Phillip Island Nature Parks
Located only 90 minutes from Melbourne, we manage four major parks: the Penguin Parade; the Koala Conservation Centre; Churchill Island Heritage Farm; and the Nobbies Centre as well as other recreational areas, including beaches, wetlands and woodlands.
We’re a not-for-profit organisation. Revenue generated through our ecotourism activities is invested into vital conservation, research and education programs.
“To conserve and enhance the Nature Parks’ environment for current and future generations, achieving a balanced environmental, economic and social outcome.”
“To be a world-recognised place of conservation excellence, providing outstanding and authentic experiences for all.”
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners, elders past and present, the ancestors and their spirits of the land on which we live, work and learn.
Phillip Island Nature Parks was created by the State Government of Victoria in 1996 and comprises over 1,805 hectares of Crown Land set aside under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 “for the conservation of areas of natural interest or beauty or of scientific, historic or archaeological interest.”
Nature and range of service
We’re part of the UNESCO Western Port Biosphere Reserve and encompass wildlife sanctuaries, wetlands, woodlands and breathtaking coastlines which are protected and managed by our world-renowned environmental and research programs.
Habitat within Phillip Island Nature Parks supports significant populations of little penguins, hooded plovers, short-tailed shearwaters and other international migratory bird species, and mammals such as koalas, possums, wallabies, Australian fur seals and bats.
The Nature Parks protects a range of plant communities that includes over 330 native species. Sections of the Nature Parks also fall within or are adjacent to wetlands protected under the inter-governmental Ramsar Convention as wetlands of international importance.
We’re dedicated to quality ecotourism experiences and wildlife management and feature the highest number of Advanced Ecotourism accredited types of tours of any tourism operator in Victoria.
Profits generated by our main attractions are invested into conservation, research, ecotourism, environmental and educational initiatives within the Nature Parks. We are also proud to be Phillip Island’s largest employer with a diverse team that is committed to the success of the organisation.
1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands, Victoria 3922
Koala Conservation Centre
1810 Phillip Island Road, Phillip Island, Victoria 3923
Churchill Island Heritage Farm
246 Samuel Amess Drive, Churchill Island, Newhaven 3925
Wild Ocean EcoBoat Tours
11/13 The Esplanade, Cowes 3922
1320 Ventnor Road, Summerlands Victoria, 3922