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Phillip Island is home to one of Victoria's most popular wildlife attractions, the daily Penguin Parade. As the sun sets, the penguins waddle their way up the beach to the safety of the sand dunes. Witnessing it is one of the main tourist attractions in the state of Victoria. Although the island only has a permanent population of just over 6,000, annually it attracts over 3 million visitors.
For more information, go to the official Visit Philip Island website.
Phillip Island is located in Western Port, roughly a two hour drive south east of Melbourne.
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Philip Islands' summer last from December to February when it's usually warm, dry and sunny. Although relatively close to Melbourne, temperatures are noticeably lower here. Still, with winds blowing directly from the north/northwest, temperatures can hit 40 °C during some occassions as well. Winters last from June to August with temperatures mostly between 10 and 15 °C during the day. Most of the rain falls during the winter.
Phillip Island Airport (YPID) at Newhaven is a possible way to get here by plane, but it will have to be a charter flight.
There are no trains servicing Phillip Island. You could possible catch a train from Melbourne to Dandenong and then catch a bus from there, but you probably might as well just catch the bus all the way from Melbourne.
From Melbourne, get on the the South Eastern Freeway (M1). Exit at Cranbourne onto the South Gippsland Highway (M420). Follow this through to the Bass Highway (A420). Once you have reached Anderson, turn right at the roundabout onto the Phillip Island Tourist Road (B420) and travel through San Remo and Newhaven to reach Cowes.
Several V-Line buses travel from Melbourne to Cowes daily and take about 3 hours to make the trip. Download timetable (PDF).
There are also numerous day tours on offer from Melbourne that will ensure you get there in time to see the penguins.
Ferries run by Inter Island Ferries connect Phillip Island to nearby French Island.
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