Where is it? 140km south-east of Melbourne, Vic.

They spend their days at sea, so you don’t often get to see these cute little creatures up close, doing penguiny things like grooming their blue feathers, socialising and stretching to their (maximum) 33cm height.

“I did this with my grandparents when I was little, and the memory still makes me smile. A great family experience.”  Elisabeth Knowles

Phillip Island is one of the best places to observe their nightly return to their burrows on shore. Watch from a special stand as, one by one, the penguins pop up in the surf, then huddle together in small groups at the water’s edge before making the break across the exposed beach to the safety of the dunes. Raised boardwalks allow you to follow their waddling progress – don’t worry, the little guys are used to all the attention.

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