When you think about Phillip Island, what puffs up to mind is penguin parade. It is because the island is home to over 30,000 little penguins. The island’s Summerland Beach is one of the largest little penguin colonies in Australia.
The island hosts a daily spectacle, inviting visitors from all over Australia and other parts of the world to witness the penguin parade that happens every sunset no matter what season of the year.
Phillip Island wildlife tours
Travel to Phillip Island, just 90 minutes away from Melbourne, to experience Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. You can see the koalas at the Koala Conservation Park, the Australian fur seals at Seal Rocks, or the many species of birds including the little penguins.
Phillip Island Nature Park has managed to keep the island’s natural environment. It raises funds to protect the island’s natural wildlife habitat and organises educational programs to raise the people’s awareness about the need to protect the environment and native wildlife.
The “penguin parade”
A major commercial tourist attraction on the island, the Phillip Island Penguin Parade has attracted visitors from different parts of the world to witness the little penguins as they waddle their way on the shore.
After the day’s work at sea, they sway back to their homes, to their nests in the sand dunes. Summerland Beach is closed to the public before sundown to give way to the penguins. Travelling in small groups, the little penguins steal the day’s sunset show with their well-rehearsed and well-choreographed penguin parade.
The little penguins
The little penguins are the smallest of their kind, hence the name “fairy penguins.” Measuring about 40 centimetres in length, the make little penguin is slightly bigger than the female. They feed on seafood – mostly fish and squid.
They embark to the sea early at dawn to fish. They’re excellent fishers and very good at diving. To compensate their inability to fly, they swim and dive a little deeper into the ocean up to 2 metres.
Little penguins and the economy
The little penguins have helped contribute to the island’s economy. In fact, Phillip Island tourism contributed close to half a billion dollars to the Australian state of Victoria’s economy every year.
In 2016, Phillip Island Nature Parks contributed $498 million to Victorian economy and created over 2,000 jobs. Thanks largely go to the little penguins, the fur seals, the koalas, and other native wildlife on the island. Crowds of tourist visit the island for its beaches and native wildlife.
Phillip Island tours with Melbourne Boutique
Melbourne Boutique Tours designed a tour package to Phillip Island to see the island’s native wildlife, capping it off with the spectacular penguin parade.
The itinerary includes touring Mornington Peninsula in the morning, which is only 45 minutes’ drive from Melbourne CBD, then from there take an hour-and-a-half drive to Phillip Island. It’s a day tour that covers two big-ticket tourist attractions close to Melbourne.
Activities in Mornington Peninsula includes sightseeing and a gourmet lunch. You can also have the option for the Mornington Peninsula wine tour. But a combination of Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island in a one-day tour is uniquely designed to give you a glimpse of both places.