Circuit in Australia

A little about Phillip Island and the area around it in Australia

The superb Phillip Island circuit is one of the most iconic and exciting venues in world motorsport. Since first visiting the country in 1989, an Australian Grand Prix has been held every year. The first two Australian GPs ever held were at Phillip Island, and the premier class races in both those years was won by home rider Wayne Gardner.

Wayne Gardner at the height of his racing career

The Australian GP was then held at Eastern Creek for six successive years from 1991 to 1996, before returning to Phillip Island in 1997 where it has remained ever since.

That Australia has produced so many stars of two-wheel racing, such as Wayne Gardner, Mick Doohan, Troy Bayliss, Josh Brookes and Troy Corser, they are a testament to the country's rich motorcycle racing heritage.

Interesting Things About Victoria and Australia

Australia's largest city Sydney, in addition to places such as Adelaide, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Perth and the huge, remote Australian outback are all incredible holiday destinations. One could travel for months and only scratch the surface, with ancient Aboriginal culture beautifully contrasting the modern spirit of this relatively young nation.

Visitors to Australia love to take in the vastness of the country, the warmth of the 'Aussie' welcome, the diversity of the local wildlife, the seemingly endless coastal beauty and the vibrancy of the major cities.

The State of Victoria is home to the cultural urban hotspot of Melbourne, rated by some as the world's 'most-liveable' city. Phillip Island, meanwhile, is 87 miles (140km) south-east of Melbourne, making it an easy drive to and from the city.

Exploring Victoria and Australia

Phillip Island itself is a wonderful place to spend a few days, as you take in the rugged coastline along the cliffs, look for seals and whales at The Nobbies, enjoy the Penguin Parade, or meet koalas, kangaroos, dingoes and possums at the "Maru Koala and Animal Park."

Elsewhere in Victoria you can take a drive along the stunning Great Ocean Road, also known as the Surf Coast Highway, a 151 mile (243km) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Allansford and Torquay.

In the city of Melbourne the options are endless with the Royal Botanic Gardens, the National Gallery of Victoria, the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, bustling Federation Square, and the kitsch roller coasters of 'Luna Park' in the trendy St. Kilda district.

Tips for visiting Victoria and Australia

Victoria has some of Australia's best seafood and the ubiquitous Aussie BBQ often features fish and shellfish, as well as burgers or snags (sausages).

There are some fine Australian wines and most barmen can recommend you the perfect Aussie tipple. When it comes to beer in this part of the world the main local brews are VB (Victoria Bitter) or Carlton Draught, as well as an outstanding 'micro-brewery' scene, that has beer fans celebrating a number of unique variations. Staying in and around Philip Island is easy as there are plenty of good hotels and guest houses within easy reach of the circuit and are at prices that will suit every pocket.

Must-see The Twelve Apostles

When visiting Australia there is some much to see and do. Like the Philip Island Nature Park, the 'Twelve Apostles for instance, they are twelve rock out-crops in the sea, easily visable from the Great Ocean Road. So much of your time may be spent on the road, given the size of the country. There are major differences in terms of local geography and climate, with Melbourne and Victoria being colder and often windier than more northern parts of Australia.

Australians love the great outdoors but the effects of the sun can be stronger here than other countries, so remember your sunhat, even in the cooler temperatures at Phillip Island.

If you are going to visit Australia, bear in mind the huge distances from the north to the south and west to the east; it is wise to go by air.

- Roland Potter