Outdoors Tourism

Nature Parks turns up the heat with a host of Island Adventures this Summer


Phillip Island Nature Parks has unveiled a jam-packed calendar filled with family fun and adventure these Summer Holidays. Three new Wild Oceans EcoBoat tours are bound to make a splash as visitors get up close to our amazing marine wildlife and explore the spectacular and sometimes rugged coastline. Holidaymakers can also savour local food, wine and live music with the return of the Sunday Sessions and Friday Summer Chill events at Churchill Island, while the kids can get involved with a selection of FREE ranger-guided activities for junior nature enthusiasts.

Embracing the summer sunshine, Churchill Island Heritage Farm will play host to a series of Friday Summer Chill evenings and afternoon Sunday Sessions featuring alfresco dining with fresh, local produce, wine, and live music. Catering to families, the Sunday Sessions also offer a selection of free kids’ activities to keep them entertained while soaking in the scenic view overlooking Western Port’s calm waters.

Junior nature lovers can get their fill with a great range of activities in the Wild Island Discoveries program, delivered by Nature Parks’ Education rangers. Discover the magical world of koalas and venture into the warm summer night for close encounters with resident wildlife on a Koala Prowl. Learn about the almost extinct Eastern Barred Bandicoots who now call Churchill Island home. Enjoy some beach discoveries and in-depth marine explorations on one of the Marine Madness or Rockpool Ramble activities.

The Wild Oceans EcoBoat Adventure is a 90-minutehigh speed expedition along Phillip Island’s rugged coastline out towards Australia’s largest fur seal colony. Thrillseekers can soak in views of scenic rugged clifftops along the coastline and enjoy up close encounters with Australia’s largest colony of fur seals at Seal Rocks. In the Summer months, up to one million Short-tailed Shearwater birds migrate around 15,000km from the Northern hemisphere, so Phillip Island Nature Parks has launched a 1 hour EcoBoat Shearwater Sunset tour that allows guests to watch the spectacular scene of the birds flying back to their burrows against the backdrop of Cape Woolamai.

The 3 hour EcoBoat Island Discovery Tour explores Phillip Island and its stunning, natural surrounds, with an everchanging itinerary based on daily conditions. This tour may include a myriad of highlights from the picturesque Pinnacles to views of the GP track from the coastline. A gourmet picnic lunch is included, to be enjoyed at a surprise location, possibly on one of Phillip Island’s beaches or the secluded sands of neighbouring French Island.

Visit www.penguins.org.au for more details.