Phillip Island - So much to explore

“We’re so close to it, let’s go to Phillip Island” I exclaimed. Located just south of Melbourne, Phillip Island is a natural wonderland full of surprises.

I knew Phillip Island was famous for the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit but I did not have any other expectations of what we would discover. As a young family we wanted a base that offered activities for all of us. We were lucky to find the A Maze’n Things Holiday Park, situated on the main PhillipIsland Tourist Road opposite the Koala Conservation Centre and right next door to AMaze’nThings theme park. The holiday park offered a wonderful playground right across from where we camped, along with a super size playground belonging to A Maze’n Things theme park, free to access if you stay at the park. As another bonus we also received20% off tickets to AMaze’n Things which was great family value and we spent an afternoon revisiting the child in ourselves whilst our own children explored and played. We finished off the afternoon with gelato and lollies at the Lolly Lips shop next door.
A visit to the Nobbie Centre led to an easy boardwalk along the spectacular rugged coastline of Bass Strait looking out to Seal Rocks where peering through binoculars we saw Australia’s largest colony of fur seals at play. An enjoyable fish and chip lunch at the Nobbies Centre whilst the kids were entertained in ‘just for pups’ children area meant we could learn about Seals and Southern Ocean life through the interactive displays.
That night we rugged up for our Penguin Parade experience and arrive to find the tiered seating packed, so families like ours made use of the space on the beach to sit and let the kids play whilst we waited for over a thousand wild Little Penguins to emerge from the ocean and march across the beach to their sand dune burrows.
The numbers were small at first as the penguins were hesitant to be the first one to cross the open sand, but gradually the parade began. Delighted by our experience we headed back to the car to find that it was not yet over as all along and underneath the edge of the boardwalk the little penguins continued to play in their hundreds, keeping the kids entertained by their antics as they made their nightly ritual, definitely an experience not to miss.
A morning visit to Churchill Island Heritage Farm, a historic working farm, gave us an appreciation of a bygone era. Over 57 hectares in all, the gardens are a great place to have a picnic or there is a licensed cafe that offers local produce and spectacular bay views. We enjoyed strolling among the heritage buildings whilst the kids enjoyed feeding and patting the baby animals and the Clydesdale cart ride was a highlight.
The beach at Cowes was a nice place to relax and enjoy a picnic and the dining and shopping at Cowes was first class with discoveries of local handmade goods. Rhyll Inletoffered the kids hours of fun playing in the sun and the sand and fishing off the jetty was popular too. A visit to the Koala Conservation Centre allowed us to walk amongst the treetops and get close to these Australian Natives.
Phillip Island gave us so much to explore offering experiences that are hard to find anywhere else and is ideal for a family holiday destination.