A Watery Adventure at Phillip Island

There were plenty of laughs and a few screams on the first official practice run of a the new EcoBoat tour  operating at Victoria’s famous Phillip Island.

The EcoBoat Tour, Phillip Island. Image courtesy of Phillip Island Nature Parks.

The EcoBoat Tour, Phillip Island. Image courtesy of Phillip Island Nature Parks.


Phillip Island Nature Parks has joined forces with John Dickie, the island’s long-time local boat tour operator, to offer tours in a high speed boat resulting in a quicker trip to a few of Phillip Island’s most popular attractions, including Seal Rocks and the Nobbies.
At the same time John is continuing to run his well-known Wildlife Coast Cruises. These cruises are in a bigger boat, take more time and include complimentary morning and afternoon tea.
As my trip to the island coincided with this first run of the new tour, I was invited, along with the staff from the Phillip Island Nature Park, to try it out.

There were plenty of smiles on the faces of staff on the first practice run of Phillip Island's new EcoBoat tour.

There were plenty of smiles on the faces of staff on the first practice run of Phillip Island’s new EcoBoat tour. Image courtesy of Phillip Island Nature Parks.

While there are likely to be some modifications, as our timing seemed to be somewhere between the 60 minute EcoBoat Express tour and the 90 minute EcoBoat Adventure tour, the trip was great fun combining wildlife watching with a roller coaster ride across the waves.

Phillip Island's new EcoBoat.

Phillip Island’s new EcoBoat. Image courtesy of Phillip Island Nature Parks.

What: Phillip Island Nature Park’s EcoBoat Tours
Who: JB
Why: Updating information on Victoria’s Phillip Island.
When: November 11, 2014.
How Did It Rate:

The boat – fitted with four high-powered outboard engines, the rigged hulled inflatable boat is sleek and quick. It’s got a distinctive racing feel and travels at great speeds. The trip takes around 20 minutes from the Cowes jetty to Seal Rocks.


The tours have been designed to ensure visitors can see the Nobbies and Seal Rocks and be back in time for the Penguin Parade- which is great if your time on the island is limited.

The view of Seal Rocks from the EcoBoat cruise.

The view of Seal Rocks from the EcoBoat cruise.

The chance to see parts of the Phillip Island coastline, the Nobbies and, of course, the very inquisitive seals. While, according to the scientists on our trip, the seals were a little reticent to come to the vessel (probably as they hadn’t seen it before) there were still a number of `brave individual seals’ who looked like they were enjoying themselves. The boat has an on-board camera aimed at capturing the seals’ antics under the water and displaying the action on a large television screen. At the same time there were many seals to see on and around the rocks.


Knowledgeable crew members. On our cruise crew members explained the scenery and the nature of the seals. Phillip Island Nature Parks are providing the commentary.

The EcoBoat Tour, Phillip Island. Image courtesy of Phillip Island Nature Parks.

The view of the Nobbies from the EcoBoat Tour.

Parts of the trip were very bumpy, but this may have been due to the very `choppy seas’. While it didn’t bother me, indeed I found it quite exhilarating, there were a few screams on board as the boat became `airborne’ over the waves. Mind you, these seemed to be more screams of delight than fear!

For more information on Phillip Island see Wildlife Always a Delight on Phillip Island, Managing Penguins and People on Phillip Island,  Phillip Island Guided Ranger Tour and Silvewater Resort Phillip Island

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