San Remo is a Perfect Picture Paradise
The one great thing about San Remo is it is the last stop on the mainland before going over the bridge onto Phillip Island - a nature lover’s paradise. It is situated around eighty miles from Melbourne, so this place often gets filled up with day trippers and local weekenders.
San Remo used to be a fishing village, but now it depends almost entirely on tourism to bring in the much needed dollars. Usually there are only just a little over one thousand people resident in the place but this gets grossly exaggerated on weekends and during the holiday season as rental accommodations fill up.
Things to Do Here
It is possibly the fishing boats that are the most iconic sight in San Remo. It is a really authentic fishing village sitting at the end of the point which joins the mainland to Phillip Island by a bridge. People like to find rental accommodation nearby so that they can experience ‘village’ life before setting off to the ocean. This is also a great place to buy the freshest seafood possible, or sample some fishy delights that local restaurants offer up.
For those who like to experience a little history, The George Bass Coastal Walk is a must. There are several deserted beaches en route which can only be accessed from the sea or by foot so find one all for yourself and relax.
Take a visit to the Goldsmith’s Gallery in Bridgeview Arcade to see some of the talented artists producing beautiful jewellery. This is a great place to buy gifts for yourself or for those you left at home! If you want to try your hand at designing or making jewellery, why not book up a short course while on holiday?
Of course, anyone who stays in San Remo accommodation must take a trip over to the island itself where a wealth of wildlife and excursions are waiting.
The most famous residents of this lovely island must be the little penguins that parade ashore every night after spending the day fishing in the oceans. People come from all over the world to see these little guys, so no holiday maker should miss this sight for sure.
The Koala Sanctuary is here also and people can have a really close encounter on the boardwalk there. Or, take a boat trip out to see the Nobbies (fur seals playing on the rocks at Seal Rocks). Rhyll Inlet also has a mass of migratory seabirds for people to watch.
As with all island destinations, sea life and all the sports that go with it are available here. Try your hand at deep sea fishing or just take a stroll on one of the many beaches. Some of these will be absolutely deserted so even a game of cricket is possible.
Or, and this is what most people do, take a boat onto another island to see what kind of holiday accommodation it has to offer and maybe spend a night or two there. French Island has a colony of wild koala and people can actually stay in camping style accommodation here to get the feel of nature. Hire a cycle or take a long walk before returning via Phillip Island and the bridge to your accommodation in San Remo.
Where to Stay
As already mentioned, there is a wealth of accommodation in this area since it is a high tourism spot. Holiday homes and serviced apartment style set ups are possible, along with five star and luxurious accommodation along the way between Melbourne, San Remo and Phillip Island itself, so tours are quite possible. If coming in from abroad, it is vital to book this up in advance so that disappointment is avoided.
When to Visit
Winter in Australia is the exact opposite to the UK. Therefore, for those who want warmer weather, try December to March to have a good time.
How to Get There
London airports are the usual departure points in the UK and visitors usually fly in to Melbourne, spend a few nights in accommodation there to rest, and then go on down to San Remo or Phillip Island ready to see everything. Melbourne also offers entertainment like theatre, live shows and art etc so don’t miss out here. Also, book up tickets for the Koala Sanctuary and Penguin Parade etc from home so that no one is disappointed.