At first, I thought Phillip Island was a MotoGP race track. After spending some time there, I realized that Phillip Island is small beach town, surfer’s paradise, tourist destination, cute island, located a few hours south of Melbourne, Australia. It is also one of the nineteen tracks MotoGP racers visit each year.
I had made the mistake of thinking Phillip Island was the name of the famous MotoGP track, and I thought it was the number one reason why people would visit Phillip Island. Instead, I learned that the number one reason why people visit Phillip Island is because of the penguins, pelicans, koalas, and surfing.
Upon arriving in Phillip Island, we stayed at a beachside youth hostel where we stayed in a sixteen person, bunk bed style, dorm room. It wasn’t the best accommodation, but it was around $35/night. We quickly learned that walking or taking the bus was not an option so we rented a car. It was strange sensation to drive on the wrong side of the road, on the opposite side on the car. I made a few wrong turns but quickly adapted. With our car, we visited their chocolate factory which, if you enjoy chocolate, was awesome. We visited a farm and learned about sheep sheering, cow milking, herding sheep, farming, and how early settlers lived in the Australian country side. We also visited an area where they have a daily event called the Penguin Parade. Every evening just after sunset, thousands of mini penguins would walk onto shore and go to their nests to feed their young. We went to a koala zoo and a few of the local beaches where we learned that this area is a surfer’s dream. Not only were the waves beautiful, the beach itself was pristine, untouched, and crisp with fresh ocean air. We also went to a pelican feeding where they would show up daily at exactly the same time, in the same place for free fish provided by the locals. Also, there is a photo I took in a bathroom with a disposal can for “used needles”. I’m not exactly sure what type of needles they are for, but one local guaranteed me it was for drug addicts. I later realized that these disposal cans for needles were common throughout all public Australian bathroom. We enjoyed going to the market as we found popular Aussie foods such as: Rice Bubbles, Tim Tam, and Veggiemite. Just to let you know Rice Bubbles is exactly the same as our Rice Krispies and Veggiemite is to Aussies as peanut butter is to Americans. If you can imagine thick molassis, but really salty and almost bitter, with the same consistency as peanut butter, that is Veggiemite.