Posted on 01/03/2015 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks staff and volunteers are looking forward to welcoming all Bass Coast Shire residents and landholders to their fifth Community Open Day on Sunday 1 March.

The Open Day offers free entry to all of Phillip Island Nature Parks’ attractions including Churchill Island, Koala Conservation Centre, Nobbies Centre and the Penguin Parade including free entry to the evening Penguin Parade.

An exciting range of activities, walks and demonstrations by Nature Parks’ staff, volunteers and community groups will also be held throughout the day.

Walks, talks and more

Enjoy the range of fun, interactive activities run by our rangers, researchers, volunteers and community groups across the Nature Parks locations. Why not join the Koala Walk and Talk, Dogs Breakfast, tour of the Barb Martin Bushbank tour, The Private Lives of Penguins tour or a Shearwater Sunset – to name a few!

In the afternoon, our rangers will be presenting an Environment Extravaganza featuring a demonstration by our fox dogs, kids games, building and painting your own bird and possum boxes and a session on Living with Wildlife - great fun activities for everyone!

Indigenous culture

A special interactive activity with the Boonwurrung Foundation will be held at 1.30pm. Join our indigenous elders in celebrating and learning about Phillip Island’s indigenous culture.

Shipwreck history

This year, Phillip Island and District Historical Society president John Jansson has put together a fascinating presentation on Shipwrecks of Phillip Island including early images and never-before seen footage. This presentation will be held at the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre at 2.30pm.

Penguin Parade

In the evening everyone is invited to attend the Penguin Parade at no charge. The magical experience of watching the little penguins return home is different every day, so this is a chance to renew your love of penguins, or perhaps experience it for the very first time. Join a fascinating tour with our penguin research team at 6.30pm for a true behind the scenes experience!

Fun for Kids

Throughout the day there will be many activities for kids including farming activities at Churchill Island, walks and talks, environmental games, possum and bird box making and painting and a special passport where kids answer fun questions and get a stamp at each venue to receive a prize.

Get Involved

On the day, meet the wonderful volunteers who support the Nature Parks and learn about how you can get involved. Volunteering offers opportunities to count koalas or shorebirds, work at Churchill Island assisting with guiding or gardening, protect Hooded Plovers, plant trees, help with Wildlife Rescue and much more. Come along and meet the inspiring volunteers and learn more on the day.

Free entry all day for Bass Coast

Entry to all of the activities and Nature Parks Visitor Centres (including the evening Penguin Parade), attractions and walks and talks is free throughout the day for residents and landholders of the Bass Coast Shire. To gain your free entry, please bring proof of your residency such as a rates notice, bill, driver’s licence etc. Free entry for household only. Accompanying friends are welcome, but must pay entry fees as apply. Offer excludes premium products and boat tours.

Buy a Local’s Pass and win!

Don’t forget that Phillip Island Nature Parks offers an exclusive Bass Coast Shire residents Local’s Pass. For the single cost of a ‘3 Parks Pass’, you can enjoy entry to Phillip Island Nature Parks all year round. Purchase your pass on the day and go into the draw to win one of Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Eco Boat Tours.

If you have any queries regarding the Community Open Day or Local’s Pass, please call 5951 2804 during business hours. A full program will appear in local papers in February and online at

Media Enquiries:
Sally O’Neill
Phillip Island Nature Parks
Mobile: 0408 101 976