Just a two hour drive from our JUCY Melbourne branch is Phillip Island, a nature park with four major attractions. Home to penguins, fur seal, koalas and migrating whales, Phillip Island is a wildlife adventure like no other. Pack your walking shoes and see how many coastline inhabitants you can find! Although you may be able to see penguins all year round, we recommend going from May-July, when the penguins are a bit more active.
Probably the coolest thing about Philip Island is the Penguin Parade! Visitors can see families of penguins waddling up the beach and returning to their burrows at sunset every day. Keep in mind that photos are not allowed but you'll get a full view of the little guys making their way home after a long day at sea! Before the big show, make sure you have a look around the visitor centre and brush up on your penguin knowledge. During the day, the rugged coastline boasts epic surf spots as well as cliff top boardwalks. If you're lucky, you might be able to spot migrating whales or Australian fur seals!
Explore tree-top boardwalks at the Koala Conservation Centre and get to know koalas in their natural habitat. You can also wander the extensive trails through Australian bushland listening to native birds and looking out for wallabies! Keep your eyes peeled for bats and echidnas too. The visitor centre has interactive displays that uncover the amazing lives of koalas and information on what awesome community groups are doing to help Australian wildlife.
Soak up the tranquil scenery and explore historical farm grounds at Churchill Island. Visitors can expect to see a range of farming activities such as cow milking, sheep shearing and working dogs. Roaming in nearby fields are Clydesdale horses and highland cattle. If you fancy a walk after lunch in the Churchill cafe, there are a few to choose from. The Churchill Island loop is 4.5kms of moderate track or you can opt for the North Point loop with 2km of easy terrain. The Wadjil'garook Wetland allows visitors to follow the paths and learn about indigenous culture and native wetland birds.
To get up close and personal with more coastline wildlife, there is an Ecoboat Tour of the surrounding area. You'll see seals as they relax on the nearby rocks or dip into the ocean for a swim. The seals have been known to come to the boat to say hello to visitors - how awesome is that? Whilst on the water, you'll be taken to Nobbie's sea-cave, shaped by centuries of rough waves. Also known as the blowhole, this epic cave echoes and thunders during stormy seas.
Whether it's a tour on the water or getting up close and personal with penguins, Phillip Island has something for everyone. Their conservation efforts mean that no dogs are allowed, but grab a few mates or the family and you're in for a whole day of adventure.