Bus, ferry, car, helicopter or, of course, motorbike – fans have no shortage of options in getting to the track for the Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019.
Anticipation is building for this year’s event and armed with this comprehensive guide, you will soon be an expert on how to get to and from the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
There’s also information on how to get around Phillip Island below, so read on ahead of the big race!
Many fans will ride or drive to Phillip Island for October’s race weekend and you can access the circuit via Citylink or Eastlink tollways or on the Monash Freeway, South Gippsland Highway, Bass Highway to Anderson or Phillip Island Tourist Road across to Phillip Island.
The route is clearly signposted along the Monash Freeway if you are not using a GPS or Google Maps.
If you fancy someone else doing the driving, you can be taken to Phillip Island from three locations across Victoria, including the CBD-based Southern Cross Station.
The Catch a Coach bus service runs from Southern Cross Station to the track at regular intervals from prices as low as $40.
You can get to Southern Cross Station from Melbourne Airport, too, via the SkyBus service.
Two other options exist that will take you to Cowes, the main township of Phillip Island, where local buses are available to take you to the circuit.
The first is a ferry, operating between Stony Point and Cowes, available through Western Port Ferries or you could be transported from Dandenong Train Station to Cowes via a regional bus.
If you are coming from a regional area, South Coast Bus (+61 3 5672 1452) operates buses from Cape Paterson, Inverloch and Wonthaggi to the circuit, with phone bookings essential.
An additional South Coast Bus service will run from Wonthaggi to Cowes.
Finally, the quickest and easiest way to get to the circuit is by helicopter.
Flights are available from Southbank, Moorabbin Airport and through the Coach N Fly (+61 3 9580 7433) service.
WHEN YOU ARE THERE
If you are staying in surrounding areas, regular shuttles will take you to the circuit, leaving from as early at 7:25am in some cases and ending as late as 2:00am.
These operate from Cowes Central, Cowes West/Ventnor, Rhyll/Silverleaves, San Remo/Cape Woolamai, Inverloch/Wonthaggi.
Click here for more details and timetables.
Buses to the circuit will stop and pick up from Gate 1 in most cases, but after 7:00pm the shuttle service will also pick up and drop off from the Visitor Centre Car Park for those camping.
Taxis around the Phillip Island area can be booked by calling +61 3 5952 2200, with the cab rank on the circuit situated at Gate 1, but be wary of delays at peak times.
If you want to park at the circuit, click here for detailed information and a variety of options. Please note this is a cash-only option.
At the circuit, patrons can also enjoy the incredible experience of a scenic helicopter flight, which includes two unforgettable laps of the track.
This is not a pre-booked service but those wishing to make the most of this opportunity just need to visit the Helipad.
Whenever you are heading home, there are still several options available to you.
If you are driving home, please be patient and follow directions from car park staff and Victoria Police. They will direct you out of the appropriate gates.
To get to the car parks from the circuit, use Gate 7 Pedestrian for the Circuit Car Park and for Patton’s Car Park, please exit through Gate 1, cross Visitor Centre Drive and then follow the signs.
And if you want the Lukey/Siberia Car Park, please exit through Gate 3, turn left and cross Back Beach Road.
If it is public transport you are after, be it Catch a Coach or other bus services, please leave through Gate 3 and turn right.
For shuttle buses and taxis, you should exit via Gate 1 and cross Visitor Centre Drive to the Shuttle Bus Queuing Area.