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Waterfront: Designing for Wildlife

Join a ‘ranger-led’ tour that explores the passive-design principles of Phillip Island Nature Parks, including ‘animal architecture’ for Little Penguins.

Start with a tour of the new Terroir-designed building with Sue Graham, Education and Interpretation Ranger, then move to a boardwalk tour led by research director, Peter Dann. The focus of the discussion will be on how sustainable design principles can have a positive impact for humans and wildlife.

Please note: this one-off special event does not provide access to the general Penguin Parade viewing – tickets must also be pre-purchased from this link.

Photo: John Gollings

ONLINE ACTIVITY: Design For Nature

Climate change is predicted to make Phillip Island hotter and drier, so Nature Parks in collaboration with La Trobe University, is testing 50 artificial burrows, in five different designs, to better protect penguins during extreme hot weather. How would you design a penguin burrow to protect our little feathered friends? Explore the challenges little penguins face in a changing climate and the concepts of passive design, and create a little penguin burrow that can extend the deadline on saving this iconic animal.


Discover the impact of sustainable design principles for humans and wildlife.

Co-presented with Phillip Island Nature Parks. Waterfront is proudly presented by Centre for Architecture Victoria | Open House Melbourne, in partnership with Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and East Gippsland Shire Council. Waterfront is part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 March 2021
Tour times: 5.30pm, 6.15pm, 7.00pm running for 45 minutes



Phillip Island Penguin Parade, 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands, Victoria 3922

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