Who we are

Phillip Island Nature Parks is a unique conservation organisation that was established in 1996 under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 “for the conservation of areas of natural interest or beauty or of scientific, historic or archaeological interest”. 

We acknowledge that the Crown Land we are privileged to manage forms part of the traditional lands of the Bunurong Peoples who call Phillip Island Millowl, and that the Land, Waters and Sea are of spiritual, cultural and economic importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

As a not-for-profit organisation, your visit directly contributes to the conservation of wildlife and habitat.

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Achieving our vision

We are proud of our 30-Year Conservation Vision - Beyond the Horizon which outlines our vision for Phillip Island as a place where the Island’s flora and fauna will be flourishing despite the effects of climate change and the pressures of an expanding human population. Under the careful stewardship of the Nature Parks, natural environments will be demonstrating resilience. 
Read the summary here.

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Our 5-Year Conservation Plan 2019-2023  represents the first ambitious step in our journey towards delivering our 30-Year Vision and details the actions we will take over the next five years to protect and enhance Phillip Island’s wildlife and environment. 
These plans were developed in consultation with key stakeholders and community and honour and build on our shared history of conservation on Phillip Island (Millowl) and represent an evolution in our approach and methodology to meet the challenges ahead of us. We take this responsibility seriously and look forward to working together towards a better future for Phillip Island (Millowl).

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 Conservation achievements

  • Declaring Phillip Island (Millowl) fox-free in 2017.
  • Re-introduction of the critically endangered Eastern barred bandicoot, which is extinct in the wild in mainland Victoria.
  • Management of the Hooded plover program on Phillip Island (Millowl) with our volunteers which has contributed to the breeding success of this threatened species.
  • Planting over 250 000 indigenous plants since 1996.
  • Rehabilitating the former Summerland Estate back to penguin habitat
  • Installing 4,000 artificial penguin boxes on the Summerland Peninsula to encourage little penguins back to former breeding sites. The colony is now home to over 30,000 Little penguins.
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Phillip Island (Millowl) Wildlife Plan

The Phillip Island (Millowl) Wildlife Plan balances the needs of wildlife and community

Phillip Island’s wildlife is an important part of the community’s identity and economy. Wildlife experiences on the Island generate jobs and evenue and are a major attraction for visitors.

Download the summary plan (PDF, 690.5 KB)

Download the full plan (PDF, 2.6 MB)

Download frequently asked questions (PDF, 221.7 KB) 

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Discover more

View our Conservation Team’s plans, reports and important links to our partners in conservation here.