wherejacwanders.com – It’s always interesting to go back and visit places from your childhood as an adult. Seeing them through another’s eyes always gives you another perspective. I recently spent a few days down at Phillip Island with Bowie, aka The Travel Junkie. It’s been wonderful having the chance to show him special spots where I grew up.
My childhood memories of Phillip Island are of wandering on the beachside dunes following the sounds of baby penguins and checking them out in their nests; walks with the National Parks ranger; exploring rock pools and koala spotting. It was always laid back bush and beach times.
This time we headed to The Nobbies. This headland is located on the south-western tip of Phillip Island. There is now a new ecotourism centre, located at Point Grant with a network of boardwalks outside the centre which overlook Seal Rocks, The Nobbies, and The Blowhole. Around one kilometre offshore from The Nobbies is Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals with an estimated 16,000 inhabiting the area.
We walked along the boardwalks to The Blowhole where we enjoyed watching the waves spray up as the water entered the sea cave. Along the boardwalk we saw penguins nesting and Cape Barren geese. It’s great to see the efforts to preserve the area and its wildlife.
The Nobbies Centre opens at 10 every day and closes approximately one hour before sunset each day to protect the native wildlife.
Here are the approximate opening times throughout the year:
Summer: 10am – approx. 7.30pm
Autumn: 10am – approx. 5pm
Winter: 10am – approx. 4pm
Spring: 10am – approx. 6pm
The Nobbies Cafe closes approximately 30 minutes before the above closing times, while the Gift Shop will remain open until the centre closes.