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Where is Phillip Island and the Gippsland Region ?
Phillip Island Region This region of Victoria stretches from the outskirts of Melbourne to the Gippsland Lakes and from Mt Baw Baw to Wilson's Promontory. From sandy beaches to snowy mountains, the Gippsland Region is a holiday region that caters for water sports, bush walking, gourmet food lovers and wildlife watching on Phillip Island.

Phillip Island is found off the coast of Victoria and is just 26 kilometres long and 9 kilometres wide. Access is possible either by road bridge from San Remo to Newhaven, or by passenger ferry from Crib Point on the Mornington Peninsula. Cowes is the central township on Phillip Island where there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and entertainment for the thousands of holiday makers that visit the island each year.

Climate
The Gippsland area enjoys a mild climate with warm dry summers and cool wet winters. However there are temperature variations between coastal areas of the hinterland and alpine areas of Mt Baw Baw, which can get quite hot in summer. If travelling in the mountainous areas, be prepared for sudden changes in the weather.

Phillip Island has a mild climate between 12 - 35 C and is tempered by ocean breezes.

Where can I stay?
Travelmate has accommodation on Phillip Island and in Gippsland for all budgets.

What are the main towns?
The main towns in the region include: Sale, Traralgon, Morwell, Maffra, Moe, Mount Baw Baw, Warragul, Toora, Foster, Walhalla, Yarram, Port Welshpool, Inverloch, Wonthaggi, Wilson's Promontory and Cowes.

What's there to do in the region?
The mountains or Mt Baw Baw offer snowboarding and skiing in the winter and are a cooler retreat in the hot summer months. For the gourmet traveller, wineries, berry farms, smoked meats, organic fruit, cheese-makers and produce markets are the flavour of the Gippsland townships of Warragul. Explorers may choose to visits hinterland historic gold towns of Walhalla, the pioneering township of Moe or the one of La Trobe valley's city of Traralgon. The maritime villages of Port Welshpool and Port Albert are popular fishing and seaside resorts. Further to the west along the Princes Highway is the thriving township of Sale, the local base for the oil and gas mining industry in Bass Strait.

Phillip Island offers some of the best beaches in Victoria. The coast line that faces Bass Strait is best for surfing, boarding and sailing, while the beaches to the north are best for fishing, swimming and boating. Wildlife watching is a major attraction on Phillip Island. Each evening Lttle Penguins return along Penguin Parade from a day's fishing, to the delight of family holiday makers. Fur seal colonies can be seen at the Nobbies on the western tip of the island and at Seal Rocks to the south. Koalas and wombats can be watched in their natural habitat at the Koala Conservation Park. Each October the island reverberates with the roar of engines for the 500 cc Motorcycle Grand Prix for three days of racing and excitement.

Wilson's Promontory (know locally as 'The Prom') is the southernmost point of Australia and is scored with trails and tracks to explore. The Coal Creek Heritage Village is the place to discover reconstructed mining shafts, old shops and farm buildings of earlier times in the Gippsland.


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