Phillip Island Australia
Unique Wildlife and Great Family Fun ...
Phillip Island Australia is a great place to view
many of Australia's unique animals. It is located
just 140 km (87 miles) southeast of Melbourne in
Our short visit was near the end of August 2012,
so winter was wrapping up and spring was right
around the corner. During our visit the daytime
temperatures were about 18 degrees C or about
64 degrees F and a bit breezy, but very
comfortable to be out and about with a light
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| We were staying in Melbourne for the week, so our trip to Phillip Island was a nice day trip. Phillip Island
is famous for the Penguin Parade. For the last 30 years rangers and spectators have watched the Little
Penguins come ashore, and count and monitor them as part of an ongoing research program. Originally,
this was the reason for our visit and what we planned on seeing. However, since we were on a tight time
schedule, and the penguins wouldn't arrive until around 6:30 PM, we decided to visit some other parks on
the island, instead.
Be sure and stop by the Phillip Island Information center. The staff is very helpful and they can give you a
map and information about all of the major attractions on the island. After you cross the bridge to the island
from San Remo, it is located just a short distance up the road, on the left side across from the Phillip Island
Chocolate Factory. This short stop is time well spent, as the island is loaded with parks and outdoor
Koala Conservation Centre
One stop that we made was to the Koala Conservation Center. They have a nice gift shop and snack bar
and a very nice informational display to give you some interesting information about Koalas and other
animals that you might see inside the park. Once outdoors, the park has well groomed hiking trails that
take you through the park and to a couple enclosed viewing areas with elevated walkways.
The Koalas like to perch high up in the Eucalyptus trees, so the elevated walkways are ideal for taking you
up into the trees where you can get a closer look. Don't expect a great amount of activity out of these little
guys, though, as they sleep for about 20 hours each day. During our visit, we probably saw 8-10 Koalas,
and only one was awake feeding on leaves in its tree. This one also had a small baby in its pouch.
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
While we were at the information center we asked if there was a good park where we could see some
kangaroos. They said that although kangaroos weren't native to Phillip Island there was a wildlife park that
had some we could hand feed. At first, I imagined a park with a few worn out kangaroos on display for
tourists, but thought why not, it would still be great to see one up close. However, to my great delight, Phillip
Island Wildlife Park is probably one of the best values and greatest kept secrets on the entire island. The
park is wonderful and has a little bit of everything. They have a snake and reptile exhibit, exotic birds,
Dingos, Red Kangaroos and Eastern Grey Kangaroos, a Tasmanian Devil, Wallabys, Wombats, a Koala and
many other uniquee animals to see.
|Entrance to Wildlife Park
At the welcome center we received a small packet of food when we bought our tickets and were given some
instructions about feeding the animals. We were all pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of animals found
in the park. Imagine coming to the park expecting to see one or two kangaroos and then seeing the above
assortment of animals, along with dozens more. And boy did they ever have kangaroos! There were some
Red Kangaroos, and there were also dozens of Eastern Grey Kangaroos where you could walk out amongst
them and hand feed them. There were also tons of Wallabys throughout the park.
Both of these parks were great fun and well worth the visit, and I know that we barely scratched the tip of the
iceberg in terms of what Phillip Island has to offer. So, if you are ever in Victoria Australia and have the
opportunity to visit Phillip Island be sure that you do. You will be glad that you did. Have fun and stay safe!