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Koala Reserve (Koala Conservation Centre)
Koala Reserve (Koala Conservation Centre)

Koala Reserve (Koala Conservation Centre)

1810 Phillip Island Rd, Phillip Island , VIC, Australia, 3923

The Basics

Visit the Koala Reserve’s interpretation center to learn about the animals; take a woodland walk through the native bush; or join a ranger-led tour. Koalas aren’t the only ones at the reserve, either—look for wallabies, possums, echidnas, and snakes.

Go on your own, or as part of a group or private excursion around Phillip Island. Guided tours typically also stop by the Penguin Parade conservation park. The Koala Reserve is part of the Phillip Island Nature Parks group—to save money on admission, purchase a combo ticket that includes several of the group’s attractions.

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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit
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$105.88 per adult
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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala and Wildlife Park
Our tour guide Simon is great! Visited several interesting places. There was lighting so we couldn't spend much time to watch the penguins.
Jingpo_K, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Phillip Island

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Autopia Tours Phillip Island
Sue_D, Jan 2022
Phillip Island Penguin and Koala Highlights Day-Trip from Melbourne
Our host Lizzie was amazing! She was very knowledgeable on the landmarks and always there to take our photos. The penguins are adorable a must tour for people who visit Melbourne. Thank you Autopia tours 5 stars for an amazing day.
star-5
Heaven on earth
Mohammad_A, Jan 2021
Phillip Island Penguin and Koala Highlights Day-Trip from Melbourne
Philip island is heaven on earth. I really enjoyed every single station in this trip; I highly recommend it.
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Cute Penquins
Robert_R, Mar 2020
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit
The penguins were fascinating to watch, the scenery was beautiful, and the weather was perfect. We enjoyed walking on the beach and visiting the wildlife park. As we are above average in size, the bus seats were not as comfortable as I had hoped for a long trip of 12 hours.
star-5
Trip well worth your time!
Janice_M, Jan 2020
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit
This trip is well worth your time. Saw many sites that I would have missed otherwise. Dwayne, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and professional.
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Penguin Parade
Laurie_H, Dec 2019
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit
What a magical moment! The staff was incredible and knowledgeable and the tour was fantastic! I loved seeing the wildlife and of course the penguins! The Maru park was ok, Great way to see all the animals if you have children, we were fortunate to see many of them in the wild!
star-5
Awesome experience
Rebecca_H, Nov 2019
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit
How often do you get to see and hear the smallest penguines pop out of the sea? A must see excursion.
star-4
Valuable Day Trip
kakwong_C, Jun 2019
Phillip Island Penguin and Koala Highlights Day-Trip from Melbourne
Tour guide Duane is nice friendly. He is informative and take good care of the tour. The seeing if the penguin parade was awesome and marvellous. We saw a thousand of them
star-4
Worth it for penguins! Rest was fair
redteach, Nov 2019
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit
The guide was ok. Not overly energetic or engaging. Bus seats were very uncomfortable and hard to get down the aisle. Awful music playing! However petting kangaroos and seeing koalas up close was fun though the place feels like a petting zoo! The penguins were awesome! Can’t even describe it to people! And it was cold. The other 2-3 stops are at little places to get you to spend $5 on a coffee or coke.
star-5
JP was a great guide
Jeff R, Nov 2019
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit
JP was a great guide. He was knowledgeable and very patient. Plus a great driver. Be sure to upgrade to the Penguins Plus program at the penguin parade!
star-4
Great day
Julie_R, Mar 2019
Phillip Island Penguin and Koala Highlights Day-Trip from Melbourne
No WiFi in the bus so the description is wrong and lunch is very basic. Just a simple sandwich which is not that good and a tea . Otherwise it was a good day , we saw different places :)
star-4
guide was good but
Ayako_H, Sep 2019
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Conservation Reserve Visit
too big group of more than 50 people. pretty boring zoo and lunch time is very short due to long queue. penguins came but not like as I expected. just some small groups were shown then you can see penguins from deck but need to rush to be back.
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Penguin Review
Alexandra_R, Aug 2018
Phillip Island Penguin and Koala Highlights Day-Trip from Melbourne
My husband and I were visiting for our honeymoon, and we were excited to see the Penguin Parade. Our tour guide was great and we enjoyed all of the stops that we made on this day trip. Australia has so much to offer for sightseeing, so we really enjoyed ourselves. The only part that was a little disappointing was the penguin parade at the end of the tour. There aren't as many penguins to see as we were under the impression. Also, the event is so packed with tourists that people make it difficult to see the penguins coming out of the water, because they block all the good views. If you're going to attend this parade, I recommend you pay the upgrade price of getting the preferred seating so that you are up close to where the penguins come out of the water. We sat in the general seating area, and it was disappointing. We did see penguins and enjoyed the experience, but it was while we were walking towards the exit that we saw the penguins along the boardwalk area.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Parts of the Koala Reserve are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

  • Family passes are available. Also, seniors and kids get a discount, and those under age 4 are free.

  • Both the treetop and woodland walks are categorized as easy, so kids and travelers with limited mobility should be able to enjoy the experience.

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How to Get There

The Koala Reserve is located on Phillip Island, about a 90-minute drive south of Melbourne. The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge, and the reserve is about a 15-minute drive from the bridge. Public transit on the island is limited.

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When to Get There

The Koala Reserve is usually open every day, with reduced hours on some holidays, and extended hours in the summer. Last access to the koala-viewing boardwalks is 15 minutes before closing time.

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Visit Penguin Parade

Penguin Parade is another of Phillip Island’s natural attractions. Take a guided or self-directed tour of the center, which allows close-up views of little penguins in their natural habitats. Evening is the best time to visit, as the penguins return to their burrows along the beach around sunset.

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