Monash Day Out

Australian wildlife experience

Registrations now open

Join hundreds of new international students from all of our Australian Monash campuses as we visit the world-famous Phillip Island Penguin Parade and Wildlife Park.

Phillip Island is home to a colony of little penguins that emerge from the surf every evening at sunset and waddle across the beach at the Penguin Parade. This full-day tour includes a packed lunch, a visit to the township of Cowes, nature walks with stunning scenery and up-close meetings with some of the local furry residents, including kangaroos, koalas, wombats, emus and the world's smallest (and cutest) penguins. There will be many opportunities to meet new friends, take some fun selfies and get insight from experienced student ambassadors about life in Australia and student life at Monash University.

We can take only a limited number of students, so registration is essential.

Register now

Who can attend

This trip is open to all new international students starting at Monash University in semester two 2019.

Date and location

Saturday 3 August 2019

Phillip Island is approximately 90-minutes’ drive from Melbourne on Victoria’s south coast.


The special price of $109.46 (normally $140) includes:

  • transport from campus to Phillip Island and back
  • general entry into the Wildlife Park and Penguin Parade
  • up-close animal encounters with many different shapes and sizes of fascinating Aussie animals, including the famous kangaroo
  • lunch and snacks
  • a scenic drive aboard a coach
  • souvenir shopping opportunities
  • a visit to The Nobbies to view stunning coastline, with photo opportunities and a scenic boardwalk
  • friendly and informative student ambassadors to guide you
  • opportunities to meet like-minded people and make new friends.

Registration and payment

Registrations close at 9am Tuesday 30 July (unless sold out earlier).

Register now

Confirmation and itinerary

Tour duration: generally 9am to 9pm (times will vary depending on which campus you opt to be picked up and dropped off at)

You'll receive confirmation of your booking immediately after payment has been received. You'll also receive a detailed itinerary two days before the trip, which will confirm the meeting time, pick-up location, your bus leaders name, an emergency contact and your allocated bus number for your trip.

For operational reasons, bus swaps will strictly not be allowed.

Before you go

Monash Day Out is the perfect opportunity to meet face to face with other new students at Monash. But you don’t have to wait until the day of the trip to start building a network of new friends – connect with other new students and student ambassadors on aMigo, Monash’s social media platform for new students.

Get connected with aMigo

What to bring

Check the weather conditions closer to the day and dress appropriately. We recommend that you bring comfortable warm clothes.

You should bring:

  • a warm coat
  • a warm hat
  • gloves
  • appropriate footwear (no high heels).

A packed lunch and light snacks are provided, but because it is a long trip, we highly recommend you bring your own morning and afternoon tea, as well as drinking water. You may also want to bring some spending money as there will be opportunities for you to purchase dinner at the Penguin Parade, snacks and souvenirs.
Don’t forget your camera – there will be lots of photo opportunities throughout the day.

Refund policy

Monash University has engaged the services of Monash Student Association (MSA) to plan and run this trip. Once we've received your booking and you have a confirmation email, the booking is non-refundable and no bus swaps will be allowed. You may be able to transfer your booking to another Monash student if you're no longer able to attend, but all transfers must be registered with MSA before the event. No ticket transfers will be allowed after registrations have closed.


Take a look at these short videos of the semester one 2019 trip to Healesville Sanctuary, and see what some of our students thought about their experience:

You can also see videos of Kiki's and Cailing Bai's visit to Healesville Sanctuary.

Please note that the footage appearing in these videos was taken at various locations in the Yarra Valley. These locations are not included in our semester two trip.