It is amazing that birds as small as the Fairy Penguin can live on land, but travel out into the open ocean to hunt for food.
They come back at sunset each evening, returning to the family nest in the sand dunes. It will take you about 90 minutes to drive to Phillip Island from Melbourne to see the Penguin Parade as they come home. Add the Nobbies Centre for Fur Seal viewing, and an up close encounter with your furry friends at the Koala Conservation Centre for a great wildlife experience.
Phillip Island Nature Park
Set up in 1996 by the Government of Victoria, Phillip Island Nature Park is a self funding commercial operation that has become one of Australia’s major tourist attractions. Over 50% of visitors are from overseas. The penguins waddle across the beach to their burrows in the sand dunes. So close you can almost touch them.
The Nobbies Centre
At the western end of Phillip Island is one of the largest fur seal colonies in the world. The Nobbies Centre has boardwalks that make it easy to get up close and see the seals in their natural home. Over 16,000 seals live in the colony.
Koala Conservation Centre
While you are at Phillip Island, get up close to Australia’s Iconic Koala. The Conservation Centre will give you a great look at how the Koala lives its life in the Australian bush. Include this activity in your Phillip Island experience.
Map of Phillip Island
Zoom in and out for an interactive map of Phillip Island