Great places to photograph in Gippsland.

Great places to photograph in Gippsland.

Today we feature a guest post from renowned East Gippsland photographer Judy Blion. Judy lives and works on the Gippsland Lakes. I asked Judy to tell us about some great spots to take photos in East Gippsland. For all, you photography buff out there, take note as Judy lists some great Photography locations in Gippsland

RED BLUFF BEACH, LAKE TYERS

Red Bluff beach is located at the end of Red Bluff Road, Lake Tyers. It is a well-known surfing beach for the locals when the waves are up, and has an amazing and beautiful rocky headland. Sunrise is magical at this location, best photographed when at low tide, as the rocks covered in green moss light up when the sun hits the horizon.

Red Bluff lakes Entrance Gippsland Australia

BANCROFT BAY – METUNG

As you drive along the Metung Road, you will pass a beautiful boardwalk, numerous jetties, and the beautiful waters of Bancroft Bay. Its a favourite spot of mine to photograph, especially during sunrise when the waters can light up in various shades of oranges, reds and pinks.  

BUCHAN & BUCHAN VALLEY

Buchan Vally Gippsland Australia

A beautiful spot to travel to is the town of Buchan, in East Gippsland. Every year on Easter Sunday a rodeo is held. For anyone wanting to get some amazing action shots, this is the place to go. It is a fun-filled day for the whole family.  

The Old Buchan Road takes you on a drive above the township of Buchan and overlooks a beautiful vista below. A favourite time to photograph this area is very early on a foggy morning, as the fog looks like a blanket of cloud covering the town below. Landscape photographers will love this area.

NUNGURNER JETTY – NUNGURNER

Nungurner Gippsland Australia

Nungurner Jetty is a beautiful spot, located down the Nungurner Jetty Road in Nungurner. Beautiful boats can often be moored on the jetties, and make for some beautiful photography.  Always a popular spot for fishing, and it is not uncommon to see the Burrunan Dolphins swimming past.  Sunrise during the summer months can be magical.

LAKES ENTRANCE

So many places to photograph in the town of Lakes Entrance. From the many jetties along the Cunninghame Arm with fishing trawlers to the beautiful waters of Ninety Mile Beach. Bullock Island is another magical spot, drop in a fishing line, sit and enjoy the vast variety of bird life, and if you’re lucky you will see the local Burrunan Dolphins which are often seen as they travel between the Gippsland Lakes and the ocean. 

 Sunrises during the winter months are better along the North Arm, while in the summer months the sun lights up the Cunninghame Arm. Sunset photography can be taken from the many viewing areas along the road in and out of Lakes Entrance. Two favourite spots of mine are Jemmy’s Point Lookout or Kalimna, both overlook the entrance as well as a large area of the Gippsland Lakes below.  

CAPE CONRAN

Cape Conron Gippsland Australia

Salmon Rock at Cape Conran is a stunning rocky beach area with a jetty, and boat ramp, and is known to produce some brilliant sunset photography over the summer months. You can climb over the large rocks, find yourself a nice spot to photograph from, even find some stunning rock pools with reflections. If you have a Neutral Density Filter to block out light for your lens, the photos are endless with slowing down movement in the waves.  Lots of bird life can also be found in the bush areas adjoining the beach.  

MALLACOOTA

The town of Mallacoota is beautiful all year round, but one of my favourite places to photograph would have to be Bastian Point. A nice wide angle lens will see you capture some beautiful rock formations, tidal movement, and rock pools. The jetties along the foreshore camping area are also well photographed during sunrise/sunsets. The Croajingalong National Park also offers many walking tracks, with lots of local wildlife to be found along the way.   

TAMBO RIVER

Tambo River Gippsland Australia

This beautiful river between Swan Reach & Metung has some stunning trees along the water’s edge that make for great sunset photography all year round. The reflections in the water are magical. If you drive to the very end of the river where it meets Lake King you will find well known and well photographed old dead tree lies at the very end of the river.

