For backpackers keen to experience some of the unique Australian wildlife, a trip to Phillip Island should be at the top of the list. There is nowhere else in Australia to see the famous Phillip Island penguins and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.
If you have a day to spare during your time in Melbourne then try a 1 day Phillip Island Penguin Parade and Eco Tour with Bunyip Tours. It's a day that is without a doubt filled to the brim with the best nature and wildlife Victoria has to offer.
Phillip Island is only an hour and a half outside of Melbourne's city centre so after the short bus ride make sure you have your cameras ready to go as you get to visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, home to wombats, dingos, kangaroos, koalas, quolls, wallabies and some endangered species you may never have heard of before.
As tempting as it is to stay at the wildlife park all day there is plenty more wildlife to be seen as the tour heads to Churchill Island and Cape Woolamai surf beach, one of those beaches that not everybody goes to as well as a great place to see the Phillip Island coastline and the famous Blowhole.
You can't visit Phillip Island without seeing the Nobbies (the headland) and the Seal Rocks, where Australia's largest fur seal colony live.
Phillip Island Nature Park is simply stunning and the tour leaves the highly anticipated main attraction until last, the penguin parade. As the day turns to dusk, watch the Phillip Island penguins make their commute up the beach before heading back to the city centre.
A really fantastic day out!