At least once a year the Friends of Hanging Rock visit a place that’s similar to the Rock in one or more aspects. Just like Hanging Rock, the Phillip Island Nature Parks is a mix of conservation and recreation. Its managers work to strike a balance between conserving endangered species and handling over a million visitors a year. On Sunday 24 May, led by ranger Karl, we went on a special tour of the parks, including Swan Lake, the Penguin Parade and the Nobbies.
It was great to hear about how the park tackles many of the challenges shared by Hanging Rock management. We learnt about how the park manages such diverse concerns as visitors, revegetation, pests, funding, fencing, land buy-backs and breeding. There is much to learn from Australia’s most popular natural wildlife attraction park, which models an impressive balance between its environmental, commercial and social responsibilities.
Above images by Hubert Weisman