Planning on heading to Phillip Island for the Moto GP for the first time? Fantastic.
Maybe your not heading to Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit for the Moto GP… Maybe its World Super Bikes? Possibly even Supercars? Never stress, I travel to Phillip Island for motorsport events several times a year, so I’ve put together just a few of my tips to help you make the most of your first time there.
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is about 2 hours drive south of Melbourne and is home to the Australian rounds of both the international motorcycle championships, MotoGP and World Superbike Championship. As well as a number of other motorsport events throughout the year.
It’s one of, if not the most scenic motorsport venues in Australia, if not the world, and once you get there you’ll understand why.
Where is the Australian round of the MotoGP held?
As I just mentioned the Australian round of the MotoGP is held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. The easiest way to get to Phillip Island is to drive (or ride) the two hours down the Bass Highway until the town of San Remo, before taking the bridge off the mainland and over to the island.
If driving or riding is not an option, then there are few public transport options to choose from. If you’d like to know about those head on over to – http://www.visitphillipisland.com/category/explore/getting-here/
Where To Stay for MotoGP at Phillip Island?
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit offers some camping options during large scale events like the MotoGP and World Super Bikes (over near the karting circuit). Just keep in mind camping tends to book out quickly. So that’s something you need to organise quickly.
That said, camping is not for everyone, myself included. If you’re not the camping type or just looking at other options, Phillip Island has numerous accommodation options, being a tourist destination year-round. I tend to stay in a house we book with a group of other media professionals.
If you are looking something a little more hotel-like, I’ve stayed at and would recommend either Amaroo Park for something a little cheaper or Ramada Resort by Wyndham Phillip Island for something a bit fancier.
Getting To and From the track?
Unless you are camping at the track and well stocked up, you are going to need a car (or maybe even a motorbike) to get around the island.
Phillip Island is not very big, but you definitely need some sort of transport to get around as there aren’t many taxis and its outside of the area covered by Uber and other ride-sharing services at this stage. An alternative is the local bus service – http://www.southcoastbus.com.au/
What To Do In The Evenings?
Phillip Island is a buzz when the MotoGP comes to town, particularly the main town of Cowes. It’s pretty easy to find the best spots around the island, they’ve got the biggest crowds but I would recommend for a couple of beers and decent feed heading to the North Pier Bar & Bistro.
Another hot tip for Moto GP and Superbike fans is to go to Pino’s and at the very least pick up a pizza and check out the impressive collection of Moto GP and Superbike memorabilia.
Spending Time in Phillip Island Before or After?
Phillip Island is a tourist destination year-round, so there are plenty of things to do there. As a motorsport fan, I’d definitely recommend getting over to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit visitors center and cut some laps of the Go Kart circuit. It’s a direct scale version of the proper circuit, which is tonnes of fun to drive.
In saying that though, there is plenty more to Phillip Island than just motorsport… Did I mention the pengiuns?… I’ve put together a few of my suggestions of other things to do around Phillip Island if you’d like to spend a couple of days there before or after the Moto GP.
MotoGP Phillip Island Tips
Phillip Island is a fantastic venue for spectators, there are many great vantage points around the track. It’s well worth spending a bit of time exploring the different vantage points. A couple of my personal favourites are the top of Lukey Heights and Doohan Corner (Turn One).
It’s also a great venue to walk around. That said Phillip Island does put on a bus service to circulate spectators around the track. It’s well worth taking advantage of the busses to get a few vantage points throughout the day.
Something else you need to consider before heading Phillip Island is the weather. Backing onto the Bass Strait weather on Phillip Island is highly unpredictable, it can be hot one day and cold rainy the next. Make sure that you account for that when heading to the island.
For more information about the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit including maps, camping options and where to buy tickets head over to their website –https://www.phillipislandcircuit.com.au/
If you’re heading to Phillip Island for the first time, I’ve put together a selection of tips that might help you out.
Have you been to the MotoGP at Phillip Island before? I’d be interested to see if you had any additional tips I might have missed. Leave them in a comment below.
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