Kids love to spend their time with wildlife, especially, with cute ones like koala bears and penguins. So, showing Phillip Island Penguins is the best option to consider for your wildlife-loving kids this year. In fact, Phillip Island Penguin Parade is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Australia. Well, this parade is not an event or anything organized by the staff there. It is a 100% natural event that takes place every day, for 365 times a year. We cover several topics in this article about Phillip Island Penguins; enjoy!
Shall we start the article by understanding the geological location of the Phillip Island? “The is island about 140 km (87 mi) south-southeast of Melbourne, Victoria. Phillip Island forms a natural breakwater for the shallow waters of the Western Port. It is 26 km (16 mi) long and 9 km (5.6 mi) wide, with an area of about 100 km2 (40 sq mi). It has 97 km (60 mi) of coastline and is part of the Bass Coast Shire.” Well, that how the Wikipedia explains the geological location of this paradise island. So, if you live in Victoria; it would be just a drive of few hours. Well, people have been visiting Phillip Island Penguins for over 80 years now. According to the latest statistics, the island is the home for over 70,000 little penguins.
OK, let’s get to know these little creatures a bit better now! As the name suggests, “Little Penguins;” these creatures are smaller than the standards ones that we see in Antarctica. The standing height of a creature is just 33 cm (the average.) Fairy penguins, little penguins, blue penguins, and little blue penguins are the ways to call them. Well, Australia is the home for over 80,000 creatures including Phillip Island Penguins. So, Australia is the only place that you can see these cute creatures in large quantities, easily. New Zealand is another territory for these little “happy feet.”
Some technical information about Phillip Island Penguins:
1) As mentioned, the island is the home for about 30,000 little penguins (pairs,) and the number is on the rise. The island’s officials have initiated a program to conserve these cute creatures. You can adopt a penguin to support for its lifetime.
2) Well, physically they are small, but they can do things that even the humans cannot do. They can swim up to 20 km at a stretch. Also, they can swim up to 100 km when they are not molting or breeding.
3) These creatures get the energy to swim for that long by eating about 240 grams of fish a day.
4) They are good swimmers and good divers too. A little penguin can dive up to 60m deep the sea.
5) After long hours of fish-hunting, Phillip Island Penguins start their journey to their homes where the younger ones are living. This parade takes place every day during the sunset. Well, the whole 30,000 don’t march together as a group. They come in small groups, and each group can have about 100 of them. The term we use for such small groups; rafts.
6) They stop and rest along the path for many times. The sound they make is “huk huk.” Well, the little ones are very noisy when compared to adult ones.
7) To save the energy, they waddle instead of walking.
What have you understood so far? Well, Phillip Island Penguins are small creatures, but the story behind them is a big one. Your kids can learn a lot about these cute creatures from a one-day trip. For more technical information, you can visit this website (www.penguins.org.au.)
Why the Phillip Island?
As mentioned many other places are there in Australia to see these cute creatures. Anyway, out of all other penguin locations in Australia; this island is regarded the best. You got ample of other things to do on this island with your family. We can call it an all-in-one holiday destination for the whole family. Well, not only for kids, even the teenagers can enjoy the holiday by doing activities such as boat riding, go-kart riding, the theme park, and so on. The only downside is the season that you can enjoy the trip. The island gets the highest number of visitors during the summer, which is the peak season. During autumn and winter, the island’s temperature can drop below the “comfortable range.” Still, a few visitors take the risk of visiting the island for witnessing Phillip Island Penguins during colder times.
Anyway, we should give you a tip here. If you plan a one-day trip with your family; you better come during the summer. Or, book your tickets from the underground or VIP viewing zones of the penguins. So, you can protect yourself and family from the chilling wind blowing from the ocean. The summer sunset is a wonderful scene, and many tourists consider it as the best.
OK, we give you some tips for witnessing the Phillip Island Penguins now!
1) Visiting the island during summer will let you enjoy your trip peacefully. Anyway, summer is the peak season, so you better book your tickets for the family in advance. You can plan the trip yourself and drive to the island, or contact one of the reputable tourers.
2) If you go there just to the Phillip Island Penguins; be there at least an hour before (1.5 hours during the peak season.) Little creatures invade the beach during the sunset, usually 6.30pm. Take your kids to the penguin world where they can learn a lot about these creatures.
3) Be selective when choosing the viewing zones. For example, you can book your tickets from the general viewing zone during summer, which is the best place to sit and enjoy Phillip Island Penguins, also; the golden sunset. Book your tickets from the VIP zone if you prefer to enjoy a family time peacefully. Avoid outdoor viewing zones during colder times of the year such during winter and late autumn.
4) No matter the season, take a few umbrellas for the whole family. A rainfall could occur at any time. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast too.
5) You can plan a one-day trip for the family. Spend time on other activities and witnessing other places, then end the day with the Phillip Island Penguins. You can’t cover the whole island within a day. So, you better book 2-day or 3-day trip if you want to explore the whole island with your family.
6) This island is a great place to capture the wildlife and nature. Anyway, restrictions have been set on taking photos of the wildlife for their safety. For example, you are not allowed to take photos of the penguins (disappointing, isn’t it?)