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Posted on 21/07/2020 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Nature Parks announces new opening hours and free entry for locals

Phillip Island Nature Parks is announcing new temporary opening hours and entry arrangements for its attractions effective from next week.

The Penguin Parade will open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only, and remain closed during the week, while the Koala Conservation Reserve and Churchill Island will open only on Saturdays and Sundays.

“These actions will allow our business to continue to contribute to our local and regional Victorian economy whilst playing our part in keeping our staff and communities safe, and slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19),” said Nature Parks CEO, Catherine Basterfield.

“We are also delighted to be able to offer free entry to our communities in regional Victoria from Friday 24 July. This goodwill measure will help to support our local community throughout this challenging time and allow us to showcase our wonderful Nature Parks that we are all so proud of.”

Online bookings are essential for all visitors (including infants), numbers will remain limited to 100, and physical distancing and enhanced hygiene measures will continue to be implemented and enforced.

Victorians living in regional areas outside metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will be able to book their free tickets online at from Tuesday 21 July, with tickets being released in two week blocks. Each adult visitor will need to present photo identification (eg. drivers licence) showing their primary place of residence in regional Victoria.

Nature Parks walking tracks, boardwalks, reserves, and beaches are open for recreational use by regional Victorians with appropriate physical distancing. Essential conservation activities will also continue behind the scenes including caring for wildlife, scientific research, pest plant and animal control and revegetation.

The Antarctic Journey and Nobbies visitor centre will remain closed for the time being.


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