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Does the Penguin Parade run every night? What’s the best way to get around the wineries in the Yarra Valley? Where can I hire a bike on the Mornington Peninsula? Are the Grand Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges open all year?

Read through the questions that are most frequently asked in our Visitor Information Centres – they may provide answers to your own queries.

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Mornington Peninsula

What are the departure times for the car ferry linking Mornington Peninsula to the start of the Great Ocean Road? Do I need to book ahead? How long is the journey?

The car ferry leaves every hour from 7 am until 6 pm, 7 days a week. The journey across Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay takes 35-40 minutes. Advance bookings for cars are not necessary but it is important to arrive at the ferry terminal at least 15 minutes prior to departure. For coaches, it is wise to book ahead. For more information, check

When is strawberry and cherry u-pick season on the Mornington Peninsula?

Cherries are in season from late November until mid to late January each year. The strawberry season begins on 1st November and ends on the 30th April. However, outside picking season, visitors can still enjoy a 'strawberry' experience at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm Cafe with tastings of fruit ciders, wines, jams and strawberry desserts.

When can I swim with dolphins and seals on the Mornington Peninsula

The dolphin and swim season starts in late September and ends on 30 April each year.

Phillip Island

Interesting Phillip Island Fact

  • 10,000 permanent residents
  • 32,000 penguins

What time do the penguins arrive?

Penguins arrive at sunset every day of the year. In winter it can be as early as 5pm and in summer as late as 9pm.

Where can I see penguins?

The penguins can be seen at the Penguin Parade, 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland, Victoria 3922.

What time does the Penguin Parade open?

We suggest you arrive one hour before the penguins to give yourself a chance to have a look at the interactive displays in the visitor centre and then make your way to your seats at the beach.

Open every day of the year (including Good Friday & Christmas Day)

Do I need to book tickets?

Get in early! During December, January, Easter and long-weekends it is essential to pre-book your tickets to the Penguin Parade to avoid missing out.

Bookings are essential all year round for our ranger guided tours and Penguins Plus.

How far is Phillip Island from Melbourne?

The island is just a 90 minute drive from Melbourne, with a bridge connecting the island to the mainland at San Remo

How do we get to Phillip Island?

From Melbourne by car:

Take the Monash Freeway (M1) to the Cranbourne exit, where you will turn into the South Gippsland Highway (M420). Follow this route to the Bass Highway (A420), through Grantville and Bass. Turn right at Anderson roundabout onto the Phillip Island Road (B420) to San Remo, over the bridge onto Phillip Island.

Public Transport Options - V/Line coach to & from Melbourne to Cowes daily.

Where can we eat?

Phillip Island has an amazing variety of eateries from take-away outlets to cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs and fine dining. They are scattered about the island with some overlooking Western Port Bay, some in the Cowes Township and others in nearby sea side villages.

Can I stay overnight or longer?

Experience holidays like they used to be. With a wide variety of accommodation on offer, from comfy budget options to beachside luxury, you're sure to find something that's right for you.

Where can I get information about Phillip Island?

Visit our website at

How hot/cold is it in Phillip Island?

In summer the maximum average temperature is 26 degrees Celsius and winter can get to a top temp of 14 degrees.

Yarra Valley & the Dandenong Ranges

What’s the best way to get around the wineries in the Yarra Valley?

Are the Grand Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges open all year?