MITCHELL RIVER SILT JETTIES

There is a lookout at the very start of the Silt Jetties which overlooks the entire area, showing the enormity of these long silt jetties.  Access is from Eagle Point via a car where you can drive to the very end of the headland.  Both sunrise and sunsets can produce some fantastic colours.

STONEY CREEK TRESTLE BRIDGE & COSTICKS WEIR

Located just out of Nowa Nowa, there is the stunning old Stoney Creek Trestle Bridge. Great for photography up above or even below in some areas. You can no longer walk across it for safety reasons but still makes for some great photography. Drive a little further down the road and you will find Costicks Weir. After some rain, you can see water trickling over the top, and foaming at the bottom.  

I hope this article inspires you to visit Gippsland. There are many more Gippsland destinations for photographers out there waiting to be visited. Why not plan a weekend in Gippsland. I would like to thank Judy for contributing to the Travels in Gippsland website. Judy can be found on Facebook and Instagram where her images are available for purchase

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A family-friendly guide to Gippsland Destinations

A family-friendly guide to Gippsland Destinations

Gippsland is the largest region in the state of Victoria Australia and for some, it is the most unknown part of the state. The Gippsland region is also the least populated area of the state and is an amazing region for families to visit with outdoor activities the most popular.

 Gippsland has miles and miles of coastline and mountainous areas waiting to be explored and experienced. Perfect for family weekend getaways in Victoria. Small towns with friendly locals welcome you. From swimming in the ocean to skiing down mountains to exploring any of the 20+ Gippsland National Parks in the area there truly is something for all members of your family to enjoy.

Map of Gippsland Australia
Map of Gippsland.



Dinner Plain


Dinner Plain is located in the Alpine Region of Gippsland. Dinner Plain reminds me more of a European alpine village than a town in Australia. If you close your eyes you could imagine yourself in Austria or Switzerland. Multi-story chalets with steep roofs and sleek designs adorn the main street.  Dinner Plain is 3 hours and 30 minutes away from Melbourne.

chalets at Dinner Plain
The Alpine Chalets at Dinner Plain

Dinner Plains history stretches back well over a century to when the stagecoach that crossed the mountains would stop here for lunch, thus the name Dinner Plain. Today Dinner Plain is a popular 365 day a year destination with a wide range of activities. The town has over 200 chalets and lodges plus shops, pubs and restaurants. In the summer months, activities such as bushwalking, horse riding, mountain biking and tennis are popular with visitors.


Where Dinner Plain really comes into its own is in the winter months. Dinner Plain is popular with families looking for a skiing experience. The gentle slopes of the Plain are perfect for beginners learning to ski and snowboard. Some time spent at The Peashooter toboggan run and building snowmen are family favourites when on the mountain. Dinner plain has 1 ski tow

The all-year-round tubing park that is highly popular with kids and adults alike. For the more advanced you can take a trip 20 minutes up the road to Mt Hotham one of Australia’s premier ski destinations


If you are planning a trip to Dinner Plain the price of accommodation will vary hugely depending on the season you visit. The summer months will see you get some real bargains as the snow has dissapered and the allure of the mountain subsides.



Phillip Island


Phillip Island is one of Victoria’s if not Australia’s premier tourist attractions. Phillip Island is located only an hour from Melbourne making it highly accessible to international visitors. When people talk penguins in Australia, they talk Phillip Island. Nightly these miraculous little fairy penguins make their way from the cold waters of Bass Straight up onto the beach to their homes at the island and into there burrows.

They waddle and they shuffle in all their cuteness to the oh’s and ah’s of the kids and crowds. These little guys may be the main attraction of the island but there is plenty more to see at Phillip Island. The Koala Conservation Centre is a standout experience with a boardwalk through the trees bringing you up close and personal with Australia’s most iconic animal. In places, the Koalas are only a matter of meters away from you.

A baby fairy penguin at Phillip island

The Arctic Journey Centre at The Nobbies is both educational and entertaining with the multimedia presentations on a large scale captivating. You will learn about Australia’s history of exploring the Arctic and the animals that call the water of this baron and deescalate place home. Phillip Islands answer to a fun park is Amaze n things, home to magic, intrigue, action and excitement.

