My Aussie Summer Holiday

Hetal Shah
Melbourne Student Ambassador


The summer break for university students are a glorious three months off, which makes it the perfect time to travel. Melbourne caters to all your needs, you name a location type and you can reach there within 2 hours. We were spoilt for choice. Mountains, beaches, wildlife, gardens; so much to do, so little time.


Between my friends and I, after considering various options, we decided on Philip Island. Being Melbourne, the weather plays the most important role in planning a trip. Make sure that you plan your trip on a nice day so that you are not freezing with cold nor are you melting in the heat.


We rented a car because that was the most convenient and reasonable mode of transport. Instead of a day trip, we stayed the night in local bed and breakfast so we could explore more of the area. We stayed in a beautiful 3 bed cottage which was stocked with cards and board games. One of my friends played his guitar so our entertainment was sorted.


The next day we went to visit Koala Conservatory and the Churchill Heritage farm. We got to learn about the uniquely Australian koalas and see them up close and personal. They are the cutest thing ever. Churchill farm had tons of activities for people who are interested in how the farm works. We walked the trail around the farm which had some beautiful sky views.



If you are a chocolate lover like me, I also highly recommend the Philip Island Chocolate Factory. Of course, the main attraction was watching the penguins up close at the penguin parade which was fascinating. Make sure to book in advance since the tickets are sometimes sold out. We took a combo pass for all these activities over the two days. Before leaving, we watched the sunset at Nobbies. Watching the waves crash on the rock and the setting of the sun was soothing and we left for home with such a picturesque memory.



Philip Island is a must-visit if you’re in Melbourne.  Tip, watch out for wallabies on the road if you are driving through that area. You are sure to spot some and if you are lucky, maybe a kangaroo!


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