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Saturday, May 02, 2009

The Nobbies, and Phillip Island South Coast

The Nobbies is a world-famous natural rock formation at the extreme westerly tip of Phillip Island, about 130 km SE of Melbourne.

Nearby are the Seal Rocks.

The Nobbies Centre, managed by the Phillip Island Nature Park, is the area’s newest marine attraction.

From here, visitors may discover the secrets of the southern marine environment, view seals, sharks and dolphins via interactive displays and state-of-the-art cameras.

The Nobbies Centre is located in an area of spectacular coastal beauty. Also onsite are educational displays about marine life, a café and upstairs function centre. Coin-operated telescopes offer views across Westernport Bay and out to the Seal Rocks.

A 2 km (return) Boardwalk leads from the Centre along the clifftop to the Blow Hole Lookout.

I visited the Nobbies on Thursday April 30, 2009, which included the boardwalk.

From the carpark, I then drove along the unsealed 4 km dry-weather road on the clifftop, whence there are excellent viewpoints - from Seagull Rock Lookout, South Coast Lookout and Scotchman's Lookout, with amazing panoramas along the South Coast towards Cape Woolamai. This road leads into the main Ventnor Rd, adjacent to the well-known Penguin Reserve and Penguin Parade.

The opportunities for coastal photography are magnificent!

See the full set of
Photos of my visit!


  1. C'mon bob I am surprised with someone with experience such as yours has not mentioned to see seals live and up close you have to take a cruise to seal Rocks with Wildlife Coast Cruises.

    Cheers John

  2. John,

    Thanks for your comment. Where are you and what is youre surname? I referred to the seals in my narrative - visitors to the Nobbies Centre may choose to purchase commercially operated tours or cruises.

    Bob Padula