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Phillip Island Day Trip with Penguin Parade and Maru Koala Wildlife Park Entry

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    Pass By: Tooradin Jetty, Foreshore rd, Tooradin, Victoria Australia

    Quick refreshmenst stop in Tooradin is a popular fishing spot. Four kilometres east of Tooradin on the South Gippsland Highway is the town's airfield which offers scenic flights and skydiving. The airfield's restaurant is open to the public and specializes in seafood. A few kilometres further east on the highway is the Bunyip River.

    Pass By: Koo Wee Rup Recreation Reserve, 30 Denhams Rd, Koo Wee Rup VIC 3981, Australia

    KooWeeRup is aboriginal for 'blackfish swimming', takes its name from the fish which populated the area formerly known as 'The Great Swamp'.

    Stop At: Maru Koala and Animal Park, 1650 Bass Hwy, Grantville, Victoria 3984 Australia

    Operating since 1983, only a 1hr 45min drive from Melbourne directly to Phillip Island, you will break this up and stop along the way to visit Maru Koala and Animal Park, Maru are passionate about fostering an understanding and appreciation of native wildlife and their environment. Maru showcase this through tactile experiences where you can hand-feed, pat and ‘get in touch with’ many of the animals, including koalas under guidance from the parks trained keepers. The park keepers provide regular talks to encourage you to learn more about the animals and Maru is also an authorised Wildlife Shelter, rehabilitating injured and orphaned native animals and then returning them to the wild.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade, 1019 Ventnor Rd Summerlannds Estate, Summerlands, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922 Australia

    As the sun begins to set it is time to make your way to the Penguin Parade, the Little Penguins only come out of the water after the sun has gone down so that they can be sure to stay out of the way of any predators in the air above them.

    The Penguin Parade ask that no photography is taken from this point on, this is to protect the sensitive eyes of the Little Penguins and ensure they are not scared, Wildlife Tours fully supports this request and we believe you will enjoy getting to witness such an amazing natural spectacle without the distraction of getting the ‘perfect photo’ – allow yourself to be fully immersed in the experience!

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: The Nobbies Centre, 1320 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922 Australia

    As you enter Summerlands you will notice the absence of any housing, this is the part of the island which is all National Park. You will see the small wooden man-made burrows in which penguins who have not gone out fishing for the day are hiding. We will take a walk out around the board walks of ‘The Nobbies’ and have a look to see if we can spot any Little Penguins in their burrows, follow the walkways around to view ‘The Blowhole’ where waves come crashing up onto the dark volcanic rock, the caves and formations at this naturally craggy peninsula make for many dramatic photos, with the backdrop of Seal Rocks – on a sunny day you might be lucky enough to see Australian Fur Seals basking in the sun.

    If you do not fancy braving the boardwalks then step inside the Nobbies Information Centre where you can peruse the gift shop, grab a hot drink or discover the ‘Antarctic Journey Experience’, Antarctic Journey Entry can be added on for $18pp and gives an immersive insight into the many marine animals of the Southern Hemisphere, as a WWF attraction your entrance fee will go directly back into helping protect and preserve these majestic creatures of the deep Southern and Antarctic Oceans.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Cape Woolamai Beach, Phillip Island, Victoria Australia

    After you have fully checked out all the Aussie animals at Maru, it’s time to head to the Island! Crossing over the bridge in San Remo arrive to Phillip Island and make your way down to Cape Woolamai Surf Beach. Breathe in the sea air and taking a walk along the beach provides stunning views of this volcanic coastline. Look for Pyramid Rock in the distance!

    Duration: 1 hour
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders, 575 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Penguin Parade entry (general admission)
    • Wildlife Park entry
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Resident Trailblazer to guide you
    • Select inner city pickup and drop off
    • FREE Audio translation service available
    • Entry/Admission - Maru Koala and Animal Park
    • Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
    • Entry/Admission - The Nobbies Centre
    • Entry/Admission - Cape Woolamai Beach
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 34 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We booked this tour with a different animal reserve stop (not Maru), but received a call the day before to let us know it had changed. We were ok with that since either way, I was seeing koalas. The driver, Peter, was also the onboard...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank RoamingD
    GLTCustomerService, Wildlife Tours Customer Service at Wildlife Tours Australia, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Hi there, and thank you so much for taking the time for writing us a review! Great to hear you enjoyed the day! Also thank you for not taking your camera out at the Penguin Parade! Penguins have very sensitive eyes and flash light can...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    What for an exciting and lovely day! The day started in Melbourne with a drive to the amazing Maru Koala and Animal Park where you can feed kangaroos and get in touch with Koalas. The park has the perfect size and there are a lot...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank 517melinaw
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    I had a perfect day, visiting the Maru Wildlife Park where I saw koalas, wallabies, parrots... Don't forget to bring warm clothes for the Penguin Parade if you come in winter because it's getting chilly on the evening :) By the way, the Penguin Parade...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank Zoé I
    Reviewed 9 August 2019

    one of the best experience of my life... this day tour is relaxed and not rushed and a must do. our guide was well the koala park was amazing as we got an opportunity to get so close with kangaroo’s, wallaby’s, and koala’s. the penguin...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank aainarana
    Reviewed 5 August 2019 via mobile

    I am possibly somewhat biased as I absolutely adore penguins but other than having my children, this truly was the best experience of my life! It was magical. I could not recommend it more highly. It completely blew me away and exceeded all expectations.

    Thank Pathfinder769928
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    Response from edja73 | Reviewed this property |
    Last July we were picked up by using a van with max 21 persons. Very comfortable.
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