Lucky us, I had my husband off work for a week so we took advantage of him having time off to go somewhere. We were asked if we would like to go to Phillip Island, discussed with my husband and we agreed, YES!
I have fond memories of us as a young couple going down to Phillip Island, we literally saw everything from every wildlife park, to the food places and the Penguins too.
This was our second trip as a family of five, the last one was to Noosa and it gave us a bit of an insight how holidays were going to be. I was adamant that it wasn’t going to be that bad.
It was planned, a 2-night trip, a few attractions and places to visit. We got ready for our road trip which was roughly 1hr- 30 mins as we are from the Eastern Suburbs in Melbourne. Olivia, the youngest has a set of lungs on her and 1/2 of the time hates the car. We were able to time it in with her sleep in the morning, but we did decide to stop at a Wildlife Park. After then she cried all the way to the accommodation.
We stayed at a Ramada Resort Phillip Island. It’s really lovely, they have lots and lots of cabin-like homes, we were lucky and had a 2 bedroom villa cottage. The girls both had single beds, Jason and I had a big double bed. We had a serviceable kitchen and a quaint lounge room to sit in and keep warm as the weather gets cold. When we arrived we were welcomed with a wine and cheese platter which was a beautiful touch.Once we settled in we decided we would go to the Penguin Parade, it’s a must see attraction when you go visit Phillip Island. I really got the girls excited that they could see some Penguins and that it was going to be an amazing experience. Madison was super dooper excited and Chloe who’s nearly 3, was just excited because Madison was.
We waited patiently for them to come, Madison in Madi nature started to get very restless and started scolding the penguins that she couldn’t see. Telling them to hurry up, it was a little bit funny but I think all the people listening to her would have had a chuckle. They finally came when it was super dark, which was really amazing to watch seeing a group at a time waddle out of the water onto the sand. Can i say it was the most cutest thing watching them waddle. After 15 mins or so we decided we would walk up on the boardwalk and watch them to their wooden burrows. You really can get to see them up close and personal, I loved hearing the cute little noises they make.
We where lucky enough to enjoy dinner both nights at the restaurant called Numbers Cafe and Bar, which had plenty of delicious meals to choose from. Well serviced with different wines and spirits. The girls enjoyed a kid’s meal together and my oldest, Madison is somewhat fussy with what she eats and she finished both meals both nights.
Breakfast is also open at the Numbers Cafe, which is all you can eat breakfast buffet which has lots to choose from. Cereals, Pancakes,Eggs, Bacon, Toast and arrangement of fresh fruits.
The restaurant staff were very friendly and struck up conversation with our little ones too.
The Numbers Cafe and Bar is open 7 days a week, Breakfast is open from 7am and dinner 5pm.
The attractions we visited other than the penguins was:
Phillip Island Horse Riding the girls got to ride around on a pony for however long they wanted, Madison stayed on at least 30 mins and well Chloe lasted only a few laps which was so cute. It was such a great experience for them, getting to touch them and asking lots of questions about the ponies and horses.
We went down to the beach. It was quite cold however, anyone that knows Chloe knows that she likes to get nude so before we knew it we nearly had a streaker. I really love the beach at Phillip Island. It’s clean, well serviced with toilets and a beautiful pier to walk down.
We tried to check out A Maze ‘N’ Things, but with Miss Olivia passed out asleep we decided to give it a miss but, from reviews I’ve heard its great for the kids. It’s an award-winning tourist attraction, which has a 2 km wooden labyrinth, maxi golf course and interactive world of Illusion.
We checked out the Chocolate Factory, which has some cool interactive setups, complimentary chocolate, a Chocolate shop and a cafe with an array of different meals.
We loved checking out the gorgeous cafes around the main street of Phillip Island. My husband Jason is a coffee connoisseur so his always needing a latte while the kids love babycinos.
Overall, there is plenty of things to do especially at the resort where the kids can have a play on the playground equipment, go for a swim in the pool, there is tennis courts to have a game, a well equipped Games room, Gym and Spa, walking paths and much more.
Phillip Island is full of fun, even attractions we didn’t do but was recommended is the Grand Prix, a few more different wildlife centres, Koala Conversation Centre and Nobbies Centre.
In saying that I think Phillip Island is the perfect little haven for families to check out if you want somewhere to go plenty of things to do with kids, awesome cafes and great locals who love to have a chat.
I highly recommend Ramada Phillip Island Resort, with plenty of cottages to choose from the view and location is really relaxing and quiet. Staff always are happy to go the extra mile to ensure your holiday is a great one.
Have you been to Phillip Island? Or plan to go soon? I would love to know what you think and happy to give you advice on places to visit.