Favourite Victorian Destination: Phillip Island
This is a flashback post – I’m talking about a trip to Melbourne about one and half years ago and here I’m posting more photos which I haven’t shown yet. My memories of Melbourne reignited after going to an event by Tourism Victoria in Singapore recently. That one week in Melbourne back in December 2012 was all summed up in the photo story here but here’s one part which I missed: the stunning Phillip Island.
Phillip Island is about 140 km south-southeast of Melbourne and it’s about one seventh the size of Singapore at 100 km2. Some random useless interesting facts: Hollywood actors and brothers Chris Hemsworth and Liam Hemsworth used to live there.
The island is also known as a wildlife island, besides all the parks most visitors travel all the way there for the famous Penguin Parade. Each night at sunset the smallest penguins in the world will march up the beach to their burrows. There’s even a spectator stand by the beach for all the tourists, families and students to wait and watch the penguins. The most AWWWW inducing part – the ticket sales of the parade goes to vital research, conservation and education programs. So you’re doing a part in helping these cute little creatures just by visiting them.
If my photos of Phillip Island look empty to you, it’s because the trip happened during Christmas Day where most shops are closed (apparently on public holidays public transport is free and being Asians we travelled all the way from the airport to Phillip Island on zero dollars). On normal days the island is mainly filled with locals and groups of tourists and surfers.
There’re a lot of cosy resorts and hotels right there and Cowes at the north-est tip is the largest town in the island where you can find supermarkets, food and surf shops. If you want to learn more about Phillip Island you can visit: www.visitphillipisland.com.