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The cruising scene has never been
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by SUE PRESTON
THE popular Victorian holiday play-
ground of Phillip Island is best known
for its nightly parade of little penguins.
Every day at sunset thousands gather to
observe the ritual of the little penguins
waddling purposefully to their burrows in
the sand dunes.
If the Penguin Parade is your stop on
Phillip Island, you would be forgiven for
thinking that this tiny island which meas-
ures only 26km by 9km is over-run by
Fortunately most have come from
Melbourne, less than a two-hour drive
away, and tour buses whisk them away
after the parade, leaving the island to settle
back into its natural serenity.
Coping with the huge interest in the
Penguin Parade, particularly from inter-
state and overseas visitors, has required
Phillip Island Nature Parks to come up with
some new ideas for those who want to get
more out of their pilgrimage to the island.
There are now premium seats to the
parade giving unrivalled proximity to the
little penguins as they make their rush up
At the Penguins Plus viewing platform a
ranger treats 150 ticketholders to an
overview into the life and habits of these
If you can't manage the walk from the
Visitor's Centre to this or any one of the
other viewing areas, a ranger can organise
a ride for you.
More than a quarter of Phillip Island --
1800 hectares -- is devoted to nature parks,
and it is one of the island's greatest draw-
cards, along with its sheltered beaches
and shaded grass on which to picnic. The
island is also home to Victoria's largest fur
The best way to reach Seal Rocks, just
two kilometres from the shore, is aboard
the Kasey Lee, a touring vessel operated by
Wildlife Coast Cruises.
When the captain cuts the engine you
drift to within metres of thousands of seals
on the rocks and in the water below and
beside you. The two-hour cruises operate
from Cowes Jetty.
Phillip Island Nature Parks recently
opened its new Koala Conservation Park
where the notoriously shy and sleepy crea-
tures can be best seen from the vantage
point of the tree-top boardwalks.
The centre plays a vital role in protect-
ing and monitoring the Phillip Island koala
population as well as restoring and main-
taining their habitat.
Another delightful spot is the Churchill
Island Heritage Farm which still uses old-
world farming methods from the 1800s. It is
in an idyllic setting across the bridge from
Try to time your visit to Victoria's first
farm to take advantage of the Churchill
Island Farmers Market on the fourth
Saturday of each month and fill the car
with delicious fresh produce from local
Other attractions include the Phillip
Island Chocolate Factory with its life-size
chocolate statue of Michelangelo's David, a
4.5 metre chocolate waterfall and a solid
chocolate village complete with working
Then there's the National Vietnam
Veterans Museum in a vast warehouse
with more than 20,000 items of memorabil-
ia including a Huey Cobra Helicopter and
VISITOR info - 1300-366-422,
Three Parks Pass to the
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SEALS Rock eco cruise -
PHILLIP Island Grand Prix Circuit
- (03) 5952-9400,
Genesta House - (03) 5952-3616,
NATURE AT ITS VERY BEST -- Seal
watching is just a captivating experience.
Centurion Tank. Frustrated car racing
enthusiasts will enjoy the Phillip Island
Grand Prix circuit which offers a new self-
drive experience which allows you to take
your own car on four laps of the circuit.
Genesta House Bed and Breakfast in
central Cowes exudes the sort of style and
comfort which comes from a strong invest-
ment of love and energy. Owner Susan
Handley always wanted to run a B&B and it
shows, from the tastefully appointed rooms
through to the beautifully-cooked English
breakfasts taken overlooking a gazebo and
sun-drenched deck with spa. The four en-
suite rooms have their own entrance with
* Sue Preston was a guest of Phillip Island
... but there's so much more to discover
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