PHILLIP Island Nature Parks will reopen three sites to visitors from Friday, June 5, following the easing of restrictions.

The Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Reserve and Churchill Island will reopen with limited capacity of 100 visitors on Friday, June 5, while the Nobbies visitor centre and Antarctic Journey experience are slated to reopen later in June.

“It’s been a challenging couple of months with our visitor attractions closed, and we are really looking forward to welcoming guests back on Friday,” said Catherine Basterfield, Phillip Island Nature Parks chief executive officer.

“We are all absolutely delighted to have been given the go-ahead to open our doors, and we’re taking this next week to ensure plans are implemented so that our staff, visitors and community can stay safe during this time.”

The attractions will be opening with physical distancing measures in place in both indoor and outdoor areas, and enhanced cleaning practices to ensure levels of hygiene are maintained.

The site closure period did provide team members from Nature Parks’ tourism operations with the opportunity to lend a hand in conservation and research, including planting over 11,500 native trees, removing invasive weeds from 10km of coastline, and examining over 100,000 images from motion-detection cameras to identify pest animals.

The consensus among these redeployed staff has been that they’ve loved spending time in the field and getting their hands dirty but are really looking forward to getting back to their core roles of welcoming visitors to Phillip Island.

Online bookings to the Nature Parks’ sites will be available from early next week, and entry to all of the attractions will only be available through the purchase of a pre-booked, online ticket – no ticket sales will be available on-site. Further details on viewing options being offered will be updated on their website and social media pages.