Phillip Island Koala Conservation Centre
One of the most popular attractions on Phillip Island (besides the Penguin Parade) is the Koala Conservation Centre. It is a place to see cute, cuddly koalas in their natural habitat. The Centre is located in Cowes and spread over an area of six hectares of bushland.
Activities at the Koala Centre
The Koala Conservation Centre offers a plethora of activities. It is an opportunity to see Australian wildlife in its natural habitat. Visitors can have a sense of adventure as they can explore the local bush.
The Centre has two tree top boardwalks that allow visitors to see koala perched on trees. The Tree Top Koala Boardwalk is 800 metres long and takes about 20 minutes to cover it. The Woodland Tree Top Walk runs for a kilometre and takes approximately half hour to complete this elevated boardwalk.
The Koala Conservation Centre also is home to other native wildlife. There are well-maintained trails that allow visitors to explore the bushland and spot vibrantly coloured birds, echidnas and wallabies besides koalas. All trails are easy to access.
The Visitor Centre boasts of interactive displays that give an interesting and educating insight into the lives of koalas. This also is the place to find out more about wildlife community groups that are working to help and conserve the local wildlife on the Island.
Koala Centre Ticket Price
There is an entry fee to access the Koala Conservation Centre. The prices are as follows:
– Adults (16 years and more) – $11.90
– Children (between the ages of 4 and 15 years) – $5.95
– Family (2 adults and 2 children) – $29.75
– Australian Pensioner – $8.30*
*The pensioner ticket price is valid just for Australian Pensioner Concession Card and those availing this entry ticket have to present the card at the entrance. The companion with the pensioner can enter the Centre with a ticket, which will be issued at no charge.
*Even visitors holding Victorian Carers Card can avail the Australian Pensioner ticket to enter the Koala Conservation Centre.
Visitors can enjoy value entry ticket by opting for the 3 Parks Pass that allows them access to the Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Heritage Farm.
Koala Conservation Centre Open Times
The open times for the Koala Conservation Centre are as follows:
– From the first Sunday in April until the first Sunday in October: 10 am to 5 pm everyday
– From 1 February until the first Saturday in April: 10 am to 5.30 pm everyday
– From the first Sunday in October until Christmas Day: 10 am to 5.30 pm everyday*
– Boxing Day to end January: 10 am to 6 pm
*On Christmas Day the Koala Conservation Centre opens its doors for visitors at 2pm
Reaching the Koala Conservation Centre
The Koala Conservation Centre is approximately an hour 40-minute drive from Melbourne. The address is as follows:
1810 Phillip Island Tourist Road
Visitors can reach Phillip Island by V-Line buses as well. On reaching Cowes, they can use Phillip Island Taxi to arrange transport to get to the Centre.