Nobbies Centre, Philip Island

The best known Phillip Island attraction is the world famous Penguin Parade, but it is not the only nature attraction the island has to offer. The area features spectacular coastal scenery with an offshore seal colony at Seal Rocks and colonies of nesting seabirds in spring and summer. Seal Rocks is an important breeding area for 10,000 – 12,000 Australian Fur Seals. The Nobbies Centre is a marine attraction where you can find out about the southern marine environment via interactive displays and observe a seal colony through telescopes and cameras.

From the Nobbies, you can look out across Bass Strait to an outcrop of rocks known as Seal Rocks where the largest colony of fur seals make their home and breed.

Within the centre you can watch a large screen presentation featuring live video from Seal Rocks and various marine wildlife short films. You can zoom in on the thousands of seals at Seal Rocks using the above water and underwater cameras. There are interactive marine displays with touch screens and information. The centre has a café, games room and children’s play area.

Outside the centre you can view the seals through telescopes. Take a walk along the Nobbies Boardwalk to see the spectacular views of the Phillip Island coastline. Don’t miss the blow hole, where waves crash into a sea cave creating a huge cloud of spray back out of the cave. In spring and summer you can have a look at nesting seabirds.

The Phillip Island Nature Parks Education Team provides a range of educational programs for schools and to the island. The Education Team has organized various tours designed for school groups and include Seals Rock, Rock pool Ramble, Beach Treasures, Wings of the Ocean, Who eats who and other marine topics.

The Nobbies Centre offers food and drinks from quick snacks to main meals. They also cater for functions from group lunches to weddings and banquets.

You probably wouldn’t come to Phillip Island just to visit The Nobbies Centre, but if you are on the island anyway, it is worth a look. It is only five minutes drive from the penguin parade. The Nobbies Centre is open from 10am – to just before sunset. (Approximate closing times are 8pm in summer, 5pm in autumn, 4pm in winter and 6pm in spring). Admission is free.

Phillip Island is about 90 minutes from Melbourne. To get there from Melbourne, drive out on the South Eastern Arterial (M1) and turn off when you get to the South Gippsland Highway (the M420). Continue on to the Bass Highway (A420) and on to San Remo where you cross over the bridge to Philip Island.

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