Little Penguins on Phillip Island
About a 1.5 hour drive south-east of Melbourne, Phillip Island is a haven for migrating birds and the usual Australian suspects, including wallabies, echidnas and the odd koala. But the truly extraordinary must-see here is the little penguin (aka fairy penguin), a species found almost exclusively in Australia and New Zealand. This is the smallest penguin species on the planet, growing to a height of just 13 inches. Phillip Island is home to a large colony of these adorable creatures, who return each night from a day spent fishing during a Penguin Parade that’s not to be missed.
Alternatively, if you are staying in Melbourne, head out to St. Kilda pier, where little penguins maintain nests and can be found resting after sunset.