With a Koala Conservation Centre, Penguin Parade, and lots of hiking trails, you might find that one day just isn’t enough to explore all that Phillip Island has to offer. If you need a place to camp or stay in a cabin for a multiple day visit, check out Big 4’s Caravan Park on Phillip Island. To find it, you won’t have to travel far past the bridge to Phillip Island from the mainland, because your first left turn will take you to the Holiday Park. Big 4’s Caravan Park has tent, caravan, and cabin accommodations, along with lots of amenities and access to nearby Newhaven Beach.
At this holiday park, the powered campervan sites and cabins are mixed together so that the powered sites are lined up in between cabins. If there’s a downside to this park it’s that the sites are packed close together and might feel a bit too neighborly. The upside is that there are multiple beach access points within the caravan park so that you can plot a quick escape. Brew a cup of coffee or tea in the morning and start your day off with a quiet stroll on the beach.
One area of the holiday park that shouldn’t feel as crowded is the non-powered tent camping area, where 12 sites are spread out on the edges of a green lawn backed by forest. The non-powered sites are located near the holiday park’s reception building and the kitchen and dining facilities. If you’re camping in a tent or campervan and do not need electricity, save a few dollars and stay in the tent area to enjoy a bit more privacy.
The Phillip Island Caravan Park has everything you would expect to find at a Big 4 Holiday Park. Amenities include toilets, shower (complimentary to guests), laundry, and a large kitchen and dining area that opens to the outdoors where there are electric barbecue grills.
This is the type of place that families go for weekend vacations and children gather together to bike around in packs. The holiday park organizes daily kids activities and there is a playground, jumping pillow, volleyball court, and a TV, video, and game room.
The reception office is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or 8 p.m. during daylight savings). Checkout is at 10 a.m. Wireless internet is available for pay. Fires are not permitted, but gas and electric stoves are allowed unless a total fire ban is in place. Generators are not permitted and pets are also not allowed. Make reservations online or by calling (03) 5956-7227 or (800) 990-090. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Big 4’s Phillip Island Caravan Park offers non-powered sites ($29 per night), powered sites ($34 per night) and cabins ranging from 1-bedroom cabins to 3-bedroom villas (all prices in Australian dollars as of June, 2014). If you are traveling as a family, check to see if a kids-stay-free promotion is in effect when you check in or make your reservation. You can also receive a ten percent discount on your accommodations if you rent a campervan from Maui, Mighty, or Britz Rentals or have a Big 4 membership. One Britz vehicle to consider is the Voyager 4-Berth Campervan.
Directions: From Melbourne, take M1 east for approximately 30 kilometers to the exit for South Gippsland Freeway (M420) and drive south for 97 kilometers on M420 following signs for Phillip Island. Bear right onto Phillip Island Road (B420) to cross the bridge onto Phillip Island. Drive 250 meters from the end of the bridge and turn left onto Old Bridge Road. In a few meters, Old Bridge Road comes to a T, where you should turn left to reach the entrance of the caravan park.
Address: 24 Old Bridge Drive, Phillip Island, VIC 3925, Australia
Coordinates: -38.516919, 145.357424 (38° 31′ 00.90″S 145° 21′ 26.72″E)
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|Koala Conservation Centre|
This 1.2-kilometer loop explores the fantastic boardwalks in Phillip Island’s Koala Conservation Centre as well as a longer trail through eucalyptus woodlands.
This 8.5-kilometer loop along beaches and bluffs is packed with Cape Woolamai highlights, including Woolamai Surf Beach, the Pinnacles, Cape Woolamai Beacon, Old Granite Quarry, and Cleeland Bight.
This 0.8-kilometer walk (400 meters one way) takes hikers out onto a grassy point to two overlooks of Pyramid Rock, a triangle-shaped rock island just off the southern coast of Phillip Island.
This 1-kilometer out and back return hike brings you to a picturesque surf beach that is taken over by little penguins in the evening.
This 1-kilometer walk on Point Grant at the west end of Phillip Island provides excellent coastal views highlighted by Seal Rocks, Nobbies, and the Nobbies Blowhole.
|Penguin Parade to the Nobbies|
This 4-kilometer one-way road can be walked, driven, or biked between the Penguin Parade Visitor Center and the Nobbies Centre, exploring beautiful coastline along the way (for an 8-kilometer out-and-back return hike).
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