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The Great Escape – Sunderland Bay, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia

Getting Away From It All, Quietly.

The transition from big city to a quiet holiday enclave can be surprisingly short. When you visit Sunderland Bay, you’ll experience this for yourself. Sunderland Bay sits 150 km away from Melbourne, the nation’s second largest city. The temperate climate, the endless slate of activities, ample rental accommodations, and friendly natives will ease you into the holiday of a lifetime.

Sunderland Bay shares Phillip Island with the nearby towns of Ventnor, Smiths Beach, Cowes, and Rhyll. Sunderland Bay is the perfect “base of operations” to enjoy all that the island has to offer. Reserve your holiday home on Phillip Island here, and all the attractions of the surrounding towns are yours to enjoy.

Let Us Entertain You

One thing is for sure: there’s plenty to do in the Sunderland Bay area. Every morning when you leave your holiday rental home, you will be spoiled for choice of how to spend your day. Consider taking a different direction each morning:

• Northwest

Spend a day of excitement only 2.6 km away from Sunderland Bay. Your first stop should be A Maze ‘N Things amusement park. Play 18 holes of mini-golf or roam their 2km full-size maze. After you’ve burned off all the excitement, relax with a walk through the nearby Koala Conservation Center. The center uses elevated boardwalks to put visitors at a treetop level, allowing you face-to-face access to the koalas, possums, and wallabies in the park.

• West

After a relaxing night in your holiday home away from home, set out to the west. A scant 15.6 kilometers will put you at the day’s destination, Phillip Island Nature Park. Start with a visit to The Nobbies center, home to a huge colony of fur seals. Depending on the timing of your holiday, more than sixteen thousand seals can congregate in the area.

At lunchtime, turn back 8 km toward Sunderland Bay. You’ll find that the Phillip Island Vineyard and Winery is well worth a midday detour. They open at 11:00 am, and offer a stunning array of wines from site-grown grapes to accompany a light lunch in their cellar door.

Later you will want to load the family back into the car and head over to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade, part of the Nature Park. The world’s smallest penguin species, fittingly named Little Penguins, are the only penguin species that can be permanently found in Australia. A large population of these petite penguins will come ashore each day at sunset and make for their burrows across the beach. Don’t miss it!

• Northeast

Spend a day with the friendly team at Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm. The farm is conveniently located to all the major rental accommodation areas in Sunderland Bay, only 5.1 km from the town center. Fishing gear is provided, so you don’t have to bring your own kit. You can fish their indoor lake for an easier catch, but more experienced anglers should try the outdoor lake. The kitchen staff will prepare your catch any way you like for a nice lunch on the premises. Walk off the calories on a bush walk that teaches participants about Australia’s abundant edible plant life.

Stay Comfortable

You’ll find Sunderland Bay’s climate quite similar to Melbourne’s. January and February temperatures will reach as high as 23.5 C, which is perfect weather for sightseeing and general lounging about. Winter nights can drop to the 6.5 to 7.5 C mark, so plan ahead for any winter outdoor activities. The key, as with any holiday, is to ensure that your Sunderland Bay holiday rental home meets your needs for the season. Plan ahead and stay comfortable in any season.

Planning Your Trip

To ensure a trouble free holiday in Sunderland Bay, follow these easy steps:

1. Book your holiday rental accommodation right up front. While the regular population of the island is about 7000, the population can reach as high as 40,000 in peak periods. The best spots will go early!

2. Reserve your flight from London to Melbourne. All major air carriers have multiple daily departures to Melbourne from all of the London metropolitan area airports.

3. Hire a car in Melbourne. Relying on public transport is not recommended, as this limits the flexibility of your local travel. The drive from Melbourne to Sunderland Bay, via the bridge at San Remo, will take roughly two hours.

We hope to see you soon in Sunderland Bay!

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Perfect holiday!

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Perfect holiday spot, gorgeous house, great location. Can't wait to come back. Thanks for letting us stay
  • Review Submitted: 27/12/2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015

Beautiful apartment, we felt very welcome and would love to stay again. Great host and amazing

5 of 5
Beautiful apartment, we felt very welcome and would love to stay again. Great host and amazing facilities. -Albert
  • Review Submitted: 07/04/2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015