Phillip Island Australia
Phillip Island Australia is about 140 km (90 miles) south-southeast of the city. It is 26km or 16 miles long, and 9km or just over 5½ miles wide, and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. To get there by car, take the Monash Freeway (M1) South East to Exit 19, where you turn off onto the South Gippsland Freeway. The road curves around Western Port, and becomes the Bass Highway. Follow it around to San Remo, and onto the bridge to Phillip Island. Coaches to Phillip Island are available too, as are ferries from Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula.
The population of around 10,000 is increased to roughly 40,000 by visitors during the summer months. Although 60% of the island is used for farming, the grazing of sheep and cattle, there is a rugged coastline full of wildlife, for which the island is well known.
There are colonies of short-tailed shearwaters, fur seals, dolphins, pacific gulls and little penguins, also known as fairy penguins. The ‘Penguin Parade’, where the world’s smallest penguins come ashore in groups, attracts visitors from around the country and around the world. There is also a wildlife park where visitors can get close to, emus, wallabies, kangaroos and other native Australian animals.
Visitors to the island can get close to koalas at the The Koala Conservation Centre. The unique tree top boardwalks and viewing areas at the centre allow visitors to see these amazing native marsupials from close up.
Phillip Island is recognised for its sheltered swimming beaches and for having some of the most consistently reliable and varied surf conditions in the country. The island has hosted various surf events in the past, such as the Roxy Pro Women’s Surfing festival. Other events include the Churchill Island Working Horse and Pioneer Festival. It is also well known for its fishing hot spots and rugged coastline.
Phillip Island is also the home of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP). The island also hosts the Superbike World Championships, and other events.