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Acouple of hours outside Melbourne
lies the Bass Coast, home to the scenic
locale of Phillip Island. With its rugged
windswept coastlines and picturesque farming
country, Phillip Island is a landscape of extremes.
First settled by Europeans in the 1800s, Phillip
Island was already home to many of this country's
native species, whilst visitors of a di erent kind -- the
island's most famous attraction - the Little Penguins
-- have made Phillip Island their favourite stopover
for 1000s of years.
In the 1920s a couple of enterprising local
residents began the rst organised viewings of the
Little Penguins, whose nightly escapades as they
scrambled across the shoreline to their sand dune
burrows had become legendary. Almost 100 years
later, and over a million visitors have watched the
'Penguin Parade' on the Summerland Peninsula
(part of the Phillip Island Nature Park). Whilst the
penguin's habitat has shrunk greatly over the years
(they once made the whole island their home),
the park is now a leading player in presenting
environmental, economical and socially sustainable
nature based eco tourism.
With a mantra to protect and preser ve, the folk
at Phillip Island Nature Park have vast conser vation
projects in place to restore the habitat of these
tiny creatures. In 2009 they planted 90,000 new
trees and they currently play host to the world's
leading team into
research on Little
Penguins, seals, sea
birds and marine
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on TV later this
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philosophies as its Penguin Parade counterpart
and the emphasis is on allowing visitors to view
the koalas without impacting on their habitat.
It's the birds
that roam free
here whilst the
the ones kept
Park a unique place to visit.
Hook yourself up with a three park pass and
you'll get to check out not only the Penguin
Parade and the Koala Conser vation Centre but
also the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, home
to beautiful gardens and a real working farm
complete with Clydesdales and some of the
hairiest cattle you'll see...
If that's not enough to entice you -- consider
the beautiful coastline with spectacular views
and kilometres of boardwalks to explore and
some of the best sur ng breaks in Victoria...
a side trip to Phillip Island is de nitely on my
recommended list for any visiting relatives in the
For more info on Phillip Island Nature Park, go to
Cec Busby tries getting back to nature...
Nestled high on the hillside overlooking Smith's
Beach, lies the gorgeous B&B Clifftop. Run by
partners Lucas Bracken and Adam Tinsey, this B&B
is styled with the luxury and comfort of its guests
From the bathroom with twin head showers and
eco friendly beauty products to the crisp white
linens and plump pillows -- you'll immediately feel
pampered. Throw open your curtains and soak up the
180 degree ocean view and watch your cares and
woes fade away.
Adam and Lucas offer plenty of tips so you can get
the most out of your island break but disappear from
sight as soon as you don't need them -- the most
perfect of hosts.
An idyllic setting for that romantic getaway with the
one you love.
For more information go to www.clifftop.com.au
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