Our Island News and Events
- Phillip Island Nature Parks Community Open Day (First Sunday in March every year)
- Our Locals Pass
- National Surfing Reserve Teams Challenge 2019 (Held annually in February for surfers of all ages and abilities)
- Phillip Island's National Surfing Reserve takes Marram Grass to task
- Reconciliation and recognition events. We respect and recognise significant events on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander calendar in conjunction with Bass Coast Reconciliation Network. More info on upcoming events
For more info on all Nature Parks events, visit our Events page
First Sunday in March every year. Free entry to all of our attractions for Bass Coast Shire residents, students and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community members. Stay tuned for more info…
Phillip Island Nature Parks’ annual Community Open Day was on Sunday 3 March 2019.
Bass Coast Shire residents flocked to Phillip Island Nature Parks to enjoy their annual Community Open Day despite the hot conditions on Sunday 3 March.
The day offered free entry to all Nature Parks attractions as well as a program of activities with rangers and volunteers to allow the community to experience and learn more about the Nature Parks’ environmental programs and community involvement.
The event also provided the occasion to launch the Nature Parks’ new 30-Year Conservation Vision - Beyond the Horizon.
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We walk together, we work together
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, work and learn, the Bunurong people. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future.
The Nature Parks is privileged to manage the Crown Land that forms part of the traditional lands of the Bunurong People and acknowledges that the Land, Waters and Sea are of spiritual, cultural and economic importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The Bunurong People refer to Phillip Island as ‘Millowl’.
Our shared vision for reconciliation: We walk together, side by side, respectfully caring for the Country, Waters and Sea of Millowl. We create a shared future of recognition, opportunity and true partnerships with Traditional Custodians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We create opportunities for healing through responsible and respectful truth telling and knowledge sharing.
Our reconciliation commitment is stated in our Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2022.
Join our Nature Parks Community and visit all year round with our Locals Pass.
All Bass Coast Shire Residents are eligible for the pass which offers unlimited entry for 12 months into the Nature Parks’ four major attractions:
- Visit our iconic Little penguins at the Penguin Parade – great to watch how the colony changes throughout the year and for when you have visitors!
- Immerse yourself in the exciting Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies and enjoy changing exhibitions and events.
- Relax and unwind at Churchill Island – enjoy a picnic under the trees or the daily farming activities anytime throughout the year.
- Stroll through bushland, meet the koalas from the treetop boardwalks and witness the changing seasons at the Koala Centre.
You also get 10% discount in the Nature Parks retail and food and beverage outlets and can sign up to regular updates about what’s happening.
How do I get my Local’s Pass?
Local Passes can only be purchased at Nature Parks venues. You will need to provide your proof of residency and then you are off and running!
- $58.80 per adult
- $29.30 per child (4 to 15 years)
The Nature Parks is a not-for-profit organisation and all revenue supports conservation initiatives on Phillip Island including protecting wildlife and our beaches, woodlands and wetlands. We also build and maintain beach access and viewing points, walking tracks and more.
To ensure the pass is exclusive to Bass Coast Shire residents, you must show identification of your residency within the Bass Coast Shire – driver’s licence, rates notice etc. The pass is available for purchase from the Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm and the Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies. Photo ID needs to be presented with the pass to gain entry at all locations.
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National Surfing Reserve Annual Surfing Teams Challenge 2019
Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve’s annual team challenge was held on Saturday 23 February 2019 and surfers of all ages and styles. Now in its sixth year, the event has become a favourite in the surfing calendar due to the diverse team make up and tag team format and reflects what surfing and the Reserve are all about - fun, family, community and great waves.
Team Crushers captained by Nick Fostin has won the sixth Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve Teams Challenge and Dave Fincher Memorial Trophy at the event held on Saturday 23 February 2019. Glorious weather and the majestic backdrop of Cape Woolamai surrounded all of the surfing action as nine teams battled it out. The classic Woolamai conditions were challenging at the start of the comp but improved on the rising tide. “For six years we’ve been chipping away at this title,” said Nick Fostin as he accepted the Dave Fincher Trophy, presented by Dave’s daughter Michelle.
