You can’t visit Australia without seeing a koala or kangaroo, whether it’s in the bush, or the zoo!
One of the highlights of my semester abroad in Melbourne was the day I spent at Phillip Island. Our first stop was to the Maru Koala & Animal Park. I was really excited (and a little nervous) to be up close and personal with the Koalas and Kangaroos! I’ve heard some crazy stories where Kangaroos can chase and beat people up.
There was also a number of other animals at the park from Dingos to Peacocks, Emus to Donkeys and more. Unfortunately most the Koalas were sleeping when we arrived, but just seeing them sleeping in the trees was so cute! We also had a chance to feed some baby Kangaroos; it was a great experience, and Kangaroos aren’t as scary as I thought.
The next stop was to “the nobbies” which is a place at the edge of the island where you get spectacular ocean views and get to see seals close up. Because of the time we went, unfortunately we didn’t get to see any seals, but it was still incredible being up on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. It was super windy so I would suggest bringing warm clothing if you’re not visiting during the Australian summer months.
Lastly we arrived at the Penguin Parade. The island is famous for their nightly Penguin Parade where the world’s smallest penguins waddle in from their day hunting for fish in the ocean and return to their homes in the hills on the beach. We had a quick dinner at the cafe before heading to the beach, they give you such big portions so be prepared to take the food away or maybe share a meal if you are with other people. They don’t allow any photos or videos to be taken while at the Penguin Parade, so I have nothing to show you (apart from online image searches) but I highly, highly recommend it.
Overall it was an amazing day and I only paid about $40 since it was set up by the Community Spirit Programme at the accommodation I live in. It normally costs around $104 for a day trip, but it is definitely a worth while trip to make for anyone wanting to get out of Melbourne for the day.