Phillip Island is a great place for a family holiday – there’s heaps of Phillip Island attractions to keep kids (big and little) entertained.
Phillip Island’s most famous attraction is the world-famous Penguin Parade. Each night (at sunset), Little Penguins return to shore after a long day fishing in the ocean. Little Penguins are the world’s smallest penguin and watching them waddle in from the ocean (after “surfing” in on the tide for as long as they can) is a real delight. They cross the beach and head to their burrows in the sand dunes. Summerland Beach is the main penguin viewing area and has tiered seating for those wanting to watch this wonderful display unfold. There’s elevated timber boardwalks from the main viewing area back to the visitor information centre, and it’s quite common to see those little penguins whose burrows are a lot further back from the beach still waddling on the sand beside you as you head back to the centre! There’s always local rangers on duty and they can answer all the questions you may have about these cute little creatures. You’re not allowed to take photos or video footage of the cameras, but it’s an experience that’s sure to be seared into your memory for many years to come. It can get very cool on the beach after the sun dips, (even in the summer months!) so remember to bring a jacket and some decent footwear for your visit.
If you’re wanting to learn more about animals, the ‘Koala Conservation Centre’ is another great Phillip Island attraction to visit. Its unique tree-top boardwalks mean you’re likely to come face-to-face with a koala when they’re snoozing in their native habit. The primary function of this centre is koala conservation – which is why this centre is so important. You can also have the opportunity to take a ranger-lead ‘Koala Eco-Explorer Tour’ to learn more about our koalas.
It’s also really important to remember the sweeter things in life, and Phillip Island is home to the ‘Phillip Island Chocolate Factory’ and as you can probably guess from the name, it’s about all things CHOCOLATE (yum, yum!). There’s heaps of interactive machines to discover, as well as learn some fascinating facts about chocolate and you can even make your own chocolate! All that will no doubt whet your appetite for chocolate, and luckily there’s a chocolate café and a chocolate shop on site for you to sample the wares!
There’s also plenty to keep the little ones entertained at ‘A Maze’N Things’. This Phillip Island attraction is perfect for anyone who loves puzzles, optical illusions and mazes. You’ll be entertained for HOURS! They’ve got everything from Illusions Rooms, a Mirror Maze and the Rotating Room, through to Australia’s largest three dimensional timber maze and a very unique 19 hole maxi mini golf!
Churchill Island Heritage Farm gives you a great chance to experience Victoria’s farming heritage – Churchill Island is just off the coast of Phillip Island and has a very important part in Victoria’s history of European settlement, as it was the site of the first European agricultural activity in Victoria – it’s been farmed since the 1950’s!
You can see (and do!) a whole range of farming activities including cow milking, sheep shearing, and whip cracking to enjoying wagon rides and whip cracking demonstrations. There’s also a licensed café, which a great spot to grab a coffee and catch your breath after busy day learning the ropes of farming!
If you’re looking for the perfect Phillip Island accommodation be sure to check out Comfort Resort Kaloha Phillip Island, located in Cowes with direct access to the beach and just a 10 minute drive from the famous Penguin Parade.