The Nobbies – Explore Phillip Island

From the incredible coastlines to the fascinating wildlife, Phillip Island in Victoria has a plethora of activities and sights to offer its visitors. Located just 90-minutes south-east of Melbourne this incredible island plays host to some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery and makes for a perfect day trip during your time in Melbourne.

Many people visit this amazing island to watch the adorable penguin parade take place on the western beaches at dusk, as one after another of these little birds waddle their way up the sand to settle down in their burrows for the night. What this means, though, is that many people don’t take the chance to explore the western tip of the island during the day, and they are really missing out!

The western tip of Phillip island is known as Point Grant but is more commonly called The Nobbies because of the curious dome-shaped rock formations in the shallows. There is a 1km boardwalk along the shoreline which allows you to enjoy the spectacular sights that this area has to offer as you take a stroll beside the ocean at your own pace. You’ll even be able to enjoy the fiery orange sunset as it illuminates the rocky shores in its warm glow before making your way just a few kilometres east to enjoy the Penguin Parade.

Penguins, however, are not the only animals that this area is known for, The Nobbies is also home to Australia’s largest fur seal colony. With over 16 000 seals inhabiting the waters of Phillip Island’s west coast, a visit will be sure to reward you with the view of hundreds of these animals as the sunbathe lazily on the rocks. To get a closer look at the seals you will be able to book a wildlife tour which will take you 1.5km out to sea to The Nobbies seal rocks, here you will have a wonderful time watching them flopping about on the rocks and swirling through the clear waters beneath the boat.

Once you’ve drunk your fill of The Nobbie’s wildlife, you will be able to visit the Hobbies Centre, a sleek and modern building which houses a unique experience. Inside you will be transported on the world’s first virtual Antarctic journey, this interactive experience will fully immerse you in an icy wonderland.

With so much to do and see at The Nobbies, there is no doubt that this destination in particular will be the highlight of your trip to Phillip Island.

Check out the Phillip Island Tour.