Phillip Island beach – Photo Courtesy: Tamas
Phillip Island is something of a national treasure for Australia. It’s a beautiful spot and many people are choosing it as the perfect getaway from normal life. It attracts Australian natives and travellers alike, and its area of 10,000 hectares means there’s plenty of space for everyone. At its widest point it measures a whopping 29 by 9 kilometres – pretty big for an island!
The climate is mild, the landscape is flat and beautiful, housing 6000 permanent inhabitants; but it is visited by an estimated 3 million tourists every year!
Photo Courtesy: Madeleine Holland
Phillip Island was discovered in 1798 by George Bass. A bridge link to the mainland was built in the 1940s, which was later replaced in 1969. Because it is so easily accessed, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular tourist resort. Its wide range of available accommodation, shops, restaurants and activities lures people of all ages and all walks of life in, with many people returning year after year.
Where Should I Stay?
An Eco Resort in Phillip Island – Photo Courtesy: Peter
Phillip Island boasts a wealth of different accommodation options, from exclusive hotels through to cottages and apartments for rent. Eco cottages, caravan parks, motels and campsites are also available. There really is an option to suit every budget. You are advised to bring bikes or a car with you as Phillip Island does not currently have a public transport service in place. Many places can only be reached on foot, so make sure you pack a good pair of walking boots.
What Should I See?
Photo Courtesy: Taki Lau
You will simply be spoilt for choice at the wide range of activities and attractions available to you on the island. The famous fairy penguin march that happens at dusk is a must-see, and is by far the most famous attraction on the island. A tour will lead you to the right place – and it’s something you will never forget. But there are also art exhibitions, along with events and festivals all the year round. The towns such as Newhaven and Cowes are simply stunning, and the famous Grand Prix racing track pulls petrol heads from around the world!
Look at this cute Koala on Phillip Island – Photo Courtesy: Edwin Lee
You’ll have the opportunity to see loads of different wildlife, and again the best way to see this is on a tour so that you learn and don’t miss anything on the way round. Bird watching and koala-spotting are common activities, and don’t miss the seals at the sea life centre. The wildlife is so diverse on Phillip Island that people come from all over the world to witness it.
A Perfect Destination for Families
Lots of fun activities available for families at A Maze ‘N Things, Phillip Island, Australia
If you’re into your water sports you will be spoilt for choice – boating, sailing, wind surfing, water skiing and kayaking are all available.
A trip to Phillip Island is the perfect mix of relaxation and luxury, but with enough adventure to keep your adrenaline pumping along the way! It’s the perfect destination for families with children of all ages – there is something for every interest. Once you visit, you will want to go back again and again – so get ready for a holiday you will never forget!