Victoria’s Wimbledon Heights, a Great Holiday Destination
Wimbledon Heights is a lovely little town nestled in the heart of Phillip Island in Victoria, Australia. For anyone who is looking for a great holiday, with many things to see and experience, this is surely a place worth considering. Many who are racing enthusiasts will know that Phillip Island Grand Prix track is just south of Wimbledon Heights and it is this venue that attracts many. Wimbledon Heights itself is quite small and only has around four hundred residents. However, this swells with the influx of holiday makers who are looking for a ‘get away from it all’ kind of holiday.
Things to See and Do Here
The first thing that springs to mind when talking about Phillip Island is the penguins. These little fellas come in every night and parade along the beach. Sight seers flock along the beach area to witnesses their arrival and, since there are almost five thousand of them, no one goes home disappointed. In fact, many people opt for Wimbledon Heights accommodation simply for this spectacle. The tallest of these creatures is just about one foot tall so they make great subject matter for photographers. The reason that they flock ashore at dusk is because their burrows are all situated in the dunes at Summerland Beach.
Along this same beach too, see the biggest colony of Australian Fur Seals off Seal Rocks around one and a half kilometres away. This does not mean that people have to travel there, because they can be seen quite clearly with binoculars from the island or by boat cruises which ply the route from Cowes.
It seems then that it is nature all the way on Phillip Island because twitchers come here in their droves to see wading birds and spoonbills, oyster catchers and egrets, herons, and more than one hundred and twenty thousand short tailed shearwaters. These are known as muttonbirds and, along with the black swans which can be seen on Swan Lake, this is the best place to see birds on their way from the Arctic Circle.
No one could surely travel to Australia without taking a look at the cuddly little koalas which are living in the wild on French Island not far away. This is another area where people find holiday accommodation so that they can be right in the middle of these wonderful creatures. For those who want a closer encounter, try the Koala Conservation Centre. There is an elevated boardwalk here so it is much easier to get close up and personal with them.
As already mentioned, anyone who likes motor sports will surely visit the different events, like the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix which runs in October or other events on the calendar. In November, the V8 Supercar racing starts. When the racing is on, holiday rentals in Wimbledon Heights fill quickly so book yours early.
The island is obviously surrounded by water, so anything water oriented is available. This runs from snorkelling and swimming right through to boat trips galore. Even visiting other islands close by is a possibility and some people will tour the whole place staying in different island accommodation every few days.
Where to Stay
People opt to book Wimbledon Heights accommodation or at least somewhere on the island so that they can enjoy all it has to offer. Since Melbourne is only about one and a half hours away, accommodation can be booked there too, so that people get to experience city life as well as island life. Holiday homes, serviced apartments and even backpackers or caravan parks abound in Australia so whatever accommodation is needed, it must be here somewhere.
Winter falls between April and November so a Christmas holiday for Brits is probably the best idea. January to March is the warmest time of the year and, since most Brits want some sun, this is also a good time to visit.
Long haul flights from Heathrow fly to Melbourne, around 145kms away, and then either come down, south-southeast, by bus or private hire car. They can also book transfers and all are easy because the island is joined to the mainland by a bridge. It is a good idea to book up all the tickets online, like the Penguin Parade and Koala Sanctuary visits, so that everything is paid for up front. Obviously, accommodation can be booked at this time too and this makes life a whole lot easier when travelling long distances.