Phillip Island is a tourist destination located approximately 140km South-East of Melbourne and is visited by approximately 3.5 million people annually.
The Penguin Parade , in which little penguins come ashore in groups, attracts visitors from all over the world. They come to see one of the few areas where this species of penguin can be seen.
The island is recognised as having some of the most consistently reliable and varied surf conditions in the country. The island has hosted various surf events in the past, such as the Rip Curl Pro in 2005 and the Roxy Pro Women's Surfing Festival.
One New Year's Eve the island hosts the Pyramid Rock Festival.
Phillip Island is steeped in the history of Australian motor racing. In 1989 the first international version of the Australian motorcycle Grand Prix was held. It continues to host the race today and is also a venue for the Superbike World Championship, V8 Supercars and the Australian Driver's Championship.
Phillip Island is an easy 1.5 hour drive from Kew. If you're looking to stay in Melbourne for the Penguin Parade, surfing or Superbike World Championship, you can't go past Hotel 115 Kew.