Friday, February 2, 2018

PHILLIP ISLAND: Penguin Parade, Pinnacles, and Panny's Amazing World of Chocolate

It was my second time in Melbourne. I had already seen Melbourne's CBD, the Great Ocean Road, and even free tourist attractions in Melbourne (see blog posts for itineraries). This time, I wanted to see the famed penguins who reportedly parade their way back home every night. Depending from where you're staying in Melbourne, Phillip Island is 1-3 hours drive away. Now some people stay there a couple days but we only made it a day trip. Read on for our one-day Phillip Island itinerary.
hiking at Phillip Island

From where we were staying, Phillip Island was 2-3 hours drive away. So we stopped for a fish and chips lunch on San Remo just before we crossed the bridge. There were some picnic benches and tables there so it was nice to have a relaxed lunch while looking across the bridge excited for the adventure to come.

bridge to Phillip Island from San Remo

The Chocolate Factory: Panny's Amazing World of Chocolate

I was initially unsure if I wanted to pay the $17 per person entrance fee to see a chocolate factory when I've already been to the free chocolate factory tour in Adelaide but we were already there and we would never know what was inside unless we try it. So we purchased our tickets and were happy to find that the tickets were made of chocolate!
Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
Now because we entered with very low expectations, we were pleasantly surprised. The factory was made to be very interactive. You start out entering an educational area where you learn about how chocolate is made, to puns, and artwork all made out of chocolate.
Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
Of course my favorite part had to be the chocolate. I may or may not have eaten a few pieces of chocolate that this chocolate machine produced...
Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
Your ticket also entitles you to a few turns on their arcade-like games. When you win, you get balls/tokens which you then exchange for real chocolate balls when you get out. Yey for more chocolate!
Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
But to me, the best part of this chocolate factory were these penguins who fed me chocolate. I may or may not have asked the penguin for one too many pieces of chocolate.......
Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

The Pinnacles

Because we ate all that chocolate, it was time for a hike! Now we visited Phillip Island in the spring time and although the weather forecast said it would be warm, we came prepared for the Penguin Parade. All the Penguin Parade reviews I read said to dress warmly no matter the season because it would be cold by the beach. Well well well. It was HOT during that day and us being dressed in jeans did not make for happy hikers.

Hiking at Phillip Island

The pathway was somehow damaged during that day so we had to walk on the very soft sand (think burying your feet in sand) all the way til we reached a stairway to start the real hike. Jeans + rubber shoes + sand + extremely hot weather = we were exhausted before it even began. Truth is we didn't quite appreciate the view at the time. All reviews said the Pinnacles lookout would be beautiful and breath-taking but when you're exhausted and you've already been to The Great Ocean Road, or NSW's Blue Mountains, etc, it just didn't quite do it.
Hiking at Phillip Island
But now that I look back on the pictures, it really was beautiful, wasn't it? So maybe if you're dressed appropriately and don't hike under extreme heat, you'd appreciate it so much better. :)
The Pinnacles, Phillip Island

The Pinnacles, Phillip Island

We stayed in an air-conditioned place for dinner and had a cold milkshake after that.

The Penguin Parade

Finally, this is what everyone drives to Phillip Island for. Everyday, no matter what season, there is this wonderful phenomenon that we get to witness the little penguins make their way home. If I am not mistaken, hundreds of penguins make their way home every night. They keep count of how many penguins actually parade every night.  
Penguin Parade, Phillip Island
There are designated seating areas for the audience (I recommend the front corner right next to the barricades so you can see the penguins closer) and the audience is instructed to be as quiet as possible as we watch the penguins. Slowly, in small groups, the penguins make their way home. You can actually see the penguins checking out the area for safety first, before actually making their way out of the water. They then rush to safety as quickly as possible. They are in their natural habitat so the audience is instructed that absolutely NO PHOTOGRAPHY IS ALLOWED. Later on, we head back to the boardwalks and you can see the little penguins going about underneath. You can just imagine them saying, "Honey, I'm home!" to their mates. Or maybe hanging out with the neighbors.
Penguin Parade, Phillip Island
Sadly, SO many people actually took photos - and flash photography at that! Even when you remind them about the no photography rule, they just didn't care. It is so rude and so sad. I wish they had security to actually school these people. These penguins are in the wild and they should be protected and not disturbed. However, the income they make from the tourist attractions go towards protecting not just the penguins, but all of nature and wildlife on Phillip Island. So make sure you support the cause when you visit!
Penguin Parade, Phillip Island

