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The Gurdies: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Maru Koala and Animal Park


Get in touch with wildlife at Maru Koala and Animal Park.

Owned and run by the Heffer family, they personally take the time to ensure you enjoy your visit. Enjoy hand feeding and patting the koalas, kangaroos and wallabies, which includes rare albino animals.

Join hourly koala tours inside the koala enclosure and pat and hand feed them on a close encounter experience. See a range of animals and meet the keepers at regular talks including the sheep shearing and wildlife shows in the auditorium.

Then set sail into Pirate Pete's mini golf adventure and enjoy 18 holes of pirating fun around the 30 metre Pirate Ship. Do either activity, or for one low price, purchase an all day pass to give you unlimited access all day long to the Animal Park and Pirate Pete's mini golf.

Enjoy a meal in the licensed Homestead Bistro with a tempting range of fresh foods all prepared by the talented team. Maru has sealed paths throughout and amenities for disabled patrons, with plenty of seating and sheltered and shaded areas.

Maru welcomes group and private bookings and also cater for children's parties and have an indoor playroom.




1650 Bass Highway
Grantville, VIC, 3984

Located 6.0K from The Gurdies

French Island National Park


French Island National Park is a true paradise. Accessible only by a 30 minute passenger ferry ride, French Island is a haven of peace and serenity, home to a diverse range of wildlife and containing environments ranging from mangrove saltmarsh areas to open woodlands.

Explore the park at leisure by bus, bike or on foot, using the network of public roads and management tracks. There are whole day, half day and shorter walks and rides starting at Tankerton Foreshore Reserve.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.





French Island
French Island, VIC, 3921

Located 15.3K from The Gurdies

French Island Marine National Park


Located 10 kilometres south of Tooradin, French Island Marine National Park is adjacent to the northern shoreline of French Island National Park in Western Port. Extending 15 kilometres along the shoreline, the park encompasses approximately 2800ha. It includes one of Victoria's most extensive areas of saltmarsh and mangrove communities and also includes mudflats of state geomorphological significance.

The tidal channel system of varying depths, profiles and orientations, contributes to the high diversity of habitats, including many seagrass beds in the surrounding waters. These seagrass beds are particularly important as they have largely disappeared in other areas of the bay since the 1950s.

In addition to the bird life, there is a rich diversity of marine life. The seagrass beds support many commercially viable species such as King George Whiting, Black Bream and Yellow-eyed Mullet.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.




French Island
French Island, VIC, 3921

Located 15.3K from The Gurdies

Warrook Farm


Warrook is living history, a full working farm over 100 years old. Take a step back in time, channel your inner 'farmer' self as you experience a range of hands on activities and demonstrations at Warrook - a genuine Aussie farm experience.

Tours are run daily and showcase the history of the farm, its wildlife, homestead and gardens. Visitors delight in hands on farm experiences and demonstrations they can bottle feed baby calves, learn how to milk a cow, learn the art of whip cracking, see the working dog round up sheep and watch sheep shearing in the 1887 shearing shed. They can also feed kangaroos and visit the many other animals on display including our Koala's.

Located half way between Melbourne and Phillip Island, Warrook Farm is an excellent stop over point for a meal break. Visitors can enjoy a country roast lunch in the homestead restaurant (seats 120) or a light snack in the caf?. Warrook offers traditional Australian farm meals and halal meals. Educational tours are also available.

You can pre-book a farm tour or just drop in, the Warrook Farm team would love to see you.




4170 South Gippsland Highway
Monomeith, VIC, 3984

Located 16.9K from The Gurdies

Bonsai Island


Bonsai Island has everything for the bonsai enthusiast, including an outdoor display area with quality established bonsai for sale.

There's also bonsai supplies and equipment, a range of Japanese and Chinese pots, hand-made Australian pots, plenty of speciality tools and styling wire for training your trees and bonsai books for method and inspiration.

Bonsai Island offers tuition, too. They carry an extensive range of conifers, Australian natives, broad-leaved evergreens, deciduous, flowering and fruiting examples in all bonsai styles.




32 Phillip Island Road
Newhaven, VIC, 3925

Located 23.9K from The Gurdies

Churchill Island Marine National Park


Located south of Rhyll, on the eastern shore of Phillip Island, in Western Port, the park extends from Long Point south of Rhyll township to the north point of Churchill Island and along the island's western shore to the bridge.

