The Big Lap - Loch, Phillip Island & Wonthaggi




Our plan is to continue driving east in Victoria from the Mornington Peninsula towards the most eastern town of Mallacoota and then up the eastern New South Wales coastline towards Sydney.

Hubby was looking forward to visiting Phillip Island and the Bike Grand Prix Circuit there and a place called Wanthaggi where his grandmother lived when she first arrived in Australia from Scotland.

Anywhere on the coastline would have broken our budget so I looked for a base a bit inland and found the quaint little hinterland town of Loch.  The township of Loch itself is very cute, however probably due to COVID was pretty much a ghost town when we were there. 

The only thing that was open was the brewery/distillery.  There were 2 staff on duty and when we visited, 2 customers.  They said that due to staff shortage, they could not provide taste testing.  Seriously?...  How many staff does it take to give taste testings to 2 couples?...  I took some photos and walked out of the shop.  Hubby, being such a nice person gave them $30 for a mixed 6 pack of beers.  And guess what?  They were all horrible!  Lol.  Subsequently, COVID or no COVID, they received 1 star review on Google. 

Anyway, the Loch Recreational Reserve turned out to be good as a base to stay.  $25 for power, very clean facilities, nice and clean BBQ’s, level sites on an old concrete tennis court, nice views over the countryside including cows and a cute little suspension bridge amongst the green forest.   Recommended.

Driving to Wonthaggi and Phillip Island was only about half an hour to each.  Inverloch is a bit further from Wonthaggi. 




The drive from Loch to Wonthaggi over the mountain range was beautiful.  Lush green paddocks with dairy cows and deep blue coloured dams, along with stunning views as far as Phillip Island.   We saw a lookout complete with old Bedford bus and stopped for a couple of pix.

Wonthaggi is very old.  Built for coal mining, it still has tours of the old mine.  We took photos of some of the very old buildings, some dating back to 1910.  The pub was built in 1911 so we paid a visit there and had a great lunch. We felt COVID safe as we were the only ones in the dining room.   I took a couple of snaps of photos on the wall depicting the old street in town.  As you can see, a few of the old buildings still have the very old farceur but the shops underneath are current.  The building that houses the book shop below was one of the original buildings and was a bank. 




Both hubby and I really liked Inverloch with its stunning beaches and laid-back atmosphere.  The day that we visited was lovely after having had with so much cold weather, and we are in the later part of January!  I was wishing that I had have thought about wearing my togs.  I really wanted to go in.  The water was clean, sparkling blue and terribly inviting.  We even saw a stingray in the water.  Anyway, looking forward to some warmer weather finally as I have had beach withdrawals.



Heading back to Wonthaggi along the coastline we stopped at a couple of places.  Flat Rocks and Eagles Nest, both worth a visit.  Flat Rocks is where there they found old dinosaur bones.  I dipped my feet in the water here.  So nice.  And took some photos of the colourful seaweed in between the rocks.  At Eagles Nest, we enjoyed fabulous views along the cliff coastline.­



We both really liked Phillip Island.  We saw some stunning views including beautiful beaches as you can see in the photos below.  As mentioned above, we paid a visit to the race circuit and hubby took some nice photos.  

Then we went to The Nobbies View Point.  This is a 'must see' when visiting Phillip Island.  Nice wide walkways around the rocks with lots of penguin caves below, but sadly it wasn't penguin season when we were there.  However the views over this little island called Round Island were stunning and over to the coastline of the Mornington Peninsula.

When we stayed at Stony Point there was a ferry across to Cowes on Phillip Island so we decided to visit Cowes.  What a gorgeous little tourist village with lovely views over the bay with Stony Point on the mainland in the far distance.  See video below. 

On the way back we took a side trip to Rhyll beach.  This was really nice.  I couldn’t get enough of the sun glistening on the water, one of my favourite sights.  See below.  Also, it was cool to see the boats being launched, including one being launched by a tractor!  Lol.

Yes, our day trip to Phillip Island was one of our Big Lap highlights.

The Nobbies View Point

Phillip Island Racetrack

 Cowes, where the ferry comes in from Stony Point

Rhyll, our favourite



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