, sea-battered cliffs, and rolling green hills adorn this beautiful stretch of track.
You are guaranteed also to see native Australian Wildlife in their natural habitat, as they come out for their evening feed.
Everything from Wallabies, to the Cape Barron Geese, to Echidnas, and even some Penguins dotted across the hill side.
We will stop for two photo ops along the way, and so you can have some time to experience this beautiful and iconic bit of Australian scenery. 

A “must do” whilst in Melbourne/Victoria, the Penguin Parade has long been the star attraction of Phillip Island. 

We arrive here early enough so as you can take some time in this world-class visitor centre, and grab a bite to eat from the cafe should you wish.

You will then make your way out to the Penguin Viewing Platform, awaiting the arrival of the stars of the shows – the Little Penguins.

As the sun begins to set, your ranger-guide will provide you information on these cute little creatures, and then you will see literally thousands of them make their way onto the beach and up the hill side.

Walk along the boardwalk as you get within inches of these native Australian Penguins, admiring their uniqueness and cuteness alike.

Once we have had our cuteness overload, we board back on the bus – making our way back to Melbourne…with plenty of good memories to accompany us for the journey back

Alas, all good things must come to an end.
We will probably make at least one stop in at a Maccas or similar on our return.
We will get you back to your pickup location safe and sound.
We will look to depart the penguins approx 10.00pm during the Summer Season and 9.00pm during the Winter season. 

If you are staying on Phillip Island – this is the tour for you!

A Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour that has it all – Wine, Wildlife, Food, and Penguins!

Starting with a pickup right from the door of your accommodation; journey with us as you enjoy an evening of watching the sunset with Sparkling Wine and Grazing Platter; spotting native wildlife in their natural habitats, and of course, view the world-famed Penguin Parade. 

We include a pickup in our Luxury Midi Coach from Phillip Island (or San Remo) you can join us on this tour with a pickup from your accommodation!
How great is that!!


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


Tour FAQ

The great thing about this tour is that we pick you up (and drop you off…of course) from your accommodation.

Upon booking, please confirm with us where you’ll be staying in Phillip Island OR San Remo – we will then let you know of your pickup time a bit closer to your departure date.

We are unable to provide exact pickup times for each accommodation location, as these differ during the course of the year (penguins arrival time changes) and based on who books on from which particular accommodation.
We will let you know your Pickup Window, a few days prior to the tour start time. 

Generally this is…
Summer Months = 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Winter Months = 3.00pm – 4.00pm

No, as this is our Phillip Island Golden Hour Express tour, and is only a half day (evening) tour, we ONLY pickup from Phillip Island and San Remo for this tour.

If you are interested in being picked up from Melbourne, please join our Phillip Island Wine, Wildlife & Penguins Tour

Yes – of course.
Whether you are a single traveller, couple, or small group we guarantee you are going to enjoy yourself on our Phillip Island Tour

Yes, of course!
You will enjoy a delicious Grazing Platter at the Nobbies at Golden Hour, as well as a glass of our finest local Sparkling Wine. 

You may wish to purchase more food from the Penguin Parade as well, as we will arrive approx 1 hour prior to the penguins arriving. 

Yes of course – we can cater for all common allergies & dietary requests.
All we ask is that you let us know of these upon booking so we can ensure we have time to prepare.

We will never leave without trying to contact you first.
Please ensure that if you feel you are going to be late, you let us know asap.
If you are more than 5 minutes late past your pickup time, and we have been unable to contact you, we won’t be able to wait any longer.
We may still be able to get you later in the evening in time for the Penguin Parade part of the tour

The Penguins arent afraid of the rain, and neither are we!

There will be undercover areas at our lunch venue, and the visit to Cowes and the Nobbies.

At the Penguins, there is limited shelter once you are out on the boardwalk, so we suggest a raincoat/umbrella for this part of the tour.

Payment is due at the time of booking in order to confirm your booking for this tour

We require a $200 deposit to secure your booking – full payment is then due 2 weeks prior to your departure.

If we, for some reason, can’t travel on the day then we will offer you a choice of the following…

  • Full Refund
  • Full Tour Credit
  • Transfer of Tour Date

If a you cancel a tour, the following conditions apply:

  • 8+ Days – Full Refund Provided
  • 1-7 Days – Full Refund, less $25pp cancellation fee
  • Within 24 hours of Departure – No refund.

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.
We include all entries and food as listed (you are welcome to buy more of course though)




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!