Wildlife-watching - Phillip Island

Phillip Island is best known for the little penguins that come ashore every night (bookings essential). But spend time exploring the area and you will find Seal Rocks, with Australia’s largest colony of fur-seals, a busy silver gull nesting area at the Nobbies, and the superb Koala Conservation Centre. The eco-accredited Phillip Island Nature Park is the best place to start your wildlife viewing, with a range of tours including one in which you will be taken to a secluded beach and use night-vision technology to watch penguins come ashore.

There are some top birdwatching spots too, such as the hide beside Swan Lake – the only permanent freshwater lake on Phillip Island – and the mangroves of the Rhyll wetlands.There is usually pelican feeding at midday at the San Remo pier. Near Venus Bay, the Bald Hills Wetland Reserve also has a bird hide among the paperbarks and sand ridges, where you are likely to see spoonbills and shelducks.

Contact Info

Visitor centre: 805 Phillip Island Rd, Newhaven; (03) 5956 7447 or 1300 366 422

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