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

Koala Reserve (Koala Conservation Centre)

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147 Reviews
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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Recent reviews from experiences in Phillip Island

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Cute Penquins
Robert_R, Mar 2020
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Park
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.
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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala and Wildlife Park
Grace, Feb 2020
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala 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.
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Trip well worth your time!
euphuba, Jan 2020
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Park
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
laurieh10, Dec 2019
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Park
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!
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Awesome experience
s42beckyhill, Nov 2019
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Park
How often do you get to see and hear the smallest penguines pop out of the sea? A must see excursion.
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Worth it for penguins! Rest was fair
redteach, Nov 2019
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Park
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.
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JP was a great guide
Jeff R, Nov 2019
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Park
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!
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Penguin Heaven
pvs, Feb 2020
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip with Koala Park
Ash was a brilliant guide . Hugely knowledgeable and coped well given it rained the whole trip and scenery never looks as good and couldn’t do beach walks. The Penguins saved the day and made the trip absolutely worthwhile although I do have concern for their future with the expansion of the centre and thousands of us tourists a certain section who don’t take instructions and use photography and stand during the parade. Stewards need to be more direct and strict to maintain order and enjoyment for all.

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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