Phillip Island is one of the most exciting and exotic places in Australia to visit, and in fact one of the most exciting and exotic holiday destinations in general. If you’re planning on a trip down under, but aren’t sure precisely where you want to go, then here are some things to help persuade you that Phillip Island might be right for you…
Phillip Island like anywhere in Australia of course enjoys great weather and is generally a great climate where you can work on your tan and enjoy relaxing on some of the most pleasant beaches you’re likely to ever find. That said the temperature is more mild than it is nearby in Melbourne thanks to the ocean breezes so it won’t be clawing. If you want a traditional relaxation holiday then this most assuredly will do the trick for you and ensure you come home rested and relaxed.
At the same time the coast line will provide you with some fantastic dramatic and impressive rock formations and views that remind you this isn’t just your average ‘beach holiday’ in Spain. The island has a whopping 97km of coastline, a lot of which would be a fantastic place to sit and draw if you’re into that, or to fish for bass (this is part of the Bass Coast Shire). But if you’re after something a bit more action packed though then these beaches can also provide – and are home to some amazing surf.
This is where the Rip Curl Pro and Roxy Pro Women’s Surfing Festival take place and that’s why the island attracts so many people a year for surfing. Of course if you’re not a surfer then this is a great place to take it up.
Or why not have a go at some scuba diving and experience some amazing sea life while basking in the warm waters? Take a waterproof digital camera and this is a great way to get some Facebook pictures.
And if surfing or diving aren’t your sports then the island is also well known for motorsports. It’s rich in motorsport history and is home to the international version of the Australian motorcycle Grand Prix, as well as the Superbike World Championship, V8 Supercars and more. If you’re going then see in advance if your visit coincides with any of these events.
But that’s probably not why you’ll travel here of course. The chances are that the reason you’ll travel to Phillip Island is to see the nature park – which is home to a fantastic range of wildlife that you can experience up close and personal. If you’ve never been to Australia before then you may not have ever seen a kangaroo or a wallaby, but in the nature park you can actually walk around with them roaming free and feed them from your hand. Then there are the koalas, the rare birds but most exciting of all the Penguin Parade where you can see hundreds of penguins gathering on the shore at sunset. Meanwhile visiting the coastline you’ll be sure to encounter seals in their natural environment – check out the Nobbies which is nearby and a sure place to see the seals.
And of course it helps that Phillip Island is also nearby many other popular towns and destinations such as Cape Woolami, Beachcomber and of course Melbourne if you want a day in an exciting and metropolitan city or if you’re hankering for an exciting night.
Sarah is a veteran travel blogger, who has shared some of her travel experiences through her blogs in http://www.onemilebeach.com.au . She enjoys travelling alone and has had many exciting experiences during her solo travel.