Phillip Island Koala Conservation Centre

Phillip Island Koala Conservation Centre

Phillip Island is in far south Gippsland, about as far as Gippsland stretches. Phillip Island would be the most popular of Gippsland tourist attractions. Phillips Islands close proximity to Melbourne allows it to draw bug crowds all year around. The Koala Conservation Centre is one of the best things to do in Phillip Island. Now, who does not like a koala! The Phillip Island Koala Conservation Centre is located on 6 acres of bushland in the middle of Phillip Island.

Phillip Island Wildlife Park – Koalas

You enter this venue through the gift shop, cafe information centre. Staff will happily give you any information you need about the park and tips for seeing the Koalas. There is a great information section inside the centre. You should spend the first 10-20 minutes of reading and be learning about the koalas’ habitat, what they eat, how long they sleep and much more.

Outside you will find 2 treetop boardwalks. The Tree Top Koala Boardwalk is an 800-meter loop and the Tree Top Woodland boardwalk is 600 meters long. Just walking the boardwalks is a great experience it is like your walking through the treetops.

The treetop boardwalks help bring you into close proximity with the koala. We were amazed that you could see the Koalas so up close and personal. Because Koalas sleep for up to 20 hours a day it can be hard to spot them from a distance.

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We spotted about 6 at close range some even only a few feet away from us. You could just about reach out and touch them, BUT that’s a no don’t ever touch native animals. Down on the ground away from the koalas, you will also be able to spot wallabies, echidnas and colourful native birds that also live on the reserve. For those of you that don’t know a wallaby is a smaller version of a Kangaroo. Wallabies are everywhere at the Koala Park Phillip Island.

This is a must-see for anyone wanting to see the native Australian animals. Let’s be honest who does not love Koalas! You may never get this close to a koala again. The Phillip Island Conservation Park can put you an arm’s length away.

Phillip Island Koala Conservation Center Opening Hours

– 10 am to 5 pm daily (First Sunday in April to first Saturday in October)
– 10 am to 5:30 pm daily (February 1 to first Saturday in April and first Sunday in October to Christmas Day)
– 10 am to 6 pm (Boxing Day to end of January)
– 2 pm to 5:30 pm (Christmas Day)
* Please note: last access to Koala viewing boardwalks is 15 minutes before closing time

 Phillip Island Accommodation

For our Phillip Island accommodation, we stayed at the Ramada Resort Phillip Island. The self-contained cabins were roomy and comfortable with all the modern cons. The resort has features such as a pool, games room, restaurant and much more. You will find a great review of the Ramada Resort from Wyld Family Travel on their website.

⇒ Find current prices on Ramada Resort Phillip Island here

Where to have a BBQ in Gippsland – Newlands Arms

Where to have a BBQ in Gippsland – Newlands Arms

Where: Newlands Arm Boat Ramp on The Gippsland Lakes

Whats there: At the Newlands Arms boat ramp you will find 2 hotplates ready for a BBQ. The BBQ’s are free to use. There is a child playground onsite, its only small but enough the keep the kids occupied while you cook. The kid’s playground is covered by a shade cloth, which is great for the sun protection.

There are 3 sets of picnic tables, 2 under cover of a shade sail and one near the edge of the water in direct sunlight. There are public toilet facilities available to use. We have had a bbq a few times at Newlands Arms and found this location to be empty and uncrowded. You will usually have the bbq facilities for yourself. This means the hot plates are generally clean and ready for use.

BBQ Tips: When using public bbq’s it is always best to bring some BBQ cleaner and a BBQ mat. 

Newlands arms bbq area
Newlands Arm from a drone

There is only 1 store at Newlands Arms, a handy convenience store selling the essentials. We suggest you bring everything you need for a bbq with you to Newlands Arms.

Things to do at Newlands Arms bbq area:

  • Swimming – shallow sandy calm waters great for little kids
  • Kite Flying – There is usually a light breeze.
  • Fishing – There is a jetty to fish off
  • Canoeing and boating
  • Ball Games – There is a large grass area adjacent to the BBQ area for kicking a football and cricket.
  • Drone flying

Where is Newlands Arms:

Newlands Arms is located just a stone through away from Paynesville Victoria and Bairnsdale on the Princes Highway in Gippsland.

  • Bairnsdale to Newlands Arms 17.8km
  • Paynesville to Newlands Arms 10.9km

Where to stay at Newlands Arms:

There are no hotels – motels in Newlands Arms. Your best choice is Paynesville accommodation. Paynesville has one of best things to do in Gippsland. The Raymond Island Koala Walk is a special experience for the whole family

We hope you enjoyed this article from Travels in Gippsland. Please find 2 more articles below about things to do in Gippsland Australia.

Blue waters of the Gippsland Lakes