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Phillip Island Conservation & Nature Walking Tour

Phillip Island is renowned for its nature and wildlife. Enjoy the spectacular scenery, consevation areas and wildlife along Phillip Island walking paths. Discover Australian wildlife in their natural habitat while you explore and observe the stunning coastal scenery along your way.

The Phillip Island Conservation & Nature Walking Tour consists of:

  • World -renowned wetlands on the north shore of Phillip Island

  • Koala Centre

  • Swan Lake Bird Hide & Walk 

  • Summerland Peninsula sightseeing including spectacular coastal scenery, the Nobbies Boardwalk with blowhole.

Come and see for your self and take a tour with Dianne's Venture Tours - Phillip Island.

Discover the world-renowned wetlands on the north shore of Phillip Island

The mangroves and mudflats of the Rhyll Inlet are a significant site for the wading birds that fly thousands of kilometers to feed here during the summer months.

Walks of varying lengths loop through the mangroves, saltmarsh and mudflats, and walkers are rewarded by the presence of spoonbills, oyster catchers, herons, egrets and cormorants. All walks start from the Conservation Hill carpark. The walks include - Lookout Walk, Mangrove Boardwalk and McIlwrath Road at Rhyll.  The walk can take up to 2 hours return.

Swan Lake Birdhide - This freshwater lake, situated just before the Penguin Centre, is a significant site for Aboriginal people and provides great bird watching. The walking track is an easy walk to the bird hides and can take 40 minutes return.

You are picked up from your Phillip Island or San Remo accommodation and taken to the start of the walk at Conservation Hill at Rhyll. After the walk you will have lunch a local cafe, taken to the Koala Centre to enjoy the sleepy koalas in their natural habitat, and then you will be taken sightseeing around the Summerland Peninsula including the Nobbies boardwalk and dropped back to your accommodation.

Tour begins from Phillip Island. 

Our Tour:

  • Fully inclusive 

  • Small private tour

  • Minimum 2 people 

  • Phillip Island Hotel pick up/drop off 

  • Local guide & driver

  • Picnic lunch

  • Visit the Koala Centre

  • Tranquil wetlands walk's - Rhyll Inlet Walks: Lookout Walk, Mangrove Boardwalk, McIlwraith Road 

  • Swan Lake walk to the bird hides to see birdlife & wallabies.

  • Scenic drive - of Summerland's and a guided stop at the spectacular Nobbies, sightseeing surf beaches, rugged coastline and more 

  • Departs at 11.00am and dropped off bewteen 4 pm to 5 pm


  • $160 per person (for 2 to 4 people)

  • Can take up to 23 people. Please contact Dianne for a quote


  • Stunning coastal scenery, rugged coastline and rolling surf

  • Learn about the birdlife in the wetlands

  • Enjoy watching the differents birds and wallabies drinking from the Swan Lake bird hides.

  • Visit the sleepy koalas in their natural habitat

  • Enjoy a picnic lunch


The tour starts from Phillip Island 11.00am and concludes bewteem 4 pm and 5 pm

Conditions: For your safety and comfort flat, covered-in walking shoes are recommended on this tour. Bring layers of clothing for heat and cold as the weather can be changeable on the Island and the Bass Coast (surrounded by a lot of ocean!). 


General Questions

  1. Is there are minimum age requirement? 
    There is no minimum age but we do not offer child fares so every passenger is considered an adult. For family charters that include child rates please email or call us. We are happy to work with you and your friends and family to structure the perfect tour


  2. What sort of clothing should I wear? 
    Phillip Island and the area, has been said to have “four seasons in four hours” but sometimes you may experience all of these seasons in an hour so come prepared for a cooler climate. It is easier to take off layers than be cold. Wear loose clothing to be comfortable and wear flat covered in walking shoes so you will enjoy walking in nature.


  3. What happens if the weather is bad? 
    If the weather is bad you will experience it – hot and cold, wet and dry. This tour is all about looking at the beautiful Phillip Island  and the Bass Coast area. However it will depend on how bad the weather will be on the walk. 


  4. How do I get to Phillip Island? 
    We do not pick up and return to Melbourne. You need to either use a car, the
     Vline bus or the passenger ferry to get to Phillip Island. Call or email to enquire. Alternatively you can view for more information. Please be aware that public transport options require you to stay overnight on Phillip Island. Public transport does not coincide with the closure of the Penguin Parade. If you wish to stay overnight on Phillip Island we can make recommendations so call or email us – or do your own web searching. There is a multitude of options from five-star to back-packer styles.

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