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Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade Tickets

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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.

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  • 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

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  • 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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Churchill Island Tickets & Optional Entry to Phillip Island Nature Parks

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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.

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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Koala Conservation Reserve Tickets & Optional Entry to Phillip Island Nature Parks

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  • Get ready for an intimate encounter with Australia's cuddly creatures - the koalas, as you stroll along the two treetop boardwalks at Philip Island.
  • Nestled within 6 hectares of Australian bushland, the Koala Conservation Reserve is a haven for native species – watch out for wallabies, echidnas, and birdlife.
  • It's not just about sightseeing; take home a piece of the experience! You'll have a chance to plant and take home your own native seed.
  • Watch penguins waddle home! Pick a seat and wait as a group of penguins appear and steal your heart with their cute shenanigans.
  • Enjoy the penguin parade from a tiered seating, or choose an immersive, eye-level experience from the underground viewing area.

Inclusions

  • Access to the Koala Conservation Centre
  • Penguin Parade viewing
  • Penguin plus viewing (optional)
  • Underground viewing (optional)
  • Tip: Join Ranger Jess on a digital quest through the Koala Conservation Reserve. Scan the QR code at the visitor's center, follow the trail, and scan codes on signs for info and clues.
  • Facilities: Disabled Toilet Facilities, Wheelchair Accessibility, Pram/Stroller Accessibility, Parking
  • This experience is suitable for people with sensory needs.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 7 days before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Melbourne: Half-Day or Full-Day Phillip Island Guided Tour with Penguin Parade

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  • Imagine this: thousands of the world's tiniest penguins, waddling home across the beach. That's the magic you'll witness on a half-day or full-day Philip Island tour from Melbourne.
  • Take a stroll along the boardwalk trails with a guide, and you might just spot a koala snoozing peacefully in a eucalyptus tree.
  • Next stop? The Nobbies Center at Seal Rocks with spectacular clifftop views! Catch a sight of seals lounging and little penguins returning from their fishing expedition.
  • Upgrade for a premium viewing experience of the penguin parade as they take on the surf before going back to their nests.
  • Learn about the life cycle of penguins and the many initiatives taken to protect their dwindling numbers.

Inclusions

  • Half-day tour of Philip Island
  • Access to Penguin Parade general viewing area
  • Round-trip hotel transfers
  • Entry to Koala Conservation Reserve
  • Expert driver guide
  • AC coach
  • Full-day tour of Philip Island (optional)
  • Access to Penguin Parade premium viewing area (optional)
  • Wi-Fi (optional)
  • Audio guide in 10 languages (optional)

Full-day tour

  • 11:45am (Apr-Sep) or 1:45pm (Oct-Mar): Departure from Melbourne
  • Koala Conservation Reserve
  • Phillip Island
  • Cowes
  • Phillip Island Nature Park
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • 9:45pm (Apr-Sep) or 11:45pm (Oct-Mar): Return to Melbourne

Half-day tour

  • 1:45pm-2:45pm: Pick-up from Melbourne
  • Koala Conservation Reserve
  • Phillip Island
  • Phillip Island Pengeuin Parade
  • Return to Melbourne
  • Tip: Sheltered alongside the Westernport Bay there is a township named after Cowes on the Isle of White. Beautiful seaside scenery, unique stores to peak into, and many nice restaurants to purchase food.
  • This experience is not pram/stroller or wheelchair accessible.
  • No photography or filming is permitted at the Penguin Parade. Penguins have sensitive eyes and a bright, sudden flash or unusual light can frighten or disorientate a penguin.
  • Suitcases and large bags are not allowed.
  • A low level of fitness is required to complete the walks on this tour itinerary.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Melbourne: Puffing Billy Train Ride & Phillip Island Guided Tour

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  • Get picked on an AC vehicle from Melbourne for a full-day adventure that includes a scenic train ride and a visit to Philip Island to catch a sight of little penguins.
  • Chugg-chugg-choo choo! All aboard the legendary Puffing Billy Steam Train for a scenic ride from Emerald to Belgravea and witness the glorious Dandenong Ranges.
  • Next on the agenda: Emerald Lake. Think crystal-clear water, fresh mountain air, and a chance to stretch your legs on a leisurely stroll.
  • Get your cameras ready for Nobbies Lookout for insane views of the coastline. Don't miss Seal Rocks – home to Australia's largest fur seal colony!
  • The star attraction: the Phillip Island Penguin Parade! Just after dark, hundreds of the world's smallest penguins waddle ashore after a day of fishing at sea.

