Mention the words Phillip Island to most people, and they’ll immediately think of the Penguin Parade and amazing natural beauty. However, if you’re anything like me, you might not have realised that there’s a whole range of things to do and see, along with amazing food to eat!
I haven’t been to Phillip Island since I was a little girl, so jumped at the chance to head down for a weekend with my little family, thanks to the team at Phillip Island Nature Parks.
With Phillip Island only an easy 2 hours drive south of Melbourne, I was soon checked into my fabulous Airbnb accommodation and ready to explore the natural wonders that make up Phillip Island Nature Parks. Part of the UNESCO Western Port Biosphere encompassing 330 native species and 1,805 hectares of wetlands, wildlife sanctuaries, woodlands and magnificent coastal scenery, Phillip Island Nature Parks are all protected and managed as part of world renowned environmental research plans.
With a 15 month old toddler who is obsessed with animals, Churchill Island Heritage Farm was paradise for Annabel! With a range of live activities including working dog demonstrations, cow milking, sheep shearing and tractor rides, it was the perfect morning out for the whole family.
Feeding the ducks and patting the HUGE Clydesdale horse was a highlight for Annabel!
After a quick afternoon nap after all the excitement at the Farm, we all rugged up for an evening viewing of the Penguin Parade! Situated an easy drive out of town, the Penguin Parade is one of Australia’s most popular tourist attractions.
Watching hundreds of tiny wild penguins emerging from the freezing waters on the beach, and then climbing the hill to their burrows in the sand dunes was truly amazing.
The boardwalks are built over the sand dunes to provide a perfect balance between preserving the safety of the penguins and providing excited visitors a ‘birds eye’ (hee hee) view of these amazing little penguins heading to their homes.
My advice is to rug up (it gets pretty chilly standing in the open air) and to call ahead to find out what time the Penguins are expected in. The Penguins arrived at 5.46pm on the night we visited, which timed perfectly with bedtime!
All rugged up to visit the Penguin Parade!
After a relaxing night’s sleep after our big day, we ended our trip with a visit to the beautiful Koala Conservation Centre on Sunday morning.
Home not just to Koala’s but wallabies, echidnas, bats and birds, we loved the treetop boardwalks that provided an amazing glimpse into the Koala’s ‘home’.
I had the most amazing time on our weekend away, and am so excited to giveaway a ‘3 Parks Family Pass’ to the Phillip Island Nature Parks (valued at $104)!
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