Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Just for fun
The 45-minute guided tour of the grand prix circuit is a unique opportunity to see what happens behind the scenes of a motor race. Your little (and big) petrol-heads’ eyes will light up with excitement when they breathe in the fumes of pit lane, see all the equipment laid out, and imagine themselves part of the frenzy. They even get a chance to stand on the winners’ podium. The adrenaline rush continues with the chance to speed around a replica circuit on a go-kart, race cars on the giant slot-car track, or pick their dream cars and bikes in the History of Motorsport display.
Back Beach Rd, Phillip Island; (03) 5952 9400
Australian motor sports were born on Phillip Island. The very first Australian Grand Prix was held there in 1928. The circuit was a rough dirt track – cars hurtled up and down over hills, the drivers barely able to see through clouds of dust. In the History of Motorsport display, you can see an Austin 7 that raced in that event. Nowadays, the Grand Prix Circuit is a smooth, purpose-built track used for racing both cars and motorbikes. The early track still exists and is signposted off Ventnor Beach Road.
■ Guided tours are conducted twice a day but are not available when the circuit is in use. Make sure you book ahead.