Wilson’s Prom is difficult to leave, but there are tiny penguins waiting for you on Phillip Island and they’re ready to meet you at nightfall. Leave the Prom and head west out of the park along the coast. A lunch stop at Kilcunda General Store off the Bass Highway will have you fuelled for the journey with fresh local berries and rhubarb. Just 25-minutes later, you’ve arrived at the penguin-hub, Phillip Island. The Nobbies Centre is a great place to start on the island, and introduces you to the area’s unique marine life.
When the sun goes down, the Penguin Parade is the place to be. This nocturnal viewing of allows visitors to witness the islands colony of penguins emerge from the surf and waddle their way along the beach to their burroughs. Simply put, it is a sight to behold and one that visitors from the UK often remark as one of their most unforgettable travel experiences.
Penguins aren’t the only aquatic animals that demand your attention on the island. A trip on the Wild Oceans EcoBoat tour will bring you to Seal Rocks, where hundreds of seals indulge in the Aussie sunshine.
Lastly, delight in a walk from Pyramid Rock on the southern coast of Phillip Island all the way to Berry’s Beach. From there you can see Cape Woolamai to the east and Point Grant in your view of the west. Once you’ve had your fill of wilderness, return to civilisation in the island’s quaint ocean town of, Cowes. Breweries, galleries and boutique bed and breakfasts make Cowes the perfect place to reintegrate with the special culture of Victoria.
The drive back to Melbourne from Phillip Island is less than two hours, plenty of time to reminisce about all the experiences of this extraordinary roadtrip.