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Churchill Island Tickets & Optional Entry to Phillip Island Nature Parks

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AU$16
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  • Get an authentic representation of rural life in the 19th century at Churchill Island, the site of the first European agricultural pursuits in Victoria.
  • See the vintage farming machinery that was once used in agricultural activities and take part in animal feeding, sheep shearing, and blacksmithing.
  • Wander through beautifully landscaped gardens and pose for a picture at a historic homestead, a symbol of early colonial architecture in Australia.
  • Catch sight of little penguins returning home at dusk in the world-famous Penguin Parade with a ticket upgrade.
  • Admire stellar views of Western Port Bay and the coast and see migratory birds and waterfowl that inhabit the island's wetlands.
  • Get an authentic representation of rural life in the 19th century at Churchill Island, the site of the first European agricultural pursuits in Victoria.
  • See the vintage farming machinery that was once used in agricultural activities and take part in animal feeding, sheep shearing, and blacksmithing.
  • Wander through beautifully landscaped gardens and pose for a picture at a historic homestead, a symbol of early colonial architecture in Australia.
  • Catch sight of little penguins returning home at dusk in the world-famous Penguin Parade with a ticket upgrade.
  • Admire stellar views of Western Port Bay and the coast and see migratory birds and waterfowl that inhabit the island's wetlands.

Inclusions

  • Entry to Churchill Island
  • Phillip Island 3 Parks Pass (optional)
  • Penguin plus viewing (optional)
  • Underground viewing (optional)
  • Tip: Join Billy the Border Collie in herding sheep! Start by scanning the QR code at the visitor's center, then follow the sheep signs throughout the historical precinct.
  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessibility.
  • This experience is suitable for people with sensory needs.
  • Visitors can bring assistance animals certified by a registered authority and must remain on designated paths and restrained by a harness or lead.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 7 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade Tickets

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AU$32
Free cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 7 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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  • Treat your eyes to the magical sight of little penguins returning to their burrows at dusk in the world-famous Penguin Parade at Phillip Island.
  • Spot koalas lounging in their eucalyptus haven and traditional sheep-shearing, herding techniques used for generations at Churchill Island with an upgrade to 3 park passes.
  • Upgrade to Penguin Plus for an up-close viewing experience - perfect for kids to learn about wildlife while watching the cute, pint-sized penguins scurry about.
  • Join a ranger at the visitor center for insights into the penguins' world. Then, descend to the "Burrow" for an underground penguin encounter as they make their grand entrance.
  • Home to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia, Phillip Island is located just 90 minutes from Melbourne.
  • Treat your eyes to the magical sight of little penguins returning to their burrows at dusk in the world-famous Penguin Parade at Phillip Island.
  • Spot koalas lounging in their eucalyptus haven and traditional sheep-shearing, herding techniques used for generations at Churchill Island with an upgrade to 3 park passes.
  • Upgrade to Penguin Plus for an up-close viewing experience - perfect for kids to learn about wildlife while watching the cute, pint-sized penguins scurry about.
  • Join a ranger at the visitor center for insights into the penguins' world. Then, descend to the "Burrow" for an underground penguin encounter as they make their grand entrance.
  • Home to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia, Phillip Island is located just 90 minutes from Melbourne.

Inclusions

  • Penguin Parade from the general viewing platform
  • Access to 3 Parks Pass (optional)
  • Access to up-close viewing with penguin plus (optional)
  • Access to the underground viewing platform (optional)
  • Tip: Phillip Island boasts stunning coastlines. Ask a local about hidden coves or beaches for a more secluded experience. Pack a picnic and enjoy the tranquility!
  • Penguins will arrive at the coast at sunset. It is recommended to arrive approximately 1 hour prior.
  • Photographs and video recordings are not allowed when penguins are coming home, because the artificial light sources will stimulate the eyes of the penguins. The island implements light control at this time.
  • You can see penguins all year round, regardless of the weather. The Penguin Parade is outside, so pack a raincoat or umbrella if rain is predicted.
  • All parks are wheelchair accessible.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 7 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Phillip Island 3 Parks Pass: Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Reserve & Churchill Island