From a giant maze to halls of mirrors, mini golf and high ropes courses there is a little something for all ages. You can also experience a trip back in time with a visit to the Churchill Island Heritage Farm. Here you will get to see what life was like back in the 1800’s on the sprawling farm.

The Arctic Journey Centre


When staying on Phillip Island we recommend that you stay at Ramada Resort Phillips Island. Set on a bushland property with cabin style accommodation and all the facilities of a 5-star hotel. You can get 1,2 or 3 bedroom cabins with cooking and washing facilities. Lounge room with Tv, beck with outdoor setting to relax on free wifi. You will find Indoor and outdoor pools, games room, play equipment on-site restaurant and bike hire are available. This is one of the best family accommodations we have ever stayed at.



Lakes Entrance


Lakes Entrance is the capital of the Gippsland Lakes. The largest town on Australia’s largest inland lake system. Located 3 hours east of Melbourne on the Princes Highway.  Lakes Entrance is all about long days spent at the beach swimming and eating ice cream and playing mini golf. for families. What makes Lakes Entrance unique is its access to both the ocean and lakes.

The town is separated from the ocean by a long narrow stretch of water that requires you walk across a footbridge to access the 90-mile beach. If salt water is not your thing the Lakes Entrance aquatic centre will keep the sand and sun away from you. When not enjoying the waters some equally popular things to do in Lakes Entrance include bike riding, fishing and mini golf.

Lakes Entrance is home to 4 mini golf courses which is a fantastic game for the whole family. Fishing can be done either on the 90-mile beach or off the town jetties in the lakes system. It is quite a thrill for young kids to wind in a fish of their own. A shared bike path runs from one end of the town to the other along the water’s edge.

There is nothing better on a cool evening to go for a ride and watch the fishing boats come back into the docks. Over the January summer period, a carnival sets up in town on the foreshore with roller coasters, dodgem cars and sideshows.


When staying in Lakes Entrance we recommend that you stay at the Esplanade Spa and Resort. The Esplanade Spa and Resort is located on the Esplanade directly adjacent to the water and the beach. A community playground and bbq facilities are just behind the resort. Featuring a bar, restaurant, day spa and swimming pool this place hits the spot for families.

Wilson Promontory


Wilsons Promontory or simply know as the Prom to Gippslanders is the southernmost point of the Australian mainland. The drive into Wilson Promontory takes you through a visual journey of excitement. You will see a rugged landscape dominated by hills with rugged outcrops, lush vegetation bursting with wildflowers that gives way to long white sandy beaches.  Located just off the South Gippsland Highway 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Melbourne.

The Wilsons Promontory National Park was recently made a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, only 1 of 6 worldwide. The Prom is home to an abundant amount of wildlife. You will find seals and whales in the waters that surround it and kangaroos, wombats and possums on the land. Around 400,000 national and 15,000 foreign tourists visit Wilson’s Promontory every year. You can undertake a variety of activities in the park, including hiking, fishing, power boating, camping and swimming.


The calm waters and sandy beaches of Wilsons Promontory are a strong drawcard for families coming to the area for a holiday. Tidal River is the main settlement at Wilsons Promontory, home to a ranger’s station and information centre. The information centre will tell you about everything from the different walks around the park to where the surf lessons for the kid are run.  

Days at Wilsons Promontory for families can be filled with an early morning fish, followed by a bush walk and a cool down swim in the ocean or the river. The main beach area is family friendly with lifesavers patrolling during the summer months. The main areas of the Prom are packed in the summer months with accommodation at Foster and Fish Creek filling up fast.


We recommend Promontory View beach House for your stay at the Prom.
Set in Yanakie, this 4-bedroom holiday home features a deck with sea views. The unit is 2.5 mi from Wilsons Promontory National Park. Sit on the deck enjoy a bbq and drinks as you watch the sunset over this amazing part of Australia




Walhalla


Walhalla is located in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in Gippsland. The road to Walhalla winds its way around the mountains through rainforests, and across rivers. Wallaha sits in a densely forested valley where the trees and bush lap at the back door of many properties. The land around Walhalla is so steep that even the cemetery is located on the slope of a hill. Walhalla was one of the most prosperous gold mining towns in the state over 100 years ago.