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  • Full-day tour
  • Transfers from Melbourne
  • Ride on Puffing Billy steam train
  • Access to Emerald Lake
  • Entry to Nobbies Blowhole and Seal Rocks Lookout
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • 10am: Pick-up from Melbourne
  • Emerald Lake
  • Dandenong Ranges
  • Puffing Billy steam train ride
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • 9-9:15pm: Drop-off to Melbourne
  • Tip: If you plan to take photos, use a camera with a good low-light capability. Remember, flash photography is not allowed as it can distress the penguins.
  • Bring along your sunscreen, hat, water bottle, camera, warm clothing, and umbrella.
  • Facilities: Pram/Stroller Accessibility.
  • This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Melbourne: Brighton Beach & Phillip Island Tour with Penguin Parade

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  • Craving a taste of Aussie wildlife? This full-day guided adventure whisks you away from Melbourne to the colorful Brighton Beach and then the stunning Philip Island.
  • Take a walk at the Moonlit Sanctuary and hand-feed a delightful cast of native Australian animals such as Kangaroos, koalas, emus, quolls, owls, and more!
  • Make way to Phillip Island and witness the cutest parade of Little Penguins as they waddle the way back to their burrows.
  • Upgrade to Penguin Plus or Underground Viewing tickets for an up-close viewing experience - perfect for kids to learn about wildlife while watching the pint-sized penguins scurry about.
  • Visit Point Grant and The Nobbies offering breathtaking views of Westernport Bay, including Seal Rocks – home to Australia's largest fur seal colony!

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  • Full-day tour of Philip Island
  • Round-trip transfers from Melbourne
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Live commentary
  • Entry to Brighton Beach
  • Entry to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park
  • Entry to Point Grant & The Nobbies
  • Access to Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Penguin Parade from the general viewing platform
  • Access to up-close viewing with penguin plus (optional)
  • Access to the underground viewing platform (optional)
  • Pick-up from Melbourne
  • Brighton Beach's bathing boxes
  • Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
  • Phillip Island
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Drop-off to Melbourne
  • Tip: Do not miss out on the “Conservation in Action” wildlife show, which showcases several lesser-known Australian species in a series of interactive and engaging ranger presentations.
  • No photography is allowed during the Penguin Parade.
  • This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Melbourne: Healesville Sanctuary & Phillip Island Tour with Penguin Parade

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  • Take a day tour from Melbourne, traveling down the coast in an AC coach. Meet native Australian animals at Healesville Sanctuary before heading to Phillip Island.
  • Make your first stop at Healesville Sanctuary, where you'll meet cuddly koalas, lively kangaroos, elusive platypuses, and many more fascinating species.
  • Next stop: Point Grant and The Nobbies, offering stunning views of Westernport Bay. Don't miss Seal Rocks – home to Australia's largest fur seal colony!
  • Witness the unique sight of petite penguins on Phillip Island, parading to their burrows at sunset after a day of fishing at sea.

Inclusions

  • Full-day tour of Philip Island
  • Round-trip transfers from Melbourne
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Live commentary
  • Entry to Healesville Sanctuary
  • Entry to Point Grant & The Nobbies
  • Access to Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • 11-11:30am (summer) or 9-9:30am (winter): Pick-up from Melbourne
  • Healesville Sanctuary
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • 10:30-11:30pm (summer) or 9:30-10:30pm (winter): Drop-off to Melbourne
  • Tip: While at the Healesville Sanctuary, you can attend Keeper Talks that are free and get to know more about some of your favorite animals like kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, and more.
  • The Healesville Sanctuary is pram/stroller and wheelchair accessible.
  • Assistance animals are allowed except at the kangaroo walk-through, Koala Forest, all walk-through aviaries, flight arena shows, and close-up encounters.
  • Witness the unique sight of petite penguins on Phillip Island, parading to their burrows at sunset after a day of fishing at sea.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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4 reasons Phillip Island Nature Parks should be on your bucket list:

