PEACH GOES TO PHILLIP ISLAND
Part 3: Kitty Miller Bay, Rhyll Inlet, Goat in the Boat & Penguin Parade
After being dined in cheese and wine at Purple Hen Vineyard & Winery, we made our way down to Kitty Miller Bay, which is on the other end of the island.
#SELFIE / Photo Inception! A photo of myself taking a photo. LOL
We kept driving closer and closer to get a good shot of these geese. #stupidfun
What are these birds?! Cross between duck and geese with neon green/yellow bills?!
Can you see the wallaby hiding behind the grass?!
An amazing HDR shot of haystacks by Hashem.
Kitty Miller Bay
Part of our itinerary for the afternoon was to visit Kitty Miller Bay and see the remains of the s.s speke shipwreck from 1906. The walk itself is approximately 2km long and should be undertaken in low tide only. I strongly recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes as the path is very rocky, high grass and to take extreme care when it’s wet! Also try and find yourself a stick!
View from the carpark! Breathtaking!
I don’t know why I included a photo of rocks, but I guess it’s here to illustrate how rocky the paths were!
Great scenery and some random tree arch!
Can you see the ship wreck?!
Since I was injured from the bike ride earlier, and being a big wuss I stayed on top of the cliff face, while Hashem went down to take photos of the ship wreck. On a serious note the path down is dangerous, so please take extreme care!
So apparently The Speke was the second largest, three masted, full rigged sailing ship in the world at that time (1891). It was a difficult ship to handle and it crashed onto rocks near Watt Point in 1906. The captain was found guilty of careless navigation!
The remains of the ship wreck! Pretty cool huh?!
After our trek to Kitty Miller Bay, we had plenty time to kill. Due to my slow riding and injury we didn’t make it to Rhyll Inlet, so we decided to drive there to check it out.
Rhyll Inlet has a great view of the sea and is surrounded by a number of cafes and restaurants.
The Goat in The Boat
Address: 69 Thompson Avenue, Cowes
Phone: 03 5952 3939
Prior to visiting The Goat in the Boat, Tina told me that this restaurant is her favourite down at Phillip Island, and knowing her, I knew I was in for a real treat!
The moment you step into The Goat in The Boat, you have this feeling that you have stepped into a restaurant in Greece. I think it was the teal coloured walls that made me feel that way.
The lovely owner Maria walked us over to a seating area where we could see the kitchen.
To start off with, Hashem and I shared some warm charred pita bread with some house made dips – Taramasalta-Cod Roe, Hummus and Tzatziki.
Usually I’m a bit particular with having roe dips as I often find them too fishy for my liking, but here at The Goat in The Boat, it didn’t taste fishy at all. It was a nice creamy taste that went well with the warm pita bread.
As for the hummus and tzatziki I found them both to be very fresh and the hummus was great with the squeeze of lemon juice. mmm perfection.
For mains, I had a WHOLE snapper to myself. Yes, you read right. A whole char grilled snapper. Probably the best main I’ve had for 2014.
Despite the fact that I was constantly picking on the bones of the snapper and trying not to choke myself; the snapper was very fresh (hello! we are on an island!).
It was char grilled perfectly and served with the most amazing walnut skordalia and fennel salad! In all honesty would drive 1.5 hours down to Phillip Island just to have the walnut skordalia. I was already having cravings for it the next day!
The walnut skordalia which is apparently a Greek garlic mash was so creamy while the fennel salad with the grain mustard dressing was slightly tangy and had a great crunch from the fennel. Would highly recommend this main! Don’t share! haha
As for Hashem, he ordered the Santorini Chicken – I didn’t get a chance to try his dish because I was happily eating and picking away on my snapper. This was my second choice, but I’m so glad that I went for the snapper!
I won’t comment on this dish as I didn’t get to try it myself.
Address: 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands, Victoria 3922
Phone: 03 5951 2800
Our final destination for the day was the Penguin Parade. I can finally cross Penguin Parade off my bucket list to do now! So very happy!
When we arrived at the Penguin Parade location, the place was already chocablocks! We found ourselves circling around the carpark and had to park a distance away! It’s highly recommended that you arrive one hour before the penguin arrival time – it gives you sufficient time to find parking, walk over to the beach and find yourself a seat! Also, make sure you bring a thick jacket and blankey as it does get pretty cold at night!
That night approximately 400-500 penguins arrived at the beach around 7pm! It was a phenomenal sight and overwhelmingly cute to watch!
We were told by the ranger that penguins never sleep as they are predators of other wildlife so they have to stay alert and on guard. So rather than sleeping for a long period of time, they take short naps throughout the day which only lasts for a few minutes.
That night we saw quite a number of penguins just standing there sleeping! so cute!
As Penguins have very sensitive eyes, we were not allowed to take any photography as flashes can frighten and cause the penguins to become disorientated. Luckily, Tina was able to supply a photo to share with my readers! Aren’t they cute?! :)
I was really lucky to be given the Penguins Plus tickets as it’s located next to the main path of penguins and limited to 190 people and gives you a close view of the penguins. It also includes a free drink (I don’t really recommend the coffee – I’m spoiled with good coffee in the city so I’m very critical!)
