Day trips from Melbourne are run by local tour operators, including Gray Line. Tours of the Phillip Island Penguin Parade cost A$145 (penguins and koalas only) to A$186 (with an island tour and lunch). Wildlife Coast Cruises runs two-hour cruises from Cowes Jetty to the Nobbies and Seal Rocks, spending 20-30 minutes viewing the seal colony. Cruises run year-round except August to mid-September with varying frequency depending on the season. The company also runs half-day cruises to French Island October to March.
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