The settlement of Sunderland Bay is situated on the south coast of Phillip Island, which forms a natural breakwater to the large bay known as Western Port, in the state of Victoria, south-eastern Australia. The island and settlement of Sunderland Bay are around 140 km south-east of the largest city in the state of Victoria, Melbourne. Although the permanent population of the entire area of Phillip Island is just over 7,000 inhabitants, this is a very popular tourist destination with people from all over Australia and indeed from overseas, and the overall population swells many times over with people looking to spend their holidays in Sunderland Bay and the other local towns and villages. Self catering accommodation in Sunderland Bay can become very popular during the main summer months, therefore, an early reservation is always to be recommended.
There are a number of very good reasons as to why holidays in Sunderland Bay are just so popular and foremost amongst these are the myriad different activities which can be enjoyed during your time on the island. These include the likes of safe family swimming opportunities, walking and hiking treks, fishing, tennis, snorkelling, scuba diving, jet skiing, cycling and golf. This island is reputed to be one of the best parts of the state of Victoria in which to indulge in the sport of surfing: indeed, there have even been major international competitions held here in the past.
Most people choose to spend their holidays in Sunderland Bay and on Phillip Island in general as a consequence of the many natural and wildlife attractions which can be found here. For example, one of the most popular attractions is staged by numerous Little Penguins who all come marching ashore during an event that has been affectionately named as The Penguin Parade. Lovers of other fascinating species of Australian wildlife will also want to visit the wildlife park on the island where you can literally wander around wallabies and kangaroos and even feed them from your own hand. Other attractions include the other small and quaint settlements to be discovered on this gorgeous Australian island.
The weather for your holidays in Sunderland Bay is said to be just a tad milder than on the Victorian mainland, but this will not be a bad thing and will actually mean that year-round temperatures are very pleasant. During the month of February, which don’t forget is the height of the Australian summer, average values tend to be around 25 degrees Celsius; whereas in the winter (July), the average drops back to a still very mild 13 degrees. The average rainfall in this part of Australia is quite high: at around 31 inches per year.
As there are no direct flights to Melbourne Airport (MEL) from the UK at this present time, the best bet is to catch a flight via Far Eastern destinations such as Singapore, Bangkok or Hong Kong and travel on to Australia from here. This can be done through airlines such as Qantas, Singapore Airways and Cathay Pacific. All such flights will depart from London Heathrow (LHR).