Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
Phillip Island is an Australian island located about 140 km south-southeast from Melbourne, Victoria. A 640 metre concrete bridge connects the mainland town San Remo with the island town Newhaven. It is a popular weekend and summer holiday destination.
Cowes is the main town on the island, and in addition there are other smaller towns such as Rhyll, Cape Woolamai, Ventnor (closest town to the Penguin Parade) and Newhaven. There are many attractions and activities on the island. The biggest attraction is the Sunset Penguin Parade at Summerland Beach.
The island is steeped in motorsport history. Australia's first ever international Grand Prix was held in 1924 on the original circuit comprising the still existing roads on Phillip Island. The annual Australian Grand Prix, an official round of the World MotoGP plus a round of the World Superbike (WBSK) is currently held at the 1950s purpose built Motor Racing Circuit and draws a massive contingent of motor sport fans every year.
Things to See & Do
* Penguin Parade
* Maru Koala and Animal Park
* The Nobbies – Phillip Island Nature Park
* Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
* Wildlife Coast Cruises
Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – Australian Dollar (AUD)
Language – English
Population – 7,250 approx
Land Area – 234 km²
Time – GMT plus ten hours
Electricity - 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centered below Australian style
International Country Telephone Code – 61
Port Location – Boats dock at Stony Point Jetty on the mainland and at Phillip Island.
Travel Links – Melbourne is served by domestic and international airlines. Phillip Island is accessible from Melbourne by bus and boat. There is also a train from Melbourne to Frankston with a connecting bus service to Phillip Island.