Looking for a perfect getaway that combines nature and fun for the whole family? Phillip Island Nature Parks has it all! Here are four reasons why this hidden gem needs to be on your bucket list:

  • Take in the beauty of an isolated island covered with wild forests: Hike through Phillip Island's wild forests, and discover the island’s mangroves, mudflats and dense wild forests. Each trail offers a peaceful escape into nature, perfect for anyone looking to connect with the environment.
  • Encounter Penguins, Koalas, Seals, Whales, and more! Get up close with adorable penguins at the famous Penguin Parade, hug a koala at the Koala Conservation Centre, or see fur seals on a boat trip to Seal Rocks. Visit between May and November for a chance to spot majestic humpback and southern right whales during their migration.
  • Family-friendly amusement parks and nature escapades: Have a blast at A Maze’N Things with its interactive puzzles and mini-golf, or indulge in sweet treats and activities at Panny’s Chocolate Factory. With safe beaches and easygoing nature trails, the island is perfect for family outings.
  • Catch a break from the bustling city: Just a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, Phillip Island offers serene beaches, stunning coastal views, and a slower pace of life. It’s the ideal spot to relax and recharge, away from the urban rush.

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Things to know before booking your Phillip Island Nature Park tickets

 

  • For your Phillip Island Nature Parks experience, you’ll be able to choose from four main ticket options: full day, and half day tours, combo, and attraction tickets. Full day and half day tours offer a full day of exploration at Phillip Island’s most famous sights like the Penguin Parade and Churchill Island, along with round-trip hotel pick-up and drop-off. We’d recommend you choose this option if you’re planning to spend a good amount of time at Phillip Island and are worried about transportation. 

  • For those who prefer flexibility in time while visiting and want to arrange their own transport, attraction tickets offer the best prices for individual experiences. With these tickets, you’ll either get access to Phillip Island, Churchill Island or the Koala Conservation Centre, depending on what ticket you choose. Combo tickets combine a visit to Phillip Island with other popular Melbourne attractions around Phillip Island, such as Healesville Sanctuary or Brighton Beach. If you’re confused about what tickets get you access to the Penguin Parade, don’t worry! All the tickets mentioned above include access to the Penguin Parade. 

  • A day tour is the best option for you if you’re planning a short visit to the island, as you’ll depart from Melbourne and cover Phillip Island in just one day! On the other hand, if you plan to stay on the island or prefer to travel independently, attraction tickets are more suitable. These tickets allow you to explore at your own pace and focus on the experiences that interest you most.

  • If you opt for attraction tickets, you can choose to visit either the Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island, or the Nobbies Centre. Alternatively, you can go for the 3 Park Pass, which offers access to three attractions, making sure you don't miss out on any major highlights of Phillip Island..

  • Combo tours include other attractions like Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy or Brighton Beach, along with a general penguin parade viewing experience. You can go for these tickets if your goal is to explore Melbourne and Phillip Island’s major attractions, and if you don’t want to spend a full day at either! 

Now, let's talk about the reason why so many people visit Phillip Island – the penguins! The Penguin Parade is the island's star attraction, drawing nearly 2 million visitors annually.

  • Most experiences ask you to choose between general viewing, Penguin Plus, and Penguin Underground. General viewing provides a good view of the penguins as they come ashore. Penguin Plus offers closer viewing areas with fewer people for a more intimate experience. Penguin Underground allows you to watch the penguins at eye level from an underground viewing area for a close-up view of these tiny birds!

  • The Phillip Island only day tour gives you the option of choosing between general and premium penguin viewing experiences. The premium option includes additional perks such as closer viewing areas for the Penguin Parade, enhancing your overall experience.

  • Finally, the combo tours provide only the general viewing experience for the penguin parade along with other attractions, like Brighton Beach and Healesville Sanctuary.

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Your Phillip Island Nature Park ticket options explained

National Park ranger at Churchill Island farm - Phillip Island

Attraction tickets

  • When you opt for attraction tickets to Phillip Island, you're in control of your adventure. Enjoy the freedom to explore the island at your own pace, focusing on the attractions that intrigue you most. Choose between Penguin Parade, the Koala Conservation Reserve, Churchill Island or Nobbies Centre.
  • With the flexibility to arrange your transport, you can dive deep into the island's top attractions and even upgrade your viewing experience for the Penguin Parade.

