Phillip Island 3 Parks Pass - Penguin Parade and more!
This 3 Park Pass allows you to make the most of your visit to Phillip Island Nature Park. There is no waiting for buses or keeping to schedules, on this self-drive tour you can see all the sights at your own pace.
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- Get up-close to native wildlife
- Ideal choice for families
- Be charmed by the island's world famous Little Penguins as they parade form the sea to their sand dune burrows
- Stroll along the treetop boardwalks for a fascinating face to face encounter with koalas
- Discover the secrets of Churchill Island and explore its intriguing history, nature, birdlife and views.
You can visit Penguin Parade®, Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island on the same day using the same discount ticket,or spread the visit out over a few days and combine with visits to other destinations.
Phillip Island Nature Park is renowned as home to one of Australia's most popular wildlife attractions, the Penguin Parade®. The Park is an island adventure featuring, unique wildlife experiences, tranquil wetlands, and breathtaking coastlines.
Award winning eco tourism centres at the Penguin Parade®, Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island provide a fascinating insight into the world of penguins, koalas and our island heritage.
Interactive interpretative displays, walking tracks and elevated boardwalks allow for close up wildlife viewing.The Park also has a network of walking and cycling tracks, miles of beaches, inlets and bays allowing you to discover Phillip Island Nature Park at your own pace with plenty of cafes that provide a variety of menus to cater for seaside appetites.
The beaches nearby provide some of the most consistent surf in Australia. Cape Woolamai and Smiths Beach are patrolled by surf lifesavers in season, surrounding waters provide unique snorkeling and diving opportunities.
The Nobbies Centre. Free world class marine attraction gives visitors the chance to discover the wonders of marine environment through educational displays, conservation presentations.
Please note: The pass does not include transportation or transfers. Guests are to make their own way to Phillip Island and between the attractions
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Once you have made a booking, you can exchange your voucher at the following locations on Phillip Island for your 3 Parks Pass:
- Koala Conservation Centre
- Churchill Island
- Penguin Parade Ticket Box (located in the Penguin Parade Visitors Centre)
- Pass is valid for 6 months from purchase date
- You can use the Pass on the same day using the same discount ticket. Or spread the visit out over a few days and combine with visits to other destinations (for up to 6 months from purchase date)
- Penguin Parade commences at sunset everynight and you should arrive at least 30-minutes before sunset.
Click the link below to check pricing & availability on your preferred travel date. Our pricing is constantly updated to ensure you always receive the lowest price possible.
Penguin Parade at Sunset
- Admission for the Penguin Parade
- Admission to the Koala Conservation Centre
- Churchill Island
- GST (Goods and Services Tax)
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
- Plan your day to arrive one hour before sunset
- All revenue generated by the Phillip Island Nature Park benefits penguins and conservation
Photography and video are NOT PERMITTED at the Penguin Parade
Why can we not take photos of the Penguins?
Phillip Island Nature Park understands the disappointment of not being able to use your camera but hope you have an enjoyable experience of the Penguin Parade®. The Park did not take lightly the decision not to allow cameras. After many years of consideration the cameras were banned for the following reasons:
- Flash photography is at the blue end of the light spectrum and disturbs penguins.
Whilst flash photos were always banned, the Park could not stop them being taken. Many people could not turn their flash off their camera.
This taking of flash photos also disturbed other customers who were obeying the ban.
- The parade lights are soft and dispersed at the yellow end of the spectrum.
Research has proven that these lights do not affect the penguins.
- All photos are banned because some new digital and video cameras are very like flash cameras in appearance.
Since the new cameras regulation many people have commented on the improved experience while watching penguins. Visitors are no longer crowded by other customers trying to take pictures and the whole evening is now much more peaceful for people and penguins.
Phillip Island Nature Park's management has to consider the penguins first. We hope you understand this position.
Some amazing Penguin facts:
- The penguins at Phillip Island are the smallest of 17 species of penguins in the world (they are only 33cm tall). Their largest Antarctic cousin is the Emperor Penguin, standing up to 130 cm tall.
- Penguins are found only in the southern hemisphere; so you will never see a penguin and Polar Bear together in the wild!
- The name 'Little Penguin' is now used instead of 'Fairy Penguin' as it is a more accurate translation of their scientific name, Eudyptula minor.
- A Little Penguin can actually sleep at sea, dozing as it floats on the surface.
- A Little Penguin can stay at sea for weeks, diving for fish, yet its waterproof feathers keep its skin absolutely dry.
- Penguins may swim 15 - 20 kilometres a day searching for small fish to eat. One penguin was recorded travelling 100 kilometres in one day!
- A Little Penguin has been recorded diving to 65 metres!
- The Little Penguin's dark feathers are not black like other penguins. They are a deep, rich blue. Their colour camouflages them from above and below the surface of the ocean.
