• Phillip Island visitors watch the little penguins returning home at sunset

  • Phillip Island is Australia's largest little penguin colony

  • The smallest species of penguin, little penguins grow to an average of 33 cm tall


Phillip Island Nature Parks

AAT Kings partnered with Phillip Island Nature Parks to aid the Australian island's mission to care for and protect Victoria's coastal wildlife. AAT Kings contributed to continuing research and management of Australia's most famous colony of little penguins.


Fast Fact

Located just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island is one of Australia's most popular tourist attractions and is home to 32,000 little penguins

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The Objective

AAT Kings supported the world's leading research facility for Little Penguins with a contribution of AUS$118,000 - via TreadRight - for a new penguin weighbridge to help monitor the health of the penguins.

Throughout the annual breeding cycle, a little penguin's body weight fluctuates considerably. This research indicates food supply and, by extension, the health of our oceans, ultimately addressing any negative impacts from human or natural factors. Interpretive signs were also been erected to help educate visitors about the local environment and this important penguin colony.

The Impact

Visitors to Phillip Island witness the sunset ritual of hundreds of wild little penguins emerging from the sea and marching across the beach to their sand dune burrows. The Penguin Parade is the best place in the world to experience this completely natural phenomenon and provides researchers with unique insights into penguin colonies.

Currently, AAT Kings offers three day trip options from Melbourne to Phillip Island. These tours take visitors on a wildlife journey through southern Victoria before arriving on the island with enough time to explore before the sunset Penguin Parade.  

Phillip Island, Australia

Phillip Island's Penguin Parade is Australia's Leading Wildlife Tourism Attraction


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