We are going to Melbourne first week of Sept and would like to do a day trip to Phillip Island for the penguin parade. We'd also like to stop somewhere to see koalas and other animals up close and maybe do a scenic hike or two. The Nobbies looks good but not sure how close that is to the rest of the attractions. Does anyone have a suggested one day itinerary? (I realize some of you may suggest that this is not enough time but we really can't do more.)
Also how early should we book a rental car and our penguin tix? Since it's still end of winter and low season, could we wait until we got to Melbourne or would we have to do it in advance?