The hugely popular holiday destination of PHILLIP ISLAND is famous above all for the nightly roosting of hundreds of Little penguins at Summerland Beach – the so-called Penguin Parade – but the island also boasts some dramatic coastline, plenty of surfing, fine swimming beaches, and a couple of well-organized wildlife parks. It is also home to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, held over three days in early October: a History of Motorsport display at the circuit visitor centre features snapshots and memorabilia of the crazy exploits and heroics of Australia’s early racers. Cowes, on the sheltered bay side, is the main town and a lively and attractive place to stay. Other, smaller, communities worth a visit are Rhyll, to the east, and Ventnor, just west of Cowes.
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