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Posted on 18/02/2022 by Phillip Island Nature Parks


Bass Coast Shire residents are invited to Phillip Island Nature Parks’ annual Community Open Day on Sunday 6 March, including a new opportunity to go behind the scenes and gain exclusive insight into the work it undertakes on Phillip Island.

This year marks the 11th annual Community Open Day where locals can discover all the Nature Parks’ attractions, celebrate the unique and amazing conservation work being done right here on Phillip Island, and connect with local rangers, volunteers and staff.

The day includes free entry to the evening Penguin Parade (general admission), Koala Conservation Reserve, Churchill Island and the exciting Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre.

Nature Parks CEO Catherine Basterfield said this year will feature ‘Nature Parks Presents’, a new series of exclusive behind the scenes activities focusing on some of the Nature Parks’ key work and hosted by the experts.

“Every year we look forward to opening our doors to the local community and after last year’s record-breaking attendance we’re excited to be adding even more events and activities for our community to get involved in,” Ms Basterfield said.

“Our new Nature Parks Presents series includes a day in our wildlife rehabilitation centre and showcases never before seen historic footage of what is now known as the Penguin Parade.”

Another favourite part of the day will be the Conservation Celebration at Churchill Island where there will be market stalls, live music, a BBQ lunch, giveaways and Caring for Country art activities.

Community members can learn about our koalas and newest locals, the bush stone-curlews, on a ranger-led walk and talk at the Koala Conservation Reserve.

The Nature Parks very own Marine Scientist Dr Rebecca McIntosh will lead a Seal Spotting Journey at the Antarctic Journey and as the sun sinks in the west, join penguin experts Dr Andre Chiaradia and Paula Wasiak for a Private Lives of Penguins tour and then free entry to the magical Penguin Parade.

Entry to all activities and Nature Parks’ attractions is free throughout the day for residents, students and landholders of the Bass Coast Shire and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community members.

The event is ticketed and you can register for your free tickets at gain your free entry, please bring proof of your residency such as a rates notice, bill, or driver’s licence. Free entry is for households only. Accompanying friends are welcome but must pay the applicable entry fees.

For further information call 5951 2830 during business hours or visit 

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Did you also know that all Bass Coast Shire residents can purchase a Locals Pass and become part of the Phillip Island Nature Parks community all year round with unlimited entry and great offers and activities? See or call 5951 2830.