A couple of weekends ago, we hit the road for a quick weekend away to Phillip Island. With the reno’s in full swing and taking up our weekends, it was a much needed break to just get away, spend some time together and chillax. Only 1.5 hours from Melbourne, Phillip Island was an great choice as we could head down on Friday afternoon and stay 2 nights (the key to a solid weekend away).  I’m not going to lie, it was FRESH, but we rugged up, braved the cold and had the best time.  Here is the low down on where we stayed, ate and what we got up to.


We spent our 2 nights at the gorgeous Phillip Island Apartments (pics below). Super spacious (two bedrooms, lounge, bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen etc) and centrally located it was the perfect spot to base our stay. The staff were sooo lovely and having an apartment with space and a full kitchen was so great with a toddler – it meant Luka had plenty of room to run around and we could prepare meals at the apartment.


Naturally, I got some coffee recommendations before we left and we found some great little spots along the way. I can highly recommend Mendls for coffee (above left) and some insane baguettes/pides which really hit the spot for lunch. The Waterboy Cafe (@thewaterboycafe), pictured below, was superb for brekkie (also fab coffee) and was literally about a 200m walk.  On the Saturday night, we grabbed takeaway pizza from Isola di Capri which I would also recommend. With all 4 major supermarkets in town, its also super convenient to pick up the bits and pieces you need.


Phillip Island is absolutely stunning and has amazing coastline. In the Winter, there is still so much to do – it’s one of the best weekends we’ve had with Luka.  We all love the outdoors and our little man has a particular fondness for animals, so I would absolutely recommend the Phillip Island Nature Park 4-Park Pass to anyone who visits. We did them all in the two days and had a blast. Each of the experiences + centres surpassed all our expectations, truly beautiful, relaxed and at one with nature. Luka LOVED seeing both the Koala’s at the Koala Conservation Centre and the penguins at the parade. We did the Underground Viewing Lounge which was amazing, perfect for his age and much warmer 🙂 The walk along the Nobbies to the Blowhole was mind blowing (and yes, we nearly literally got blown away so rug up in the cooler months) and what they’ve created at the Antarctic Journey is phenomenal. On the way home on Sunday, we dropped by Churchill Island Heritage Farm. We loved patting the big Clydesdale horses and seeing the Highland cattle.

HUGE thanks to Phillip Island Nature Parks for having us.