AMAZE 'N' THINGS
Amaze’N’Things is one of the best activities on the island. The puzzles, illusion rooms and bizarre interactive displays are enough to keep you entertained for hours, but there is also a massive vertical slide (the highest in the Southern Hemisphere), a mini-golf course and a timber maze outside. We love their newest attraction, the SkyTrail high ropes course, which involves working out 34 climbing challenges.
Address: 1805 Phillip Island Road, Cowes
Phone: (03) 5952 2283
Approx. 9 mins from Tropicana Motor Inn
CHURCHILL ISLAND HERITAGE FARM
The heritage farm on Churchill Island is a fantastic opportunity to step back into the past. Take a wagon ride, explore the heritage buildings, meet the farm animals or stroll the sprawling cottage gardens. Daily demonstrations include cow milling, sheep shearing, working dogs and whip cracking.
Address: 246 Samuel Amess Drive, Churchill Island
Phone: (03) 5951 2800
Approx. 20 mins from Tropicana Motor Inn
PHILLIP ISLAND CHOCOLATE FACTORY
You could easily spend a few hours inside this chocolate factory. Tour Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate for Willy Wonka-style chocolate displays, like a 12,000 piece chocolate mosaic of Dame Edna and a rushing chocolate waterfall! You can even design your own chocolate bar flavor.
Address: 930 Phillip Island Road, Newhaven
Phone: (03) 5956 6600
Approx. 15 mins from Tropicana Motor Inn
STATE COAL MINE WONTHAGGI
The State Coal Mine can be found in Wonthaggi, which is located about 40 minutes away from Cowes. Venture deep underground and discover what it was like to work in a coal mine in the 1900s. Tours run for an hour and a half, but they’re fast-paced and entertaining for kids.
Address: State Coal Mine Garden Street, Wonthaggi
Phone: (03) 5672 3053
Approx. 40 mins from Tropicana Motor Inn
PHILLIP ISLAND TENPIN BOWLING AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
The Tenpin Bowling and Entertainment Centre is a major fun zone for both kids and adults. There are 8 bowling lanes, pool tables, table tennis tables and laser tag zones. There is also a lounge and licensed bar if you want some downtime while the kids play. As an added bonus, the centre is open late during the school holidays.
Address: 91 Settlement Road, Cowes
Phone: (03) 5952 3977
Approx. 5 mins from Tropicana Motor Inn
RHYLL TROUT AND BUSH TUCKER FARM
Learn all about fishing and Koori culture at the Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm. Fishing instructors teach you how to catch a rain- bow trout from the farm’s beautiful lake or the more beginner-friendly indoor pool. And when you’re done, you can ask the in-house chef to turn your catch into a tasty lunch. You can also sample fruits, seeds, leaves and flowers on the bush tucker trails.
Address: 36 Rhyll-Newhaven Road, Phillip Island
Phone: (03) 5956 9255
Approx. 10 mins from Tropicana Motor Inn
PELICAN FEEDING SAN REMO
Every day at noon, the San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op feeds the pelicans on the San Remo beach. Buy some fish and chips at the restau- rant and watch the show – the kids will love it.
Address: San Remo Jetty
Phone: (03) 5678 5206
Approx. 18 mins from Tropicana Motor Inn
WILDLIFE COAST CRUISES
If you want to see the famous fur seals up close, take a Wildlife Coast Cruise, which drifts within metres of the colony. The company also hosts whale watching tours in the winter, and twilight cruises full of children’s activities in the warmer months.
Address: Jetty Car Park on the Esplanade, Cowes
Phone: (03) 5952 3501
Approx. 2 mins from Tropicana Motor Inn