Media Releases 2018

Posted on 16/02/2018 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Bass Coast You’re Invited to Discover Your Island Home at Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Community Open Day Sunday 4 March 2018

Bass Coast Shire residents are invited to enjoy free entry and join the fun of Phillip Island Nature Parks’ eighth annual Community Open Day on Sunday 4 March.

The Open Day is a great way for the community to discover more about their island home which is also home for wildlife such as penguins, koalas, seals and more. Locals will meet the Nature Parks’ team of dedicated staff and volunteers and have a peek ‘behind the scenes’.

The Nature Parks opens its doors each year, offering free entry to all Nature Parks’ attractions including Churchill Island, Koala Conservation Centre, the ‘Antarctic Journey’ at the Nobbies Centre and the evening Penguin Parade (General viewing). There is also a great offer of 50% off the Wild Oceans EcoBoat Tours - note bookings for this boat tour are essential.

Throughout the day, visitors will have the opportunity to meet Nature Parks’ staff and volunteers at a range of activities to showcase the Island’s rich environment, wildlife and heritage. This includes old time fun and talks at Churchill Island, a koala experience, special cultural walk to Swan Lake and an evening tour to meet the critically endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoots (bookings essential for Bandicoot Tour).

Drop in to visit the ‘My Island Home’ mini expo at the Koala Conservation Centre which showcases the Nature Parks’ supporters and volunteers including Westernport Water, Landcare, Bass Coast Shire, Boomerang Bags and Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve. Have your questions answered about volunteer opportunities, the Barb Martin Bushbank, living with wildlife and much more.
There will also be plenty of fun for kids with face painting, old time games and farm activities at Churchill Island in the morning. The ‘Environment Extravaganza’ takes place in the afternoon at the Koala Conservation Centre, where all ages can build a penguin home,design amazing creations to fight plastic pollution and witness a demonstration by our fox detection dogs Sam and Jazz. Kids can also complete our special quiz sheets throughout the day to win fantastic prizes.

Entry to all activities and Nature Parks’ attractions ( ‘Antarctic Journey’ Penguin Parade general viewing, Koala Centre and Churchill Island) is free throughout the day for residents, landholders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community and students of Bass Coast Shire. To gain your free entry, please bring proof of your residency such as a rates notice, bill, driver’s licence etc. Free entry is for household only. Accompanying friends are welcome, but must pay entry fees as apply.

If you have any queries regarding the Community Open Day please call 5951 2820 during business hours or email The full program will feature in local papers in the last week of February and is available online at


Media Enquiries:
Sally O’Neill
Phillip Island Nature Parks
Mobile: 0408 101 976