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The Little Penguin Bus

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The Little Penguin Bus is a budget-priced express tour operator travelling direct to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Enjoy a two hour scenic drive to Phillip Island, with commentary, arriving an hour before the penguins are due to appear. Time...more
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328 Flinders St | The Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 1800 466 080
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Little Penguin Bus was wonderful. With only about 10-12 people, it was intimate and personal. The driver was great: Friendly and informative. The penguins Parade is not to be missed. We booked the ranger tour which was very helpful. I recommend the ranger tour or...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were happy to find the Little Penguin Bus Tour online. Some tour companies offer additional activities combined with the penguin tour, but all we wanted to see was the little penguins so this was perfect. Mac picked us up at a nearby hotel (short...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I were on a Tauck Tour but had a free afternoon and evening in Melbourne. The concierge at our hotel (The Langham Hotel) helped us book this tour. It started from a nearby hotel at 2 pm and we were dropped off...More

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi jands. Thanks very much for the wonderful detailed review. I've no doubt other travellers will appreciate your positive feedback. I'm glad we could fit you in with your tour schedule and that it turned into such a wonderful wildlife experience. It's a great time...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would highly recommend this tour to see the penguins! A cosy bus for 10 people, a nice smaller tour which was made personal by our wonderful tour guide David who took the time to learn all of our names before we arrived on the...More

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Emma and Scott. Thanks so much for the review. I'm delighted to hear you had a great tour with David, he really does do an awesome job. Thanks for choosing us, it was a pleasure to have you travelling with us. Kind regards Mac...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is exactly the tour we were looking for. everything is about the penguins. small group travelling in a fancy mini van. Mac the driver/guide is a friendly conversationalist with his (funny) accent. he will tell you lots of anectdotes about the phillip island and...More

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi fluraghi01. Thanks for taking the time to review your penguin express tour with us. I'm especially glad you enjoyed the Ultimate Adventure Tour option too. It's a wonderful premium penguin viewing option but it does need to be chosen carefully, it's such a different...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our Day trip to Philip Island. Our guide Mac, was professional, nice and extremely reliable. During the ride, he gave us lots of insights about the city, without doing too much talk either for us to discuss among ourselves and enjoy the scenery....More

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Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

MAC was a terrific guide. This was exactly what we were looking for. An informative drive out, some great scenery, then excellent advice on how to get the most out of the experience. Nothing extra. Best price on any comparable tour if you can even...More

Thank paloaltan
Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

Hi paloaltan. Thanks so much for the speedy, positive review! So that's what you were doing on your phone on the way home! I'm delighted to hear you found just the tour you wanted and that it was such an enjoyable experience. It was a...More

Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

This a great tour to take. Being a minivan you get a personalized experience without the hassle of a big group. The van takes you to the Nobbies which is a spectacular cliff area not to be missed. We opted for the Ranger tour which...More

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Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

Hi tjbmhl. Thanks so much for the wonderful review. I'm delighted to hear it was such an enjoyable tour experience, from the penguin hat at the pickup to the blankets and advice at the Penguin Parade. It all helps! Thanks for choosing us and sharing...More

Reviewed 30 August 2018

We got the Premium Tour, with Mac at the helm. Mac is very friendly, and very knowledgeable about not only the island and the penguins but about the entire region as a whole, so all the way down I learnt about the places we travelled...More

Thank bgcraddock
Reviewed 24 August 2018

We had a fantastic trip with Mac today! He gave us a very warm welcome and we left Melbourne earlier than expected as everyone in our group had arrived. Mac kept us informed about the places we were driving past as we travelled towards Phillip...More

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19 October 2018|
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Response from Neville M | Property representative |
Hi Jas. The Underground Viewing is on our Premium Penguin Express tour. If you book direct at our website (there's a link in our Contact box on our TripAdvisor page) it pops up as an extra add on during the booking process... More
2 July 2018|
Response from Neville M | Property representative |
Hi. We can do that, no problem. We can offer our penguin express tour for only $80 per person with your own tickets, normally $100.00 - we have a sale on right now. You can simply book at our website (I can't put the address... More
25 December 2017|
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Response from Neville M | Property representative |
Hi. We have a maximum of only 11 people per tour. The price is per person. We have several different tours and different prices so please just head to our website for all your tour information, prices, availability and... More