Posted on 04/09/2017 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Penguin Parade sustains storm damage
Sunday’s wild weather on Phillip Island brought more than just wind and rain, with some damage being sustained at the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre. While the penguins were safely tucked up in their burrows and unaffected by the weather, access to the Centre and the penguin viewing areas was unavailable due to safety concerns.
Nature Parks’ CEO Catherine Basterfield said “The decision to close the Penguin Parade last night was not made lightly, however visitor safety was our paramount concern. Following an engineer’s structural assessment this morning, our team is working very hard to rectify the damage and safely resume normal operations.”
A temporary entrance has been established which bypasses the Visitor Centre so that from this evening, visitors with existing bookings will be able to see the penguins, however ancillary services such as food and beverage and retail are not currently available. New bookings will be accepted again once the Visitor Centre can safely be re-opened to the public with all services operational, expected to be within a few days.
“We understand that a visit to the Penguin Parade is a highlight for many people from both here and overseas, and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused to our visitors who were unable to see the penguins last night.”
“We are looking forward to the construction of the new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre which is due to open in late 2019 and replace the ageing infrastructure of the existing building.”