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Monday, January 11, 2010

NEW HAPPENINGS ON PHILLIP ISLAND


Victoria's famous Phillip Island – only a 90 minute drive from Melbourne - boasts breathtaking natural beauty and a myriad of attractions. The Islands size and proximity from Melbourne means visitors can easily travel this diverse region in a short period of time.

Perfect for one to three night stays travellers can surround themselves with native Australian wildlife, including, penguins, seals & koalas and breathtaking coastal surrounds. As a destination there is a wide range of accommodation, restaurants, attractions, seaside villages and events to keep visitors entertained.

In the past few months there has been a lot of new product launched on the Island that is sure to enhance tourists experience to the region which include:-

Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm

The Rhyll Fishing Park located on the iconic Phillip Island has recently opened its Bush Tucker Trails to the public, to become the Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm. Now - not only can visitors learn the art of fishing and have a chef transform their freshly caught trout into a magnificent meal, but can also wander or take a guided tour of the Bush Tucker Trails to learn about the many plants that create the unique tastes of Australia.

A number of sustainable Bush Tucker Trails with easy-to-read signage wind through three hectares of native food crops including species such as Boobialla, Warrigal Greens, Lemon Myrtle and Native Spinach. There is a staggering 6,000 indigenous food plants onsite with more plantings expected over time.

Take your complimentary map and meander along the She Oak Loop in and around Trophy Trout Lake, wetland areas and She Oak forest, where you will see the wattle orchard, banksia thicket and midyim berry bushes. Or explore the longer Woodland Loop for its seventeen bush food crops in and among eucalypt woodland forest, melaleuca scrub and a stunning wildflower field.

For more information visit: www.rhylltroutandbushtucker.com.au

Koala Conservation Centre

Phillip Island Nature Park last month opened the new Koala Conservation Park. The centre presents visitors with the opportunity to view koalas in their natural environment from tree top board walks and actively engage with koalas through comprehensive visitor education.

The Koala Conservation Park promotes conservation of these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. The new centre contains interactive design elements that cater for both children and adults and include large colourful photos, interactive displays, taxidermied koalas, fur swatches, koala sound clips and audio visuals.

The Koala Conservation Centre plays a vital role in protecting and monitoring the Phillip Island koala population as well as restoring and maintaining koala habitat. Over 140,000 tourists visit the attraction each year, 70 percent of which are international guests.

For more information visit: www.penguins.org.au

Phillip Island Nature Park's Penguin Parade - MP4 Self Guided Audio Tours

Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade is one of Australia's most popular wildlife experiences. Witness the Little Penguins waddle ashore at sunset to return to their burrows.

The Penguin Plus experience now includes an educational and informative MP4 self guided audio tour – a new venture for the Nature Park. Visitors will now have the opportunity to explore the Penguin Parade through an audio tour that lasts approximately 30 minutes. Learn all about the Little Penguins, the history of the Penguin Parade, the environment and current research.

The audio tour combines simple language, educational contents and useful information to effectively communicate with English and non-English speaking visitors. Commentary is available in English, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean with more languages to be introduced at a later date.

For more information visit: www.penguins.org.au

The Island Accommodation – A backpackers with a difference

Soon to be complete is a brand new purpose built Eco-friendly accommodation complex perfect for backpackers. Located just a short distance from shopping precincts, beaches, nightlife, cafes and restaurant and with public transport located close by, this is the perfect accommodation for those travelling on a budget.

Facilities include self catering kitchens, dining areas, lounges with fireplaces, air-conditioning, TV lounges as well as a rooftop sun deck which sports a spectacular 360 degree view of oceans and headlands. The property also offers guests the use of BBQ facilities, guest laundry, internet cafe, onsite parking, private and shared bathrooms and facilities for disabled travellers.

Expected to open in March 2010, the property has visitor's safety at need offering secure accommodation with security lockers, CTV and swipe card security.

For more information visit: www.theislandaccommodation.com.au

Waves Apartments Refurbishment

The Waves Apartments in Cowes on Phillip Island offers its guests the perfect beach side holiday. The property has just recently completed new self contained style accommodation offering a luxurious stay for guests.

The new apartments offer guests private balconies, patios, beachside views, in room spas and luxury guest facilities.

For more information visit: www.thewaves.com.au

With an endless array of destinations and areas to discover and explore in Phillip Island, no matter what your timeframe, budget or passion is – there is really something for everyone!
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