As the gold declined so did the population to the point where the town was nearly forgotten and reclaimed by the bush. Walhalla has now re-emerged as a colonial-era tourist town restored to its former glory. The main street is lined with shops bought back to their former glory and painted in heritage colours selling antiques, foods, ice creams and old-fashioned sweets. A BBQ by the river in the park is a relaxing way to spend a few hours. The kids can enjoy the playground with plenty of space to play.

The mine that was once so prosperous can now be toured daily as you are taken down into the depths of the mountain. The Gold Fields railway which starts a few kilometres outside of town is the star attraction. The reopened line ferries families and visitors in and out of Walhalla by a traditional steam train.

If you are brave enough and you are spending the night in Walhalla there is a ghost tour that takes around town at night. Camping is a great option for Walhalla with paid and free camping areas available.


We hope these amazing places have awakened you to a few of Gippsland’s best destinations for family day trips, weekends and holidays. Gippsland can easily be reached from Melbourne so when are you visiting?

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Bush swimming at Briagolong

Bush swimming at Briagolong

One of the great things about living in Gippsland is that you can go swimming anywhere from the mountains to the sea. Being such a big area as Gippsland is, most parts will have their own little swimming holes that are popular with locals and others who have discovered these gems. Today I am going to introduce you to two of my favourite freshwater swimming holes in Gippsland. Surprisingly enough they are both located in Briagolong just out of Maffra. Even more surprising is that they are located on the same creek just a few kilometers from each other.

Briagolong is located 20 kilometres from Maffra and 270 kilometres east of Melbourne. Briagolong is more of a village than a town. 1 pub, bakery, cafe, shop and an art gallery make up Briagolong. This small town has a rather eclectic feel about it. The community is based around the local pub.  The pub is popular with travellers heading into the high country especially towards Dargo. Expect to see cowboy hats, check shirts and RM Williams stickers adorning the utes parked outside.

These 2 great freshwater swimming spots in Braigolong are known as the Quarries Reserve and the Blue Pools Reserve. They are both located on the Freestone Creek in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. The Freestone Creek runs off Lees Creek in the mountains and meets up with the Avon River near Stratford.

The Quarries Reserve Briagolong

The Freestone Creek Australia
One of the swimming area’s at the Quarries. Water levels were down the day i captured this image

The Quarries Reserve is located 2.6km from Briagolong on the Freestone Creek Road. You wind your way down into the Quarries on a sealed road with speed humps. What opens up before your eyes is a bush setting with giant gum trees rising up, birds chirping and the sounds of the creek running.  The Quarries reserve is wedged between the elevated road and the Freestone Creek. 

The Reserve is split into 2 sections. At one end is a shed with fireplaces and a playground for the kids. The shed has a picnic table inside for limited seating. At the other end of the reserve is the camping area. This area has a few firepits, picnic table and an exposed shelter to sit and eat under. There are toilets available on site with cold showers.

Access to the Freestone Creek is available all along the reserve. The main swimming area is located near the shed and the playground area. Here you will find a nice water hole with clear running water. Camping at the Quarries reserve is $10 a night payable at the local store in Briagolong. One thing you must remember is that the Reserve is a carry in, carry out park. what you take in you must take out with you. Talk about a budget family getaway for a few nights! 

The Blue Pools Briagolong

The Blue Pools Briagolong is also located on Free Stone Creek Road. It is a bit further along from the Quarries at around 8.5km from Briagolong.  The Blue Pools consists of two separate car parks, free camping area and the Blue Pools swimming hole. Get all your camping gear HERE

The Blue Pools is a popular free canoeing Gippsland site. You will find plenty of space, picnic tables, fire pits and 1 toilet. Yes, just 1 single cubicle for use. The campground is dirty and dusty just to be warned with very little grass and again it is a carry in, carry out site.

