May 27, 2022

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Top 10 Places To Visit on Phillip Island

Phillip Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations near Melbourne. The island is named after the 1st Governor of New South Wales, Arthur Phillip. Many holiday goers to Melbourne will usually join a one day tour to Phillip Island to watch the Penguin Parade. However, best way to travel around Phillip Island is by self drive and it is highly recommended you overnight on the island.

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Why self drive to Phillip Island?

The island is just 90 minutes away of driving from Melbourne CBD and you save more and see more by renting your own car. Thus, you have the luxury of your time visiting all the places we recommend on Phillip Island.

Is one day enough for Phillip Island?

It is definitely a big NO NO. That’s why we wrote this article to show what Phillip Island can offer. When we visited the island, we stayed two nights and we enjoyed it very much. Thus, what to do in Phillip Island? We have listed our favourite The 10 Places To Visit on Phillip Island is:

1.Up Close and Personal with Little Penguins at Penguin Parade

The Penguin Parade is the most iconic attraction on Phillip Island as the island is the home of the little penguins, the largest “little penguin” colony in the world. At Penguin Parade, you can see the little penguins up close and personal within the viewing boxes. Basically, most of the tourists will come to see this place only on Phillip Island but you must understand why.

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The brand new Penguin Plus Platform. Picture is from Tourism Victoria.

The little penguins are similar to the Penguins of Madagascar. They are similarly cute but the actual penguins are less cheeky. Thus, we walk in lines and slowly they walk from the beach to their nests and you get to experience every part of it.

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The brand new Penguin Plus Platform. Picture is from Tourism Victoria.

The operating hours usually during sunset and we have attached the operating hours of the Penguin Parade for the whole year round. Please be there at an hour early as it is usually very packed and that is how you can get the best seat.

There are strict rules on the Penguin Parade such as no photography allowed as these little penguins have sensitive eyes. Thus, you will notice that there are only dim lights used in this area. Please respect the rules and regulations of the park like the rest as the rules are created to protect the penguins.

It is usually windy and chilly here so please bring a jacket or scarf when you visit the Penguin Parade. If you are a big fan of Penguins, this is a must visit place on Phillip Island. Expect to spend at least an hour or two and watch the little penguins slowing walking from the sea to their nests in rows.

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The brand new Penguin Plus Platform. Picture is from Tourism Victoria.

This is a place you should bring your family, your children, your loved ones and your friends. Show them the real penguins in the real habitat and not in the aquariums or oceanariums.

What’s New?

The Penguin Plus is new thing in 2016 in Penguin Parade. The cool thing about Penguin Plus is it is a section where you can view the little penguins up close and personal. Of course there will be additional charges for Penguin Plus viewing platforms. For more ticketing info visit

The brand new Penguin Plus Platform. Picture is from Tourism Victoria.

We visited this place twice and we don’t mind coming back again. You can book the tickets online but we do advise you to book bundle tickets so you can visit more places and save more.

For more information on Penguin Parade, please visit and remember to get their package passes to save cost.


Phillip Island Nature Parks
P.O. Box 97
Cowes Victoria 3922

Phone: + 61 3 5951 2800


2.Visit The Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

The story behind The Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is rather unique. The owner is a Malaysian who migrated to Australia years ago. We met him and he told us his life journey working in cocoa plantation, turning his passion and dream into reality. Thus, he built this Panny Phillip Island Chocolate Factory.

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The Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is the place for chocolate lovers. It is a mini size of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory minus the “oompa loompa”.

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Chocolate waterfall.

To enter the chocolate factory is free but you have to pay to enter this chocolate playground where you can see chocolate art works, chocolate waterfall, chocolate games, see how they create chocolates and create your own chocolate bar using their own Chocolate Machine.

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Chocolate making Machine!

You just need to do this once in your lifetime. Since you are on Phillip Island, there is no harm visiting this place.

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My own chocolate bar!

You should allow at least 45 minutes really enjoy your visit and they serve really good Indian food in their restaurant. Thus, you can purchase their chocolates in their shop only. For more info visit


Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory Address:
930 Phillip Island Rd, Newhaven VIC 3925, Australia

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11 thoughts on “Top 10 Places To Visit on Phillip Island

  1. Love Philip Island. Been there before and the penguins are so cute. Would love to go back to that again.

  2. how thrilling… I would love to be able to see these little penguins there…only seen them in zoos up to now…

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