Penguin Parade, Phillip Island Nature Park
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The Penguin Parade is one of Australia’s most popular tourist attractions – and rightly so. It is a magical experience to sit on a beach with darkness closing in around you, surrounded by excited whispers of a crowd, and peer out to sea, watching for small, wild creatures to appear. Suddenly, there they are, bobbing on the waves. As the little penguins cross the beach and waddle towards their burrows, you can walk beside them along a boardwalk, almost close enough to touch.
Phillip Island Nature Park
■ The visitor centre interpretive displays. Allow time to look around before you view the penguins.
Penguins have evolved into swimming birds instead of flying birds. Their wings have become flippers and they can zoom along underwater, angling their flippers to propel themselves forward. Furthermore, while other birds have light-weight, often hollow, bones to help them fly, penguins’ bones are denser and heavier to help them dive. Australia’s little penguins, the smallest penguins in the world, weigh a whole kilogram. This is three times as much as a magpie, though magpies are 10 centimetres taller!
■ This is a night activity involving huge crowds and lots of waiting outdoors, usually in the cold. However, the penguins are worth the effort!