Discover the world-renowned wetlands on the north shore of Phillip Island.
The mangroves and mudflats of Rhyll Inlet are a significant site for the wading birds that fly thousands of kilometres to feed here during the summer months. The wetlands are recognised under the Ramsar international wetlands agreement.
Boardwalks of varying lengths loop through the mangroves, saltmarsh and mudflats, and walkers are rewarded by the presence of spoonbills, oyster catchers, herons, egrets and cormorants.
Climb the Conservation Hill Observation Tower for panoramic views of the wetlands and surrounding woodland reserves.
Rhyll Inlet mangrove boardwalk
‘Walk on water’ with the elevated boardwalks through the saltmarsh, mangroves and tidal flats. Start at Conservation Hill information shelter. Follow the green arrows. 1.2 kms, 45 mins return: easy. Follow the signs to continue to the historic seaside village of Rhyll (a further 4 kms return).
Swan Lake bird hide
This freshwater lake, situated just before the Penguin Parade, is a significant site for Aboriginal people and provides great bird watching. Walk along an easy track to bird viewing hides. Start at Swan Lake information shelter. 1.3 kms, 40 mins return: easy.