Phillip Island is a bona fide wonderland of Australian native wildlife with over 40 different species making their home here, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, echidnas, Australia’s largest colony of fur seals, and an incredible array of birdlife including the world-famous Little Penguins. During the winter months, follow the Whale Discovery Trail to witness the magic and majesty of a range of whale species.
Experience Phillip Island from the water aboard a Wildlife Coast Cruise. With several spectacular cruises around the Island, you will encounter a range of wildlife in their natural environment including seals, dolphins, whales and birdlife, while getting a different perspective of the Island's fascinating coastline.
Cruises include - Seal Watching Cruise, Cape Woolamai Cruise,
Winter Whale Watching Cruise and the Twilight Bay Cruise
The Nobbies is home to a number of wildlife adventures - an Antarctic exploration, Little Penguins and wild coastline. Explore the boardwalks and see the explosive blowhole in action. Enjoy the views out over the Nobbies rock formations and beyond to Seal Rocks, home of Australia's largest fur seal colony. Inside the centre, there is an interpretive display on penguin conservation on Phillip Island and entry to the Antarctic Journey attraction.
Australia's most popular wildlife attraction. Each night at sunset, the world’s smallest penguins, the Little Penguins, emerge from the sea and waddle ashore after a big day fishing at sea. The elevated boardwalks and viewing stands allow you to enjoy all the ‘penguin action’ without disturbing them or their burrows.
4. Kitty Miller Bay
Sun, surf and snorkelling! Kitty Miller Bay is a picturesque, circular bay with a large rock platform that becomes exposed at low tide, making this spot ideal for snorkelling. A 500 metre long, south-facing beach, Kitty Miller is reasonably sheltered and has fantastic rockpools at low tide. *Play it safe by the water – check conditions before entering.
Wander the tree-top boardwalks and spot sleepy koalas up close in their natural habitat. The Koala Conservation Reserve offers a range of family-friendly activities and opportunities to see iconic Australian wildlife in their natural habitat, including koalas, abundant birdlife, wallabies, echidnas and bats.
A great way to explore the bushland of Phillip Island! Oswin Roberts Reserve offers a series of walking and cycling tracks that provide an opportunity to spot a range of Island wildlife, including wallabies and birds. There are three track loops ranging from 1km - 4.5km return.
7. Ocean Adventures
Experience awe-inspiring Cape Woolamai from the water on an action-packed boat tour or dive! See sea caves, granite cliffs and ocean wildlife while learning about the local history and environmentally significant areas through the expert onboard commentary. Ocean Adventures offers a range of experiences, including; The Drift, The Thundercat and The Dive.
Churchill Island's easy walking trails and cruisy cycling tracks are a great way to take in all the beauty and wildlife of this little island off an island. With tranquil scenery, historic sites, wetland birds, lavender gardens, local Indigenous culture and the Island's famous Highland Cattle, the Churchill Island Loop is an easy stroll around the island, and there are a number of shorter walks including the North Point Loop, and the Wadjil’garook Wetland. Visit the old homestead and heritage working farm to see the animals and daily activities.
Every day at midday, on the foreshore outside the San Remo Fisherman's Co-op, you can see a big group of excited, hungry pelicans swaying their big beaks and squabbling for their fresh fish lunch. While fun to watch, the Pelican feeding is not just about entertaining the crowd - it's a great opportunity to learn about the Pelicans, their diet and lifestyle. After the feeding, take a stroll on the pier and look out for large stingrays gliding through the water below.
Between May and October, the Island's coastal waters play host to the ocean's most majestic creatures, the Humpback Whale, Southern Right Whale and the occasional Orca Whale. Follow the Whale Discovery Trail and watch in wonder with a range of land, sea and air-based opportunities to view the whales on their journey.
11. Bass Coast Rail Trail
One of the best ways to explore the region is by jumping on your bike and following the Bass Coast Rail Trail - all 23 kilometres of it! Showcasing the region's rich history against stunning backdrops and coastal views, there's plenty of opportunities to spot some wildlife along the way, ranging from rare bird species, kangaroos and koalas, to migrating whales!
12. Bunurong Marine Park
Venture into the remarkable world that lies beneath the water's surface of the protected and widely loved Bunurong Marine National Park. There are a number of good spots to snorkel and dive in the park, such as numerous large rock pools and The Caves, which has a large pool opening out to the sea. At least 87 species of fish have been recorded within the waters and smaller sea animals are plentiful. *Play it safe by the water – check conditions before entering.
Maru is a fun-filled celebration of Australia's native wildlife with a range of nature-based experiences, entertainment and opportunities to get hands-on with the animals. Pat a koala, hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, get wrapped up in a python snake or cuddle a dingo.
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this land, the Bunurong people