Family Travel – Phillip Island

Travel Time: 2 hr drive from Melbourne

Weather: Summer, with warm pleasant weather and cool nights, is the most popular time for visiting Phillip Island. Spring and autumn are the mildest seasons, both with reasonable crowds and moderate weather that is neither too hot nor cold. Winter reaches very cold temperatures, particularly in the evenings, but is one of the best times to visit Phillip Island and to see the exciting Penguin Parade with very low crowds

Language: English

Currency: (AUD) Australian Dollar 

Major destinations: Penguin Parade, The Nobbies, Koala Conservation Centre, Maru Koala and Animal Park, Bass Coast Whale Discovery Trail, A Maze’N Things, Churchill Island Heritage Farm

Holiday types: Beach/resort, nature, active adventure for all ages

Home to over 20,000 miniature penguins and just off Victoria’s magnificent southern coast, Phillip Island is an absolute gem for families with young children. Every sunset (every day of the year!) hundreds of people eagerly await the arrival of the island’s renowned Little Penguins who waddle into the shore on an exciting ‘Penguin Parade’.

Though renowned for its miniature penguin residents, Phillip Island is home to a diversity of wildlife, including both Australia’s largest seal colony and majestic migrating Humpback Whales.

Families can take part in Seal and Whale Watching Cruises, visit renowned native Australian wildlife parks and learn about farm animals at the island’s historic heritage farms. Phillip Island is famous for its stunning beaches – the south coast surf beaches, including Woolamai and Summerland, are best suited to strong swimmers and surfers, while families with young ones will enjoy the tranquil Shelley Beach and Kitty Miller Bay.