After the penguin parade I stopped by the gift shop and bought myself a cuddly penguin plushy with a hand knitted jumper. The jumpers are knitted and sold to help save the lives of penguins affected by oil spill. Each and every one of the knitted jumpers are unique. How cute are they?
After our penguin parade, we drove back to Melbourne. I was lucky to have Hashem drive the entire way and I was able to get some sleep.
For those who are planning on staying at Phillip Island for the weekend, I have managed to collate some information on some of the newest Bed & Breakfast on Phillip Island. Having worked within the travel industry in the past, I know how stressful it can be arranging accommodation, so I hope this will help you out :)
Oak Tree Lodge
Address: 32 – 34 Walton St, Rhyll, Phillip Island
Phone: (03) 5956 9090
The newly opened Oak Tree Lodge offers an unforgettable experience of self-contained boutique indulgence, situated in the quiet little village of Rhyll on Phillip Island, Victoria. The property has period elegance with a contemporary twist overlooking a towering oak tree in an English garden setting. Oak Tree Lodge is luxurious and spacious, offering four stunning suites all with their own lounge areas, kitchens, bathrooms and all with outdoor seating areas in the lush, shaded garden. Three of the self-contained suites can be opened up via interconnecting doorways to provide larger accommodation for group bookings or for families to enjoy their stay in a bigger space.
Where: 1/33A Rhyll-Newhaven Road, Rhyll, Phillip Island
Phone: (03) 5956 9463
The just-opened Rhyll Haven is an exciting new boutique hotel offering two luxury ground floor suites with private courtyard or verandah, plus two boardwalk lofts with private timber decks. All accommodation features a separate bedroom and spa bath with luxurious Molton Brown of London bath and body products. In the cooler months, guests can curl up in front of a gas log fire. Both ground floor suites have self-contained kitchens stacked with a delicious and nutritious selection of breakfast provisions, fresh fruit, quality teas and ground coffee. For a cosy day or night in, Rhyll Haven’s Suites and Lofts feature 100 Foxtel Pay-TV channels, Digital Free-to-Air television and media hub. The largest and most romantic suite, Mangrove, is ideal for couples seeking a romantic weekend escape. The Mangrove Suite opens onto a long, leafy verandah for indoor-outdoor living and also features an extra deep spa, and designer kitchen.
Clifftop at Smiths Beach
Where: 1 Marlin St, Smiths Beach, Phillip Island
Phone: (03)5952 1033
Overlooking Phillip Island’s stunning coastline on one side, and rolling farmland on the other, Cliff Top accommodation provides exceptional hospitality that brings new meaning to ‘room with a view’. Cliff Top, perched between sea and sky with views of Pyramid Rock, Smith’s Beach and Bass Straight, provides guests with a sense of both space and privacy. The boutique accommodation features eight exceptional guest rooms with luxurious furnishings and amenities. Cliff Top is ideal for a romantic get away, or a weekend escape with friends. Cliff Top’s main guest area, the Top Room offers a double-sided wood fire, ideal for relaxing and mingling with other guests. Located close to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade and all the natural beauty that Phillip Island has to offer, guests can choose to either explore the Island or snuggle up in front of the fire and enjoy the warm hospitality of Clifftop and its magnificent views.
Kitty Miller Bay Bed & Breakfast
Where: 251 Watts Road, Ventnor, Phillip Island
Phone: 0411 330 961
Kitty Miller Bay Bed & Breakfast offers relaxed accommodation with stunning views overlooking the ever-changing waters of Kitty Miller Bay. Located just a ten minute drive from Cowes village, and close to the Penguin Parade, Kitty Miller Bay Bed & Breakfast is set on a lush five acre property with direct beach access. Ocean front units have separate guest entrances and personal facilities including TV, BBQ and kitchenette equipped with the latest cooking accessories, providing guests with complete privacy. Each morning guests are treated to a continental breakfast. During the cooler months, guests can rug up and take in the views or take an invigorating stroll in the refreshing coastal air along Kitty Miller Bay.
Holmwood Guesthouse –
Where: 37 Chapel Street, Cowes, Phillip Island
Phone: (03)5952 3082
Nestled in a cottage garden in a quiet tree-lined street, Holmwood Guesthouse is the ideal base from which to explore the many natural attractions of Phillip Island. Holmwood offers a choice of three elegantly appointed rooms with two luxurious self-contained spa cottages, all just a five minute stroll from the Cowes main swimming beach, cafes and shops, and just a fifteen minute drive to the Penguin Parade and wineries. Accommodation at Holmwood includes a seasonal breakfast of the freshest local produce served in the dining room by the wood fire. All accommodation options have ensuite bathrooms, television, heating/ cooling, and complimentary wi-fi. Holmwood Guesthouse is an adults only environment, ideal for couples seeking a quiet romantic get away. Families and children are very welcome to stay in the Seaside Studio loft apartment which sleeps four guests in three bedrooms.
Disclaimer: This is a collaboration piece by Peach, Media Moguls and Destination Phillip Island. All opinions and views on views on www.peach-water.com are honest and purely based on my own experiences and how I feel about the product.