French Island and Phillip Island Sightseeing and Wildlife Tour including Lunch

Meals included
Hotel pickup
Fitness level low
Intensity level low
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Highlights & inclusions

Island hop from French Island to Phillip Island
Experience a 4WD adventure with a friendly guide
Travel across the Western Port Bay
Take the ferry across to the famous Phillip Island
Get up close & personal with the penguins
Visit a local farmgate and depending on the season enjoy lunch or afternoon tea

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Thu, May 23, 2024

What you can expect

Panoramic ocean views, wildlife encounters, ocean cruises, nature walks and journeys to regional Victorian towns are just a few of the highlights from this jam-packed day tour to French Island and Penguin Island. Travelling from Melbourne, the first leg of the adventure will take you across Western Port Bay to French Island for a 4WD tour, visit a local farm gate and see how the locals live and the chance to observe koalas in their natural habitat

Phillip Island is the second destination - home to the world famous Penguin Parade and stunning coastlines as far as the eye can see. You’ll take an afternoon stroll along Nobbies Boardwalk to soak in the breathtaking ocean views and explore the town of Cowes before settling in for an unforgettable evening with the Penguins. Expert commentary really brings this wildlife encounter to life with fascinating tales about these gorgeous animals and why they call Phillip Island home. Melbourne's island hopping adventure is available on weekdays and is an adventure you'll always remember with once in a lifetime wildlife encounters and beautiful sights all day long.


What you need to know

  • National Park fees
  • Ferry crossings
  • 2.5 hour guided 4WD adventure on French Island
  • Visit a local farm gate
  • General entry into Penguin Parade
  • Friendly & knowledgeable guide
  • Island hop from French Island to Phillip Island
  • Experience a 4WD adventure with a friendly guide
  • Travel across the Western Port Bay
  • Take the ferry across to the famous Phillip Island
  • Get up close & personal with the penguins
  • Enjoy a meal at a local farmgate (Afternoon tea Oct - Apr Or lunch Apr - Oct)
  • Departs: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs & Fri
  • 10:00am (7 April 24' – 30 Oct 24')
  • 12:30pm (1 Apr 24' to 6 Apr 24' and 6 Oct 24' – 31 Mar 25')
  • Seasonal return as penguins waddle in at sunset 9:00pm - 12:00am
  • Approximately 11-15 hours
Departure Location
  • Departs: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs & Fri
  • MAIN MEETING POINT: Bus stop outside Mail Exchange Hotel/Southern Cross - 688. Bourke Street, Melbourne View on Map
  • PICKUP POINTS: Regent Theatre - 191 Collins Street, Her Majesty’s Theatre - 219 Exhibition Street, Mercure Melbourne Southbank - 9 Riverside Quay, Southbank
  • Please be ready and waiting at your pickup location 10 minutes prior to your scheduled pickup time
What To Bring
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle
  • Hat & Sunglasses
  • Warm Clothes
  • Camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes
Cancellation Policy
  • 100% cancellation fee applies for tours cancelled within 48 hours of departure. when no notice is given.
  • Changes to your booking, including change of date can be made up to 48 before departure free of charge providing availability. No changes can be made within 48 hours of departure; however, you can transfer your booking to another person, and we must be advised of the name change.
  • For Private Touring in Melbourne, a cancellation fee of 100% applies for a tour cancelled within 14 days of travel or when no notice is given. Cancellation fees imposed on Explore Australia by our supplier will be passed on.
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • Availability is accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements


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  • Help code: D2B-36DD
  • This experience is supplied by French Island & Phillip Island Wildlife Expedition


Our Promise

  • We are committed to sustainability
  • We have an approved Science Based Target
  • We use third party verified standards
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