Following the conclusion of our around-the-world trip, we have made it our mission to see a lot more of our own backyard here in Australia.
Our first day trip was to Phillip Island, located less than two hours drive from Melbourne. But we weren’t there to see the popular Penguin Parade or The Nobbies and Seal Rocks; we were there to check out some of the “big things” located on or close to the island.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Australia’s Big Things, there are over 150 such objects spread right across the country. Ticking a few off this list was a great excuse for a road trip!
The Giant Worm, Bass
The Giant Worm, a 100-meter long structure, can be found at Wildlife Wonderland in Bass, Victoria and was our first stop for the day.
Located approximately 15 kilometers before Phillip Island, the Giant Worm features a museum inside that celebrates the unique Giant Gippsland Earthworms, a creature that can reach a whopping 3 meters in length.
The Big Wave, Newhaven
The Big Wave is situated just 200 meters over the bridge after San Remo and it a great photo opportunity for those wanting to get inside this giant lifelike wave structure.
It has been there for over 20 years and is probably the most recognized “Big Thing” attraction in this region of Victoria.
The Big Cows, Newhaven
The Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, one kilometer after the bridge to Phillip Island, is the sweetest attraction on Phillip Island. They even offer free chocolate sample to all visitors – massive bonus!
But as awesome as that is, that’s not the reason we visited. The chocolate factory is also home to the Big Cows which were very popular with the visiting tourists who were snapping as many photos as they possibly could.
The Big Tap, Cowes
Located at A Maze’N Things, 5 kilometers before Cowes, the Big Tap is a giant purple tap that seemingly floats in mid-air pumping out thousands of liters of water into a flooded room.
It’s a very cool optical illusion and definitely worth the stop. You may even want to purchase tickets to the maze and the other attractions there including Maxi-Golf, Puzzle Island and the Illusions Room.
The Big Koala, Cowes
Our final stop was the Big Koala, situated just next door to A Maze’N Things at Koala Park Resort.
You can drive in and take a quick picture before continuing on your drive to Cowes, the main township on Phillip Island and a great place to spend an afternoon/evening.
Have you ever seen any of Australia’s Big Things?