The Little Penguin – Phillip Island

Phillip Island Nature Park prides itself on following the traditions of eco-tourism. With a variety of wildlife on the island and a large population of visitors, Phillip Island takes every proper precaution to make sure conservation efforts are in place. And if you’ve been to Phillip Island, you will understand why. The island is home to the smallest penguins in the world.

The famous Penguin Parade is held every evening at sunset on the island where tourists and locals alike can experience the penguins in their natural habitat. During the parade, the penguins make their way from the water to the sand and finally to their homes. The best part? You get to watch! Tickets to the Penguin Parade put you up in the viewing area to watch the largest colony of penguins waddle home. If you’re in the mood to spend a little more for an unforgettable experience, you have the option to buy a premium viewing ticket, where you get up-close-and-personal with the penguins. Although you are getting a better view, there is no flash photography allowed during the Penguin Parade.

If that’s not enough, they have created a Penguin Parade app for your smartphone or tablet to watch the penguins burrow into their homes, view photos daily, and learn more facts about the little guys.

Phillip Island is located only 90 minutes from the busy city of Melbourne. It’s a wonderful excuse to get out of town and enjoy the natural beauty of Australia. The island boasts over 100 activities, including some of the best surf in the south of the country. But the most popular attraction by far are the penguins. This is the only place in the world where you can see penguins in nature at a commercial venue. The Phillip Island Nature Park where the penguins reside was built back in 2006 and has been a favourite ever since it opened.

Fairy Penguins

The little penguins are called little for a reason. Only reaching 33 cm in height, they are truly small creatures. Often called Fairy Penguins in Australia, they are known as blue penguins in New Zealand where they also reside. They get the name blue penguin from the colour of their fur, which is a dark blue hue. Phillip Island is famous for these penguins because the largest colony lives on the island. Upwards to 70,000!

They are usually about 15 inches tall and have blue/grey bodies and flippers. They have a white tummy and throat. Their eyes are silvery grey and they have pink feet and a black beak.

Find out more about these cute creatures, on our Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour today!

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