Favourite place for all the family
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