Planning to go to Phillip Island from Melbourne on Sunday Feb 14th, and we'll already have a hire car so that's what we'll use.
I was expecting to find a nice leisurely route down there, arrive sometime in the afternoon, pay the entrance fee and go in (basic entry only, no Penguin Plus, Skybox, etc). But I note that the official site says "advance booking essential", even for the basic Penguin Parade. Is this true, or are they just drumming up more custom? The website also says "help celebrate the Chinese New Year at PI" on the 14th - not sure how much difference that will make? (And I've just realised it's Valentine's Day as well!)
Any advice welcome.