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“Too many people, might as well go to a zoo”

Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade
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Phillip Island Ultimate Penguin Eco Tour or Skybox Experience
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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Evening Tour
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Small-Group Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Trip from Melbourne Including...
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

Very disappointed by the number of people allowed to be there. 2 grandstands with several hundred people each, and only 3 or 4 attendants to keep everyone under control. Two simple rules - sit down and no photos - of course these are too difficult to follow for the vast majority of Chinese tourists (and yes the instructions are repeated in Chinese languages several times). The penguins can hardly be blamed for their reluctance to linger on the beach or go anywhere near the areas roped off for people. Once the penguins are off the beach everyone stampedes up the boardwalks and continue to terrorise the birds heading to their nests.

Overall the whole experience was disappointing and disturbing. It's great they are making lots of money for penguin conservation (the visitor centre is made up of 2 souvenir shops, a large bistro/coffee shop, a popcorn stand and a stand for photos), but there is nothing educational or 'wild' about the evening. Could not get out of there fast enoug.

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PhillipIslandNP, Manager at Phillip Island Nature Parks - Penguin Parade, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Dear Kerrie0m
Thank you for your review and feedback of your recent visit to the Penguin Parade, and I'm sorry it was not a positive experience for you.
Even though you did not enjoy the visit yourself, we thank you for recognising that all of our revenue funds conservation, research, education and environmental activities. We do occasionally experience large numbers of visitors, and managing everyone's expectations and behaviours does pose an ongoing challenge, and something we are constantly striving to be better at.
Thank you again for taking the time to write a review.
Kind regards

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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

We did the Penguin Plus and would definitely do it again.
Lots of Penguins, be early as there are big crowds.
Would have loved to have the park rangers give more information about the Penguins and the park in the time spent waiting for the Penguins to appear.
The wait is around an hour from when you are allowed to enter till the Penguins show up.
Make sure you rug up. We noticed a lot of people brought there own food in, we would do this next time.

Thank Kim D
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Visited Phillip Island with friends on grand final weekend.
Weather was lovely.
We enjoyed feeding the Penguins but thought it was very expensive, if the money goes towards the upkeep then that's ok I guess. We had to book in advance and very nearly missed out. So get in early if you plan to do this.

Thank CathJMitchell
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Went on a freezing September evening - so wrap up warm! Well organised, guides helpful. Great to see the little penguins dip in and out of the tides before deciding to roost for the night!!!!! Walking back to the info centre you can see them quite close up as the scuttle along.

Thank eunice h
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

The penguins have been coming ashore at Phillip Island for a long time; I first saw them over 50 years ago. Visitors are intrigued by their solemn dignity. Please, please don't photograph them. You get nothing on your camera and the flash will ruin their vision. The penguins aren't all that dumb; if people persist in using flashes, they will move to a place where they can't be seen. The Park has a whole range of other animals, including fur seals. You will also see short-tailed shearwaters, better known as mutton birds. They breed over the warmer months then return to the Arctic for the northern summer. If you see a snake, leave it alone. It's unlike to attack unless it's provoked.

Thank Jeffry B
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