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Posted on 21/05/2015 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks is inviting visitors to rug up and breathe in the fresh, island air this winter with a glistening line up of outdoor activities on offer. Nature-lovers can make the most of the peaceful, off-peak periods enjoying tranquil encounters with local wildlife on an Island Bird Tour and the hands on Ranger For a Day program or the more adventurous Wild Ocean EcoBoat Tours along with invigorating walks along surrounding coastlines and wetlands. 

Phillip Island Couples’ Winter Deal

Save over $290 on this Couples’ Escape to Phillip Island

-              1 night at Clifftop – Phillip Island’s finest boutique Accommodation

-              Eco Boat Tour – up close seal viewing

-              Ultimate Penguin Tour – intimate penguin viewing experience

-              Churchill Island Gourmet Lunch – Farmers’ Winter Menu featuring local produce

-              Dinner at Asian Kitchen – Inspired dishes from China, Malaysia and Vietnam

All this for only $585.40

To book phone 03 5951 2882 or email info@penguins.org.au

Travel dates are between 1 June – 30 September 2015


Here’s a selection of the Phillip Island’s hottest outdoor activities this winter:

Island Bird Tours

Best known for its Little Penguin population, Phillip Island is also home to over 200 species of birds and is also an International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Special Bird Area, making it an ideal destination for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts. Twitchers will love the Island Bird Tours; a complete day of bird watching guided by eco accredited rangers who share their excellent knowledge of the local feathered population. The tours include a viewing of the Phillip Island Penguin Parade and can be tailored to suit individual travel requirements. 

What: A full-day bird watching experience guided by eco accredited rangers

Where: Tours can be tailored to suit the requirements of individual travellers

When: Island Bird Tours operate year round

How: For bookings and more information visit www.penguins.org.au or visit 03 5951 2820.  


Wild Ocean EcoBoat Adventure Tour

Thrill seekers can sign up for a Wild Ocean EcoBoat Adventure Tour which weaves its way beyond the island’s shores on a high speed tour of the rugged coastline. Adventurers can expect encounters with the local Australian fur seal colony along with spectacular views of the Summerland Peninsula’s cliffs and the explosive blowhole at The Nobbies. From June through to September nature lovers also have the added possibility of a breathtaking close encounter with migrating humpback whale or orcas. The Wild Ocean EcoBoat Adventure Tours run for 60 and 90 minutes and prices start at $85 per adult.    

What: A thrilling, off shore EcoBoat tour of Phillip Island rugged coastline and its inhabitants

When: Tours run year round

How: For bookings and more information visit www.penguins.org.au/attractions/ecoboat-tours/ or phone 03 5951 2800.


Phillip Island’s Walking Trails

Phillip Island is also an ideal destination to explore on foot with picturesque walking trails to be found in every direction. Walkers can meander along cliff top tracks and coastal boardwalks or hike to the historic beacon at Cape Woolamai and venture inland to discover the mangroves and mudflats of the island’s world renowned wetlands.

What: Scenic walking trails abound across the Island

When: Phillip Islands’ walking trails are accessible throughout the year

How: For more information visit www.penguins.org.au/attractions/recreational-areas 


Ranger For a Day

Phillip Island’s dedicated team of rangers work tirelessly to protect the area’s natural environment and delicate ecosystems and, as part of the hands-on, Ranger For a Day program, nature enthusiasts can go behind the scenes to lend a hand. The ranger-guided day takes in the island’s most beautiful natural assets from sand dunes, mangroves and wetlands to woodlands and recently re-vegetated areas as well as the famous Penguin Parade, Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Koala Conservation Centre and the Nobbies.

What: A ranger-guided, behind the scenes encounter with Phillip Island’s local wildlife

Where: Locations across the Island including the Penguin Parade, Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Koala Conservation Centre and the Nobbies

When: The Ranger For a Day program operates throughout the year

How: For more information or to make a booking phone 03 5951 2820, email marketing@penguins.org.au or visit www.penguins.org.au/buy-tickets/category/id/28.


While on Phillip Island, don’t forget the world-famous Penguin Parade where you can witness the return of Little Penguins from the sea to their sand dune burrows just after sunset. The Penguin Parade offers a range of viewing options, including ranger guided tours. Find out more at penguins.org.au.

At the end of a day of outdoor discovery, couples can retire to the warm surrounds, cosy log fires and sumptuous local food and wine on offer at a range of nearby small hotels and bed and breakfasts. For more information about accommodation visit www.phillipisland.org.au.