Phillip Island Travel Guide
Highlights of Melbourne
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is located 90 minutes (140 kilometers) south-east of Melbourne. It is an
easy day trip to get there and back and take in all the amazing
attractions Phillip Island has to offer. As well as some unique wildlife
like the Fairy Penguins, Koalas and Fur Seals there are plenty of other
activities on Phillip Island.
Activities on Phillip Island
The Phillip Island Circuit is a race track which has had car and motorbike racing since the 1920s when they used to hold Formula One car racing. The formula one cars then became too fast for the track and racing was stopped there until 1952 when different types of racing began again. Each year now, Phillip Island race track is used for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (26th - 28th October 2012), World Superbikes (February 2013), V8 Supercar racing (May 2013) and various other racing events.
Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is a chocolate wonderland with displays on the history of chocolate, interactive displays and windows into the chocolate factory to see the various chocolates being made.
Fishing on Phillip Island
Located on Phillip Island is Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm which can teach you to do some rainbow trout fishing in their indoor rainforest pool or the outdoors trophy lake. Catch a nice rainbow trout and take it straight up to the restaurant for the chef to prepare there and then for you to enjoy.
Helicopter joy flights - the best way to see Phillip Island is from the sky. Phillip Island Helicopters offer a range of different joy flights over Phillip Island starting from $70 per person.
Golf on Phillip Island
Phillip Island Golf Club is an 18 hole Par 72 golf course.
Wineries on Phillip Island
There a few wineries on Phillip Island making a range of different wines which you can visit for wine tasting. Phillip Island Vineyard and Winery
Parachuting and Skydiving - there are a few companies that organise tandem skydiving close to Phillip Island. Check out Phillip Island Helicopters or Commando Skydivers
Bus Tours to Phillip Island
There are a number of companies that have bus tours leaving from Melbourne for day trips to the Phillip Island. Following are some of these companies with prices and contact details:
Go West Tours have day trips to Phillip Island leaving Melbourne daily to visit the Phillip Island Winery, Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, The Koala Conservation Centre and finish visiting the Penguin Parade. $130 per person.
Discover Australia have half day and full day tours to Phillip Island.
Bunyip Tours have 1 day tours to Phillip Island from $125 per person.
Hotels on Phillip Island
The Continental Hotel beach front accommodation at Cowes Phillip Island. Room prices from $90 per night.
Tropicana Motor Inn with swimming pool. Room prices start from $90 per night.
Phillip Island Resort is a 4 star hotel with swimming pool which opened in 2007 located 2 kilometers from Cowes. Room prices from $128 per night.
The Waves Apartments 1 Esplanade Cowes fully equiped service apartments. Apartment prices start from $180 per night.
Last updated 27th May 2012
Fairy Penguins on Phillip Island
The number one tourist attraction to Phillip Island is the nightly parade of Fairy Penguins or Little Penguins that make their way up the beach to the inland burrows just after sunset. You can visit the Penguin tourist centre and purchase tickets to join the crowds at the small stadium seating that has been built to allow tourists to watch the Penguins though not interfere with their crossing of the beach.
Phillip Island Wildlife Park has 60 acres of land with 100 different species of animals including kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes and Koalas. The Phillip Island Wildlife Park is located 2kms from Cowes.
The Koala Conservation Centre has bush walking tracks and 2 treetop boardwalks for walking through to see the Koalas up close. The Koala Conservation Centre is open daily from 10am - 5pm.
Nobbies and Seal Rocks is a rock formation that juts out into the ocean off the coast of Phillip Island. On the rocks you will often find Fur Seals resting and warming themselves in the sun. There is a boardwalk around the coast at Nobbies to take in the view over to Seal Rocks. Often you will find the Fairy Penguins resting under the boardwalks.
Maru Koala & Animal Park is located at Grantville, just 15 minutes from Phillip Island. You will pass it on the way down from Melbourne.
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