We did the trip from Melbourne to see the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island. The journey takes around 1 hour 45 minutes and the bus stopped at Churchill Island first. This is described as a heritage farm and while that's true, most of the demonstrations had finished by the time we got off the bus and up to where they were happening. Frankly, it would have been better to have cut this and spend more time at the Koala sanctuary. This was good with 2 enclosures that have boardwalks in them.. You're pretty well guaranteed to see Koalas, but don't expect to be able to touch them. These are wild animals. We also saw Kookaburras at close range so this was great.
There was a meal stop at The Nobbies. The food was OK - more or less the standard you'd expect at a UK motorway services. There are boardwalks across the tops of the cliffs and you'll be closer to hundreds of gulls than you're ever been before. We also saw a baby penguin waiting for its parents to come back and feed it.
We moved on to the Penguin Parade itself. You get in through a reception centre that stinks of popcorn. Remember that the penguins start to come out of the sea at dusk and it gets cold so take warm clothing. When the driver tells you that the best part of the trip is walking back to the bu BELIEVE him. My advice would be to sit and watch a couple of rafts of penguins come in and then saunter back along the boardwalk. You'll see loads of penguins close to you and it's much more interesting even though you mustn't take any photographs because flash damages the birds' eyesight.
All in all a good trip.
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