Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
Phillip IslandImagine a parade of little penguins making their way from the sea at dusk to snuggle up in their nests and burrows. That’s something that every nature lover should check off of their travel list. On Phillip Island, located just 90 miles from Melbourne, visitors can choose from a variety of Penguin Parade tours, including general viewing from an airy amphitheater or watching them from an underground observatory as they emerge from the sea (special reservations are required). There are also ranger-guided tours, including some that offer night vision goggles for an unusual perspective on the birds. Home to the Boonwurrung people as well as a population of curious koalas and Australia’s largest fur seal colony, the island also attracts surfers to its patrolled beaches. Adrenaline junkies can also find high-octane fun on speed boat tours with Wild Ocean EcoBoat and a bonafide Grand Prix Circuit for motorheads.
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