Hello, me and my family are planning to go here on the first week of July. Is the weather going to be super cold compared to Melbourne’s city center? & can we still see lots of animals there? We will be staying in Melbourne. Is it enough for only a day trip or should we stay there for 1 night. My sister went there last year on September & she told me that it’s super crowded.. is it going to be crowded too in winter? Thank youu xx
Yes, it will be cold, so wrap up, but it is an experience of a life time so don't be put off. There are a lot of people there but it's very well organised. There are plenty of other things to see on Philip Island so I suggest you stay the night as the penguins arrive at dusk so you won't get away early, It's a 90 minute drive from Melbourne (the roads are good). Take the pressure off yourself - enjoy and then go back to accommodation nearby
The penguin parade will always be crowded no matter the month you go. It is the main tourist attraction on Phillip island. If you have children I highly recommend staying the night. There are plenty of things to do there. We stayed on Phillip island (rented a place on Airbnb) for 3 nights. It was perfect amount of time (with 2 young children) to see and do things on Phillip island without rushing!
We were there in February and it was hot in Melbourne and cool on Phillips Island,the fog was rolling in. The penguins start landing on at sunset and we spent about an hour watching them arrive on the beach and another 1/2 hour watching them walk up to their burrows. I would recommend paying for the VIP seats instead of general seating Iit is less crowded). Between the Noble Center and the Penguin parade you will see penguins. My husband and I went on an excursion which left Melbourne at 1 pm and we got back to Melbourne around midnight. We went to several other places on Phillips Island. Hope this helps
for me it was cold. and I arrived back in the hotel at 1am in the night. I think with children is better having a hotel in the near.
in my opinion it will be always crowded....
you will see a lot of pinguins... as I know there is an animal parc in the near. hope that helps.
Day trip is enough at this time of year it will be very cold watching the penguins come into the beach as the wind is directly from Antartica, so rug up the sunset will also be much earlier as it takes approx 1 1/2 - 2 hrs to drive back to Melbourne. You also have to be very patient and wait for the penguins sometimes over 1/2 hr after sun sets but it is so worth it!! When you get to the designated area sit as far right as you can to get the best view. The animal park is great for kids and they will enjoy feeding the emus and kangaroos. Just remember winter and cold!!!!
Go to Phillip island & stay one night. Go penguins, wear warm clothes lots of layers!!!! Don’t worry about VIP tickets, get there early, just general admission tickets are fine the penguins come up the middle of the two stands so sit to the inner sides of either stand. Stay in Cowes afterwards, then the next morning go to the Phillip Island wildlife park - it looks old from the outside but feeding Kangaroos close up it is the best place to do this! Also wallabies to pat and feed, tassie devils, emus, koalas. You’ll love the experience.
There's a koala place on Philip Island. I didn't manage to fit it in, so can't give you a view - sorry. There's also Healesville animal sanctuary which is in the direction of the Yarra Valley. You will see koalas and kangaroos there - though not in huge numbers - but close up. That's the best I can recommend from my experience. Go to the Tourist Centre in the centre of Melbourne (Federation Square) if you can. They are really, really helpful and can give you options and make bookings for you too.
Thank you so much for the answers. I don't really know where else to go… i have 3 days to spend in Melbourne, day 1 city center, day 2 phillip island or mornington peninsula or the 12 apostles, day 3 Yarra Valley.. my family love seeing animals but we don't really want to go to the Zoo.. we want to see wild kangaroo or koala but we don't know where to go...
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