Situated on Phillip Island in Victoria, Australia, the Phillip Island Nature Park is a wildlife conservation park spanning nearly two thousand hectares. Although the park is run by the Victorian State Government, its popularity as a tourist attraction means it does not have to rely on government funds. Founded in 1996, the park is less than a two hour drive from Melbourne. There are four major attractions here, namely the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, the Penguin Parade, the Nobbies Centre and the Koala Conservation Centre.
The Penguin Parade, which takes place at sunset, is by far the most popular attraction here. Visitors can watch as the Little Penguins wade out of the ocean and across the shore to get to their burrows in the sand dunes. Of all penguin species the aptly named Little Penguin is the smallest and is the only species of penguin with a permanent presence in continental Australia. Although one can find a schedule of penguin arrivals on the official park website, timings can vary.
The Churchill Island Heritage Farm is a terrific place for visitors to get an idea of farm life. From cow milking and sheep shearing to wagon rides and demonstrations by blacksmiths, it is an interesting place to visit. At the Koala Conservation Centre one can come across the country’s iconic marsupials while the Nobbies Centre brings visitors closer to the island’s massive seal population. The nature park can be fun for the entire family and tourists visiting Melbourne should definitely try and take a trip down to Phillip Island. It is bound to be an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city with an addiction to sports. Quaint yet cutting edge, it is definitely one of Australia’s most interesting cities. The architecturally diverse city features buildings from the Victorian era as well as more modern structures; the city boasts a terrific metro system but also has the largest tram network on the planet; and Melbourne accommodation ranges from cosy inns to luxury hotels. Tourists looking for luxurious Melbourne hotels can try The Langham Melbourne. Boasting a convenient location and offering spectacular service, it is the ideal place to stay at.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.
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