On The Way To Phillip Island

There are several not-to-be-missed attractions on the way to Phillip Island.

Try to arrange your travel plans to fit in at least some of them!

Most visitors to Phillip Island come by car - why not break up your drive with a visit to some of the attractions along the way?

Red sand garden at Australian Garden, Cranbourne

On the Way to Phillip Island, Visit the Australian Garden at Cranbourne

To add to your break from driving, refuel with a coffee from the cafes at each attraction.

Some attractions, such as the Royal Botanic Gardens’ Australian Garden at Cranbourne, deserve a few hours so leave a little early to really enjoy them without having to hurry on your way.

Another that can take some time is Maru Koala and Animal Park at Grantville.

Here you can view a wide variety of animals and have close contact experiences with some such as the gorgeous koala.

Rangers talks are also at scheduled times – learn about the animals and reptiles. Wrap yourself with a python if you are brave!

Perfect stops for lunch are Warrook Farm or Caldermeade Farm.

Both have delicious menus of hot and cold food for a yummy break.

And, of course, take time to enjoy the experiences these two attractions provide.

Royal Botanic Gardens - Australian Garden Cranbourne

If you are on the way to Phillip Island a visit to the Australian Garden at Cranbourne is a must. Admire the different types of gardens or take a walk along the walking tracks. Even the shortest walk to Trig Lookout will give you beautiful views over the gardens and bushland to the bays. The red sand garden is stunning and worth a visit on its’ own! You will not fail to be inspired to incorporate some new ideas into your own garden.

Warrook Farm

See how a real Australian farm goes about its daily routine – feeding calves, shearing sheep or watching working dogs round up sheep. Children will love the opportunity to pet the baby animals. To add to this experience, there are some native Australian animals to feed or you can just to take their photos.

Caldermeade Farm & Cafe

Having grown up on a farm, we had one or two cows to milk each day. But this is something else – with over 500 Jersey cows milked twice a day in a state-of-the-art facility! Watch this fascinating process to see where the milk for your coffee comes from. Children will love the petting nursery.

A statue of a Jersey cow stands in a paddock at Caldermeade Farm.

At Caldermeade Farm and Cafe

Maru Koala and Animal Park

A special feature of this park is the opportunity to cuddle a koala – a wonderful experience! Get up close to the eastern grey kangaroos as they lounge around or lazily lope about grazing. There are many native Australian birds and animals to see, plus ranger talks.

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