Phillip Island Wine, Wildlife & Penguins Tour
Enjoy a day out on Phillip Island like a local; where delicious food, sumptuous wine, breath-taking coastal scenery, and of course, native Australian animals – including the world famous Penguin Parade – await.
Experience the best of Phillip Island in a day with a Melbourne pickup, sunset Penguin Parade, a delightful winery lunch, cellar-door wine tasting, sparkling wine and snacks at the Nobbies, leisure time in Cowes and plenty of wildlife spotting.
All of this is accompanied by our fun and friendly local guide on a luxury midi-bus – you won’t soon forget this Phillip Island tour.
☀ The ease of a MELBOURNE pickup from the Melbourne Arts Centre (late morning pickup)
☀ Entry to the internationally acclaimed Phillip Island Penguin Parade at sunset
☀ Indulge in a delicious Winery Feast at the Phillip Island Winery
☀ A cellar-door Wine Tasting experience
☀ Golden Hour Experience at the Nobbies
☀ Time in the sea-side village of Cowes, with time to visit the brewery, take a swim, grab an ice cream, or just chill soak in the day
☀ Spot native wildlife in their natural habitat, as we drive the back roads, and explore this scenic nature-paradise.
☀ 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!
☀ OPTIONAL EXTRAS
-Upgrade to Penguin Pus Viewing Platform: $45pp
-Entry to the Koala Wildlife Sanctuary: $15pp (in place of time in Cowes)
-Entry to Amaze’N Things: $42pp (in place of time in Cowes)
- Pickup from Melbourne, at the Melbourne Arts Centre
- All Transfers and Transport in air-conditioned comfort
- Local, experienced, and informative Tour Guide
- Entry to Phillip Island Penguin Parade (General Viewing)
- Winery Lunch Feast of Woodfired Pizzas, Fries, Gourmet Salad
- Cellar Door Wine Tasting and Antipasto Platter
- Nobbies Golden Hour Food & Wine Experience
- All Taxes and Gratuities
- Penguin Plus +$45pp
- Koala Conservation Reserve +$20pp*
- Amaze’N Things +$45pp*
*in-place of time in Cowes
- Meals other than what is stated
- Gratuities and Extras
Adult (18+) $210pp
Child (2-17) $175pp
Departure Time & Pickup Location
Please ensure you are at your Pickup Location at least 10 minutes PRIOR to your pickup time.
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SUMMER SEASON (Nov – Mar)
11.30am – Melbourne: Arts Centre (100 St Kilda Road) – outside the big spire.
WINTER SEASON (Apr – Oct)
10.00am – Melbourne: Arts Centre (100 St Kilda Road) – outside the big spire.
This is a full-day bus tour, and we will be returning at night.
Returning time will be between
-10pm and Midnight for the Summer Season
-8pm and 10pm 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 for the journey – ie. snacks, a book etc.
You will see some great sights, coupled with some great local commentary along the way, however The Island is 1.5 hours from Melbourne each way, so there will be time to do your own thing
- 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.
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Meet your Bus & Guide at the Melbourne Arts Centre (beautiful landmark – we suggest a Coffee whilst you wait), and get ready to embark on a journey you won’t soon forget.
On you way to Phillip Island, we will stop in at Caldermeade Farm, giving you a chance to refuel with some coffee, and say hello to some cuddly little farm animals.
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 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.
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!
Maybe you are wanting your fix of the cute and cuddly (and some not so much) Australian Native Wildlife.
Well, now is your chance to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s best.
Do so at the Phillip Island Wildlife Park, where you will have the chance to pet a Kangaroo, say Hi to a Koala, Feed the Wallabies, and even get harassed by an Emu (in a nice way of course)
Note: this is are your own expense ($21pp) and will be in place of your times at Cowes
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.
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.
Enjoy the relaxing journey back to Melbourne, 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 Must Do Tour whilst you are in Melbourne – this tour has it all!”
A Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour that has it all – Wine, Wildlife, Food, and Penguins!
Journey with us onto picturesque Phillip Island, as you enjoy an evening 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.
We include a pickup in our Luxury Midi Coach from Melbourne, OR if you are staying on Phillip Island (or San Remo) you can join us on this tour with a pickup from your accommodation.
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.
Enjoy the journey back to Melbourne, knowing that you’ve just experienced what some are calling the “best tour ever!”
All this, whilst being escorted by our fun and friendly local guide, who will be with you every step of the way.
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
Melbourne – Arts Centre
-At the Melbourne Arts Centre
For Private Tours, we allow you to choose one pickup location for your group to be picked up and dropped off from.
We pickup from
-South East Suburbs
-West & Central Gippsland
This will depend as to how many people we have on board, current time, etc.
As the time that the penguins arrive on the beach changes significantly during the year, our return time to Melbourne also varies significantly.
On an indicative basis, this tour returns to Melbourne at approximately the following times:
- Nov – Feb: midnight
- March: 11:00 PM
- April: 10:00 PM
- May – Aug: 9:00 PM
- September: 9:30 PM
- October: 10:30 PM
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.
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.
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.
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!