PHILLIP ISLAND

Phillip Island is named after the first Governor of New South Wales, Arthur Phillip; Phillip Island forms a natural breakwater for the shallow waters of Western Port Bay. It is 26 km (16 mi) long and 9 km (5.6 mi) wide, with an area of about 100 km2 (39 sq mi). It has 97 km (60 mi) of coastline.

A 640 m (2,100 ft) concrete bridge (originally a wooden bridge) connects the mainland town San Remo with the island. The island it served as the location for the 1977 Australian film ‘Summerfield’. In the early sixties the island also featured in the film ‘On the Beach’.

In addition to the major tourist attraction of Penguin Parade, there is a wildlife park where wallabies and kangaroos roam freely amongst the visitors and can be fed by hand. Because of its importance in supporting significant populations of Penguins and gulls Seal Rocks, at the western end of the island, hosts the largest colony of seal in Australia (up to 16,000).

Phillip Island is visited by 3.5 million people annually. The Penguin Parade at which little penguins come ashore in groups

Phillip Island is steeped in the history of Australian motor racing. A circuit composed of the island's interior roads was used for the original grand prix in 1928 and continued to be used for the race up until 1935. The circuit closed in the late 1970s but was redeveloped and re-opened in 1989 to host the first international version of the motor cycle Grand Prix.

One of the best War Museums in Australia is at Phillip Island. This National Vietnam Veterans Museum is fantastic, so allow well over an hour when visiting

So resorts, holiday, tourism and motor cycle racing make for a fabulous party mix. Be sure to visit and stay a few days,

 

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course