Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 5 PHILLIP ISLAND WONTHAGGI INVERLOCH LEONGATHA WILSONS PROMONTORY FOSTER PORT ALBERT Showcasing Mother Nature’s uniqueness Phillip Island is the perfect place to get in touch with nature, explore outdoor wonders and meet some of the cutest and most intriguing animals who call the Island, and the waters around it, home. The Island is synonymous with the little penguins, the smallest of all penguin species, which emerge from the sea at dusk every evening after a day of ocean feeding. The flightless seabirds, making their unique little honking noises, make their way up the beaches to their burrows nestled in the sand dunes, millions of people witnessing the daily ritual every year. Phillip Island is home to an estimated 32,000 breeding adults. Koalas, an iconic Australian animal, can be spotted along tree top walks providing superb up-close viewing of these fluffy eared tree dwellers. There are a number of areas on and around Phillip Island dedicated to saving a dwindling population, protecting them from predators and disease. At the western tip of the island is Point Grant, better known as The Nobbies. Seal Rocks, a pair of small islands about one and a half kilometres offshore from The Nobbies, are home to Australia’s largest Australian fur seal colony, with an estimated 16,000 inhabiting the area. Seals can be seen lazing and sunning themselves on the rocky islands, with the odd little penguin doing the same to break the day. Phillip Island Nature Parks offer a range of quality ecotourism experiences across the Island with five major attractions: the Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Wild Oceans EcoBoat Tour and an interactive Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre as well as other recreational areas, including beaches, wetlands and woodlands. A short walk from Cowes Beach and the Esplanade and the perfect base for all your Island explorations is the Tropicana Motor Inn. Head out on the Island or stay in and relax in the onsite saltwater pool or meander the lush tropical gardens. Tropicana Motor Inn provides a num- ber of accommodation options, including intimate queen rooms, deluxe spa rooms and larger family suites, there’s something for everyone; select rooms also containing flatbed showers and handrails for guests with mobility requirements. Phillip Island is famous for its unique wildlife experiences like the coming home of the little penguins each evening. Photo: Phillip Island Nature Parks