Walking path at the Blue Pools
The Path leading from the car park to the swimming area at the Blue Pools

The Briagolong Blue Pools swimming area is large much larger than the Quarries. As a kid, we used to enjoy jumping off the high rocks into the water at the gorge of the Blue Pools. It used to seem so high with the water so far away. In reality, the jump was about 3.5 meters. The kids of today have taken to using ropes to swing of the trees into the water. The Blue Pools is like a bay of sorts. There is a semi-circle of sand and rocks that ring the water with a tiny creek flowing to the side as the hills rise directly up  creating a gorge

The Blue Pools Briagolong Gippsland Australia
Swimming area of the of the Blue Pools

The water at Blue Pools gets deep very quick. So be a good swimmer or be prepared at the least. There are some amazing bush walks that start off from the car park. The Bluff walk is short but leads off on a steep rise to the top of the gorge. The Peregrine Lookout is a little more serious. The circuit from Blue Pool to the Peregrine lookout takes about an hour return. 
The lookout is aptly names after the Peregrine Falcon. The Falcon nests nearby from September to December each year 

Drone picture of the Blue Pools
The Blue Pools from way above

Insiders Tip: On the road between the Quarries and the Blue Pools is another swimming spot. It is virtually unknown to many. There is no facilities, there is no car park. Its called the Blue Mark. You may see a faint blue circle on a tree and dirt shoulder on the side of the road. There is a narrow bush track that winds its way down the hill to the Blue Mark. The Blue Mark is another quality swimming spot on the Freestone Creek

Looking for something to do this weekend? If the weather is hot get in the car and visit these two great Gippsland Freshwater swimming spots.

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5 things to do in Lakes Entrance

5 things to do in Lakes Entrance

For many people visiting Gippsland in summer means only one thing, time to hit the beaches! Gippsland is blessed with some great beaches and none are more popular than the 90 Mile Beach. It’s fine white sand, blue waters and sand dunes as far as the eye can see, make it the place to have a swim on a hot day and Lakes Entrance is the capital of the 90 Mile Beach. Tourists flock in their droves to visit Lakes Entrance in the warmer months of the year to enjoy a piece of that beach to themselves. The Lakes Entrance caravan parks, hotels and motels fill up fast. Here we are going to look at 5 popular things to do in Lakes Entrance.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance – The Entrance Walk

Head across the footbridge towards the 90-Mile Beach and you will come across the sign for The Entrance Walk. A 5 kilometre, 2-hour return walk along either the beach, the foreshore or through the sand dunes will take you to the entrance. The Entrance is where the waters of Bass Straight / The 90 Mile beach meet the Gippsland Lakes. At the Entrance, you may see seals, dolphins and even Whales swimming by at certain times of the year. The walk is pretty easy and certainly picturesque. Wear some comfortable and easily removable shoes such as Skechers. Allow 3 hours for plenty of stops and exploring along the Lakes Entrance Beach.

 Swimming at the Lakes Entrance Beaches

You will find lifesavers patrolling the beaches during the warmer months especially at the main surf beach over the footbridge and at Eastern Beach. You will often find a sandbar at the Lakes Entrance beaches and the water can be quite shallow as little as 20 meters or so out from the shore. This is good but it can also mean there are strong waves that break close to shore that you will need to get through. Just be careful if you are not an experienced beach swimmer or just head straight to the beaches that are patrolled to be safe. You will find lots of people and families swimming at the beach so have fun and enjoy the waves. Make sure you slip, slop and slap on the sunscreen, hat and rash vest for sun protection.

Lakes Entrance also has an indoor aquatic centre if the ocean is not your thing. The aquatic centre sometimes has blow up play equipment for the kids to have fun with.

Gippsland things to do – Mini Golf at Lakes Entrance

What else is there to do in Lakes Entrance with kids? Play a round of mini golf! These days Lakes Entrance has quite a few options for mini golf. At last count, there were 4 different mini golf courses to play. You will find 3 in the main street of Lakes Entrance and the other course is located towards Eastern Beach. This course also has the ever-popular pit trampolines that both kids and adults enjoy. Mini golf has been a mainstay of fun and family entertainment in Lakes Entrance for generations.

