Melbourne – Day 2 – Part 3 (Philip Island Day Tour – Part 2)
After an amazing trip to MARU Koala and Animal Park, we had plenty of time to kill before the main attraction of this trip; the Penguin Parade. Extragreen Holidays took us to the Islantis Surf Experience, the Koala Conservation Centre, then a quick drive around Phillip Island before finally making to the location of the Penguin Parade.
The Islantis Surf Experience
10/12 Phillip Island Rd
Phillip Island VIC 3925
The Islantis Surf Experience was not in the itinerary I found online, nor do I remember reading about it when I was doing my homework (before leaving for Australia). Auntie said she had already experienced and would rather just sit in the bus and wait for us. We were split up into 2 groups because there wasn’t enough room for everyone on our tour at once.
The Islantis Surf Experience a bit of surf history and culture as well as an interesting 360 way for us to experience surfing without having to move a muscle. The experience is the first ever 360° wrap around surf movie featuring Phillip Island’s iconic Woolamai Beach breaks.
And then ends with you in a little surf museum where you can see the evolution of surfboards. From heavy wooden planks to the fancy not as heavy fiber glass (is that what they’re made of now?) surfboards we’re used to of seeing now.
Out near the bus (where Auntie is waiting for us) are a few beachy/surfing kind of things you can take pictures inside of. I was bit apprehensive to go into the VW van, so I just took a picture of it instead of with it. I guess we could have gone over to the Rip Curl store to shop while waiting for the rest of the group, but the air con was running in the bus (sorry environment) so we decided to entertain Auntie on the bus.
Koala Conservation Centre
1810 Phillip Island Rd
Phillip Island VIC 3923, Australia
Auntie was a little more excited for this compared to the Surf Experience. Before our very UN-enthusiastic tour guide William even told us about our next stop, Auntie told us were were heading to the “Koala Hospital”.
And then UN-enthusiastic tour guide William told us we were heading to the Koala Conservation Centre. He guarantee how many Koalas will be there because these Koalas are wild and taken to the Koala Conservation Centre for care (if needed of course).
UN-enthusiastic tour guide William was often more enthusiastic when reminding everyone that we had to remain polite and could not be too loud etc. basically don’t do what people would typically think of Mainland Chinese tourists. Honestly, that was I realized I was part of a predominantly Mainland Chinese tour group. The kind of tour groups I am often quite afraid of when traveling…(e.g. when I was in Jeju South Korea).
He quickly took us the entrance and onto the boardwalk (and pretty much dropped us off at the boardwalk gate told us when we needed to be back on the bus).
Once on the boardwalk, all eyes were up looking for the Koala sitting in the high eucalyptus trees. And each time anyone spotted one, everyone made their way over to it and took lots of pictures of it or tried to.
It’s a big enclosure, and if you’re lucky there could be lots of koalas in the trees. On the specific day we were there, we managed to find 3 in the trees. In the distance there were a few wallabies and nearby along the boardwalk were some pretty plants.
After looking all of the Koalas outside, we went back inside where there is a nice informational exhibit featuring Koalas. It was actually quite amusing hearing what sounds a koala could make (nothing all that interesting, just some grunting sounds). I never even knew koalas made sounds.
Then we stayed on the road looped around the further end of Philip Island where there are lots of tour buses, a seal rock, and even more wild wallabies (they look like small koalas) hiding in the brush.