The end of year school holidays is just around the corner for public school students. For private school students, the school holidays have already begun. That means children will be at home during the day and parents will have their hands full trying to keep their children occupied and entertained. Those who can afford it might travel overseas. Those who can’t afford might want to consider family activities that they can do right here in Victoria.
Two affordable and popular places to visit here in Victoria are 1) the Great Ocean Road with its world famous beaches, spectacular coast lines, quaint seaside towns, rainforests including the 12 Apostles, historical Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and picturesque Otway Ranges; and 2) Phillip Island with its famous Penguin Parade of Little Penguins and being up close with native Australian wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, kookaburras, wombats and other native Australian animals. In fact, there is so much to do in Phillip Island that your children will be guaranteed to be entertained the whole time. The best and most relaxing way to see Phillip Island is to go on a Phillip Island tours Melbourne.
Family Activities in Phillip Island
The main attraction that draws the crowds to Phillip Island year after year are of course the Penguin Parade and Australian wildlife. This is because the Little Penguin species (Fairy and Blue) are only found in Australia and New Zealand with most of them living in Australia. Other family activities in Phillip Island are 1) its natural wonders (such as the coastline with its sheltered bays, rugged sand dunes and sandy beaches) that make Phillip Island a paradise for beachcombers who want to surf, swim or paddle in the water or just relax on the beach; 2) the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre where you can go on guided circuit tours, view Australia’s largest slot car track, view a historical display of motor sport including the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and V8 Supercars and experience go-karting; 3) Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory which offers a chocolate factory, café and art gallery for the chocoholics; 4) Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm where visitors can learn to catch a trout indoors and out, and see the thousands of edible plants on the Bush Tucker Trail; 5) Phillip Island Nature Parks where visitors can watch Little Penguins emerge from the sea and head into their burrows, check out life inside a burrow and come face-to-face with native Australian wildlife; 6) A Maze’N Things where the whole family can enjoy a laugh and be amazed at the optical illusions, mazes and puzzles that the place has to offer; 7) and other attractions such as mini-golf and helicopter ride over the island.
Getting to Phillip Island
With so much to do at Phillip Island, you want to conserve your energy to do all those fun activities when you get there and not spend it traversing traffic and driving on unfamiliar roads.One of the best and most relaxing ways to see Phillip Island and experience all these attractions is to go on a Phillip Island bus tour.Most of these tours consist ofsmall groups, so there are no crowds and long pick ups/drop offs or queues. The price they charge include entry to Penguin Parade, all park entrée fees, a cooked lunch in Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker farm and coffee/tea and biscuits. Let the friendly and informative tour guides show you around. Spend quality time with your family and make precious memories of your Phillip Island experience with them.
End School Holiday Boredom
Just because you can’t afford to take your family overseas for a holiday doesn’t mean that you are forced to stay home. There are many cheaper options. Why not start in our own “backyard” by visiting places like the attractions at PhillipIsland and along Great Ocean Road. You don’t have to go overseas to make precious memories with your family because you can make those memories right here in Australia. After all, thousands of overseas tourists who flock to our shores every year just to enjoy and experience our landscapes and lifestyle can’t be wrong. We are lucky all this wildlife and natural wonders are at our doorstep.Why not enjoy it yourself this school holidays?