Phillip Island Australia is a large island located at the Western Port Bay and it is less than two hours drive from Melbourne in Victoria. It is a popular weekend tourist destination, especially during the summer months. The Penguin Parade at Phillip Island Nature Park, in which little penguins come ashore in groups, attracts visitors from all over the world. They come to see one of the few areas where this species of penguin can be seen.
Cowes is the main town on the island, and in addition, there are other smaller towns such as Rhyl, Cape Woolamai, Ventnor (closest town to the Penguin Parade) and Newhaven. The main source of income of Phillip Island is tourism. There are many cafes and restaurants etc. to cater to the appetites of the tourists.
The southern and western coasts of the island lie within the Phillip Island Important Bird Area. In addition, there is a wildlife park where wallabies and kangaroos roam freely amongst the visitors and can be fed by hand.
The weather of Phillip Island is milder than Melbourne and is tempered by ocean breezes. The daily maximum temperature is 23.8 °C for February, while it is 13.7 °C for July.
History of Phillip Island Australia
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 sports fans every year.
The annual Australian Grand Prix, an official round of the World MotoGP plus a round of the World Superbike is currently held at the 1950s purpose built Motor Racing Circuit and draws a massive contingent of motor sports fans every year.
The circuit was closed in 1978 but was redeveloped and re-opened in 1988 and the following year hosted the first international version of the Australian motorcycle Grand Prix.