Photo essay: Phillip Island

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An island on the doorstep of Melbourne, Phillip Island is a popular destination to visit as a day trip. Famous for its little penguin colony, the island is located 124km south of Melbourne and is connected to the mainland by a bridge.

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Photo: Ading Attamimi

Phillip Island photos

We head to The Nobbies to photograph the sunset. The Nobbies is also the place for bird colonies. Penguins the birds come here from Alaska every September and hang around until April. 1km away from the Nobbies is the seal rock, home of one of the largest fur seal colonies in Australia. You can take a boat trip to see the seals up close.

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We photograph the sunset at pyramid rock. It’s at 9.30pm by the time we return to the hotel for dinner. Fortunately after dinner, the sky clears and gives us a chance to take some great photographs.

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Churchill Island Heritage Farm is a historic farm, where the first Europeans practiced agriculture in Victoria. It has been a farm since the 1850s.

The restored farmhouse, cottages, barns and tools provide us with a chance to see how the early Australian settlers lived.

There are coastline walks with great views of Phillip Island and Western Port. At the Visitor Centre, there’s an exhibition on the history of the island.

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Koala Sanctuary

The Koala Sanctuary is another top spot and the opportunity to see koalas in their natural habitat.

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On the way to Cape Woolamai we stopped at this stunning rock formation called The Pinnacles. The majestic rock formation combined with strong waves and an amazing sunset made it a memorable place to visit.

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Sunrise the next day at pyramid rock didn’t really pop with colours. Even so, this place is still amazing, with black granite rock formations that are millions of years old.

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We buckle up and fly! We hopped into a helicopter and saw the island from the sky. It gave us the chance to photograph The Nobbies and the Phillip Island circuit. After the flight, we toured the Phillip Island circuit, where the world’s best riders compete in the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) and World Superbike Championships.

There’s plenty to see and do in Phillip Island I’m sure I’ll be back to explore again soon.