A Day Trip To Witness The Phillip Island Penguins
Phillip Island, a destination visited by millions of people every year. Many people consider it is an all-in-one destination for the whole family. Well, the Phillip Island is known for wildlife, beach, lighthouse, and much more. 3.5 million visitors is a massive number for a tourist destination. When considering all its attractions; it deserved to be viewed by over 3.5 million visitors a year. Phillip Island Penguins — what do you know about them? Well, you might have seen penguins on the television, but to see them in real; should you go to the extremes of the planet? Out of 3.5 million of visitors a year, a considerable percentage goes to witness Phillip Island Penguins, the smallest in the world. Yes, the smallest penguins exist in Australia. Blue penguin is another way to call these cute creatures. In this article, we cover several topics such as Phillip Island Penguins and the island too. This amazing island is in Victoria, Australia. If you are an Australian citizen; you must have visited this island a few times already. Its location and climate make it the perfect destination for family trips. Just go to Google and type Phillip Island Penguins in the search box. You will fall in love with the little creatures (the little penguins.)
Phillip Island is known for easy accessibility by a car. Well, you can visit the island by other transport means such as the ferry, bus-line, and even a helicopter. Or, you can book a tour package for convenience. Many things are there to do and witness on the island, so a day wouldn’t be sufficient to cover all. Anyway, a day trip is more than enough for spending time with Phillip Island Penguins. “3 parks family pass” for 2 children and 2 adults is the best package to consider. The family package cost $104 and saves about $20 off individual ticket prices. Kids under 4 can enter for free (a bonus.) The organizers of the island have made it easy by placing maps on the island for our convenience. The staff is very friendly, and they welcome you with a friendly smile. Also, they advise you on what activities suit your family the most.
The Churchill Island Heritage Farm: If you purchased the family package that we mentioned earlier; you can visit this farm destination before you see Phillip Island Penguins. The island heritage farm lets your kids experience the early life of the island’s people. High cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, and birds are the animals that you can see on the heritage farm. Your kids will love to spend time with these friendly animals. Wooden houses tell stories about early settlers on the island. The heritage farm gives you that “village feeling,” which will be a new experience for your kids living in the city. Anyway, don’t spend hours on the farm if you are on a day trip as you will run out of time for other interesting locations.
The koala conservation center: Koalas, cute creatures loved by kids and adults. The conservation center lets you get closer to koalas, which you don’t get in other destinations. Well, koalas are lazy animals, and they sleep for over 20 hours a day. So, seeing them active is your luck. Koalas spend most of their time on trees (sleeping.) So, if you are a wildlife photographer; the conservation center is the best place to take a few still shots of cute creature, koalas. Also, you can learn a lot about koalas by educational displays in the conservation center.
Phillip Island Penguins: Perhaps, the most popular attraction on the island. Sunset is the best time to witness these cute creatures. A quick tip: be there a bit early to secure your viewing point — a large crowd gathers during sunset. Well, you got two options here: 1) Staying at the visitors’ center. 2) Hit the beach for a closer look. Securing your spot outside will let you take a photo of a Phillip Island Penguin, a chance that you might get onetime for a lifetime (even a selfie.) Anyway, rain and cold can make it a bit tough staying on the beach. So, don’t forget to take blankets and a few umbrellas for the whole family. A quick tip: keep an eye on the weather report. If the report warns about possible rain; booking your viewing spot in the visitor’s center is highly advisable where it’s nice and warm.
The arrival of the penguins at the beach gives a “wow” to all the visitors. As mentioned, Phillip Island Penguins are the smallest in the world. They stand up to 30cm in height. Fairy penguins is another name given to these cute creatures (as well as little penguins.)
Tips for seeing the penguins:
* Warm clothes will keep you comfortable. As mentioned, rain and beach breeze can make kids uncomfortable. Anyway, the temperature on Phillip island won’t drop to minus values. Australian winter is mild when compared to in other countries. Summer is the best time of the year to see Phillip Island Penguins. Autumn and winter might give you a hard time.
* Check for the weather forecast before you hit the island. Big umbrellas can keep you protected from rain.
* The concrete stepped seating on the beach gets cold, so taking something to sit on is advisable. Taking anything that keeps you comfortable such as a cushion or a blanket is advisable.
* Well, you should love the little Phillip Island Penguins and keep them safe in their habitat. Don’t take photos, please. Turn off the flash. Bright light can damage their eyes. Penguins are sensitive creatures and are anxious and scared.
* You can go closer to the penguins but don’t touch them, which can panic them.
Bottom line: If you are looking for a unique holiday experience; a Phillip Island Tour is one of the best options you got. Well, a one-day trip is more than enough for a fun family time. Anyway, if you prefer to explore the whole island; one day is not enough. Phillip Island Penguins — perhaps the best attraction on the island. A family package won’t cost you over $105. Also, the package includes other viewings such as heritage farm, conservation center, and koala bears. It is a one-stop trip destination for beaches, wildlife, birds, and the environment.
Follow the tips we have given in this article when heading for a penguin viewing. The summer is the best time of the year to visit this paradise island. Contact us for more information on the tour, and we hope to meet you soon.