As well as penguins and seals, Phillip Island is home to tropical mangroves, and to special birds that migrate from as far as Alaska to spend time there.
Near the seaside village of Rhyll, there is a beautiful mangrove scenic boardwalk that takes you off the beaten track of the tourist areas and into the tranquil natural protected mudflats..
The sounds as you are walking through the mangroves are something else, with croaks of the crickets, different bird songs mingling together, and trickling water and sounds of the waves in the distance.
It is quite surreal, relaxing and therapeutic.
It's an exposed area of the island, with not much shade so I'd recommend that during the Summer that this would be a perfect walk for first thing in the morning or the cool of the evening.
We went on a relatively cool day but still got a little sun burnt.
The walk also takes you up Conservation Hill, and while it's a bit steep, it's worth it for the sweeping views of the inlet.
Facilities include public toilets, great parking, picnic tables and benches situated at very scenes intervals so that you can sit , linger, and take in the views.
First published 7 July 2017.