Can you see seals from the Nobbies?

Nestled to the west of Phillip Island sits the Nobbies Centre! Offering visitors a deeper dive into the history and wildlife makes this island so great.

The Nobbies, Phillip Island

Showcases through a series of informational signs, multi-media displays and interactive exhibits, the centre gives visitors a look into this region while also boasting impressive cliffside views. It’s not just the centre which has a bunch of attractions in store, with the surrounding the Nobbies area is just as exciting!

The Resident Seal Colony

Nearby to the Nobbies Centre lies the home of the local seal colony. The Australian Fur Seals can be found hanging out on the large rocks of the beach or frolicking in the shallow waters. This south-western tip of Phillip Island, known as Seal Rocks, is home to more than 30,000 fur seals year-round. So no matter what month you visit, you’ll be guaranteed at least one seal sighting! Visitors can opt to walk along the coastal boardwalk to catch sight of these adorable creatures. Or for a closer look, folk can even join in on a wildlife cruise to the Seal Rocks.

About the Australian Fur Seal

Australian Fur Seals occupy the country’s coastal waters and oceans, making their homes on the rocky shores of the coastline. They are the largest of all the fur seals, with a broad head, pointed snout and long whiskers. When seeing them on land, they look quite clumsy, but in the water, their bodies are quick and agile, gliding through the water with ease. They mostly feed on the local fish species, as well as squid and octopus, being skilful hunters in the water.

Due to the Europeans hunting the seals severely in the 1800s, the Australian Fur Seal population has dropped from several hundred thousand to only 20,000. Making them a protected species of marine mammal in Australia, with the Nobbies colony vital for the species’ recovery.

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