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The Little Penguin Bus

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The Little Penguin Bus is a budget-priced express tour operator travelling direct to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Enjoy a two hour scenic drive to Phillip Island, with commentary, arriving an hour before the penguins are due to appear. Time...more
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328 Flinders St | The Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 1800 466 080
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

MAC was a terrific guide. This was exactly what we were looking for. An informative drive out, some great scenery, then excellent advice on how to get the most out of the experience. Nothing extra. Best price on any comparable tour if you can even...More

Thank paloaltan
Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi paloaltan. Thanks so much for the speedy, positive review! So that's what you were doing on your phone on the way home! I'm delighted to hear you found just the tour you wanted and that it was such an enjoyable experience. It was a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This a great tour to take. Being a minivan you get a personalized experience without the hassle of a big group. The van takes you to the Nobbies which is a spectacular cliff area not to be missed. We opted for the Ranger tour which...More

Thank tjbmhl
Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi tjbmhl. Thanks so much for the wonderful review. I'm delighted to hear it was such an enjoyable tour experience, from the penguin hat at the pickup to the blankets and advice at the Penguin Parade. It all helps! Thanks for choosing us and sharing...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got the Premium Tour, with Mac at the helm. Mac is very friendly, and very knowledgeable about not only the island and the penguins but about the entire region as a whole, so all the way down I learnt about the places we travelled...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a fantastic trip with Mac today! He gave us a very warm welcome and we left Melbourne earlier than expected as everyone in our group had arrived. Mac kept us informed about the places we were driving past as we travelled towards Phillip...More

Thank Lucy D
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

Great Trip. Mac made sure we were well informed and equipped. Easy drive with good stops and informative commentary. The island scenery is spectacular. Wildlife abundant. Penguins are gorgeous and we cared not about being soaked in the downpour! Mac gave us waterproof blankets and...More

Thank koalajill2014
Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi koalajill. Thanks so much for the great review and the great attitude. Sometimes you just have to get out there in the weather and enjoy that wonderful wildlife event in whatever is thrown at you! It was a pleasure to take you both there....More

Reviewed 5 August 2018

We travelled from Melbourne on the little penguin bus. We bought premium seating tickets on the advice of a friend. We were pleased that we did this rather than the standard seating or the underground viewing. Our tour bus driver Mac was very knowledgeable and...More

1  Thank amandaburtonsmith
Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

HI Amanda. Thanks so much for the positive review. That was an unusually wet night. I'm glad a great attitude was able to overcome the conditions and you still enjoyed the penguin viewing. With a bit of help with seating/timing advice and our blankets and...More

Reviewed 5 August 2018

I highly recommend taking this tour. I took this tour 4/8/18 with a friend and we had a fantastic time! Our tour guide Mac was fantastic, he went out of his way to ensure that we had a good time and got back safely. The...More

Thank Debsta34
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Our tour started with meeting Mac at the designated pickup point. Mac was very friendly and helpful and kept us engaged throughout the 2 hour drive out to Phillips Island. The drive was quite comfortable and safe. Once at the island, he gave us a...More

Thank Tarak P
Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2018

Thanks so much for the review Tarak. I'm delighted to hear it was such an enjoyable tour to see the penguins. Thanks for travelling with us and sharing the experience here. Kind regards Mac McCrostie

Reviewed 4 August 2018

My kids and I traveled in Australia for 3 weeks and this was their favorite trip. Mac is fun and informative. Blankets were thoughtfully provided. It's a very exciting trip, highly recommended.

Thank Karen K
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Thanks Mac. Tour was a great way to end our visit to Melbourne, 4 adults & 3 kids had an awesome time. Pick up is easy, good knowledge of Melbourne and the penguins, meant we all learnt something new. The actual parade itself is worth...More

Thank Simon3vie
Neville M, Owner at The Little Penguin Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2018

Hi Simon. Is that Simon #1 or Simon #2 ?! Either way thanks for the review! It was an absolute pleasure to meet you all and take you to see the Mullumbimby penguins. I hope the rest of the trip is just as enjoyable. Safe...More

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2 July 2018|
Response from Neville M | Property representative |
Hi. We can do that, no problem. We can offer our penguin express tour for only $80 per person with your own tickets, normally $100.00 - we have a sale on right now. You can simply book at our website (I can't put the address... More
25 December 2017|
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Response from Neville M | Property representative |
Hi. We have a maximum of only 11 people per tour. The price is per person. We have several different tours and different prices so please just head to our website for all your tour information, prices, availability and... More
Cunfang C
3 December 2017|
Response from Neville M | Property representative |
Hi. Thanks for the message. We have been operating tours every day right through this unusual weather period and will continue to do so. It’s safe and our guests are still enjoying the destinations. The wet weather is easing... More