Phillip Island Penguin Parade day tours

Puffing Billy with Penguin Parade Tour
Gray Line Day Tour 322P

Two very different attractions and both as delightful as the other! Ride the historic Puffing Billy steam train in the morning and then at sunset, witness the natural phenomenon of the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island.

Rainforests, colourful birds, quaint villages in the hills and a ride on an old steam train affectionately called 'Puffing Billy' makes up your morning with Gray Line. Enjoy an Aussie style Bush Billy Tea with our compliments in the Dandenong Ranges National Park and spend time in beautiful Sassafras known for its local craft and antiques. In the afternoon, re-join the coach for your native wildlife experience of spotting koalas in their natural habitat at Koala Conservation Centre and seeing the Penguin Parade at sunset on Summerland Beach at Phillip Island.

Highlights of this tour

Morning - Tour 322

  • Tour departs Federation Square at 8.10am 
  • Travel through the Dandenong Ranges National Park with its towering mountain ash forest, traditional gardens and home to the lyrebird
  • Visit Sherbrooke Forest - heart of the Dandenongs; tall eucalypts, kookaburras and bellbirds
  • See colourful Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots at Grant's Picnic Ground
  • Enjoy morning tea Aussie style with a Bush Billy tea and the chance to sample some Aussie food favourites - lamingtons, Vegemite and crackers
  • Ride through the forest from Belgrave to Menzies Creek, the most scenic section of the original steam locomotive's journey
  • Pass numerous quaint villages noted for their cafes, craft shops and beautiful gardens
  • Stop and explore Sassafras, home to a range of local crafts and antiques
  • Tour returns to Federation Square at 1.00pm approx.

Afternoon - Tour 384

  • Tour departs Federation Square at 1.15pm 
  • Visit Warrook Homestead for afternoon tea (own expense)
  • Get up close to kangaroos with the opportunity to feed (own expense)
  • Admire the resident koalas
  • Panoramic views of Western Port and French Island
  • San Remo - maritime fishing village
  • Look for birdlife at the island wetlands (seasonal)
  • Phillip Island Nature Park - a natural home for koalas, seals, shearwaters and Little Penguins
  • Koala Conservation Centre - look for koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalks
  • The Nobbies - a rugged rocky outcrop with an excellent boardwalk where you may spot Little Penguins' homes (shoulder/summer months)
  • Witness the Penguin Parade on floodlit Summerland Beach from the general viewing area
  • See penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk
  • Inspect the Visitors Centre - an opportunity to learn about the life of the Little Penguin
  • A dinner stop will be made before or after the Penguin Parade (dependent on season and at own expense)

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Puffing Billy Steam Train on The Penguins 'n' Puff Tour

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Departs: 8.10am
Returns: 9.00pm - 11.30pm (dependant on season)

Fare Includes

Aussie style Bush Billy Tea with lamingtons, Vegemite and crackers, historic steam train ride, meeting wallabies/kangaroos, Koala Conservation Centre, Penguin Parade with general viewing and free Wi-Fi on coach and at Penguin Parade

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Please bring warm, waterproof clothing as nights can be cold on the island in any season. The Penguin Parade is a natural phenomenon taking place in the open outdoors. There is limited time for lunch in between the tours. We highly recommend purchasing a take-away lunch in Sassafras (on the morning tour) to take with you on the coach. Alternatively, we offer a boxed lunch option to enjoy on your journey to Phillip Island (please book Tour 322PL). The morning tour concludes at Federation Square at approximately 1.00pm. The afternoon tour then departs at 1.15pm with the next opportunity to purchase food at approximately 3.00pm during the stop at Churchill Island.

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