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Posted on 02/06/2020 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks will reopen three sites to visitors on Friday 5 June, following the easing of restrictions.

The Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Reserve and Churchill Island will re-open with limited capacity of 100 visitors on Friday 5 June, while the Nobbies visitor centre and Antarctic Journey experience are slated to re-open later in June.

Online bookings are now available, and entry to all of the attractions will only be available through the purchase of a pre-booked, online ticket – no ticket sales will be available on-site.

If you hold an existing voucher or pass and you wish to book a visit, please contact our Admissions team via email at bookings@penguins.org.au or on 5951 3830.

The Penguin Parade will offer General Viewing, Penguins Plus, Underground Viewing and the Ultimate Adventure Tour only. The Guided Ranger Tour and VIP Tour will not be available for the immediate future, however we will re-assess these two products within the next few weeks.

Churchill Island will continue to offer farming demonstrations, however in the interests of health and safety, we will not be offering visitors the opportunity to participate in any hands-on activities such as cow milking and whip cracking. Until such time as we return to receiving a regular supply of sheep from surrounding farms, sheep shearing cannot be guaranteed every day. The retail space will remain open, and the cafe will be open for 'grab and go' takeaway items. 

The Koala Conservation Reserve will continue to operate largely unchanged, and visitors will still be able to access both elevated viewing boardwalks, subject to physical distancing being observed and managed, as well as the woodland walking trail. The retail space will remain open, and the cafe will be open for 'grab and go' takeaway items. 

The attractions will be opening with physical distancing measures in place in both indoor and outdoor areas, and enhanced cleaning practices to ensure levels of hygiene are maintained.

Please note that as we will be managing visitor numbers at all of our locations, you may experience entry delays subject to the number of people already on site.

It is also a requirement of entry that we collect our visitor details and retain for 28 days in order to assist with contact tracing in the event of a case of coronavirus being detected.