Phillip Island is a great day trip from Melbourne. It’s a nature and wildlife paradise with great surfing spots, walking trails and a penguin parade!
Do: Explore the rich wildlife! You can see koalas, penguins, wallabies and many birds on the island. The Penguin Parade is probably the most famous attraction. Go if you’re really interested but the whole thing is not as spectacular as the circus around will let you believe it is. The little penguins are exceptionally cute as they waddle out of the sea at dusk but the seating area is still pretty far away to see them properly. It’s also very loud and crowded so it’s not an absolute must. Especially since there is another place close by where you might spot some penguins. The Nobbies Centre lies at the very end of the islands west coast. Walk on the boardwalks along the beautiful rough coastline and look closely under the planks for little penguins. Nearby you also find a beautiful calm spot to observe all kinds of birds and maybe a wallaby that suddenly crosses your path. The Swan Lake Trail is a short 20 minute walk from the car park to the lake and especially gorgeous in the afternoon sun. The Koala Conservation Centre is a nice way to see some of the adorable bears. You walk through a part of adjusted forest where the koalas live observed but freely in their natural habitat. Cowes is a small town on the northern coast. You can easily spend a relaxed afternoon at the beach and watch sailboats, fishermen and kids enjoying the calm water here. The beaches on Phillip Island are beautiful, for example Woolamai and Anzacs beach which are especially popular with surfers.
Getting around: From Melbourne it’s an one and a half hour drive by car. To explore the island by car is also the best option.