Wondrous wildlife adventures on Phillip Island
This unique natural holiday paradise is just over a 90 minute drive south-east from Melbourne, Victoria. Part of the Bass Coast Shire, the island boasts stretches more than 100km in length, of unspoiled coastline and sandy seaside havens. Gorgeous holiday accommodation all along the natural breakwaters of Western Port, provides beachfront holiday homes, holiday apartments, holiday villas and holiday rentals to suit all budgets and family requirements. From the luxurious serviced apartments, to the rustic self catering apartments, you can be sure that any holiday house on Phillip Island will be your home away from home.
Things to see and do
For outdoor nature lovers, Phillip Island is the holiday paradise you have been waiting for. Without moving too far away from your gorgeous holiday home right on the beach, visitors can easily find some unique and superb wildlife experiences, just waiting to be enjoyed.
The Penguin Parade is something for the entire family, young and old. Every day as the sun goes down on the bay, the penguins, who continue to live in their natural habitat in wetlands in and around the beach, all congregate together and head out back to their nests along the sand dunes, out of harm’s way. This precious little march past will leave you enthralled, as there is nothing quite like it.
Walking trails are numerous in the area, along the wetlands and the coastline; beach walks are as popular among the locals, as among the visitors. The walk along the Nobbies Boardwalk, is a popular one, as it has unparalleled views of the craggy outcrops along the stunning coastline, and will take you all the way up to the blowhole.
An experience not to be missed is a Seal Tour, out at Seal Rocks, just off the island. Daily tours, although weather dependent, take people of all ages out to see these amazing creatures in their natural environments. Getting up close and personal, the boats cruise only a few meters away from the seals and you will have the rare opportunity to see these naturally playful and inquisitive animals frolicking in the sea.
Check out the Koala Conservation Centre, at the Oswin Roberts Reserve, where the entire Phillip Island Koala population has found refuge in a safe and protective environment. A tree top boardwalk takes visitors right through the reserve and the Koalas can be viewed at the close viewing area, or visitors can just take a slow meander through the reserve, and view the Koalas at their leisure.
If the kids are getting bored while the adults relax at your holiday accommodation, take them down the San Remo pier every day at 12, lunch time, and they will be able to help out with the feeding of the pelicans. Or head on down to the Phillip Island Wildlife Park, and they will be able to experience A Maze N Thing’s illusion room, walk through a real life maze and play a round of mini golf.
The mild and temperate climate of Phillip Island is regulated by the cool breeze that comes off the ocean. Summer months run from October to April and the hottest month is February, where temperatures reach 28 C / 77 F. The mild winter months bring rain, the most rainfall occurring in June. Expect maximum winter temperatures of 14 C/ 57 F. Because of the mild climatic conditions, Phillip Island remains an all year round destination, although, it is busier during the summer months and during the school holidays.
Getting there from the UK
Book a flight that will take you to Melbourne, Australia. From there, hire a car and enjoy a 90 minute or so drive along the picturesque coastline, right up to the front door of your luxury holiday villa or Phillip Island holiday home. Don’t forget to unpack at the holiday apartment before sundown, and get down to the beach to watch the twilight penguin parade.