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A family weekend in Phillip Island

Just a 90-minute drive from Melbourne makes Phillip Island the perfect location for a family weekend away.

It is a place of natural beauty, sandy beaches, world-class events and unique wildlife experiences From the famous little penguins to world class surf beaches. Phillip island has something for everyone in the family.

There is no shortage of family fun to be had.

Start the weekend off with a stop in at Pannys Amazing World of Chocolate. With over 190 varieties of handmade chocolates, the kids will love sampling all the chocolates and the interactive exhibits keep them entertained and amazed. A real ‘hands on experience’!

A Maze N Things is just down the road and is sure to be a hit with the kids. It brings fun, magic and adventure all into one place. It has a huge 3 dimensional outdoor maze and theme park that will confuse and challenge the whole family.

Continue down to the Cowes foreshore and take a trip on one of Wildlife Coast Cruises boats. Experience a spectacular two hour family cruise filled with magnificent scenery, thousands of seals and hopefully you will come across some dolphins playing alongside the boat!

At night you can’t go past a trip to the Penguin Parade (the main attraction to Phillip Island) and something you need to see to be believed. Taking place at dusk each day, there is nothing quite like the first moment you spot one of the furry little penguins surfing in on a wave, then waddling purposefully through the twilight and heading straight towards you on their way home. It is truly something that cannot be missed.

Then, head back to your accommodation for the night. Phillip Island has a range of different accommodation options, but the best for kids would have to be one of; Silverwater Resort, Ramada Resort or Anchor Belle Holiday Park. They all have a range of kids’ activities to keep them entertained, from a jumping pillow, to indoor pools- the kids won’t be bored.

Wake up the next morning and grab your bike or put on your walking shoes and head down to one of the walks along the coastline or meander through the township of Cowes or San Remo. If it is summer (or warm enough to swim), pick one of the sheltered bay beaches and jump in for a swim.

Then pack the car and head to Churchill Island and the Koala Reserve. Let the kids experience a piece of heritage on the historic island. Enjoy walking through the old farmhouses and cottages and show the kids what life was like for the early settlers in Australia. It is also home to the Koala Reserve, which the kids will love seeing the cute and cuddly animals in their natural environment.

On your way from Phillip Island, stop and grab a bite to eat in San Remo at one of the cafes or restaurants. Then hit the road and head back home.

Why not pack the kids in the car and head down to Phillip Island next weekend and see what it has to offer!



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