March of the Penguins: Phillip Island's Cutest Parade
Phillip Island is famous for its wildlife, but the headlining act is its little penguins who take center stage every evening during a sunset "penguin parade" and all waddle ashore to spend the night in their burrows. Here's how to catch the show.
Where to Go
The penguin parade takes place at Summerlands Beach on the southwestern shore of Phillip Island. Most tours run from Melbourne, about 85 miles (140 km) to the north, and include roundtrip transportation.
When to Go
Sunset hours provide the best time for spotting the little penguins in the wild, as this is when they return from feeding to rest and care for their young.
How to Go
Opt for an evening penguin parade tour from Melbourne. For the best view, upgrade to gain access to the dedicated viewing platform and watch the thousands of penguins descend on the beach. Alternatively, combine tickets for the penguin parade with an island sightseeing tour, a Melbourne city tour, or stops at other Phillip Island attractions such as the Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Heritage Farm.