1. BEST CONTRIBUTOR (as nominated by team captain)
(Prize: Certificate, cap, keyring - Islantis)
TEAM 1 –: ISLAND – Blake Green
TEAM 2 –: PENGUINS – Matt Krumins
TEAM 3 –: MISFITS – Riley Johnson
TEAM 4 –: SPOONBILLS – Jamie Liatoa
TEAM 5 –: TEAM CRUSHERS – Lannia Fostin
TEAM 6 -: WOOLAMAI HARDS – Andrew Burgan
Team 7 –: NO VEGGIES – Ebony Maier
Team 8 –: HIPS HEROES – Billy Hoskings
Team 9 –: INTO 3000 – Hannah Eisen
2. BEST JUNIOR
(Prize: Hoodie & fins – Rip Curl)
NAME: Codie Jeffrey TEAM: TEAM CRUSHERS
3. BEST KNEEBOARDER/40+ SHORT BOARD
(Prize: $100 Voucher – Westernport Hotel + Vissla T-shirt Full Circle)
NAME: Simon Chipper TEAM: ISLAND
4. BEST SINGLE FIN RIDER
(Prize: Voucher – Musclescope Massage, Vissla Hoodie – Full Circle)
NAME: Jake Eisen TEAM: TEAM CRUSHERS
5. BEST MALIBU RIDER
(Prize: $100 Voucher – Watermark Restaurant, Silverwater Resort + Vissla
Boardshorts – Full Circe)
NAME: Andrew Burgan TEAM: WOOLAMAI HARDS
6. BEST OVER 50 SHORT BOARD RIDER
(Prize: Black Vissla Jacket – Full Circle)
NAME: Dumpy Liddy TEAM: TEAM CRUSHERS
7. BEST TWIN FIN (PRE-1985)
(Prize: $100 Voucher – Westernport Hotel + Vissla pants – Full Circle)
NAME: Ash Easton TEAM: TEAM CRUSHERS
JUDGES DISCRETION AWARDS CATEGORY:
1. RAMADA AWARD FOR BEST MANOUVRE
(Prize: $500 voucher – 2 nights accommodation at Ramada Resort)
NAME: Cody Jeffrey TEAM: TEAM CRUSHER
2. REECE AWARD FOR TWIN FIN EXCELLENCE
(Prize: $300 voucher from Reece Plumbing)
NAME: Sandy Ryan TEAM: ISLAND
3. AWARD - ENTERTAINMENT
(Prize: PINP T-shirt)
NAME: Selim Delvan TEAM: WOOLAMAI HARDS
4. Award - DUMBELL
(Prize: PINP Hoodie)
NAMES: Ian Garrett TEAM: WOOLAMAI HARDS
1. ISLAND SURFBOARDS - BEST PERFORMANCE BY NON-SPONSORED
(Prize: Custom surfboard valued at $800)
NAME: Lannia Fostin TEAM: TEAM CRUSHERS
2. PHILLIP ISLAND RSL TEAM SPIRIT AWARD
(Prize: Meal voucher valued at $350)
NAME: Sam Guzzardi TEAM: NO VEGGIES
3. PRO SURF COACHING EMERGING SURFER AWARD
(Prize: 4 x 2-hour surf lessons valued at $480)
NAME: Riley Johnson TEAM: MISFIT
4. BEST SUPER GROMMET – SPONSORED BY NEWHAVEN COLLEGE
(Prize: Individual coaching session with Glyndyn Ringrose + Frankie Turnip T-shirt)
NAME: Oliver Van Venroy TEAM: INTO 3000
5. RAMADA RESORT - OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY MALE SURFER
(Prize: Accommodation voucher – 2 nights, valued at $500, PLUS Rip Curl pack,
valued at $200)
NAME: Glyndyn Ringrose TEAM: SPOONBILLS
6. RAMADA RESORT - OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY FEMALE SURFER
(Prize: Accommodation voucher – 2 nights, valued at $500 PLUS Rip Curl pack,
valued at $200)
NAME: Lannia Fostin TEAM: TEAM CRUSHERS
7. RIP CURL ISLANTIS – HIGHEST SCORING WAVE
(Prize: Rip Curl GPS Watch valued at $400)
NAME: Glyndyn Ringrose (9) TEAM: SPOONBILLS
TEAM CHALLENGE WINNERS
SIXTH: INTO 3000 POINTS: 45.5
FIFTH: PENGUINS POINTS: 47
FOURTH: WOOLAMAI HARDS POINTS: 52.5
THIRD PRIZE - $500
Team: SPOONBILLS POINTS: 52.7
Captained by: Andy Neal
SECOND PRIZE - $1000
Team: ISLAND POINTS: 71.5
Captained by: Sandy Ryan
FIRST PRIZE - $2000
Team: TEAM CRUSHERS POINTS: 90
Captained by: Nick Fostin
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