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Island Hopper, Issue #028,, The Main Game
May 30, 2018

June, 2018: Issue #028


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


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The Main Game

It’s winter again and that means the main game on Phillip Island for the next couple of months is the whale migration.

The Bass Coast Whale Discovery Trail not only gives visitors information about the whales visiting our shores, it also is a great map for getting to know the beautiful Bass Coast coastline.

The annual migration of humpback and southern right whales is one of the longest of any mammal. How lucky we are at Phillip Island to have these great creatures pass along our shores during this time!

The migration from the Antarctic occurs between April and November – up to the warmer waters of northern Australia and then back home.

The Bass Coast Shire has produced a pamphlet – Bass Coast Whale Discovery Trail – with lots of whale information and where to watch them along the Bass Coast area – from Cowes to Inverloch.

Pick up a brochure at the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centres at Cowes and Newhaven.

Another way to keep “in the loop” with whale sightings is via whale sighting alerts. Drop in to the Wildlife Coast Cruises ticket office and join the mobile alerts as sightings occur along Phillip Island’s coastline.

Food and Wine

Mario is a bit of a legend in the Bass Coast area.

Some may remember his restaurant at the Kilcunda Hotel many, many years ago. After spending some time at the San Remo Hotel, Mario has now opened his eponymous restaurant in Marine Parade - it’s the first restaurant you see as you drive into San Remo.

We drop in to Mario’s one Thursday evening on our way to Phillip Island.

With winter coming it is a nice warm refuge from the outside chill and has a nice ambience.

Starters include bruschetta, oysters, dips and whitebait.

We go straight to the mains – diners can select from steak, chicken, fish and pasta dishes.

I am a sucker for garlic prawns so of course can’t go past Mario’s, served with a white wine and cream sauce and rice. Included is a side salad of greens.

Delicious, with lots of fat tasty prawns.

Most of the dishes are gluten free so it is a difficult, but happy, choice for coeliacs!

We top up with a glass of Purple Hen Winery pinot gris.

Children can enjoy fish and chips, crumbed calamari, pasta or burgers.

Service is attentive and very friendly.

Mario’s is open for lunch and dinner - during holiday times a reservation would be recommended.

Smiths Beach Lifesaving Tower

The long-awaited new lifesaving facility at Smiths Beach has now been installed.

Smiths Beach is the most popular beach on Phillip Island and beach goers and surf lifesavers alike welcome the new facility.

The main purposes of the new building are to provide an elevated view of the beach for lifesavers, to provide a place to administer first aid, and as a storage area for equipment. Until now, surf lifesavers from Woolamai Surf Life Saving Club had to carry in equipment every day.

With the new tower, life savers will be able to patrol the beach, no matter what the weather conditions, and will be able to provide more regular patrols over busy times.

The facility is situated next to the ramp at the eastern end of the beach and the interesting design is well worth a visit!

What's On In June

June 1/3 – Shannons Nationals Motor Racing

June 9/11 – Hoot and Hootabelle at the Antarctic Journey

June 9 – Island Craft Market

June 17 – Sunday Jazz

June 23 – Churchill Island Farmers Market

June 23 – Market on Chapel

Phillip Island Events

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See you next month!
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