BBQ or Picnic

Lakes Entrance has many places to have a bbq or picnic. When you first enter Lakes Entrance just over the bridge on the North Arm you will find the latest BBQ area just off the roundabout. This area on the waterside has undercover bbq’s and seating. The playground includes climbing frames, swings and even a basketball half court. The electric BBQ’s are free. If you forget anything Aldi Lakes Entrance is straight over the road.

At Eastern Beach Lakes Entrance you will find 4 BBQ’s with picnic tables and play equipment. The BBQ’s are free and electric with some of the play equipment under shade sails. The Lakes Entrance beach is just 100 meters away with a walk over the sand dunes.

Public toilets at the North Arm BBQ area are 200 meters away near the boat ramp.

Public toilets at Eastern Beach Lakes Entrance bbq area are located adjacent to the area. Don’t forget to bring the BBQ equipment!

 Lakes Entrance Fishing

Fishing in Lakes Entrance is very popular and Lakes Entrance fishing comes in 3 different forms. You can fish off the Lakes Entrance Beach, you can fish off the Lakes Entrance wharves and you can fish in the Gippsland Lakes by boat. The easiest places to access the beach at Lakes Entrance for fishing is Eastern Beach car park number 2. In the middle of town and the north arm, you will find over a dozen wharves or jetties to cast a line off. This is great if you are a newbie fisherman or have kids in tow. The Gippsland Lakes can be accessed with a fishing charter out of Lakes Entrance. The putt putt boats are also available to be hired in the North Arm that will get you out on the water.

It is a requirement that you have a fishing licence if you do plan on going for a fish. There are also strict catch measurements on certain fish and limits of how many you can take home with you.

The putt putt boats don’t require you to have a boat license, so its a great chance for families to go boating without buying a boat. You can order your fishing eqipment before you arrive and pick it up at BCF in Bairnsdale on the way.

Lakes Entrance Accommodation

Esplanade Spa and Resort:

This 4.5-star property offers 134 elegantly designed rooms. This property features 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments.  Located at the junction of Cunningham Arm and the North Arm means there is water on both sides of the property

The facilities at this amazing Lakes Entrance accommodation property include.

  • Large lagoon pool
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Tennis court
  • Day spa
  • BBQ area
  • Fresco dining and bar
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The North Arm Tourist Park
This Lakes Entrance accommodation property has a choice of cabins and villas to stay in. The Tourist Park also features spots for tents and caravans. Located on the North Arm close to the water for fishing and boating. Walking distance to nearby shops such as Woolworths
    • Free Wifi
    • Undercover barbecues & camp kitchen
    • Fish cleaning and freezing facilities
    • Solar heated pool
    • Private jetty

  Check out the availability and prices at the North Arm Tourist Park in Lakes Entrance

For all your accommodation needs please check out Booking.com

Places to Eat. Lakes Entrance Restaurants

Lakes Entrance RSL

The RSL has a menu made up of both Chinese and Australian cuisine. The bistro seats 180 people, it is open 7 days a week for both lunch and dinner. You will find gaming machines as well as a TAB inside. Like most RSL clubs from time to time you will find live entertainment happening.

Location: 221 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909

Ferryman Cafe

The Ferryman Cafe is a great Lakes Entrance restaurant for seafood, The Ferryman Cafe is a floating restaurant built on an old barge that is mored near the post office jetty on the Esplanade. The Ferrymen as mentioned is known for its modern Australian menu featuring delightful fresh local seafood,

How to Get To Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance is located on the Princes Highway in East Gippsland. Travelling from Melbourne to Lakes Entrance via the highway you will cover a distance of 330 kilometres and take you around 3.5 hours to reach. There are many attractions to see when coming from Melbourne to Lakes Entrance, so plan ahead and take your time. Arriving from the opposite direction you will find Lakes Entrance 2.5 hours from the New South Wales border.

The public transport system (V/Line in rural Victoria) runs trains to Bairnsdale daily, where you can transfer to a bus that will take you to Lakes Entrance

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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.

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