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Phillip Island: Travel Tips

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Penguin Parade at Phillip Island

The best way to make any trip hassle free is preparation. It doesn’t matter if it is a short, day trip like our travel to Phillip Island; the important thing is you know what to do when the circumstances change. So when plans are altered at the last minute, you have options to choose from.  This is why I’m sharing with you some travel tips that might help you along the way, especially if you’re bound for Phillip Island.

1. There’s always a Plan B or C.

You’ve done your research and planned your itinerary for the whole day. You are prepared as can be, organizing your stops and schedule accordingly. However, there are just some things that can go beyond your control, so make sure you have some flexibility in your itinerary.

Prepare a Plan B or C so you can easily make a decision where to go when it’s pouring rain outside or where to grab some quick bites.

2. Familiarise yourself with the road map

Are you driving to Phillip Island through the South Gippsland Highway route or are you taking the Pakenham exit instead? No matter which one it is, you have to know where you are on the map. We had to make a U-turn because we missed both Sybella Avenue and Rossiter Road on our way to Koo Wee Rup, towards Pakenham. I don’t recall seeing a sign, so you have to be more aware. If we hadn’t had our phones with us, we wouldn’t have known better.

3. Bring a jacket, a poncho, and an umbrella.

You never know how quickly the weather changes. One minute the sun is shining bright in the sky, the next minute it’s nothing but grey clouds. That happened quite a lot during our trip, so it’s best to pack these things in the car.

And since it is autumn, it is advisable to carry a thick jacket. Sitting an hour or so at night by the beach can get really, really cold.

4. Extra battery

This is a lesson I have learned the hard way, finding myself unable to capture anymore photos because my camera’s battery is dead. If you have a DSLR, consider buying an extra battery. An extra, fully charged battery is really handy especially if you are out for the whole day and night. With the cold season too, you will find that batteries are drained much faster, so a spare one is really necessary.

5. Extra pair of socks

Keep your feet warm and dry at all times. Nothing is more uncomfortable than being stuck with cold, wet feet and an hour and a half of driving ahead of you. Remember, you’ll be outdoors most of the time. A little rain and you can get your shoes soaking wet, so bring an extra pair of socks.

6. Citylink

The road to Phillip Island is filled with tolls. Lols. Since we rented a car for our travel, the only way for us to pay for our way is through Citylink. You can buy a 24-hour pass or a Weekend pass before or after you travel.

7. Check the Time

Verify what time the penguins are expected to arrive on the day of your visit. It may be as early as 6 o’clock or a little later such as 8 o’clock in the evening, depending on the season. Both ways, it would do well for you to arrive an hour early.

8. No photography at the Penguin Parade

It might be upsetting, at first, to learn that you can’t take a photograph of the penguins. Understand that it’s for the best of these creatures. If people try to get a quick and sneaky shot, please tell them no.

9. Be wary of the sea gulls at Penguin Parade

It’s not only people who are waiting at the beach for the arrival of penguins; it’s the sea gulls as well. And where there are sea gulls flying overhead, you can be sure there is bird poo as well. You’ve been warned.

10. Where to Eat?

Knowing where is the nearest restaurant or café can be challenging when you are in an unfamiliar place. What makes it more difficult is finding open that is open until late at night. So take note of some establishments within Phillip Island or on your way there. It is also good to remember landmarks, gas stations, and even convenience stores that can make your journey easier.

Some of these are pretty practical tips that a traveler already knows, but I do like to add a bit to it since I’ve posted about our short trip to Phillip Island. Nevertheless, I hope that with these reminders, it will help you have a more enjoyable and comfortable weekend getaway.

 

Disclaimer: LezGoMelbourne is not paid by nor affiliated with any of the companies, shops, or brands mentioned above (if any). These are LezGoMelbourne’s personal opinions with no intention to cause or do any harm. These tips/guides are not to be taken as fact or absolute. Please consult with a professional for your own counsel.

