Phillip Island Penguin Parade set for a $48.2m makeover in this year’s state budget
Monday, August 29, 2016 – 16:16
PENGUINS are a big winner in this year’s state budget with the iconic penguin parade set for a $48.2 million makeover.
The funding will allow an upgrade of the visitor’s centre and 8 hectares of penguin territory will be restored and preserved.
It is hoped the commitment to be funded under the upcoming State Budget will add an extra 620 jobs, including 110 construction positions.
The Phillip Island Penguin Parade is one of Victoria’s popular tourist attractions attracting 600,000 visitors a year.
That figure is set to increase by more than 20 per cent over the next decade.
Environment minister Lisa Neville welcomed the funding announcement.
“Anyone who has visited the Penguin Parade knows just how special this natural spectacle is. It’s only right that they have the facilities to match.”
Premier Daniel Andrews said the project “is a big win for jobs.”
The $60 million project will see the old centre moved to provide a new breeding area for the birds.
A new state of the art centre will be built further down the dunes to be finished in 2019.
The nature parks have also invested $10 million for the upgrade.
Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix – MotoGP
Friday, October 16th
The 2015 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix will see the world’s best riders return to Phillip Island on 16-18 October this year. World Champion Marc Marquez, crowd favourite Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo will each defy the rules of nature with agility, courage and speed, as they battle it out around the picturesque circuit.
Watch the greatest riders on earth cornering at a 64* angle, overtaking with just millimetres to spare and reaching a top speed of up to 344 Kph, all desperate to reach the pinnacle, accepting the winner’s trophy at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Whether you are an avid MotoGP fan or new to the sport, you will experience an unforgettable weekend at the home of Australian motorcycle racing.
The Island has a reputation for being one of the most unique and breathtaking destinations on the international circuit – with panoramic ocean views and great spectator vantage points all around the track.
The Islantis Surf Experience
Thursday, May 01st
The Islantis Surf Experience
A unique, immersive surf attraction with the world’s first 360 degree, wrap around surf movie experience. Discover Australia’s role in world surfing.
Nightly Penguin Parade @ Phillip Island
Contact The Island Accommodation to arrange passes for the Penguins – 03 5956 6123
Penguins arrive at sunset every evening.
We suggest you arrive one hour before penguin arrival time to explore the visitor centre displays, grab a meal at the café and head to the beach.
Penguins arrive from 5pm – 6.45 over the Winter, and from 8pm – 8.45 pm during the Summer
Planning a visit from mid-December to mid-January?
Be sure to pre-book your tickets to avoid missing out!
Taking a ranger guided tour?
Please check tour departure time on your e-ticket and call +61 3 5951 2830 at least 24 hours in advance of your visit to confirm your tour departure time.
Can’t make it for penguin viewing at sunset?
The Penguin Parade Visitor Centre is open from 10am daily (2pm on Christmas Day). Drop by and explore the interactive displays or book one of our day time education programs.
Learn More about the Penguin Parade