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Koala Conservation Centre (Phillip Island)

Stroll through this eucalypt woodland and come ‘face-to-face’ with koalas in their natural habitat. The Koala Conservation Centre’s unique tree top boardwalks and close viewing areas allow visitors to see how truly amazing koalas are.

The new koala boardwalk provides exceptional koala viewing and features amazing views of a beautiful natural wetland area. Also not to be missed are the centre’s latest additions. Catch a glimpse of this year’s koala joeys, as they take their first adventures out of the mother’s pouch, learning to climb, find food and meet each other. Exceptional photo opportunities abound!

Visitors have the opportunity to experience a ranger-led ‘Koala Eco-Explorer Tour’ which provides them with the chance to discover behind the scenes information about one of Australia’s favourite icons. Unlike a zoo, the Koala Conservation Centre is really unique as visitors get the chance to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, living as they would in the wild.

Another spectacular area is the woodland walk. Wandering through natural bush, amongst hundreds of different species of Australian wildlife, (including wallabies, possums, echidnas and snakes) visitors can try to spot the koalas themselves.

The Koala Conservation Centre also features a visitor interpretation centre with gift shop and educational displays.

Opening Hours:

Every day from 10am and from 2pm on Christmas Day.


Prices and Bookings
All revenue benefits koalas.
For a discount using Small Ideas click here:

A "Three Parks Pass" will be better value if you intend to also visit the Penguin Parade and Churchill Island.


The koalas' feeding and living patterns are such that you are assured of seeing a number of koalas. There are two main boardwalks where you can see koalas. To the east is the Koala Boardwalk which has two corners where cut eucalyptus branches are placed to entice the koalas down to be in very proximity to the human visitors. When we visited there were six koalas in this area although most of the koalas were high up in the trees. There are also views across a wetlands area with a range of water birds. The other boardwalk in the centre, Woodland Boardwalk, has a lot more possibilities to see koalas up close and personal. Keep an eye open for other birds and animals. When we visited we saw a wallaby, kookaburras and other birds.

The walks available are:

Woodland boardwalk (400m return) - See koalas from the treetop boardwalks. Look for other animals including birds, wallabies, echidnas and possums.

Koala boardwalk (400m return) - See koalas from the treetop boardwalks. One male and up to four female koalas live here as part of our koala breeding program. Walk through regenerated woodland and look for native birds near the wetland.

Woodland walk (1.6kms return - 20 mins) - Stroll through the six hectares of woodland made up of a mixture of remnant and revegetated woodland. Look in the treetops - up to 20 koalas call this area home. Wallabies, echidnas, possums and over 80 bird species also live in the woodland.

Copperhead snakes can be found on Phillip Island and care should be taken in summer.

There is a basic café and table outside if you want to bring your own food.


Address | Contact

1810 Phillip Island Road,  Cowes 3922, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: (03) 5952 1610
Map: 932 Ref: B5

Web Links

Link Koala Conservation Centre

Link Phillip Island Nature Parks on Facebook

  Reader Feedback  

Victor Meyer      Posted:    11:11 AM January 31, 2013

A lovely setting of koala-browsed blue gum forest with generous boardwalks in and amongst the treetops. Light walking and easy spotting opportunities. Watch some koala behaviour at KCC here,

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