Phillip Island; only 90 minutes drive from Melbourne, boasts all kinds of attractions to keep your family busy.
Famed for its wild coastlines, Australian GP circuit and fairy penguins, Phillip Island is considered a hot spot for all things nature and of course, racing.
You can jam pack your weekend away with a whole bunch of kid friendly activities. Here are 5 things to do with kids on Phillip Island:
Camp with Phillip Island Glamping
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Although not in one set place, Phillip Island Glamping offers you and your family a unique stay on the foreshore of the islands best camping sites. Book a beach-front camp site, and let Phillip Island Glamping set up a luxurious family sized bell tent, complete with all the mod cons. Simply turn up and enjoy all the great things associated with camping (but better) without setting up a single thing.
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Phillip Island Glamping's spacious family tents fit up to 5 people; a double mattress plus up to 3 additional single mattresses. Costs start from $140 per night. Check out www.phillipislandglamping.com.au.
Wildlife Coast Cruises
Hop on board one of Wildlife Coast Cruises' boat adventures, and take your children to see Phillip Island's large seal colony. Two hour cruises depart Cowes on Phillip Island, and head out to Seal Rocks - 2kms off the rugged south west coast.
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You and your family will come within metres of the island's seals. Witness these playful creatures in their natural environment, and enjoy Phillip Islands stunning coastline.
Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Arguably one of, if not the most popular nature activities to experience in Victoria. Take a waddle on the wild side, and watch the world's littlest penguins return to their burrows at dusk. Be aware, no photography is allowed at the Penguin Parade. Take in nature's cutest show with your own eyes, and leave your smart phones in your pocket.
Check out the penguin arrival calendar to see what time you should plan your visit. It is advisable to arrive one hour beforehand.
Churchill Island is technically not on Phillip Island, but is located within a short distance from the coast. The tiny island, a mere 57 hectares, holds an important place in the history of European settlement in Victoria. The island has been farmed since the 1850's. Today you can experience a traditional Aussie working farm on Churchill Island, with dairy farming activities, hands-on demonstrations and meet baby animals.
From $6.50 per child to $12.25 per adult entry costs. More information can be found HERE
Amazing World of Chocolate
Not quite Willy Wonka, but Pannys Amazing World of Chocolate is a celebration of the good stuff that you and your kids enjoy eating.
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Inside Pannys 'Chocolate Factory', you will experience what it is like to make your own chocolate.
During your tour, you will enjoy artistic and imaginative exhibits, all based around the wonders of chocolate. Exhibits include a Dame Edna Everage pop art piece made entirely out of chocolate, a chocolate mini village, the world's largest chocolate waterfall, as well as activities and games to enjoy.
Admission prices for Pannys Amazing World of Chocolate are $10 per child and $15 per adult.