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Koala Reserve (Koala Conservation Centre) Tours

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Koala Reserve (Koala Conservation Centre)
The Koala Reserve on Phillip Island is a fun and informative place to learn more about the popular Australian marsupial. Stroll elevated boardwalks through eucalypt woodland as you observe koalas in their natural habitat. 

The Basics
Visit the Koala Reserve’s interpretation center to learn about the animals; take a woodland walk through the native bush; or join a ranger-led tour. Koalas aren’t the only ones at the reserve, either—look for wallabies, possums, echidnas, and snakes.

Go on your own, or as part of a group or private excursion around Phillip Island. Guided tours typically also stop by the Penguin Parade conservation park. The Koala Reserve is part of the Phillip Island Nature Parks group—to save money on admission, purchase a combo ticket that includes several of the group’s attractions.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Parts of the Koala Reserve are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Family passes are available. Also, seniors and kids get a discount, and those under age 4 are free.
  • Both the treetop and woodland walks are categorized as easy, so kids and travelers with limited mobility should be able to enjoy the experience.

How to Get There
The Koala Reserve is located on Phillip Island, about a 90-minute drive south of Melbourne. The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge, and the reserve is about a 15-minute drive from the bridge. Public transit on the island is limited.

When to Get There
The Koala Reserve is usually open every day, with reduced hours on some holidays, and extended hours in the summer. Last access to the koala-viewing boardwalks is 15 minutes before closing time.

Visit Penguin Parade
Penguin Parade is another of Phillip Island’s natural attractions. Take a guided or self-directed tour of the center, which allows close-up views of little penguins in their natural habitats. Evening is the best time to visit, as the penguins return to their burrows along the beach around sunset.
Address: 1810 Phillip Island Rd, Phillip Island, VIC, Australia 3923, Australia
Admission: Varies
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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne Including Koala Conservation CentreDay Trips

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour from Melbourne Including Koala Conservation Centre

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Get up close to the adorable penguins and cuddly koalas of Phillip Island on this full-day back-to-nature tour, including hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Melbourne. Spot koalas in their natural habitats at the Koala Conservation Centre and get up close to local wildlife and tuck into a delicious afternoon tea (own expense) at Warrook Farm. At dusk, head to the viewing area at Summerland Beach to watch the evening Penguin Parade, as the island’s population of Little Penguins waddle ashore to sleep in their burrows.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Full-Day Penguin Parade and Melbourne City Tour From MelbourneDay Trips

Full-Day Penguin Parade and Melbourne City Tour From Melbourne

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Short on time? Explore Melbourne’s best bits, get up close to adorable koalas and visit Phillip Island all in one day! Visit Melbourne landmarks like Captain Cook's Cottage, St Patrick's Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens; stop to browse the stalls at Queen Victoria Market; and enjoy a walking tour of the city’s neighborhoods. After lunch in the city (own expense), journey to Phillip Island to explore the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, get up close to koalas at the Koala Conservation Centre and watch the evening Penguin Parade at Summerland Beach.
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  • 13 to 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 13 to 16 hours
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1 Day Exclusively Private Tour Of Phillip Island & The Penguin Parade Wine Tasting

1 Day Exclusively Private Tour Of Phillip Island & The Penguin Parade

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This bestselling private 12 hour tour includes pre-paid entry to some of the islands most popular attractions, including the Penguin Parade, Churchill island, Koala Conservation centre, plus one additional attraction of your choice (from our optional attractions list - e.g wildlife park). We also make a stop for wildlife spotting as we search for wild wallabies in a quiet natural woodland location. ***Please note that our visit includes your entry ticket to the 'standard viewing platform' at the Penguin Parade. if you wish to upgrade your ticket option to 'Penguins Plus' this will be an additional $30 per person (or $60 p/p for a guided ranger tour) and is strictly subject to availability. Please contact us in advance of your tour departure date, or prior to making a booking, if you wish to request this upgrade.
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  • 12 hours
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2 Day Exclusively Private Tour Of Phillip Island & The Penguin Parade Overnight Tours