from AU$64
AU$54.50

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Free cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 7 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Instant confirmation
Mobile ticket
Flexible duration
  • Explore 3 parks on Phillip Island in 1 day. Bonus – it's only 90 minutes from Melbourne, so ditch the city blues and get your nature fix!
  • Get your dose of cuteness at the Koala Conservation Reserve. Spot them in their eucalyptus hideaways as you stroll the treetop boardwalks.
  • Going for the Penguin Parade? Take a seat and wait until the little waddlers appear in your sight, walking with their group into the sunset.
  • Enjoy the penguin parade from a tiered seating, or choose an immersive, eye-level experience from the underground viewing area.
  • Want a taste of heritage farming? At Churchill Island, milk cows, shear sheep, and crack a whip like the early Australian settlers.
  • Explore 3 parks on Phillip Island in 1 day. Bonus – it's only 90 minutes from Melbourne, so ditch the city blues and get your nature fix!
  • Get your dose of cuteness at the Koala Conservation Reserve. Spot them in their eucalyptus hideaways as you stroll the treetop boardwalks.
  • Going for the Penguin Parade? Take a seat and wait until the little waddlers appear in your sight, walking with their group into the sunset.
  • Enjoy the penguin parade from a tiered seating, or choose an immersive, eye-level experience from the underground viewing area.
  • Want a taste of heritage farming? At Churchill Island, milk cows, shear sheep, and crack a whip like the early Australian settlers.

Inclusions

  • Access to the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Access to Churchill Island
  • Penguin Parade viewing
  • Penguin plus viewing (optional)
  • Underground viewing (optional)
  • Tip: Bring binoculars for bird-watching and wildlife spotting. The island is a haven for various species, from the majestic white-bellied sea eagles to purple swamphens.
  • You can see penguins all year round, regardless of the weather.
  • All parks are wheelchair accessible.
  • Click here to see the estimated penguin arrival times throughout the year.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 7 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Experience farm-life with Churchill Island tickets

Churchill Island is a small island situated in Western Port Bay in Victoria, Australia. The island has an area of 57 hectares and is home to a working heritage farm, a historic homestead, and a range of natural attractions. Visitors to Churchill Island can explore the farm and learn about farming practices from the 1800s, visit the homestead, enjoy the walking trails, and watch the daily farming activities. The island also hosts regular events, including markets and festivals.

Why Visit Churchill Island

Churchill Island

Where is Churchill Island Located?

Address: 246 Samuel Amess Drive, Churchill Island, Newhaven, Victoria 3925, Australia

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Getting There

  • By bus: You can take the V-line bus that operates from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne to Cowes on Phillip Island. From here, Churchill Island is a 20-min drive.
  • By car: We suggest that you either take a taxi or drive by yourself to Churchill Island as this is the best way to get around Phillip Island. It's a 90-min drive to Phillip Island from Melbourne, and another 10-min drive to reach Churchill Island.

Getting to Phillip Island

Churchill Island

By Bus

To reach Churchill Island by bus, you can take the V/Line bus service from Melbourne to Phillip Island, which is the closest town to Churchill Island. From there, you can take the public bus operated by Phillip Island Bus Lines to Churchill Island. The bus stop at Newhaven is the closest to Churchill Island. From the bus stop, you can walk to the island, which is about 2.5 km away.

Churchill Island

By Metro

There is no metro service to Churchill Island as it is a rural location. The closest metro station to Churchill Island is the Southern Cross Station in Melbourne. From there, you can take the V/Line train to either Dandenong or Cranbourne, and then transfer to the bus service to Phillip Island. Once you reach Phillip Island, you can take the public bus or a taxi to Churchill Island.

Churchill Island

By Car

To reach Churchill Island by car from Melbourne, take the Monash Freeway (M1) to the Cranbourne exit. From there, follow the South Gippsland Highway (M420) to the Bass Highway (A420), which will take you to the bridge to Phillip Island. Cross the bridge and continue straight ahead until you reach the roundabout at the Newhaven township. Take the first exit onto Back Beach Road, and then turn left onto Samuel Amess Drive, which leads to Churchill Island. There is ample parking available on the island for visitors. The drive from Melbourne to Churchill Island takes approximately 2 hours, depending on traffic.

Best Time to Visit Churchill Island

Churchill Island

The best time to visit Churchill Island is during the spring and autumn months, from September to November and March to May, respectively. The weather is mild, and the island is less crowded during these times. However, the island is open year-round, and each season offers its unique charm and activities.

Churchill Island’s History in a Nutshell

Churchill Island has a rich history, dating back to the early 1800s when it was first settled by European farmers. Over the years, the island has been used for grazing sheep and cattle, growing crops, and harvesting kelp. In the 1870s, a homestead was built on the island, which has been restored and preserved as a heritage site. Today, Churchill Island is a working farm and tourist destination, offering visitors a glimpse into the island's agricultural and cultural past.

