The iconic Phillip Island Circuit is not just for professional motor racing.
There are many family friendly activities to keep the whole family entertained for the day.
Daily tours of the grand prix circuit are available – get a look behind the scenes in the pit buildings on race day or imagine spraying champagne on the winner’s podium.
For thrills there are super fast hot laps
in a race prepared car driven by the resident racing car driver - a sure white
knuckle experience. First check availability for this activity.
With state of the art Sodi R8 Karts, visitors can rev themselves up for some super fast driving around the go kart track - a 750 metre replica of the main Phillip Island Circuit.
Remember to wear shoes (not thongs/flipflops) and dress with no loose clothing items such as hoodies, scarves etc. Women should wear slacks instead of skirts.
If you wear spectacles, you may not be able to fit them under your helmet - mine have thick frames and I had to leave them in the locker although some drivers with thin framed glasses were still able to wear them.
A safety briefing is given with a video of all the rules to be obeyed.
Unfortunately I was second last slowest in my group of 20 but I am determined to improve my time!
Matching R8 tandem karts are also available so kids can enjoy the thrill of karting with a parent.
Want something more sedate? Check out the History of Motorsport exhibition in the visitor’s centre. Phillip Island is the original Grand Prix home in Australia so there are some wonderful displays from 1928 to today, including original racing cars.
A four lane Slot car track - the largest in Australia - will test the skills of all family members.
If you want to really get the grand prix experience, try the Race Simulators and test yourself down Gardner Straight and around Doohan Corner.
I have tested myself on the circuit but only as part of the bicycle rides which are held several times during summer holidays in January.
Tickets are available on the day - just turn up with your bicycle and helmet!
This is a great experience and it is amazing to get up close to the racing surface.
Relax in Champions Café while the children play in the playground, or check out the gift shop.
Open every day, subject to major public events.For more info go to www.phillipislandcircuit.com.au
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