- Natural hazards for penguins are sharks, birds of prey, rough weather and fish shortages.
- Sadly, a penguin's biggest danger is humans. They die from our plastic rubbish, oil spills at sea and on land from cars and introduced animals such as foxes, cats and dogs.
- A fox may kill as many as 30 or 40 penguins in one night. The fox is the penguins' main predator and keeps the rangers busy protecting the penguins.
- The Penguin Parade® research team are world leaders in the study of Little Penguins.
- Volunteers are knitting sweaters for penguins to keep them warm during the rehabilitation process after being oiled by spills at sea.
- Phillip Island Nature Park is a self-funding organization dedicated to protecting Little Penguins and other wildlife and their habitats on Phillip Island. The Penguin Parade® has become the number one wildlife tourist destination in Australia, with over half a million visitors per year.
Koala Conservation Centre
This area of natural bushland provides exceptional koala viewing whilst promoting koala conservation on Phillip Island. The Koala Conservation Centre features a visitor interpretation centre with gift shop and treetop boardwalks for 'up close' koala viewing.
Things to do at the Koala Conservation Centre
- Visitor Centre opens daily at 10.00am
- Wander through the Visitor Centre and learn more about the koalas' lives and their conservation.
- Look for koalas in the woodland.
- Stroll along the treetop boardwalk in the close-viewing area, and see koalas up close
- Spot colourful parrots, kookaburras and other native birds.
- Woodland Walk - A gentle stroll through the woodland. Rangers place directional arrows to where koalas are to be found in the trees.
- Close Viewing Area Walk - Start at: Visitor Centre. 500m loop 20 minutes - easy
- Visitors are also encouraged to look for more themselves. Start at: Visitor Centre - 1 km loop 34 minutes - easy
This charming island where Victoria's first crops were planted combines historic buildings, fragrant heritage gardens, ancient Moonah trees and picturesque coastal views.
Churchill Island is a working farm with Highland cattle, sheep, ducks, chickens and Clydesdale horses. Ranger guided walks and talks, old time farming demonstrations and festivals bring the island to life throughout all seasons of the year.
Daily farming activities include:
11:00am - 11:15am Milking of a cow
2:10pm - 2:30pm Milking of a cow
2:30pm - 2:45pm Black smith demonstration
3:00pm - 3:15pm Sheep Shearing demonstration
3:15pm - 3:30pm Working dogs demonstration
3:30pm - 3:45pm Whip-cracking
3:45pm - 4:00pm Boomerang throwing
Things to do on Churchill Island
- Visit the Churchill Island Visitor Centre and learn of the islands - unique position in our history through interactive heritage displays.
- Visitor Centre opens daily at 10.00am
- Enjoy a meal at the 'Moonah View' Licensed Café. The balcony features views stretching across Westernport.
- Enjoy a Devonshire tea or lunch on the lawns set amongst fragrant gardens.
- Explore the historic homestead, outbuildings and gardens which are registered heritage sites.
- Churchill Island Loop Track - A stroll around the entire island. Start at: Homestead. 4.5km - 2 hours - easy
- North Point Loop Track - Takes you to North Point via Pickersgill lookout and the ancient Moonah forest. Start at: Homestead 2km - 1 hour - easy
From this magnificent headland, the views stretch forever.
This area offers spectacular coastal viewing from the boardwalks and lookout points set amongst natural sea bird gardens. One and half kilometres offshore from The Nobbies are Seal Rocks, home to Australia's largest Australian Fur Seal colony.
Things to do at The Nobbies
- Stroll along the Nobbies Boardwalk and enjoy spectacular views along Phillip Island's rugged south coast
- See the awesome blowhole, a spectacular sea cave that thunders during big southern swells
- Enjoy the sea bird gardens offering spectacular flowering displays in the spring
- Little Penguins are often seen here resting between seasonal and daily duties.
PLEASE NOTE THIS BOARDWALK AND SURROUNDING AREA IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AT SUNSET TO PROTECT LITTLE PENGUIN AND OTHER SEABIRD HABITAT.
SAMPLE DAY ITINERARY:
Morning at the Koala Conservation Centre
- Discover close koala viewing from the magnificent tree top boardwalks
- Join a ranger led eco explorer tour.
- Enjoy a lunch in the cafe
- Explore the homestead and farm
- Use the binoculars to view Australia's largest fur seal colony
- Be amazed by the fantastic views as you explore the magnificent boardwalks
- Watch the world's smallest Penguins parade across Summerland beach to their sand burrows at sunset
Lunch at Churchill Island
Afternoon at the Nobbies
Penguin Parade at Sunset
Reviewed by: Briony S, October 2014
Penguin parade was amazing, although lots of people there were plenty of penguins to see. The Koala sancturary provided lots of opportunities to see koalas up close.
Reviewed by: Rob B, April 2014
Great value for 3 very different Aussie experiences.