Why visit Cowes, Phillip Island
When I informed my neighbour, I was going for a holiday to Cowes, Phillip Island, he looked puzzled and bewildered. He wanted to know why did I want to visit Cowes for a holiday when I could go to any other part of Australia. This got me thinking that many people must be oblivious about the beauty and attractions of Cowes.
Cowes is the biggest town on Phillip Island and can be accessed through a ferry service and by road. I prefer taking the ferry service, which is from Mornington Peninsula and deposits me at Stony Point. However, I know of people who enjoy driving down the bridge at San Remo. The easy access to the town takes away the excuse to not visit Cowes.
The Town Centre
Cowes is where most visitors and residents of Phillip Island live. So, it is not surprising it is the commercial hub of the Island. However, the town’s commercial hub is spread along Thompson Avenue, which is spell-binding because of the gorgeous golden cypress trees on both sides of the Avenue, and goes all the way to The Esplanade, which is a boulevard along the waterfront. The town is ideally equipped to cater throngs of visitors with its restaurants, gift shops, hotels, cafés and supermarkets.
The Mesmerising Foreshore
Just across the commercial centre of the town is the foreshore. It is a place I frequent regularly when I come to Cowes, as it has its own charm and appeal. It stretches all the way from Mussel Rock to Erehwon Point and offers a large expanse of lawn where visitors can sit under the shade of cypress and other indigenous trees. It is equipped with barbecue areas, pathways and shelters to have a relaxing day. The Cowes foreshore is a popular picnic spot for families.
The two beaches, Cowes Beach and Mussel Rock Beach, are continuation of the foreshore and the golden sand is inviting and clean. The safe and shallow waters keep surfers away. So, swimmers have the beach and water all to themselves.
When I go to Mussel Rock Beach, I always spend time in front of the Isle of Wight Hotel, which was constructed in 1870. I never tire of looking at the amazing architecture, unfortunately the Isle of Wight Hotel has since burnt down. Opposite the old hotel location is the Cowes Jetty, which is T-shaped and has a friendly and relaxing outdoor café at the entrance.
With panoramic views, fishing opportunities, golf courses and sailing and cruising prospects, I see why I always visit Cowes every summer. It is a piece of paradise and I am grateful it is relatively unspoilt. It is a place where I can unwind and rejuvenate myself.
By Brett Watson