Phillip Island Wine, Wildlife & Penguins Tour 


Enjoy a day out on Phillip Island like a local; where delicious food, sumptuous wine, breath-taking scenery, and of course, native Australian wildlife – including the world famous Penguin Parade – await. 

Experience the best of Phillip Island with a convenient pickup & return from your Phillip Island accommodation, followed by a delightful Winery Lunch & wine tasting at Phillip Island winery and sunset at the Penguin Parade. Enjoy Sparkling Wine, and Grazing Snacks at Nobbies, explore Cowes village, and spot plenty of native wildlife. All whilst  travelling in comfort with a friendly local guide on our Luxury Midi-Bus.

The ease of a PHILLIP ISLAND or SAN REMO pickup from the your nominated accommodation 

Entry to the internationally acclaimed Penguin Parade at sunset

Indulge in a delicious Winery Dinner at the Phillip Island Winery

A guided cellar-door Wine Tasting experience 

A glass of Sparkling Wine at the “Nobbies for Golden Hour

Spot native wildlife in their natural habitat, as we drive the back roads, and explore this scenic nature-paradise. 

☀ Experience the highlights of Phillip Island, and be taken to some of the places only the locals know about. 

Journey on our Luxury Midi-Bus, escorted 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!


  • Pickup from Phillip Island Or San Remo, from your chosen location
  • All Transfers and Transport in air-conditioned comfort
  • Local, experienced, and informative Tour Guide
  • Entry to Penguin Parade (General Viewing)
  • Winery Dinner Feast of Woodfired Pizzas, Fries, Gourmet Salad
  • Cellar Door Wine Tasting and Antipasto Platter
  • Nobbies Golden Hour Wine Experience
  • All Taxes and Gratuities

Upgraded Extras

  • Penguin Plus +$45pp


  • Meals & Drinks other than what is stated
  • Gratuities and Extras

Tour Cost
Adult (18+) $185pp
Child (2-17) $150pp

Departure Time & Pickup Location
Please ensure you are at your Pickup Location at least 10 minutes PRIOR to your departure time.
3.30pm – Phillip Island: Your nominated accommodation/location

1.30pm – Phillip Island: Your nominated accommodation/location

Tour Duration
6 Hours approx.
This is an afternoon/evening bus tour, and we will be returning at night, after the penguins have arrived.

Number of Passengers on Board
We like to keep our groups at an easy to manageable 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. 
  • Bathers and Towel (optional) – there will be a chance to swim at Cowes if you wish. Please ensure you bring proper bathers, towel and a change of clothes as you will not be allowed on the bus wet or sandy. 
  • Extra Purchase Money (optional) – this is optional, we will provide you with a delicious ‘late lunch’ and some canapes, however you might like to purchase something more for dinner, or more drinks at either Cowes or 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.








Days Available: Wednesday – Sunday
Min x6 Passengers

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Meet your Bus & Guide at your nominated pickup location – please let us know of your accommodation upon checkout.

From here, we don’t have far to go to our first stop, down the road at the Phillip Island Winery, where your fun is about to begin

Our Meeting Spot. Even if we pick you up from your accommodation, you will have some time here to relax and unwind.
Cowes is Phillip Island’s main commercial hub, and is a bustling location of restaurants, cafes, breweries, and boutique shops.

Here you will have time to explore in your own time. 
Our guide will point out the notable spots, and then allow you some freedom to wander. 

Visit the ever popular brewery, take a seat at the pub overlooking the waterfront, take part in some retail therapy, take a stroll along the jetty, or even go for a dip in the sparkling blue waters.
The time is yours!

Arriving into this beautiful estate, you’ll quickly realise why the Phillip Island Winery is a favoured spot for both locals and visitors alike.

Take part in a Wine Tasting Experience, right at the cellar door – tasting a range of different wines harvested throughout the Gippsland Region.

Following your tasting, you will sit down and enjoy delicious share-plate Winery Dinner feast.
Complete with Wood Fired Pizzas, Antipasto Platters, Salads, and the ever favourite hot chips (fries).