While some friends advised against going to Phillip Island for the penguin parade, I am so glad that I did. It was truly worth the drive to witness so many tiny penguins in their natural habitat - like National Geographic come to life. And of course, the chocolate at the chocolate factory made me happy too!

Have you been to Phillip Island?

Always,
Jeanne


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36 comments:

  1. So good to read this, I haven't been to Phillip island but it's a shame you can't take photos of the penguins walking though it's totally understandable. The Pinnacles look magnificent, it has a different form to that of Blue Mountains so it's quite interesting for me.

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  2. What a stunning place! I love the craggy cliffs and the lush green grass against the light blue water. That chocolate display also is incredible!

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  3. Everything on this island looks amazing!!! I want to go!

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  4. People can be quite rude. The island seems lovely!

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  6. Wow lovely place and pictures :)

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  7. Amazing post. Love it so much. xoxo Cris
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  8. The photos and scenery look so nice
    I want to visit Australia one day
    Nice post
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  9. Oh the chocolate factory looks like fun! We did the penguin parade and it is so fun to see, although it's frustrating people were taking photos as it upsets the penguins so much! There was a lot of security when we went a couple years back making sure people didn't use their cameras.

    At least you got some good photos of the hike, even if you didn't enjoy it as you were too warmly dressed!

    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend :) We are having a relaxing one, much needed after a hectic week!

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  10. Omg I have the biggest chocolate craving now !

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  11. Oh that chocolate factory looks great.
    And what beautiful scenery.

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  12. Wonderful post! Lovely photos!
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  13. Such a dream! Love the pics :)

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  14. Ah Phillip Island looks amazing. Sooooo what I need right now. I went to a chocolate factory in Seattle for Theo Chocolate and it was so much fun.

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  16. This looks like so much fun! And the scenery pics are gorgeous!

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  17. Amazing post!.
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  18. This looks amazing, I have always wanted to visit a chocolate factory! x

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  19. Wow! This looks like a really amazing experience! I'd definitely put this on my bucket list.

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  20. If there is chocolate it is definitely a perfect destination. Loved this post. xoxo Cris
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  21. The chocoalte factory seems so cool!
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  22. So many cool places to visit! I'd love to see the penguins :) xx

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  23. Wow, this looks like it was such a fun experience! I would love to visit that chocolate factory! That is so cool that the tickets were made of chocolates! :)

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  24. A chocolate factory!? My god, that sounds so delicious, haha. The Pinnacles are very gorgeous! Would love to go there once as well!


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  25. Ahhh my, I want to visit chocolate factory so badly! This is such an interesting place to visit :)

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  26. Oh very interesting place
    Thanks for share your experience
    xx

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  27. Beautiful Photos! Thank you for sharing Xx

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  28. Wonderful photos <3 I want to visit this place in the future. Chocolate factory sounds delicious :)
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  29. This looks and sounds like such a beautiful day!

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  30. that place looks so beautiful and I can tell you had a great time!
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  32. Great post and amazing photos! That pinguine is sooo cute! :-)
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  33. Oh my God that is horrible. I can't believe people had the audacity to use flash photography. I can understand taking a sneaky pic but a flash too. Come on. I live in Melbs so this was something we used to come and see heaps when I was younger. We even had a school camp one year and I got a penguin names after me hahaha! We had American cousins come last year and we took them here. Sadly we couldn't get in to see the parade and their detour roads all lead us out of the sanctuary. It was sooooo confusing and such a shame. It definitely doesn't look like what it did back then. I'm surprised there wasn't anyone around to stop photos. I remember when we used to go there was always someone around. Even just making sure if there were sick penguins they'd be taken to be cared for or something (that's how I got one named after me)

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