Media Releases 2016

Posted on 24/02/2016 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks reveals a jam packed calendar of family friendly events


Unveiling a schedule of fun-filled events in the lead up to Easter, Phillip Island Nature Parks are showcasing their spectacular attractions with enticing events that will thrill, excite and entertain both kids and kids at heart.

The fun kicks off on the Labour Day long weekend with the first of two camping weekends for Dads and Kids, filled with outdoor activities, games, arts and crafts and so much more. For a change of pace, bring the whole family along to a relaxing Sunday Session on scenic Churchill Island, featuring live music, activities for kids, and plenty of local produce and wine.

To celebrate Easter, Phillip Island Nature Parks welcomes back its annual Easter Fun Festival at Churchill Island featuring hourly LEGO® brick play sessions across the weekend, and a traditional Easter Egg hunt for kids to indulge on Sunday.

Families can also explore the remarkable environment and wildlife of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, while enjoying the hands-on fun at the brand new, interactive Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies, opened in partnership with WWF-Australia.

Get up close and personal with some of the local wildlife at the recently unveiled Penguins Plus and Underground Viewing experiences at the world-famous Penguin Parade, or watch as the inhabitants of Australia’s largest fur seal colony playfully dip in and out of the water from on-board the high-speed Wild Oceans EcoBoat.

Some of the highlights hosted by Phillip Island Nature Parks include; 

Dads ‘n’ Kids Camping Weekends

Phillip Island Nature Parks are welcoming Dads ‘n’ Lads then Dads ‘n’ Daughters on two separate weekend camping adventures in March and April. Filled with teamwork and bonding activities, arts and crafts, beach games and a sandcastle building competition, families will spend the weekend soaking up the great outdoors. The Dads ‘n’ Lads weekend features a Rockpool Spotlight excursion while the Dads ‘n’ Daughters will head out on a night-time Koala Prowl. Bookings are essential. Mums ‘n’ Kids weekends are scheduled later in the year.

What: Dads ‘n’ Lads and Dads ‘n’ Daughters camping weekends

When: Dads ‘n’ Lads 12 – 13 March 2016; Dads ‘n’ Daughters 2 – 3 April 2016

Where: Phillip Island Nature Parks, Phillip Island

Price: $165 all inclusive (Aussie BBQ, breakfast, activities for one adult and one child). $65 per extra child.

How: Phone 03 5951 2802 or email schoolbookings@penguins.org.au 

Sunday Session at Churchill Island

To celebrate the Labour Day Long Weekend, Churchill Island Heritage Farm is coming alive with delicious local produce and wine, live music and free children’s activities for the ultimate Sunday Session. Set against a scenic backdrop overlooking Western Port’s calm waters, families will be entertained with some great tunes from some of our talented local entertainers, and Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Education Rangers will help children learn how they can help the environment alongside arts and crafts, treasure hunts and painting possum or bird boxes.

What: Sunday Session with fun-filled family activities and live music

When: 12noon – 8pm, 13 March, 2016

Where: Churchill Island Heritage Farm, 246 Samuel Amess Drive, Newhaven 3925

Price: Free entry with food and beverages available at menu prices at Churchill Island Café

How: Visit www.penguins.org.au or call 03 5951 2800 to find out more 

Easter Fun Festival

Churchill Island Heritage Farm will be transformed into a wonderland of imaginative inventions as the annual Easter Fun Festival once again hosts a LEGO® brick play event. Led by experts from Inside the Brick, a group that promotes cognitive and social development amongst children through constructive play, hourly LEGO® brick play sessions for children will run between 10am – 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Festival favourites such as working horses, vintage cars and caravans, wagon rides, and wood crafting are all returning, along with the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday between 10am – 1pm.

What: Easter Fun Festival at Churchill Island Heritage Farm

When: 26 – 27 March 2016; Easter Egg Hunt on 27 March

Where: Churchill Island Heritage Farm, 246 Samuel Amess Drive, Newhaven 3925

Price: Churchill Island Entry tickets -Adult (16+) $12.25; Children (4 – 15) $6.15 or Family (2A + 2C) $30.65, or included in 3 Parks Pass. Children under 4 FREE!

How: Bookings for kids only LEGO®brick play sessions are essential, phone 03 5951 2882

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this event. 

Antarctic Journey in partnership with WWF-Australia

Launched just this summer, Phillip Island Nature Parks hosts the world’s first interactive Antarctic experience in partnership with WWF-Australia at the Nobbies. Inviting visitors on a three-level walk through adventure, the brand new Antarctic Journey provides a hands-on and immersive experience in the wonderful world of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. As the first attraction in  Australia to share the WWF brand, the ‘Antarctic Journey’ features state of the art multimedia technology including an augmented reality screen which will allow visitors to appear as though they are patting a penguin, playing with a seal or within arm’s reach of a magnificent whale.

What: World’s first interactive Antarctic experience in partnership with WWF-Australia

When: Open daily from 10am until an hour before sunset (approx. 5pm in Autumn)

Where: The Nobbies Centre, 1320 Ventnor Road, Summerlands 3922

Price: Adult (16+) $18.00; Children (4 – 15) $9.00; Family (2A + 2C) $45.00.

How: Visit www.penguins.org.au to purchase tickets 

Wild Oceans EcoBoat Tour

Racing along Phillip Island’s rugged coastline and out towards Australia’s largest fur seal colony, Phillip Island Nature Park’s Wild Oceans EcoBoat tour is a high speed, adrenalin packed adventure. Operating daily, the EcoBoat offers two tour options – the Adventure 90 minute experience including Seal Rocks, the Nobbies, Summerland Peninsula and Cat Bay or, a 60 minute Express tour to Seal Rocks, the Nobbies and Cat Bay. Guided by experienced Nature Parks’ rangers, thrill-seekers can enjoy scenic coastlines and witness up close encounters with the Island’s local wildlife for a dose of discovery, adventure and excitement.

What: Nature Parks’ Wild Oceans EcoBoat Tour

When: Operating daily

Where: Departs from Cowes Jetty or Rhyll Jetty, subject to tide and weather conditions

Price: EcoBoat Express Adult (16+) $85.00; Children (4 – 15) $65.00; Family (2A + 2C) $235.00. EcoBoat Adventure Adult (16+) $110.00; Children (4 – 15) $65.00; Family (2A + 2C) $285.00.

How: Visit www.penguins.org.au to purchase tickets 

Penguins Plus and Underground Viewing at Penguin Parade

The world-famous Phillip Island Penguin Parade recently launched a brand new Penguins Plus and Underground Viewing experience in partnership with RACV. Visitors are now welcomed to sit on the newly renovated Penguins Plus stand to watch as the little penguins waddle by their feet or, venture underground for an exclusive vantage point as the penguins head home at eye-level. The penguins return home at sunset every night of the year. Bookings are essential.

What: New Penguins Plus and Underground Viewing at the Penguin Parade

When: Open daily, arrive one hour before penguin arrival time

Where: Penguin Parade, 1019 Ventnor Road, Summerlands 3922

Price: Penguins Plus Adult (16+) $47.20; Children (4 – 15) $23.60; Family (2A + 2C) $118.00. Underground Viewing Adult (16+) $60.00; Children (4 – 15) $30.00; Family (2A + 2C) $150.00

How: Visit www.penguins.org.au to purchase tickets and view penguin arrival times 

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Media Enquiries:
Roland Pick - Communications Officer
Tel:  +613 5951 2825  Mobile: 0418 402 161 Email: rpick@penguins.org.au