Churchill Island Highlights

Churchill Island

Farmer's Market

The Churchill Island Farmers Market is a monthly market held on the fourth Saturday of every month. It offers visitors the opportunity to purchase fresh, locally produced fruits and vegetables, artisanal bread, honey, wine, and other products. The market also features live music and food trucks.

Churchill Island

Cafe

The Churchill Island Cafe is located on the island and offers visitors a range of light meals, snacks, and drinks. The cafe uses locally sourced ingredients to create a menu that showcases the region's fresh produce. Visitors can enjoy their meals indoors or outdoors while taking in the scenic views.

Churchill Island

Animal Nursery

The Churchill Island Animal Nursery is a popular attraction that allows visitors to get up close and personal with a variety of farm animals, including lambs, goats, chickens, and more. Visitors can also feed and pet the animals, making it a fun experience for all ages.

Churchill Island

Walking Tracks

Churchill Island offers visitors a range of walking tracks, allowing them to explore the island's natural beauty and historical sites. The popular Amess Walk takes visitors on a loop around the island, passing by the island's wetlands, heritage gardens, and the historic Amess House.

Churchill Island

Daily Activities

Churchill Island offers a range of daily activities for visitors, including farm demonstrations, such as cow milking and sheep shearing, guided tours of the island's historic homestead and gardens, and wildlife shows at the animal nursery. Visitors can also enjoy picnicking, fishing, and beachcombing on the island.

Churchill Island

Bird-Watching

Churchill Island is a haven for birdwatchers, with a wide range of species to spot, including pelicans, black swans, and ibises, among others. The island's wetlands, mangroves, and salt marshes provide a habitat for both migratory and resident birds, making it a must-visit destination for bird lovers.

Churchill Island Rules & Regulations

  • Respect the island's natural and cultural heritage by not removing or damaging any plants or historic items.
  • Follow all signs and instructions from staff members to ensure your safety and that of the animals and environment.
  • Do not feed the animals any human food, as it can be harmful to their health and well-being.
  • Keep the island clean by disposing of all rubbish and recyclables in designated bins.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the island, except for service animals.
  • Do not bring any firearms or other weapons onto the island.

Frequently asked questions about Churchill Island tickets

What is Churchill Island?

Churchill Island is a small island located in Western Port Bay, Victoria, Australia. It is a popular tourist destination that offers visitors a glimpse into the region's agricultural and cultural heritage.

Is Churchill Island open to the public now?

Churchill Island is open to the public every day of the year except for Christmas Day (December 25th). The island is generally open from 10 am to 4.30 pm, with some variations in opening hours during certain times of the year.

Do I need tickets to enter Churchill Island?

Yes, visitors to Churchill Island need to purchase a ticket to enter. You can either book Churchill Island tickets, or book a Phillip Island tour that includes entry to Churchill Island.

Where can I buy tickets for Churchill Island?

You can book your Churchill Island tickets here.

How much does it cost to visit Churchill Island?

The cost of visiting Churchill Island varies depending on the time of year and the visitor's age. The general admission cost for adults is AUD 12.50, while children between the ages of 4 and 15 are charged AUD 6.00. Family and concession tickets are also available. It's best to check the official website for up-to-date pricing information.

Why is Churchill Island famous?

Churchill Island is famous for its historic farm, which dates back to the 1800s and provides a glimpse into the early European settlement of the area. It is also known for its natural beauty, including wetlands, mangroves, and a range of native plants and wildlife.

Why should I visit Churchill Island?

You should visit Churchill Island to experience Victoria's rural and cultural heritage, explore the historic working farm, and learn about the island's natural environment. It's also a great place to relax, enjoy nature, and connect with local history.

Is Churchill Island worth visiting?

Churchill Island is definitely worth a visit, as it offers a unique insight into the history and culture of the area. It is home to the historic Churchill Island Heritage Farm, a Koala Conservation Reserve, and the popular Penguin Parade, all of which make for an enjoyable and educational experience.

Where is Churchill Island located?

Churchill Island is located in Western Port, Victoria, Australia.

How much time do you need at Churchill Island?

Churchill Island can be enjoyed in as little as an hour, but it is recommended to allow for at least 2 hours to explore the island and take part in the activities on offer. Many people opt to spend a full day, or even a weekend, to fully experience everything the island has to offer.

Is the Churchill Island wheelchair friendly?

Yes, Churchill Island is wheelchair friendly, with accessible parking and toilet facilities, as well as wheelchair access to the General Viewing, Penguin Plus, and Underground Viewing areas. Additionally, there are pram and wheelchair parking stations available at all farming activity stations.

How big is Churchill Island?

It is a 50.7-hectare (125.3-acre) island located near Phillip Island.