Phillip Island Penguin Parade
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Port Phillip Island and the Little Penguins
Port Phillip Island is known for two things – V8 racing and the colony of Little Penguins (Fairy Penguins) that descend upon its shore each evening, but there’s a whole lot more to see and experience on the island. Get face-to-face with Australia’s beloved koala’s at the Koala Conservation Centre’s as you wander the eucalypt lined boardwalk. Join the ranger-led Koala Eco-Explorer Tours to learn more about these iconic animals. One of Australia’s largest Fur Sea colonies reside at Seal Rocks, and a two-hour cruise with Wildlife Coast Cruises is a comfortable way to get within metres of these playful creatures. Take a trip down to the headland, a place called The Nobbies. Among the rocks search for Fur seals, a blowhole – a sea cave that goes off with great force when the sea is rough – and Silver Gulls nests and chicks during spring and summer. Enjoy a relaxed dining experience at the Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant & Bar. Enjoy hand crafted ales and Modern Australian family-style food served at a high quality. As the sun goes down each night hundreds of Little Penguins appear from the water to make the long journey across the sand to their burrows. Come early to spend time in the main building where an interactive exhibition explains the life of Little Penguins and the conservation projects on Phillip Island. The Penguin Watching experience is usually quite cold and windy, even in the height of summer, so it’s recommended you bring a thick jumper and jacket just in case
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