If it is wildlife that fuels your passion, then there is one destination in Australia you should definitely go to and that is Phillip Island. Here, you won’t be limited to viewing enclosed animals. You will be able to see them in their natural habitats, free and able to do as they wish. Their freedom seem so absolute that you will feel as if you are living in their midst when you do decide to pay them a visit.
Home of the Wild and Free
You will find Phillip Island off the southern coast of Australia and it houses a number of species native to the country. These include kangaroos, koalas, platypuses and some whales at certain times of the year. Although they have all these wildlife, there is really just one star of the show and these are the Little Penguins, which are considered as the island’s main attraction. Just a 90 minute drive away from the city of Melbourne, the island draws in millions of visitors every year wishing to see these amazing penguins.
Enjoying Wildlife at Its Best
You will find it easy to spot various kinds of animal and even plant species in Phillip Island. There are a number of lookouts scattered all around the island where you can take a glimpse of the natural beauty it has to offer. As you go on walks, you may be able to see a wallaby or two or even a kangaroo being their playful selves in the bush. You may be lucky enough to see a platypus while you are out kayaking and will most certainly see some koalas clinging up on the gum trees. Boardwalks are also made available if you want to a closer look at all the animals you wish to see. There are also bird watching stations that you can take advantage of. Just ask at the local tourism office or at the visitor centre right in the island to find all the best places to visit.
Relish the Sunset with Penguins
If you are visiting Phillip Island, then the penguin parade is definitely one thing you should not miss. This involves the Little Penguins, which is the smallest of its kind in the world and is said to have the largest colony in the island’s Summerland Beach. They come back to their burrows at the beach during twilight after spending the day fishing and playing out at sea. Seeing these little deep blue-feathered (almost black) creatures waddle their way home will definitely be a pleasurable experience for you. You can choose to see them from the tiered viewing platforms made especially for the parade.
If you wish to get a taste of Australia’s wildlife at its best, then Phillip Island is the one-stop destination you must never fail to visit. You will not only get a day of adventure and fun, you will also be able to cap off your visit perfectly with the famous penguin parade just as the sun is beginning to set.Categories: Guides
Localities: Australia, Oceania, Phillip Island
Travel Themes: Nature, Sport and Adventure