Favourite place for all the fam­ily

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - PENGUINS PLUS -

There’s a whole lot more to this much-loved re­gion than its renowned pen­guin pa­rade, writes Jennifer Adams

AS WE drive to­wards the fa­mous San Remo-Phillip Is­land Bridge, I can’t help but feel a pang of nos­tal­gia for one of Vic­to­ria’s most beloved hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions. Whether you come here as a child or as an adult, Phillip Is­land is packed full of trea­sures and many fel­low Vic­to­ri­ans (and in­deed Aus­tralians) hold very spe­cial mem­o­ries of hol­i­day­ing here.

Luck­ily for us, we are back for an­other visit with our 5year-old daugh­ter and some fam­ily friends in tow, and there is no bet­ter place to base our­selves than the BIG4 Phillip Is­land Car­a­van Park. With jump­ing pil­lows, a play­ground, pedal carts and a kids en­ter­tain­ment pro­gram, fam­i­lies are well catered for, while the adults eas­ily make friends with our neigh­bours in this very so­cia­ble park. The owner even puts on pancake morn­ings and, with freshly made cof­fee from a mo­bile cof­fee cart, there’s not much more you could ask for.

With the kids well looked af­ter, we de­cide to ex­plore some more of the is­land and Phillip Is­land Win­ery is at the top of our itin­er­ary. In a des­ti­na­tion more fa­mous for its wildlife and beaches, I had not pre­vi­ously thought about wine in as­so­ci­a­tion with the district but, upon our ar­rival, we im­me­di­ately re­alised this is quite a spe­cial place.

Live mu­sic is spilling out of the cel­lar door where ta­ble af­ter ta­ble is oc­cu­pied by happy, buzzing cus­tomers all en­joy­ing the wine, food and am­bi­ence. The tunes are cour­tesy of Tim who owns the win­ery with his wife, Tr­ish, and he tells us he only dragged out the gui­tar again af­ter buy­ing the win­ery about five years ago.

The owner him­self per­form­ing the mu­sic is just part of the charm of this busi­ness. The food is lo­cal and rus­tic, and matches per­fectly

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