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12 days ago
By motogp.com

Australia: sun and surf Down Under

Here’s your go-to guide of Phillip Island ahead of the Australian Grand Prix

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 the home hero, and MotoGP™ Legend, Wayne Gardner. 

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.

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, sits 140km (87 miles) southeast of Melbourne, making it an easy drive to and from the city.

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 243km (151 miles) 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 rollercoasters of 'Luna Park' in the trendy St. Kilda district.

Wherever you decide to travel and visit across Australia, one thing that is for certain is you will not be disappointed. A destination everyone in the MotoGP™ paddock looks forward to visiting, make sure you try tick Phillip Island and the Australian Grand Prix off of your bucket list.

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