Penguins Plus, a partnership between Phillip Island Nature Parks and Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), becomes a world-first penguin viewing experience.
RACV has contributed one million dollars to help build Penguins Plus, which is designed to meld into the natural elements of the surrounding landscape.
The new 300-seat platform, which mirrors the coves of Phillip Island’s southern coastline, is set low in the landscape to provide unique viewing opportunities. The underground viewing area will allow up to 70 visitors to come face-to-face with the penguins in a natural setting.
The 25-metre viewing window looks out at ground level onto the most popular penguin pathway while the 90-metre boardwalk design provides minimum footprint and maximum environmental benefit.
Jeff Floyd, board chairman, Phillip Island Nature Parks, said, “As a not-for-profit organisation, partnerships with significant organisations like RACV are an innovative and effective way of ensuring that Phillip Island and Victoria’s tourism industry can deliver and exceed the quality of tourism experiences expected by travellers.We are grateful to RACV and look forward to the next five years of the partnership.”
RACV director, Netta Griffin expressed that the Penguin Parade and RACV have a long and shared history of providing exceptional service to the Victorian Community and it is fitting that these two iconic Victorian organisations have joined together to create the new Penguins Plus facility.
“More than one million people visit Phillip Island Nature Parks attractions including the Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island every year, including around 320,000 Victorians; many of whom are RACV members. Since the start of the partnership in September, we have seen a considerable increase in RACV members visiting the Penguin Parade”, Griffin said.