Phillip Island is a well-liked vacation destination an easy drive from Melbourne, Australia. It is about 140 kilometers south-east of Melbourne at the head of Westernport Bay. The island is host to the Grand Prix event, Australian MotoGP motorcycling, the renowned penguin parade each night and the largest Australian fur seal colony in the world.
Many locals live permanently on the island so there is a busy hub of commercial activities. This infrastructure base means visitors can get-away their daily routines for a while without modern amenities and excellent service. You will discover an exciting range of activities on offer including fishing, golf, surf, lazy bay beaches, scuba, scenic helicopter jaunts, road or trail cycling, motor-cycling, yachting, wineries, spas, walking, kayak and canoe treks.
The island hosts some 1.5 million tourists every year. Most come from Melbourne or other parts of Victoria, interstate from other parts of Australia plus a number of international guests. They all find much to enjoy.
A full range of accommodation options are on offer. Hotels, resorts, motels, guest and boarding houses, serviced flats, B7Bs, camping and caravan areas are all easily booked.
There are two pleasant golf courses available. Aussie Golfing Ranch is positioned along the coast on 23 acres of dunes and is known to be a top Par 3 course. The PI Golf Club offers a full 18 holes and rates as a must-play course.
The island has an area of about 100 square kilometers. Flat to undulating, it is perfect to explore by bicycle or foot. The highest point is only about 110 metres (about 360 feet) above sea level at Cape Woolamai forming the south-east tip of the island.
The island has about 100 kilometres (60 miles) of exciting coastline great for exploring, surfing, fishing or just snoozing. Serious bicyclists can take advantage of the flat terrain and absence of vehicles to ride around the entire island and enjoy its coast in a morning. All of the south coast and part of the west coast is exposed to the open waters of Bass Strait. The remaining areas are quiet waters with many spots perfect for family picnics and safe swimming areas for small children.
The world famous penguin parade is one of the most popular spectacles on the island. At dusk each evening, the lovable fairy penguins emerge out of the ocean and waddle up the sandy beach to rest in their burrows dug deep into the beach dunes.
Racing car enthusiasts seeking an adrenalin rush might enjoy the HSV Hot Laps on the Grand Prix circuit or the Go-kart rides on the scaled down replica track of the main circuit.
Fishing is, of course, very popular all through the year. Many charter boat firms operate so visitors can fish both the protected waters of Westernport and the open waters of Bass Strait.
Article Source: by Brian Trent