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Phillip Island & Penguins

3 day Self Drive - from £199

From Melbourne

An easy 3 day return self drive exploring the beauty of Phillip Island, including the chance to marvel at the nightly Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach.


  • Explore the sheltered bays and beaches of Phillip Island
  • Stroll the Nobbies Boardwalk for spectacular coastal views
  • Discover the Australian fur seal colony at Seal Rocks
  • Watch the nightly Penguin Parade from Summerland Beach
  • Enjoy boutique shopping in Cowes
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Phillip Island (140 kms)

Pick up your car rental from either the airport or downtown Melbourne depot and drive south-east towards the seaside fishing village of San Remo. Arrive before midday to see the daily feeding of the pelicans at the San Remo wharf, before heading over the bridge and onto Phillip Island.

Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island has long been a popular escape for locals and tourists and there is much more to this holiday destination than just the penguins!

The island is home to a beach-lined coast offering bays and beaches a-plenty to explore. Spend the rest of the day exploring the island at your leisure, stopping to take in the breath-taking ocean views or enjoy a refreshing coastal walk.

Hotel: Kaloha Resort for two nights

Day 2 - Phillip Island

Today is yours to enjoy some of Phillip Island’s popular attractions before settling down for the evening to enjoy the day’s highlight, the nightly penguin parade at Summerland Beach.

Choose to venture to the south of the island towards Cape Woolamai – a renowned surf destination and a great place for a walk through the rugged coastal scenery. Make the time to visit historic Churchill Island for a tour of the historic farm, homestead and gardens, which date back to 1872.

Alternatively, spend your day meeting some of the local wildlife at the Koala Conservation Centre, where you can see koalas at close range from a treetop boardwalk or hop on one of the island’s wildlife cruises to see the local fur seal colony on Seal Rocks near the Nobbies Visitor Centre.

If you’re interested in motorsport, take a quick detour to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. For something different visit A Maze’N Things and challenge yourself to puzzling and mind-boggling activities.

Alternatively spend a few hours browsing the charming cafes, boutique shops and restaurants of Cowes at the north of the island.

This evening’s highlight is entry to the world famous Penguin Parade where you will watch in amazement as hundreds of Fairy Penguins begin their nightly journey from the swell of the ocean to their hilltop burrows. It is a sight not to be missed and entry is included as part of your self drive.

Day 3 - Melbourne (140 kms)

Begin your journey back to Melbourne at your own pace or choose to continue your self drive adventure towards Sydney.

3 day Self Drive - from £199


  • Add extra nights on Phillip Island from £53
  • Upgrade to the underground Penguin Plus viewing platform from £34


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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room, and include pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited kilometres. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Seasonal supplements may apply.

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Relaxed and enjoyable self drive touring. You can book this itinerary as it is or ask your Travel Consultant to add extra days in the places you choose.

Your self drive includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Entry to the Penguin Parade standing viewing platform
  • Modern, air-conditioned car
  • Inclusive vehicle insurance

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