PHILLIP ISLAND VIEWS
If the binding characteristic of islands in the surfing imagination is escapism, then Phillip Island doesn’t really fit the bill.It’s linked to Melbourne almost all the way by free ways. There’ s no flight, no ferry to access it: the road just slopes upwards into a bridge at San Re mo and before you know it you’ re on the island. That’ s the thing about bridges– they tether the balloon somehow.
Stretching 23 km from Cape Wool am ai at one end to the Nob bi es at the other, Phillip Island forms the front edge of Western Port and looks vaguely like some kind of lea ping aquatic animal. The island has about a hundred kilometres of coast line, but only about half of that faces the Southern Oceans well. It’s Boonwurrung/Bunurong country, part of an indigenous nation that extended from present-day Melbourne, to the Morning ton Peninsula, and as far down the coast as Wilson’ s Prom. Phillip Island is linked to the mainland at the far end, not the near end, making the distance from Melbourne seem bigger than it really is. There’ s talk of a car ferry from the back of the Peninsula: it would make the trip shorter, and yet reinforce the island feeling by necessitating a voyage. Isn’ t perception a funny thing?