🏨 Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne Activity - Travel Guide

Phillip Island Penguin, Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary from Melbourne

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From $111.69

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 12 hours

Departs: Melbourne, Melbourne

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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See all the world class attractions of Phillip Island in one day on this small group eco tour from Melbourne.

Departing Melbourne at around midday, you'll travel to Victoria's most colourful attraction, the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes for an opportunity to visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks.**

Get up close to koalas and other Australian animals at the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park under supervision from the incredible staff at the Sanctuary. Watch a wildlife show and even have the chance to hand feed cute Wallabies and Kangaroos!

The highlight of your Phillip Island experience will begin at dusk as you watch the fairy penguins waddling up the beach into their burrows in the sand dunes.

**Please note that we will not be able to visit Brighton Beach on all weekdays for a period of 5 weeks from 16th May 2022. The local council has advised that the beach will be closed while sand remediation works take place.

What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle

All Fees and Taxes

Entry fees for Moonlit Sanctuary and Phillip Island Penguin Parade

Friendly & Informative Tour Guide

Pickup from Selected Hotels

WiFi on board

What's Not Included

Food & Drink


Kangaroo & Wallaby Food

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 3
  • CHILD: Age: 4 - 15
  • ADULT: Age: 16 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Large bags, strollers, prams, baby capsules, luggage & walkers cannot be brought on board
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Service animals allowed
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Photography of any kind is not permitted at the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • The safety & well-being of our guests and team members is Go West Tours’ highest priority. We continue to monitor all updates from the Australian & Victorian governments and will continue to update & evolve our responses & protocols in line with best pra

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Brighton Bathing Boxes
Photo opportunity of Melbourne's most colourful attraction!

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
Explore Moonlit Sanctuary where you have the opportunity to feed Kangaroos and Wallabies under the supervision of Sanctuary staff plus view many famous Australian animals.

Moonlit Sanctuary is dedicated to helping save Australia’s endangered wildlife from extinction. Many of the animals kept at the Sanctuary are threatened with extinction. However, just keeping and breeding rare animals is not enough, they must interact with programs aimed at saving them in the wild.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

The Nobbies
Beautiful views across the ocean while you spot the local seal colony

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
The nightly spectacular! See the cute little penguins waddle ashore to their nesting grounds.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included


Memorable day
Beth_R, 22-12-2022
This was an absolutely amazing trip. Highly recommend the upgrade Koala encounter at moonlit sanctuary
Fun trip!
Z3194ICnicholasc, 21-12-2022
Fun trip. Our guide Edge was on extraordinarily kind and knowledgable. Well organised! The penguins was the highlight but everything else was worth it too!
Penguin parade made it all worth it!
Jillian_D, 20-12-2022
What a wonderful tour! Mark our guide was fantastic, and the penguin parade was such a cool experience. Highly recommend!
Rob.S was a superb guide and driver
Dara_ung, 20-12-2022
Went on a day trip to Phillip Island on Sunday, with Rob as our guide and driver. Rob was very informative and entertaining as a guide and reliable as a driver. We had a really good time and learnt some new things along the way. I would highly recommend this tour and Rob, especially :)
Terrific tour to Phillips Island!!
movesalot, 19-12-2022
This was an amazing tour with a fantastic tour leader Mark! We saw the Brighton Beach bathing boxes, the Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary, the Anzac Beach, the Nobbies before stopping for dinner in Cowes. The penguin parade was marvelous. It was great to go with Go West tours since they have a very comfortable bus that picks you up near your hotel and had WiFi. Mark did a great job explaining all the sights and giving us history of Australia and Melbourne. He was great at leading our group and very personable.
We would highly recommend this tour to everyone! We are a family of 5 from the U.S.
Awesome time, great to see Aussie wildlife.
43trentonb, 11-01-2023
We loved the Moonlit Sanctuary and really enjoyed the whole day overall. Penguins were super cute, and ended up seeing many different animals around the Nobbies viewpoint. Our guide Luke was very friendly and helpful.
Go West Tours is highly recommended
georged437, 11-01-2023
Our tour guide was Eva and she left us with a great impression. Eva is passionate about her job and highly knowledgeable about Victoria, the whole tour and the wildlife in Australia. We highly recommend the tour operator and Eva is one of their fantastic guides.
Phillip Island Penguin Tour
E2470KKandyh, 10-01-2023
An absolutely fabulous trip, superbly hosted by our bus driver and all round entertainer Dave. The whole trip was expertly planned with a visit to the moonlit sanctuary wildlife conservation park with koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, dingos etc en route to Phillip Island. Watching the ‘little penguins’ returning at nightfall to their homes from the sea was an amazing experience. The itinerary also includes time for some tapas and estrella damn on Phillip Island and a visit to the beautiful Woolamai beach. Would recommend this trip to anybody visiting Melbourne or Victoria; definitely a ten out of ten.
A must-see in Melbourne
patricklC1772MI, 10-01-2023
Tour was well worth it! Our tour guide Terry was responsible, helpful and accommodating. He gave us advanced tips on where will be the best viewing for the penguins. And he was right on!
Great experience
Brian Y, 10-01-2023
Great experience to be able to watch the penguins so close up. The visit to the wildlife centre as part of the trip was very worthwhile too.