Recommended experiences:

Koala Conservation Reserve Tickets & Optional Entry to Phillip Island Nature Parks

Churchill Island Tickets & Optional Entry to Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade Tickets

Koala’s at the Phillip Island Koala Conservation Reserve

3 park pass

  • The 3 Park Pass provides excellent value by granting access to three of Phillip Island's top attractions: the Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island, and the Nobbies Centre. 
  • With this pass, you’ll be able to experience Phillip Island, exploring everything it has to offer, all in one convenient package. Plus, you can save both time and money by bundling attractions together!

Recommended experience:

Phillip Island 3 Parks Pass

Penguin Parade at Phillip Island

Penguin Parade

  • The Penguin Parade is Phillip Island’s most popular attraction, attracting over 2 million people from all over the world each year! Don’t miss out on this attraction on your visit to Phillip Island.
  • Although every ticket option includes access to the Penguin Parade, we’d still recommend you choose the 3 park pass if you’re really interested in viewing the penguins from optimal points.

Recommended experience:

Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade Tickets

Melbourne skyline from Brighton Beach - Phillip Island

Day tours

  • If you’re worried about transportation or don’t want the hassle of booking each attraction in Phillip Island, worry not! These tickets are perfect for you. Enjoy the round trip transfers that will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel from Phillip Island, and will take you to each attraction on the island as well.
  • Enjoy Melbourne’s attractions with your combo tickets! Get to visit Brighton beach, Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy along with access to Phillip Island! Combine these tickets and save on your experience. 

Recommended experiences:

From Melbourne: Half-Day or Full-Day Phillip Island Guided Tour

From Melbourne: Brighton Beach & Phillip Island Tour

Plan your Phillip Island tour

Timings
Penguin Parade
Return transfers
Getting there
Safety
Tips
Accessibility
Where to stay
Where to eat
Timings - Phillip Island Nature Park tickets
  • Penguin Parade: Daily 4pm
  • Koala Conservation Reserve: Daily 10am - 5pm [Last entry: 4:30pm]
  • Churchill Island: Daily 10am - 4.30pm
  • Nobbies Centre: Daily 10am - 4pm
  • Best time to go on a tour: For pleasant weather with fewer crowds, visit in spring (September to November). For the best penguin viewing conditions, visit in summer (December to February), but expect larger crowds.
  • Note: If you’ll be visiting from mid-December to late January, during long weekends, school holidays or other peak periods, we’d recommend accounting for some extra time, as traffic can get very busy.
Penguin Parade - Phillip Island
  • Penguins arrive at sunset each night, so we’d recommend arriving at least 1 hour prior to penguin arrival time on your ticket.
  • Check this calendar out for estimated penguin arrival timings. Note that this is just an estimate, and penguins could arrive 10-15 minutes off from the listed times.
  • Duration: The Penguin Parade lasts 50 minutes from the time the first penguin crosses the beach.
  • Best time to see the penguins: The best time to see the penguin parade at Phillip Island is during the warmer months from October to March when the Little Penguins are more active and the weather is milder.
Return transfers - Phillip Island

With return transfers sorted out with your day tour tickets, you can kick back and relax, knowing that your transportation is all taken care of. No need to stress about finding your way around or dealing with parking hassles – just focus on soaking in the sights and experiences.

Full-day tour

  • You’ll depart from Melbourne at 11:45am (Apr-Sep) or 1:45pm (Oct-Mar)
  • You’ll get to visit Koala Conservation Reserve, Phillip Island, Cowes, Phillip Island Nature Parks and the Phillip Island Penguin Parade.
  • Return to Melbourne begins at 9:45pm (Apr-Sep) or 11:45pm (Oct-Mar)

Half-day tour

  • You’ll be picked up from Melbourne around 1:45pm - 2:45pm.
  • You’ll get to visit Koala Conservation Reserve, Phillip Island, and the Phillip Island Penguin Parade.
  • Return to Melbourne will begin after the Penguin Parade ends.
Getting there - Phillip Island tickets

