Phillip Island 3 Park Pass: Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre and Penguin Parade, Koala ConservationHeritage Farm
If you choose to do it all in one day, it is recommended that you consider this sample itinerary, which allows you to end your day with the Penguin Parade at sunset.
Morning at the Koala Conservation Centre: See koalas up close from treetop boardwalks, and join a ranger-led eco-explorer tour to learn more about these beloved Australian animals.
Lunch at Churchill Island Heritage Farm: Purchase lunch at the cafe, and then explore the homestead and working farm to watch daily farming activities like milking cows and shearing sheep. Learn about the farm’s history, and admire the local birdlife.
Afternoon at the Nobbies: See Australia’s largest colony of fur seals and enjoy views of Seal Rocks from the chain of boardwalks.
Sunset at the Penguin Parade: Watch the world's smallest penguins waddle out of the sea and parade across Summerland Beach to their sand burrows. Tiered viewing stands allow everyone to see the action.
Please note: the Penguin Parade can be booked out during peak periods. We strongly recommend you contact the Penguin Parade prior to your visit to secure your preferred date.
In addition to these attractions, you can explore Phillip Island Nature Park’s tranquil wetlands and rugged coastlines. Check out the interactive interpretative displays, walking tracks and elevated boardwalks that allow for sweeping photo ops. The park is also home to cycling paths, beaches, inlets and bays that you can discover at your own pace and in your own way — perhaps go snorkeling, surfing, diving or biking. (Any equipment rental, island transportation, food, drinks and other activities are at your own expense.)
Please note: The 3-park does not include transportation or transfers. You must make your own way to Phillip Island and between the attractions.
- Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Koala Reserve
- Entry/Admission - Churchill Island
- Entry/Admission - Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transportation to, from and around Phillip Island
- Optional equipment rental or other activities
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Plan to arrive at least one hour before sunset if you want to see the Penguin Parade
- All revenue generated by the Phillip Island Nature Park benefits penguins and conservation
- Phillip Island Nature Park understands the disappointment of not being able to use your camera but hopes that you have an enjoyable experience. The park did not take lightly the decision to prohibit cameras; after many years of consideration, cameras were banned for the following reasons:
- Flash photography is at the blue end of the light spectrum and disturbs penguins; while flash photos were always banned, the park could not stop them from being used, as many flashes cannot be turned off; the taking of flash photos also disturbs other customers who obey the ban, and therefore all cameras are now prohibited
- The parade lights are soft and dispersed at the yellow end of the spectrum; research has proven that these lights do not affect the penguins
- All photos are banned because some new digital and video cameras are very like flash cameras in appearance
- Since the new camera regulations, many people have commented on the improved experience while watching the parade; visitors are no longer crowded by other customers trying to take pictures, and the whole evening is now much more peaceful for both people and penguins
- Phillip Island Nature Park's management must consider the penguins first. We hope you understand this position.
This tour is hyped in all the travel literature. We found it highly overrated. The farm tour was the high to us, but you can see a working farm almost anywhere. The KoLa observatory was rather sad in the stE of the entrance. Even realizing that this is a sanctuary didnt account for the lack of information signage and no guides or audio. The koalas were pretty much invisible as it was daytime. I would rather have used my money for a donation, than bother with the long trip out there. The Penguin Parade was a disaster because of the buslloads of foreign travelers that refused to listen to the Rangers regarding no photography and to stay seated so that all visitors could watch the parade. The penguins were charming but the crowd was obnoxious.
It is amazing especially the penguin parade where you can see a lot of them washing up the beach by the waves.
We felt the 3 Park Pass was good value for money. The Penguin Parade was cute, but your level of enjoyment will depend on just how cute you find little penguins. Like everything else that gets a massive build up, it's hard to match the level of expectation. Do be prepared for a long wait before they appear, and do come prepared for really cold weather once night falls - we were lucky, it was quite a warm evening, but even so . . . We give top,marks to the Koala Centre, that was fascinating and a rare opportunity to get close to these increasingly rare animals in their natural habitat. Unfortunately we did not have time for the Farm, but would assume this would be quite interesting too. Certainly the 3 Park Pass is good value and worth getting if you are visiting Phillip Island.
Churchill Island was the highlight for me. Very interesting place. The Koala sanctuary was well set up with nice boardwalks, but you wont get much action from the Koalas who appear bored. The penguins were worth visiting, but there is quite a lot of waiting and if breezy the temperature drops so wrap up. They are very sweet when they emerge. You are not permitted to take photos at penguin parade as it might spook the penguins.
Churchill Island Farm is well worth it and enjoyable for everyone. Don't miss the whip cracking or working dog demo. The Koala Centre is well setup so you see all the koalas. Keep your eyes peeled for other animals on the forest floor. The Penguin Parade is under whelming, too many visitors who have no respect for the penguins or park rangers. They need to find someway to limit visitors and ages, it isn't realistic to think under seven's can wait that long for the penguins to appear and then remain quiet. Many adults were not able to...unfortunately the poor penguins are frightened and come out of the ocean in ones or twos not as a big group.
The park is still under development for more koalas ... we did see the biggest echidna though and that was great
A little boring. But the penguin parade was worth it