We’ll take you to the penguins!
The Little Penguin Bus departs central Melbourne every day for an express tour to the world famous Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Just the penguins, giving you more free time in Melbourne and saving you money!
To save travel time and keep costs down we depart from one central city location, but at the end of the day we will take you home to any accommodation in Melbourne’s city centre. Because the penguins appearance time always changes, earlier in winter and later in summer, we regularly change our departure times with the seasons.
You just have to think like a penguin!
From April to September we leave the city for the Penguin Parade between 1.30pm and 3pm. From October to March we leave between 3.30pm and 5pm. The current departure time is on the Tours and Bookings page. Enjoy a two hour scenic drive to Phillip Island, with a short break halfway, arriving at the Penguin Parade about one hour before the penguins are due to appear. (If we have some extra time we will take a scenic drive around the beautiful Summerland Peninsula). Learn all about the life of the Little Penguin in the award winning Visitor Centre, get into some souvenir shopping or dinner at the Boardwalk Cafe (or bring your own). Then take a seat for the main event, the Little Penguins emerging from the sea and marching across the beach to their sand dune burrows. One of the most fascinating wildlife events you will ever see! Enjoy an hour of penguin viewing, the maximum time allowed, before the return drive to Melbourne. We are often the last tour bus to leave!
We also offer the full selection of Penguin Parade guided ranger tours and penguin viewing upgrades. See our Tours and Bookings page for more information.