Distance from Melbourne: 141.8 km 

If you're planning on travelling to Phillip Island by yourself, these are your best options:

  • Bus: V-line operates a bus to Phillip Island’s main town, Cowes, from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne city. 
  • Taxi/car: Approximately a 90-120 minute drive away from Melbourne, you’ll also get to enjoy free parking on site.
Safety - Phillip Island Nature Park tickets
  • Keep an eye on the weather with the Bureau of Meteorology app to stay informed about conditions and any warnings.
  • Pay attention to safety signs on the beach to know what dangers to watch out for.
  • Stick to swimming between the red and yellow flags whenever you can.
  • Always keep an eye on kids when they're near the water.
  • It's safer to swim with a friend than alone.
  • Learn how to recognize and avoid rip currents. You can get more info at beachsafe.org.au.
Tips - Phillip Island Nature Parks
  • Dress in layers as weather conditions on Phillip Island can change quickly.
  • You’ll be doing quite a bit of walking in most places, so wear comfortable walking shoes during your trip. 
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect against the sun, especially during peak daylight hours.
  • Carry insect repellent especially during warmer months, to ward off mosquitoes and other insects.
  • Don’t forget to carry a camera or binoculars! They’ll come in handy when you go for the penguin parade.
Accessibility - Phillip Island Nature Parks
  • The Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Reserve, Churchill Island, and the Nobbies Centre are fully accessible to wheelchair users. 
  • There is a complimentary buggy service available for visitors with Mobility needs. You can contact the staff on location to avail this service. 
  • The venues have got nice, spacious pathways so folks in wheelchairs or pushing strollers can move around comfortably.
  • There are specific parking spots set aside for those who need them.
  • Ramps are available at the visitor center and along the boardwalks.
  • Need a spot to leave your stroller while you enjoy the penguin viewing? You’ll be able to avail the designated pram parking service.
  • Inside the visitor center, complimentary wheelchairs are offered to visitors in need.
  • Counters and interactive displays are set at accessible heights, especially for wheelchair users.

Frequently asked questions about Phillip Island Nature Parks tickets

Is Phillip Island worth visiting?

Absolutely! Phillip Island is one of the most unique experiences in Australia, with untouched wild forests and beaches, penguins visiting every day, whales and dolphins making their presences known to visitors, and a beautiful bar/pub culture. It’s a wonderful experience to go on if it’s your first time in Australia!

Is it necessary to take a guided tour?

Taking a guided tour can enhance your experience, especially if you want to learn more about the island's history, wildlife, and conservation efforts. There are different types of tours, like half and full day tours, and ones that include access to some of Melbourne’s landmarks.

How can I get to the island from Melbourne?

To reach Phillip Island from Melbourne city center, you can drive, take a bus, or join a guided tour that includes transportation. The distance is approximately 140 km, and the journey takes about 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on traffic.

Is there a best time of year to visit?

If you want to see the famous Penguin Parade, the best time is during the cooler months from September to April when the penguins return to shore at sunset. However, if you're interested in whale watching, the best time is from May to October when whales migrate along the coast.

Do I need to book tickets in advance?

We’d recommend booking your Phillip Island Nature Parks tickets in advance, especially during peak seasons like holidays and weekends, as it is a popular tourist destination. This applies particularly to attractions like the Penguin Parade and the Koala Conservation Centre.

Are dogs allowed inside?

Dogs are generally not allowed inside most attractions on Phillip Island due to conservation efforts and the protection of wildlife.

How does weather affect transportation options?

Weather can affect transportation options to Phillip Island, particularly if you're planning to take a ferry. Rough seas or inclement weather might cause cancellations or delays, so it's advisable to check weather forecasts and transportation updates before your trip.

What are the available amenities and assistance available to people with disabilities?

Phillip Island provides amenities and assistance for people with disabilities at most attractions. These include wheelchair access, accessible restrooms, ramps, special parking and wheelchairs for rent.

Is there a dress code or any clothing restrictions for entering?

There's no strict dress code for entering Phillip Island, but it's advisable to dress comfortably and consider the weather conditions, especially if you plan to spend time outdoors. Carry layers in case it gets cold, especially for the Penguin Parade.