Within this park there are many habitats including mangroves, sheltered intertidal mudflats, seagrass beds, subtidal soft sediments and rocky intertidal shores.

The park is part of the Western Port RAMSAR site and is an important habitat for many bird species. Migratory waders roost and feed within the Churchill Island Marine National Park and birds which can be spotted in this park include the Bar-tailed Godwit, Sacred Ibis, Red-necked Stint and Chestnut Teal.

The seagrass beds are a major food source for black swans as well as providing a nursery habitat for many commercially viable species such as King George Whiting, Black Bream and Yellow-eyed Mullet.

Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.




Phillip Island Road
Rhyll, VIC, 3923

Located 24.3K from The Gurdies

The Gurdies: Events

Grantville Pirate Festival


Enjoy a great day out at the award winning Maru Koala and Animal Park at the annual Grantville Pirate Festival.

Pirate games and roving entertainers, jumping castles, face painting, dress-up competitions, play mini-golf and enjoy the animal park all for the one low entry fee. In 2016 the festival featured a live stage show by the 'Adventure Time' characters, so stay tuned for a brand new show for 2017.

Please note that the exact date for 2017 has yet to be confirmed.

Meet Pirate Pete along with other roving pirate entertainers and get your face painted or take a ride on the giant slide. See the live stage show and join in the pirate games .

The kids will love the jumping castles and pirate show bags. Then meet, pat and hand feed the koalas, kangaroos and other animals in the animal park. Relax at 'Tortuga' and enjoy a bite to eat and drink in the Homestead Bistro. One low entry fee gives you access to all areas and activities on the day.

See the Maru Koala and Animal Park website for more information about the venue.


Event Dates
2017
      22nd Apr


1650 Bass Highway
Grantville, VIC, 3984

Located 6.0K from The Gurdies

Gin Queen on Tour - Loch Brewery and Distillery


Have you always wanted to visit a gin distillery? Put off by having to drive? Then Gin Queen on Tour is the perfect solution for you.

If you adore award-winning Australian gin distillers and want to get out and see the distilleries first hand, this could be the experience for you.

Enjoy this private bus tour to Loch Brewery and Distillery with the Gin Queen.


Event Dates
2017
      6th May


44 Victoria Road
Loch, VIC, 3945

Located 12.8K from The Gurdies

Kilcunda Lobster Festival


Join the Annual Kilcunda Lobster Festival at the Kilcunda foreshore car park for the 34th year of this family friendly event.

The festival runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm or until all lobsters are sold. There will be live music all day, monster raffle, carnival rides and amusements, emergency service displays, lobster sales and lunches, a chance to your luck on the Lobster Spinning Wheel all day or in the monster raffle drawn at 3:00pm. Hot food and drinks are also available and ample market stalls to browse through.

The Kilcunda Lobster Festival is a great day for the family down on the coast at Kilcunda. All proceeds to the Kilcunda and local communities.

All details can be found on the Kilcunda Community Association website.


Event Dates
2018
      28th Jan


Bass Highway
Kilcunda, VIC, 3995

Located 21.1K from The Gurdies

The Gurdies: Travel Tips

Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre


Located one kilometre from the bridge at San Remo, the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre provides maps, tickets for all major attractions and itinerary planning.

They also offer a free accommodation booking service, including: motels, hotels, self-contained holiday units, apartments, bed and breakfasts, farm stays, caravan parks - whatever you need.

View the Penguin Parade at dusk every day, see Australia's largest Fur Seal colony from Point Grant and the Nobbies centre or enjoy a seal watching cruise. Visit the Koala Conservation Centre, amble around historic Churchill Island or take a self guided tour through the homestead, watch the working horses or take a self guided scenic walk. Hand feed wallabies at Phillip Island Wildlife Park. and view a large variety of native animals.

Take in the Islands racing history at the Grand Prix Circuit, and maybe a race or two. There are walking tours that operate daily (not on event weekends) or take a hotlap.

Walk through natural flora and fauna reserves such as Cape Woolamai, Rhyll Inlet, and Swan Lake Surf world class waves or watch the Pelican Feeding at San Remo Fisherman's Co-Op at 12 noon daily.




895 Phillip Island Road
Newhaven, VIC, 3925

Located 24.3K from The Gurdies

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