G’day Travelers! I’ve made a lot of trips down to Victoria’s Phillip Island over the last couple years to photograph different events. But my most recent trip was the first time I’ve had the opportunity to explore more about what the island had to offer. (You can find out more about my most recent trip here).
Being the first time I’d had an opportunity to do anything touristy on Phillip Island, the first stop had to be the famous Penguin Parade, what most people know the island for.
Arriving late afternoon the plan was to head straight out to the Penguin Parade. However we got there just a bit too early. So we continued down the road to the Nobbies Center to quickly check out the view with the late afternoon sun.
It turned out to be quite busy. Seemed like everyone seemed to have the same idea before making their way over to the parade. So we made it a quick stop before heading back to the Penguin Parade via the scenic route along the coast line to check out more of the views.
As it turns out the Penguin Parade wasn’t what I was expecting. Without really doing any research I thought it would be a couple of lookout points to watch the penguins as the climbed up the hills. I never expected to find a full visitors center, boardwalk and special seating areas right down by the beach.
It was actually quiet interesting to see the boardwalk setup to allow the tourists to walk amongst the penguin habitat while not interfering with the penguins. The penguins don’t make an appearance until the sun has set, but it’s recommended to get there a bit early to get a good spot by the beach. We arrived just before the crowds which worked out well.
Unfortunately people aren’t allowed to take photos, even without a flash. Apparently it’s because the cameras scare the penguins. Here’s a couple of photos I took, while it was ok to take photos, but once the sunsets the rangers make sure that nobody is taking photos of the penguins.
If you’d like to see photos of the penguins check out these photos here: http://www.penguins.org.au/photo-gallery/ I’d like to go back and see if I could organise special permission to take photos.
If you’d like to find out more about the Penguin Parade, including ticket prices etc… head over to – http://www.penguins.org.au/
The next morning we headed back out to the Nobbies Center to try to beat the crowds. It was a good opportunity to check out the boardwalk and the Penguin habitats in the daylight. There’s also plenty of other wildlife to spot during the day. The area is popular with several types of birds, particularly Cape Barren Geese, as well as Australia’s largest colony of Fur Seals.
Here’s a couple of photos from around the boardwalk.
After exploring the Boardwalk, we headed inside Nobbies Center to check out the Antarctic Journey. It was certainly interesting, it provided some insight into the islands and natural habitats between Australia and the Antarctic.
After exploring some of the natural wonders the Phillip Island, it was time to pick up the pace a bit. So we headed over to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, home of the Australian MotoGP, for a bit of GoKart action.
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit has a Vistors Center with a variety of activities to keep motorsport enthusiast entertained. There’s a Motorsport Museum, Hot Laps, and Simulators. But the key attraction for me was the GoKart track which is 750 metre scale replica of the Grand Prix Circuit used by MotoGP, Superbikes and the V8 Supercars.
It was good to have a play in the GoKart, even though my lap times were absolutely rubbish. Next time I’ll give myself a but more time to make sure I can have a couple of sessions to get myself up to a reasonable pace.
For more information about the GoKarts at Phillip Island head to: https://www.phillipislandcircuit.com.au/family-fun
I quite enjoyed exploring more of what Phillip Island had to offer, there is still plenty more to do down there.
Have you been to the Phillip Island before? Feel free to leave your suggestions or tips of your own with a comment below so I can check them out next time I head that way.
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