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Island Hopper, Issue #056,, Phillip Island Summer
December 15, 2021

January/February 2022: Issue #056


Welcome to Island Hopper! I hope you will discover lots about Phillip Island and the surrounding area.

Phillip Island Water Activities

Weather experts say we are in the La Nina cycle which means a cooler, wetter summer.

But don’t be deterred by the forecasts, and make the most of the waters around Phillip Island.

Water sports take centre stage on Phillip Island and San Remo during January and February with the return of the Cowes Classic and Little Penguin Dash, the ever-popular San Remo Channel Challenge plus Phillip Island Pro surfing titles.

Some of these events help fund Woolamai Surf and Life Saving Club which looks after us all by patrolling our beaches during the summer months, so support them when you can.

Discover more by clicking on the following link, select "Things To Do", "Activities", then "Water Activities" from the drop down menu:

Kayaking Rhyll Inlet

Food and Wine

Anerie is a little piece of France, inserted in Thompson Avenue, Cowes.

Previously a burger joint, the transformation can’t be any more different. The old-style shop front with stained glass, suits the chic French décor perfectly.

Anerie opened around mid-year, a tough time to open, but the wonderful vibes, food and staff made this restaurant a must visit. It’s hard to get a booking so plan well ahead.

There are outside tables as well as the intimate indoor space.

When we visited, we started with a martini – a knockout! My husband fancies himself as a barman, with the martini his specialty, but he had to admit this was pretty good. And a decent measure as well. Not just a couple of mouthfuls and it’s gone here!

For starters, I had the Anerie twist on the prawn cocktail - beautiful huge, chilled prawns with a traditional seafood sauce.

This was followed by the ballotine of chicken which was just scrumptious.

All servings were very generous.

Most items on the menu are gluten free, so there is lots for coeliacs to choose from.

Phillip Island Wildlife

The hooded plover population on Phillip Island has increased threefold in the last 30 years so let’s keep it climbing by taking care about where you exercise your dog. Familiarize yourself with all Bass Coast Shire Council and Phillip Island Nature Parks bylaws regarding dogs on and off leash areas and times: Walk Your Dog

For the complete rundown on what is happening in summer with Phillip Island’s wildlife, click on this link: Phillip Island Wildlife News

What's On In January/February

January 1, 15, 22 & 29 - Churchill Island Farmers Market (provisional)

January 2, 23 & 30 – Summer Sunday Sessions (Churchill Island)

January 7/8, 14/15, 21/22 & 28/29 – Music @ The Hen (Purple Hen Winery)

January 8/9 – Ocean Sounds Music Festival (Churchill Island)

January 8 – Island Craft Market

January 15 – Newhaven Market

January 16 – Phillip Island Jazz Club

January 22 – Market on Church

February 5 – Cowes Classic and Little Penguin Dash

February 5 – Churchill Island Farmers Market

February 10/14 – Phillip Island Pro QS1000

February 12 – Island Craft Market

February 19 – San Remo Channel Challenge

February 19 – Newhaven Market

February 20 – Phillip Island Jazz Club

February 26 – Market on Church

February 26/27 – Australian Superbike Championship

Phillip Island Events

Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this e-zine and tell me what you think!

See you next month!


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