Take some time out here to buy more wine, beers, or ciders should you wish – it’s a chilled experience here.

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.

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

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 get you back to your pickup location safe and sound.

You will have a little bit of time on board, as you reminisce on the journey with your newly made friends, scroll through the amazing photos you have taken on the day, and enjoy the memory of the day that was!

” A perfect tour for those staying on Phillip Island”

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

With you already being on Phillip Island, your start with us is a cruisy one. Hop our our luxury midi bus, and get ready to enjoy a day & night of delicious food from a local winery;  sample some of the regions best wines; explore the beaches and native wildlife retreats; watch the sunset with Sparkling Wine; and of course, watch the world-famed Penguin Parade. 

As the only tour operator offering local pickups on both San Remo and Phillip Island on our regularly scheduled tours, you know you’ve come to the right place for your Phillip Island Tour!

On this all inclusive day (and night) out, you will experience the best that Phillip Island has to offer! With a late lunch, plus evening canapes, we will keep you well fed. Multiple wine stops will ensure you don’t get too thirsty. Some down time to explore the seaside coastal town of Cowes will allow you time to kick back and relax, should you wish. And  of course entry to the Penguin Parade at sunset, being a perfect end to a perfect day – this tour will have you wanting for nothing more.
All this, whilst being escorted by our fun and friendly local guide, who will be with you every step of the way. 


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

We come to you!
We know there isn’t much public transport on Phillip Island, which is why we pick you up from your chosen accommodation. 

Please let us know of your location when you are checking out!


Please note – in the rare occasion that you book on, and we are unable to pick you up from your chosen location, we will offer you a full refund for this tour and/or offer you an alternate location for your pickup.

As well as Hotel and Motel Pickups, we are also able to provide private accommodation/Air BnB pickups as well.

Please note – in the rare occasion that you book on, and we are unable to pick you up from your chosen location, we will offer you a full refund for this tour and/or offer you an alternate location for your pickup.

As the time that the penguins arrive on the beach changes significantly during the year, our return time also varies significantly.

On an indicative basis, this tour returns to Melbourne at approximately the following times:

  • Nov – Feb: 10.00pm
  • March: 9:30 PM
  • April: 8.30 PM
  • May – Aug: 7:00 PM
  • September: 8:30 PM
  • October: 9:30 PM
Yes – of course.
Whether you are a single traveller, a couple, or a small group, we guarantee you are going to enjoy yourself on our Phillip Island Tour.

Yes, we do!
This is a Food & Wine Tour, so you will definitely get some great food on this tour.
You will get a delicious winery lunch at the Phillip Island Winery, as well as a Grazing Platter at the Nobbies at Golden Hour.

You may wish to purchase more food from either Cowes, OR the Nobbies Centre – as there will be time for this.

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 or PRIOR TO THE DAY OF TOUR so we can ensure we have time to prepare.

During the summer – sure thing!
Depending on the time of year, you will have close to two hours at Cowes to explore, and most certainly take a swim in the beautiful clear waters.

If you ARE planning to swim, please ensure you bring bather, a change of clothes, and a towel.
You will need to be dry and de-sanded prior to getting back on board.

There are changing facilities and showers near the beach. 

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.

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.


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!



Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour
Phillip Island Penguin Parade and Winery
Phillip Island

Here at TOUR LOCAL we are…

  • Family Owned & Operated – we are locals to Phillip Island and the wider Gippsland Region 
  • Experienced at what we do – with over 14 years in business, and a wealth of touring knowledge and expertise, you know you are in good hands
  • Proud of our Fleet – your comfort and safety is our number one priority, so we ensure we only tour in the best buses going around
  • Highly Awarded & Nationally Acclaimed – having won multiple awards, and been recognised at a national level
  • Here for you – at the end of the day, your enjoyment is what we are here for; we are all about helping to create engaging, enjoyable, and memorable experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. 
Tour Local group enjoying drinks at Nobbies on the Phillip Island Penguin Parade tour