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Phillip Island: A Day for Penguins, Koalas, and Kangaroos

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The open fields to Phillip Island

It was our first trip out of the city. Together with a couple of friends, we made plans to Phillip Island for a date with penguins, koalas, and kangaroos. Yay! I cannot tell you how much this trip made me feel like a kid all over again. I mean, we’re talking about penguins! If you have watched Happy Feet then you know the scale of giddiness that I am talking about. So, armed with smart phones for maps, we navigated the long and busy highway to our destination.

It was a smooth ride all the way to Phillip Island. We took the straightforward route, which we thought might be faster since we were driving on the freeway, and made an exit to Pakenham. From there, we proceeded to Koo Wee Rup and drove thru Lang lang onwards to Phillip Island. There were plenty of signs along the road to remind us we’re not lost or we’re nearly there, so the drive was fairly simple.

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Getting up close with these kangaroos is another unforgettable experience you can add to your itinerary

Our first stop was the Maru Koala & Animal Park, open from 9:30am to 5pm, on 1650 Bass Highway, Grantville. It’s not exactly in Phillip Island, but you’ll pass it on your way there. A short, quick visit here is really nice, especially when you can get up close and personal with the kangaroos. And I really do mean close since you can feed them with the palm of your hands. It is a quaint place with really friendly keepers, so it’s just like visiting a friend’s house and petting their animals.

And oh, did I mention that they have an albino kangaroo?

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This kangaroo looks just like a little lamb.

But, if you are keen on going to places where conservation is of the utmost importance and where you can view the animals in their natural habitat, then I encourage you to visit the Koala Conservation Centre at Phillip Island. Their address is 1810 Phillip Island Tourist Road near the attraction AmazenThings and opposite Rusty Water Restaurant & Bar.

The Koala Conservation Centre is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Here they have trails or boardwalks where you can watch and observe the koalas as you walk along, which can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 30 minutes or more to cover.

Next up was Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate, otherwise known as Phillip Island Chocolate Factory. Boo was more than excited to be here and be surrounded by chocolate.

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Are these chocolate men? I still wonder to this day.

The exhibition showcased the origins of the cacao and how it is processed to produce chocolate. As you venture more inside, everything becomes more whimsical and interactive. You have plenty of opportunity to have a taste of their chocolate too.

Considering the scale of their operation, the exhibit was okay but their chocolate products are very limited. You could say I was underwhelmed. For a chocolate factory, they could offer more variety.

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I feel like I’m in a cartoon skit when I saw this.

A stop that is more for the kids and the kids at heart is Amaze’nThings. I had a great time here with all the illusions and puzzles it houses. I’m not going to say more unless I spoil it for you, but I do have to say Amaze’nThings has big potential. With better upkeep and maybe even more puzzles, it won’t be a surprise if this turns into a huge amusement park. I really hope they make further developments with Amaze’nThings.

We included other stops in our itinerary, hoping that we would have enough time to visit them all or in case the weather turns, sadly we didn’t have enough time and it was already raining. So, we decided to go to Penguin Parade.

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The real penguins are as cute and adorable as these stuffed toys, but more so.

Since photography is not permitted, I can only tell you how adorable the penguins really are. It was a cold and windy evening but no one was deterred from spending a considerable amount of time hanging out with the penguins. What made it even more delightful was the sight of fat, fluffy chicks coming out of the burrows, walking around and calling out to their parents. Awwww.

Penguin Parade is truly an experience in itself.  I would go again to Phillip Island again and visit other attractions and the surrounding towns as well. I’m sure there are plenty of treasures to be found.

 

Disclaimer: LezGoMelbourne is not paid by nor affiliated with any of the companies, shops, or brands mentioned above (if any). These are LezGoMelbourne’s personal opinions with no intention to cause or do any harm. These tips/guides are not to be taken as fact or absolute. Please consult with a professional for your own counsel.

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