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Island Hopper, Issue #050,, Submarines and Strawberries
February 01, 2021

February 2021: Issue #051


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

Twilight Bay Cruise

How many people know there is a submarine moored in Westernport Bay? I have been aware of this fact for some time but only recently did we take the Wildlife Coast Twilight Bay Cruise to see this amazing sight for ourselves!

After leaving Cowes Jetty, we cruised to Sandy Point, the end of the HMAS Cerberus Naval Base, and then on towards Hastings, where the HMAS Otama is anchored in the bay.

Often, seals and dolphins can be spotted chasing the Kasey Lee.

This cruise is a delightful way to spend a summer evening - sit back with a glass of wine, watch the setting sun and enjoy the ride.

To read about our cruise, go to

Sunset Over Westernport Bay

Food and Wine

Wild Food Farm is located on the site of the now closed Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm.

However, it still maintains some links through its menu, providing food with a native influence.

Drop in for just a coffee and cake or stay for lunch. There is ample seating inside, along the cool verandah, as well as in the garden.

Around the farm, there are picnic spots with seats/tables and umbrellas - with plenty of space for children to run around and blow off steam.

For our lunch we chose hamburgers – for coeliacs there is a gluten free roll. I went for the All Day Brekkie Burger – free range egg, smoked bacon, tasty cheese, warragal greens and bush tomato chutney – although there are several delicious options to choose from. I really enjoyed it, especially as I don’t get many chances to eat a burger.

Wild Food Farm Burger

The menu includes pies, sausage rolls, fish and chips, prawn spaghetti and salads. I particularly liked the sound of the House Baked Lemon Myrtle Damper – how Australian! For coeliacs, there are a few gluten free options.

Kids can choose from a menu of burgers or fish and chips.

After lunch we went for a walk around the farm, strolling among the lakes, which attract many water birds. There are shady walks under a canopy of native trees, plus a rainforest walk.

When you return, browse the shop for yummy gourmet native food products – I couldn’t go past the Davidson plum and blueberry jam! There are also books on native foods and gift items.

Phillip Island Strawberries

A new addition to Phillip Island this summer is Phillip Island Strawberries.

Situated on Ventnor Beach Road near Wimbledon Heights, the farm showcases an innovative way to grow strawberries.

When you enter the growing area, the effect is quite magical, with rows of strawberry towers, dripping with luscious red fruit.

At the moment, the enterprise isn’t big enough for pick-your-own – I’m sure children would delight in picking in this strawberry fairly-land when this is possible!

However, there are punnets of freshly picked strawberries to purchase.

It’s not all about strawberries though, with other produce grown here on the farm – beans, zucchinis and tomatoes are just some. The crunch of the fresh beans is amazing!

I would suggest arriving early before the strawberries are sold out.

Check Phillip Island Strawberries website and Facebook page for opening times, plus the latest on what’s available at the farm gate.

And if you fancy growing strawberries yourself, talk to Roger about this remarkable new “tower” system.

At Phillip Island Strawberries

What's On In February

February 6 – Churchill Island Farmers Market

February 6 – Newhaven Market

February 13 – Island Craft Market

February 19/21 – Australian All Wheels Race Fest

February 20 – Island Foreshore Market

February 27 – Market on Chapel

February 27 – Victorian Open Series (Surfing)

Phillip Island Events

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See you next month!


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