Phillip Island is a sanctuary for little penguins, parading on the beaches by sundown. Travel from Melbourne CBD will take around 2 hours, but there are attractions to visit before arriving there. Here's what a typical trip to Phillip Island is like.
Maru Koala and Animal Park
Begin the day visiting Maru Koala and Animal Park, where you can view and feed animals such as the kangaroo, emu, and wallabies. The park is one of a kind, where you can see the animals in the natural woodlands - their own habitat. Don't forget to take a picture up close with a koala, just make sure not to touch its paws. They're sharp!
San Remo Fisherman's Co-op
You're almost entering Phillip Island. By now, you should have travelled for 1 hour or so. Breathe fresh air and grab lunch at the famous San Remo Fisherman's Co-operative , while overlooking the San Remo Bridge. Their fish and chips are guaranteed fresh from the shore.
Panny's Chocolate Factory
Not far from the San Remo Bridge, take a tour at the Panny's Chocolate Factory. Here, you can look at how their confectioneries are made. The factory also have some unique artworks made entirely of chocolate. End the factory tour by making your own customized chocolate. Their products are unmissable. Here's a pro-tip: give their chilli chocolate shot a try!
The Penguins would only reach the beach by sunset, so you still have enough time to take some pictures at The Nobbies. The Nobbies is a magnificent natural lookout, where you can see the waves crashing onto the rocky south coast of the island. If you're lucky, you can also spot some sharks and dolphins in the area.
Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
Finally, the moment you're waiting for! If we arrive early, we can grab some seats. The closer to the beach, the better view we can get. Don't forget that the penguins' eyes are very sensitive of bright light, so flash photography is a big no-no. Keep your cameras away for now, and watch the penguins walk side by side slowly uphill to their own burrows.
After all the penguins arrive safely, have a look at the educational centre to see how far did the penguins swim for the day. You can also see some of the burrows from peekholes to see their families!
Bonus: Phillip Island Circuit
Channel your inner racer by go-karting in the Phillip Island Circuit, home to Australian MotoGP. If racing's not for you, there's a 45-minute daily tour, where you can pose on the podium with a bottle of champagne like a true race winner.