Phillip Island – alongside Fraser, Kangaroo and Rottnest islands – is one of Australia’s great natural outposts. From the fabulous Penguin Parade to the riotous Seal Rocks, the Koala Conservation Reserve and the numerous marine parks, Phillip Island is the perfect place for families to enjoy some of Australia’s top wildlife experiences!
And, yes, the top of everyone’s priority list is that of the legendary Penguin Parade, a must-see for anyone visiting this gorgeous southern Victorian island. This is the time of day when the island’s famed little penguin population come strutting up the shore with, hopefully, a day’s catch to feed their families.
Naturally, this makes for an awesome viewing experience, with the Penguin Parade lasting a good hour and allowing plenty of opportunity to marvel upon these adorable flightless birds!
That being said, you should allot at least two hours to the whole experience, as you want to grab yourself a solid viewing spot so that you don’t find yourself struggling to catch a glimpse of these lovely little creatures.
Oh, and one more thing: be sure to choose the right time of year to take your littlies, as the penguins come into shore at the same time as sundown. In winter, the sun sets earlier (good for the slightly more restful kiddies) but it is mighty cold, and, obviously, sets later in summer (better for the more excitable youngies who don’t mind a cheeky midnight bedtime!).
Take your pick – you’re in for a magical experience either way, and one that is perfectly enjoyed alongside these fantastic Philly adventures:
Step off the island and onto a land where the farm meets the sea: Churchill Island! From blacksmithing to cow milking, sheep shearing to whip cracking, you and the family are in for a unique experience that shows you what it’s like living and working in the more remote parts of the country right off buzzing Phillip Island!
The island also has some great walks and an awesome cafe to complete the family fun arvo out.
You’ll pass through San Remo on your way onto the island, and it’s certainly a little town that’s worth its own stop. From award winning artisanal bread to pelican feeding on the tranquil jetty, you’re going to want to check out this beautiful little town for a cheeky change of pace – it’s that lovely!
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