About Us

You’re not the average traveller and we’re not the average tour company

Small group tours and sightseeing around Phillip Island, the Bass Coast and West Gippsland is our speciality. We provide boutique tours departing from Melbourne and from Phillip Island.

Locally owned and operated.

Our tours and activities suit independent travellers wanting to get off the beaten track and experience the area the way the locals do, away from the crowds. Our tours are built on a philosophy of “education via enjoyable experiences”.

Who We Are


PrintExceptional Phillip Island Area Tours was founded in 2015 and was quickly recognised for the exceptional experiences it offers.

Owned and operated by Dianne Ray, a local Phillip Island resident, Exceptional Phillip Island Area Tours provides visitors with a “local’s insight” into the Bass Coast area.

Building on the founder’s vision and tour packages, Dianne applies her talents to find out what guests enjoy when travelling and she incorporates this learning into every tour.

Dianne has a passion for Phillip Island and likes nothing more than to share her knowledge and insights with visitors, while surprising them with hidden gems and visits to spectacular out-of-the-way and off-the-beaten-track places.

Proud Partners

Exceptional Phillip Island Area Tours has teamed up with some of the best, and in some cases both unique and hidden attractions in the Phillip Island area to provide an exceptional experience for visitors and locals alike. They specialize in small group tours hosted by local guides and they offer both scheduled and private tours for the thinking traveler.

“We are extremely proud and appreciative of our great relationships with businesses across the region. These enable us to deliver a range of unique experiences. Experiences you could not get as a self-drive visitor walking in off the street.”