The best way to make any trip hassle free is preparation. It doesn’t matter if it is a short, day trip like our travel to Phillip Island; the important thing is you know what to do when the circumstances change. So when plans are altered at the last minute, you have options to choose from. This is why I’m sharing with you some travel tips that might help you along the way, especially if you’re bound for Phillip Island.
1. There’s always a Plan B or C.
You’ve done your research and planned your itinerary for the whole day. You are prepared as can be, organizing your stops and schedule accordingly. However, there are just some things that can go beyond your control, so make sure you have some flexibility in your itinerary.
Prepare a Plan B or C so you can easily make a decision where to go when it’s pouring rain outside or where to grab some quick bites.
2. Familiarise yourself with the road map
Are you driving to Phillip Island through the South Gippsland Highway route or are you taking the Pakenham exit instead? No matter which one it is, you have to know where you are on the map. We had to make a U-turn because we missed both Sybella Avenue and Rossiter Road on our way to Koo Wee Rup, towards Pakenham. I don’t recall seeing a sign, so you have to be more aware. If we hadn’t had our phones with us, we wouldn’t have known better.
3. Bring a jacket, a poncho, and an umbrella.
You never know how quickly the weather changes. One minute the sun is shining bright in the sky, the next minute it’s nothing but grey clouds. That happened quite a lot during our trip, so it’s best to pack these things in the car.
And since it is autumn, it is advisable to carry a thick jacket. Sitting an hour or so at night by the beach can get really, really cold.
4. Extra battery
This is a lesson I have learned the hard way, finding myself unable to capture anymore photos because my camera’s battery is dead. If you have a DSLR, consider buying an extra battery. An extra, fully charged battery is really handy especially if you are out for the whole day and night. With the cold season too, you will find that batteries are drained much faster, so a spare one is really necessary.
5. Extra pair of socks
Keep your feet warm and dry at all times. Nothing is more uncomfortable than being stuck with cold, wet feet and an hour and a half of driving ahead of you. Remember, you’ll be outdoors most of the time. A little rain and you can get your shoes soaking wet, so bring an extra pair of socks.
The road to Phillip Island is filled with tolls. Lols. Since we rented a car for our travel, the only way for us to pay for our way is through Citylink. You can buy a 24-hour pass or a Weekend pass before or after you travel.
7. Check the Time
Verify what time the penguins are expected to arrive on the day of your visit. It may be as early as 6 o’clock or a little later such as 8 o’clock in the evening, depending on the season. Both ways, it would do well for you to arrive an hour early.
8. No photography at the Penguin Parade
It might be upsetting, at first, to learn that you can’t take a photograph of the penguins. Understand that it’s for the best of these creatures. If people try to get a quick and sneaky shot, please tell them no.
9. Be wary of the sea gulls at Penguin Parade
It’s not only people who are waiting at the beach for the arrival of penguins; it’s the sea gulls as well. And where there are sea gulls flying overhead, you can be sure there is bird poo as well. You’ve been warned.
10. Where to Eat?
Knowing where is the nearest restaurant or café can be challenging when you are in an unfamiliar place. What makes it more difficult is finding open that is open until late at night. So take note of some establishments within Phillip Island or on your way there. It is also good to remember landmarks, gas stations, and even convenience stores that can make your journey easier.
Some of these are pretty practical tips that a traveler already knows, but I do like to add a bit to it since I’ve posted about our short trip to Phillip Island. Nevertheless, I hope that with these reminders, it will help you have a more enjoyable and comfortable weekend getaway.
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