Phillip Island’s little penguins are certainly the hottest wildlife show in town. But close on their cute little heels are the wildlife wonders of Moonlit Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Park, and the Koala Conservation Centre on Phillip Island. En route to Phillip Island, Moonlit Sanctuary is home to a number of Australia’s rare and threatened wildlife species, and plays an important role in conserving these creatures. You’ll also be able to hand-feed wallabies on the Wallaby Walk (keep an eye out for tiny joeys in their mothers’ pouches) and have a close encounter with a koala.
There are more koalas to be seen up in the treetops of the Koala Conservation Centre on Phillip Island – just follow the boardwalk and you’ll be right up amongst them. Add in tiny Churchill Island, with its working farm that dates back to the 19th century, and you’ve just enjoyed one of Australia’s favourite fauna tours.
The multi-award winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park has 10 hectares (24 acres) of natural bush filled with rare and endangered species, kangaroos bounding around, colourful birds, reptiles and dingoes. Keep an eye out for tiny joeys wiggling out of their mothers pouches and take the option to have a close encounter with a koala.
At the Nobbies, the clifftop boardwalk opens up breathtaking views of Phillip Island’s wild south coast, and there are further lookout points among natural sea bird gardens which have spectacular flowering displays in spring.
Enjoy access to the Penguins Plus boardwalk, inspired by the natural elements of the surrounding landscape, the new platform mirrors the coves of Phillip Island’s spectacular southern coastline and offers visitors unprecedented, up-close viewing of the little penguins as they waddle along the most popular pathway at the Penguin Parade.
Underground Viewing (PU) – Get an eye-level view of the little penguins in the new underground viewing experience, giving you the chance to watch the little penguins waddling along the Penguin Parade’s most popular pathway. Enjoy up-close viewing of the little penguins in their natural habitat through an underground viewing window, with the comfort and convenience of being indoors, undercover and out of the elements – $45
Guided Ranger Tour (GR) – Join a ranger-guided small group tour (maximum 10 people) for an informative journey through the penguin colony, with commentary via your personal headset and binoculars to spot penguins gathering in the water. You’ll sit in the beachfront viewing stand or, if conditions allow, right on the sand, with a superb view of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach to their burrows – $60
V.I.P (VP) – Your ranger will escort you to the VIP Skybox, which enjoys a prime elevated location overlooking the beach. Use the binoculars to spot the penguins before they emerge from the water to make their nightly crossing of the beach. – $60
- Get up close to Australian wildlife at Moonlit Sanctuary
- Enjoy spectacular views from the nobbies boardwalk
- Get up close to the little penguins as they march up the beach at sunset from the Penguins Plus viewing area
YOU SHOULD BRING (ADVISABLE)
- Clothing for warm and cool conditions
- Water bottle, warm / rain jacket for winter
- Camera (please note that photography is not permitted at the penguin parade)
Our tour departs seasonally between 1pm – 2pm (daylight savings) from your designated pickup location and returns seasonally between approximately 9.30pm & midnight (daylight savings)
The keeper reserves the right to cancel any encounter or presentation at any time, for reasons relating to animal welfare. Koala Encounters will be cancelled when local temperature exceeds 35 degrees centigrade.