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Phillip Island

About Phillip Island

Activities

Phillip Island is a great holiday destination on Melbourne's doorstep. You can enjoy the famous Penguin Parade, view the beautiful coastline, feed the pelicans and visit historical homestead on Churchill Island.

Some of the interesting places on Phillip Island are not accessible by car, but you can stroll or cycle along one of the many walking tracks and bike paths.

Phillip Island is also the host of international Motorcycle Grand Prix and Car Racing events.

Flora and Fauna

Phillip Island's Wildlife Park has over 900 native animals. It includes the Penguin Parade, Seal Rock Observatory, Churchill Island and the Koala Conservation Centre. Phillip Island is famous for its nightly Penguin Parade. Every evening at sunset, watch thousands of penguins crossing the beach on their nightly return to their burrows. Seal Rocks is home to Australia's largest fur seal population of around 16,000 seals. Seal Rocks can be viewed from a distance at the Seal Rocks Observatory or for a close-up encounter, take a Seal Cruise.

Churchill Island has a pleasing mix of history, rural aspects, exotic gardens and fantastic views over Western Port Bay. The Island was first owned by John Rogers whose cottage still stands today. The island has been open to the public since 1976. It's well worth spending an hour or so looking over the old homestead, cottage, old buildings and historic farm machinery.

Phillip Island also has a large population of Koalas. At the Koala Conservation Centre, you can walk along the boardwalk to get a tree-top view of koalas in their natural habitat.

History

Phillip Island was discovered in 1798 by George Bass, and eventually named after Captain Arthur Phillip, the first Governor. In the early days, the island supported a variety of industries including, sealing, whaling, sheep farming and chicory farming. It was even used for a short time as a military post to deter the French from claiming the area. In 1920 a track to the penguin colony was built, and tourism began.

For information on day packages, click here.

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