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Things to do on Phillip Island & nearby Glen Isla House

Here at Glen Isla House - Luxury Country House B&B, we can recommend the following things to see and do...

For nature lovers, there are extensive day-walks in the wetlands area near Rhyll, and nearby the Koala Conservation Centre.  

Phillip Island has miles of pristine beaches to walk on with spectacular natural beauty.  Visit the Nobbies to view a seal colony on the rocks area known as Seal Rocks.  

See black swans and a spectacular array of bird-life at Swan Lake - there's even bird hides for birding enthusiasts. Phillip Island is regarded as one of the best bird watching locations in Victoria! www.penguins.org.au

Penguins in the wild...

See the world famous 'fairy penguins' at the Phillip Island Nature Park every evening at dusk, take in the Koalas at the Koala Conservation Centre and visit Churchill Island for some more history of the area.. www.penguins.org.au

For the Ultimate Penguin Experience, with an up close and personal viewing of Little Penguins, The Ultimate Penguin Tour is the answer.  Limited to 12 participants, a ranger to provide expert commentary, and on a secluded beach far from the crowds.  Truly an intimate wildlife experience.  Book online at  www.penguins.org.au  (advance bookings recommended, so please call early as premium viewing options do sell-out in advance)

Motor sports fans can enjoy a visit to the Phillip Island Motor Racing Circuit, home of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.  The 11am and 2pm tour takes you inside the track to see how it all works, and the Lukey Museum has some wonderful motor sport memorabilia.

Cowes Golf Club offers 18 holes of beautiful country golf course for keen or casual golfers, and welcomes visitors for golf and in the bistro for dining.

Visit Churchill Island to see more of the district's history, and perhaps a coffee on the veranda overlooking French Island. A working historic farm, walking tracks, and a National trust classified original home as it was in the late 1800's. www.penguins.org.au  


Other Links you may find useful...

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Australian Places - by Peter Robinson

For the past 25 years Peter Robinson's professional travel writing and photography assignments have taken him far and wide, but Australia (being home) is his first love. 

This site has a special focus on country Victoria, reviewing hundreds of small hotels, cottages, bed and breakfast houses as well as country towns and Sunday driving tours. His wealth of knowledge is revealed in accommodation and tourism reviews that have integrity and honesty, giving travellers factual information that helps overcome the "spam factor."  Importantly, the places listed in this website are not advertorials and the select accommodation list is Peter's personal recommendation. 

An accomplished photographer, he has compiled a library of Australian photography - especially Victoria in Depth - and makes hundreds of photos available on this site for your viewing pleasure, or commercial purchase.

Check out what Peter had to say about Glen Isla here (click here)

Hotels and Apartments Guide

Glen Isla House at privatestay.com

Destination Phillip Island Inc - Trade web site for Phillip Island Toursm www.destinationphillipisland.org.au


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See it all from above...

Phillip Island Helicopters, the ultimate way to see the Island with its coastal beaches and rugged coastline, one of Victoria's hidden jewels.  Why not have Phillip Island Helicopters transport you from Melbourne to Glen Isla House for the ultimate indulgence.


The island's own vineyards and wine

Phillip Island Winery offers tastings daily of wines made from estate grown fruit and local fruit from Gippsland. (We feature Phillip Island wines on our wine list)   www.phillipislandwines.com.au

Purple Hen Wines - recently opened in Rhyll offers tastings and spectacular views over the bay.  We also feature the Purple Hen Pinot Noir on our wine list.  www.purplehenwines.com.au

Regional Food and Wine? - Various restaurants and cafes on the island present dining experiences to suit all tastes and budgets. We can recommend good restaurants, and we have their menus here at Glen Isla to assist you in a decision!

Go by Sea - and See more?

Wildlife Coast Cruises is an established cruise company offering exciting and educational eco-marine cruises. Phillip Island has a unique wildlife orientated environment; with large colonies of Australian fur Seals, Penguins, Koalas, Seabirds and much more. Wildlife Coast Cruises takes your visit to Phillip Island that step further by enabling you to view wildlife in their actual environment. ww.wildlifecoastcruises.com.au

Take a cruise to French Island - no traffic, wildlife and quite unique.  Discovered in 1802 and settled in 1847 its residents today number about 60!   Inter-Island Ferries also offers a seal-watching cruise and connections to Mornington Peninsula. For information see their website here: http://www.interislandferries.com.au

A Maze'N Things on Phillip Island provides people of all ages with a wide choice of activities that confound and amuse. www.amazenthings.com.au/

For surfers, then Bass Coast has some of Victoria’s best surf beaches. Local surf reports are available at www.surfshop.com.au/

If fishing is your interest, local tide times are available from www.ntf.flinders.edu.au

Phillip Island is a great 'stepping-off' point to the Great Ocean Road.  Leave Phillip Island in the morning and head over to the Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles via the car ferry on the Mornington Peninsula. You could be on the Great Ocean Road in the afternoon....  Ask us about drive-times and maps

Accommodations we recommend

Holmwood Boutique Accommodation www.holmwoodguesthouse.com.au

The Castle Villa by the Sea : luxury Phillip Island Accommodation www.thecastle.com.au

Mornington Peninsula

Woodman Estate

We recommend Woodman Estate centrally located on the Mornington Peninsula. Owned by Rick and Stephanie Woodman, this luxury country-house hotel offers a serene lakeside setting with an on-site day spa. Accommodations include lakeside chalets and manor-house suites - all tastefully furnished and decorated. The world-class restaurant is not to be missed, and of course the wine list offers the best of local wines as well as Australian classics..

Woodman is about 90 minutes drive to/from Glen Isla House.



Bellarine Peninsular - en-route to The Great Ocean Road

Queenscliff Hotel

We recommend the Queenscliff Hotel right on the seafront overlooking the water in Queenscliff.  This 'grand old dame' hotel dates back to 1872 and is now fully restored. Offering classical old-world hotel accommodations, charming guest sitting rooms and a spectacular dining room with a wine list of excellent local wines.

Queenscliff is accessible from Mornington Peninsula via the Sorrento-Queenscliff car/passenger ferry (about 45 mins to cross) and Sorrento is around 90-100 minutes drive to/from Glen Isla House. The ferry runs on the hour every day from 8am - 6pm.



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