The Hotel: Woodbyne Resort
Woodbyne Resort places guests within easy reach of many of Phillip Island’s sightseeing draw cards. Explore the Ferry Dock or Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit before sipping on a glass of wine or two at Phillip Island Winery. When not enjoying the peace and seclusion of private cottages, Groupies can take a dip in the solar heated pool or cook up a storm on the BBQ facilities. Kids can burn off energy in the sprawling gardens with expansive lawn areas perfect for a game of cricket or a bike ride.
Each cottage offers spacious and self-contained accommodation for four or six people. Relax in front of a movie in the lounge room equipped with a television and DVD player or have a soak in the room’s full-sized bath. When not dining at the hotel’s restaurant, make use of the full-sized kitchen to whip up something using the area’s local produce. On the last day, sleep in with the late 12pm check-out before getting back to reality.
- Bed size/type: One queen and two single beds
- Standard occupancy: Four people
- Linen is provided
- Equipped with a full-sized kitchen, laundry, and split-system air-conditioning
- Bed size/type: One queen and four single beds
- Standard occupancy: Six people
- Linen is provided
- Equipped with a full-sized kitchen, laundry, and split system air-conditioning
The Area: Phillip Island, VIC
A mere 90 minutes’ drive from Melbourne, Phillip Island has long been a popular tourist destination for Melbournians keen to escape the city to be at one with nature. Treasured for its varied collection of Australian wildlife, the island is home to kangaroos and wallabies, fur seals and Pacific gulls. In spite of its diminutive stature, the little penguin stands out as the highlight of the region’s animal inhabitants, with a large population of the slate-blue seabirds making their nests in dune burrows along the sandy beach.
The best way to see the small birds is via the Penguin Parade at Summerland beach, where scores of penguins journey across the sand to their nests each and every day at sunset. Next head over to the Koala Conservation Centre to meet even more cuddly creatures. Take a stroll down the Woodland Boardwalk and talk to rangers about what they are doing to protect the sleepy marsupials.