2 Day Exclusively Private Tour Of Phillip Island & The Penguin Parade

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This exclusively private two day tour includes paid entry to some of the island most popular attractions, including the Penguin Parade, Churchill island and the koala conservation centre. Plus, also choose one ''Optional Extra'' on each day of the tour (e.g. Wildlife Park, Winery etc) We make a stop for wild wallaby spotting, visit some stunning beaches, a winery and undertake some beautiful walks. **Please note that our visit includes your entry ticket to the 'standard viewing platform' at the Penguin Parade. Upgraded tickets to 'Penguins Plus' this will be an additional $30 p/person & subject to availability. We have a modern comfy fleet of vehicles 2018 models complete with USB chargers, air conditioning and tinted UV protected windows. Departure times vary during the year and range from 9:00am - 11:30am. And as our tours are fully tailored to the guest experience, we recommend you to discuss these tour options pre-booking.
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Half Day Phillip Island and Penguins Tour from Phillip IslandNature and Wildlife

Half Day Phillip Island and Penguins Tour from Phillip Island

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Experience Phillip Island’s best scenery and most adorable critters on this day trip that makes it easy to get around without renting a car. There’s fun for all ages at the Antarctic Journey exhibits and Churchill Island heritage farm, plus some of the best views in Victoria from the Bass Coast and Summerland Beach. See wildlife in action at the Koala Conservation Center and with premium seating at the famous Penguin Parade, a nightly phenomenon where penguins waddle across the beach to their burrows.
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  • 7 to 10 hours
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Phillip Island Tour Including Phillip Island Penguin ParadeNature and Wildlife

Phillip Island Tour Including Phillip Island Penguin Parade

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Farming, surfing, and penguin parades make Phillip Island one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations. With this tour, see a lot of what the island has to offer while letting someone else take care of planning and driving. Start with coastal sightseeing—heading off the island as far as the Kilcunda Coastal Reserve—and continue to seal colony lookouts, a cheese factory, a sheep farm, and more. Finish by watching penguins waddle home after sunset.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours

Melbourne Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Phillip Island Penguin Parade plus Viewing PlatformNature and Wildlife

Melbourne Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour and Phillip Island Penguin Parade plus Viewing Platform

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Experience two top-selling Melbourne tours and save 20% with this super saver pass! Explore the city’s history and highlights with a 3-hour sightseeing tour by coach. Then, journey to Phillip Island for an up-close encounter with amazing Australian wildlife. See koalas in their natural habitat at the Koala Conservation Centre, and watch hundreds of fairy penguins emerge from the ocean and waddle across the sand during the famous Penguin Parade.
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  • 3 hours
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1 Day Phillip Island, Bass Coast & Surrounds TourNature and Wildlife

1 Day Phillip Island, Bass Coast & Surrounds Tour

This tour of the Bass Coast and South Gippsland is ideal for travelers who want to experience beautiful nature and wildlife in a gentle way. You’ll be driven through the countryside and will make plenty of stops. Your local guide will tell you all about the landscape and the wildlife you’ll see, which may include penguins, kangaroos, and echidnas. There’s no need to tire yourself out on a vigorous hike or cycling trip, as you’ll see the highlights in a relaxing way.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Phillip Island Tour from MelbourneDay Trips

Phillip Island Tour from Melbourne

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Observe some of Australia’s most popular native wildlife on this tour from Melbourne to Phillip Island that includes a stop at Koala Reserve. Interact with koalas before arriving at Phillip Island, home to sea birds, fur seals and, most famously, penguins. See the Nobbies to look for seals on the rocky coastline while you wait for sunset, when the little penguins perform the Penguin Parade, their nightly ritual of waddling out of the water and along the beach to their burrows. Upgrade options are available for better views and an enhanced experience.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Half Day Phillip Island and Surrounds TourWine Tasting

Half Day Phillip Island and Surrounds Tour

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Explore Phillip Island in style on a full-day tour that includes a 2-course restaurant lunch and visits to a local winery and brewery. Go sightseeing at destinations including the Nobbies, Bass Coast, and other scenic spots where you can look for wallabies, little penguins, Australian fur seals, and other wildlife. Relax during the lunch, which comes with a glass of wine or beer.
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  • 4 to 5 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 to 5 minutes
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