Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Leg 2: Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges to Phillip Island
140 km / 87 miles, about 1.5 hr

Phillip Island is a small island with a big international reputation. The best way to see how it earned that reputation is to buy a 3 Parks Pass. It includes entry to the nightly Penguin Parade up the beach, the boardwalks that take you past the treetops at the Koala Conservation Centre, and tiny Churchill Island with its 1850s working farm, bird-filled wetlands, beautiful gardens and historic buildings.

The fourth aspect of the Park, the Nobbies, home to the world's largest fur seal colony, is free. Head for the marine centre, where interactive cameras give you a close-up view of the frolicking seals.

Catch a rainbow trout at Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm. Choose from indoor and outdoor pools, cast a line and hand your catch to the chefs to be cooked and served up to you.

Highlights

Phillip Island Nature Park

Phillip Island Nature Park

See Phillip Island's little penguins emerge from the sea, peek at life inside a burrow, and spot other Australian animals at this wildlife wonderland.

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Churchill Marine National Park

Churchill Island Marine National Park

Located south of Rhyll, on the eastern shore of Phillip Island, in Western Port, the park extends from Long Point south of Rhyll township to the...

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Maru Koala and Animal Park

Maru Koala and Animal Park

'Get in touch with wildlife' at Maru Koala and Animal Park. Founded, owned and operated by the Heffer family, Maru Koala and Animal Park personally...

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The Nobbies, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia

The Nobbies

Take in a myriad of stunning sights and curious creatures at The Nobbies, a magnificent headland on the south-western tip of Phillip Island.

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Australian Garden

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

Just a 45 minute drive from Melbourne's city centre, discover the astonishing beauty and diversity of more than 170,000 individual native plants at...

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