No Phillip Island holiday is complete without a visit to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Australias most popular natural wildlife attraction and winner of the Victorian Tourism Awards for Ecotourism.
Visit the world famous Penguin Parade on dusk and experience the penguins returning home for the evening as they emerge from the sea and waddle ashore to their sand dune burrows. This is a truly memorable natural wildlife experience.
There are multiple options here from the General Viewing stand, to the Penguins Plus option with a smaller viewing stand and a ranger explaining everything you might need to know, to a Private Evening tour hike to a beach to experience the penguins up close with night vision glasses.
The Nobbies Centre is named after its location- The Nobbies is the black, basalt headland formation at the end of the Summerland Peninsula, just three kilometres down the road from the Phillip Island Penguin Parade.
Arguably Victoria's best kep secret, the views from the Centre and boardwalks are breathtaking. Stroll along the boardwalks to the spectacular blowhole and watch for seals and dolphins frolicking in the water below. From the end of the walkways, you gain spectacular views along the entire south coast of Phillip Island and beyond.
Explore and discover the secrets of the incredible southern marine environment including seals, sharks and dolphins via interactive displays and cameras that allow you to zoom in and out on these marine creatures.
Entry is free to The Nobbies Centre, Australias newest marine attraction.
Please note: The Nobbies Centre and Nobbies area is closed prior to sunset each day to protect the native wildlife.
No visit to Phillip Island is complete without meeting one of its most famous residents; the koala. The Koala Conservation Centre allows visitors to come 'face-to-face' with koalas in their natural habitat from treetop boardwalks and enjoy the colourful birdlife and true Aussie atmosphere.
This centre is dedicated to koala research and conservation your visit helps them protect Phillip Island's last remaining breeding population of Koalas.
Step back in time to this historic island farm on your next Phillip Island holiday. This tiny Island of 57 hectares is now open to the public as an historic working farm that boasts significant natual and cultural values with world-class wetlands, Churchill Island Marine National Park, ancient Moonah trees, heritage gardens and historic buildings.
Visitors of all ages will love meeting the farm animals including Scottish Highland Cattle, Clydesdale horses and sheep dogs. Enjoy the animal nursery where children can feed and pat the young farm animals. Regular demonstrations of working sheepdogs, blacksmithing and other heritage activities will keep you entertained.
Enjoy a meal in the licensed Churchill Island caf with spectacular bay views and take home some goodies form the Farm Shop too!
Wildlife Coast Cruises offer a relaxing eco-cruise out to Seal Rock (one of Australia's largest seal colonies) to witness the Seals in their natural environment. The two hour cruise takes you through Westernport Bay along the coast of Phillip Island and lands you within metres of the seals with the onboard marine biologist providing plenty of information about the local area and wildlife.
Wildlife Coast Cruises specialise in many other other marine eco-tourism cruises.
With Phillip Island being home to a number of unique wildlife species such as Australian Fur Seals, Little Penguins, Koalas and seabirds, Wildlife Coast Cruises takes you up close to witness and enjoy these species in their natural environment.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is one of Victoria's most precious areas of native bushland and offers nature-lovers the chance to explore 363 hectares of untouched heathlands, wetlands and woodlands. These expansive natural gardens are also home to thriving bird and animal life, including several rare endangered species
Enjoy the great outdoors at Victoria's most 'natural' destination- 'Out there' offer guided walks through Cape Woolamai & along the rugged coastline of San Remo to Kilcunda as well as Surfing & Body Boarding Lessons, Kayaking tours, Mountain Bike tours, and Snorkeling. All equipment is provided by 'Out There' along with knowledgable guides available.