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Phillip Island & French Island Adventure $215

Operates: Monday – Friday

Departs: 10:00am winter / 12:00pm summer

Returns: approx 9:00pm winter / 11:30pm summer

Adults: $215

Children: $189 (0 – 15 years)

If you are travelling with a child under 4 years old, please select an infant fare when you book and provide the child age in the notes to request a protective seat.

  • Comfortable transport with wifi onboard
  • French Island ferry tickets
  • General admission to the Penguin Parade
  • Delicious farmgate lunch (winter) or afternoon tea (summer)*
  • Central Melbourne pick up and drop off locations
  • Knowledgeable & friendly guide

*Please let us know of any dietary requirements when you book

Location Address Time (April – October) Time (November – April)
Her Majesty’s Theatre 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne 9:45am 12:15pm
Mail Exchange Hotel 688 Bourke Street, Melbourne 10:00am 12:30pm
Mercure Melbourne Hotel 9 Riverside Quay, Melbourne 9:20am 11:45am
Regent Theatre 191 Collins Street, Melbourne 9:35am 12:05pm

Penguins Plus

Upgrade to the superior Penguins Plus viewing platform for a more personalised viewing experience. Limited to 300 people, this viewing platform provides a closer look at the Penguins on Parade. Its design was inspired by the natural elements of the surrounding landscape and mirrors the coves of Phillip Island’s spectacular southern coastline.

Adults: $40

Children: $40 (children under 4 years do not need to pay for the upgrade)

Please Note: upgrades are limited during Australian school holidays and from late December to the end of January and cannot be guaranteed.

Phillip Island & French Island Adventure $215

Phillip Island & French Island Adventure Itinerary

Starting in central Melbourne, this Phillip Island & French Island tour is a great way of meeting Australia’s favourite native inhabitants!

Slipping through the south Melbourne suburbs you’ll be able to enjoy stunning coastal vistas on the short hop by ferry across Western Port Bay to French Island. Largely undeveloped and with no mains water or electricity, the island has become a vital protected space for Australia’s native flora and fauna.

Follow the dirt tracks by 4WD in search of wild koalas, more densely populated here than anywhere in our vast country. Passing through indigenous blue gum forest, you should also keep a lookout for charming long-nosed potoroos and endangered orange-bellied parrots before, tucking into a generous Farmgate meal.

It’s briefly back on board ship for the chance to spot dolphins and seals frolicking in the surf and the journey to your next destination – Phillip Island. Docking at Cowes, there’s enough time to absorb the atmosphere of this charming seaside village dotted with independent businesses before the short hike to Point Grant.

Known locally as ‘Nobbies’, the winding boardwalk provides unparalleled photographic opportunities, in addition to watching the goings-on at the local seal colony, something both children and adults are sure to relish.

However, the piece de resistance of any trip to Phillip Island is still to come. As dusk begins to settle over its southern beaches, you’ll be ready for the biggest show in town – the nightly Penguin Parade.

From specially constructed viewing platforms, you’ll see the island’s colony of Little Penguins appear from the shallows to the shelter of their underground burrows. With the last of these birds disappearing for the night, the tour ends with the return trip to central Melbourne.

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