Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Victoria, Australia

The beautiful Phillip Island circuit on the Bass Straight, off the coast of Victoria in Australia, is one of the most iconic and exciting venues in world motorsport. WorldSBK™ first raced at Phillip Island in 1990, just after the first MotoGP™ visit in 1989.

That Australia has produced so many stars of two-wheel racing, such as Wayne Gardner, Mick Doohan, Troy Bayliss, Troy Corser and Casey Stoner, is a testament to the country’s rich motorcycle racing heritage.

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Victoria, Australia

Paddock Show Schedule

FRIDAY, 28 February

12:50 h                                Team Managers Chat Show

13:10 h                                WorldSBK Rookies & Returnees Chat Show

13:25 h                                Competition Time for Fans

13:45 h                 WorldSSP Welcome Show

17:00 h                                ASBK Opening Day Show

17:20 h                  WorldSBK Opening Day Show

17:40 h                  WorldSSP Opening Day Show

 

SATURDAY, 29 February

11:45 h                                Competition Time for Fans

End of Race         WorldSBK Race 1 Podium Show

 

SuperShow:

16:50 h                  WorldSSP Qualifying Show

17:00 h                  WorldSSP Meet ‘n’ Greet

17:20 h                  WorldSBK Meet ‘n’ Greet

17:45 h                 ASBK Superbike Race 1 & 2 Podium Show

18:00 h                 ASBK Superbike Meet ‘n’ Greet

18:10 h                  Party in the Paddock - 30th Anniversary

 

SUNDAY, 1 March

10:15 h                                 ASBK Oceania Junior Cup Meet ‘n’ Greet

End of Race                         ASBK Superbike Race 3 Show

11:15 h                                 ASBK Supersport & Supersport 300 Meet ‘n’ Greet

12:40 h                                                Competition Time for Fans

End of Race                         WorldSSP Race Show

14:20 h                                 ASBK Chat Show

End of Race                         WorldSBK Race 2 Podium Show

After Podium Show           Closing Show & Giveaways

 

Live Commentary from Friday to Sunday & Chat Show with special guests.

Schedule subject to changes. Follow PA announcements.

Off Track Activities

BIKES RIDE IN the PARC FERME in the PADDOCK

Bikes will end up in the heart of the paddock as they ride through into the parc ferme, right next to the unique Paddock Show stage.

Saturday, 29 February

                End of WorldSBK Tissot Superpole

End of WordSSP Tissot Superpole

                End of WorldSBK Race 1

Sunday, 1 March

                End of WorldSBK Tissot Superpole Race       

                End of WorldSSP Race

                End of WorldSBK Race 2

PIT WALK

Friday                     12:25 - 12:55 h / Pit Lane gate closing time 12:40 h

Saturday               13:40 - 14:10 h / Pit Lane gate closing time 13:55 h.
Sunday                  11:05 - 11:35 h / Pit Lane gate closing time 11:20 h.

Access only with Pit Walk Pass that can be purchased from the Event Information Office located at the base of the pedestrian overpass on Gardner Straight.

MOTUL ACTION BOX: Saturday and Sunday

Motul welcomes you at the Action Box (Boxes 18-19) to enjoy the action from the Pit Garage.

HYUNDAI CAR DISPLAY: Can’t miss the chance to check out on the Hyundai fleet exposition in the Paddock.

KIDS FREE SUPER ZONE: Superbikes are fun for everyone, keep the kids entertained enjoying the action racer inflatable slide, speedway carousel and challenge obstacle course. Located in Gardner Straight near the Expo.

FREE YAMAHA COME AND TRY AND OSET ELECTRIC MOTORBIKE RIDES: Throw your leg over a Yamaha motorbike or ATV 4 wheeler or Oset electric bike just near the Kid’s Super Zone.

WorldSBK EXPO: A regular and very popular highlight over the weekend is the Superbike Expo, located in the exhibition building alongside Gardner Straight, opposite the pit garages.  Admission is FREE to event patrons and opens from 8:00 to 18:00 h Friday & Saturday and 8:00 to 17:00 h Sunday.

HELICOPTER SCENIC FLIGHTS: The ultimate bird’s eye view of the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Tickets can be purchased from a trailer located near the Expo.

GO KARTS ARE ON! Situated via the Visitor Centre alongside the Circuit and overlooking Bass Straight.

RACE SIMULATOR & GP SLOT CAR: The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre is located near the Gate 7a.

ITALIAN GP MOTORCYCLE COLLECTION: Magnificent display of 25 Grand Prix racing bikes.

Located at the Visitor Centre.

MERCHANDISING: Official WorldSBK Event merchandise outlets located at Gardner Straight, Lukey Heights, Siberia and the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre.

SPECTATOR SERVICES: Camping is the easiest and cheapest accommodation option, with the circuit campground open for four nights from Thursday. With spectacular views over the track and Bass Strait.

The action won’t stop when racing finishes for the day with a DJ set to rock the campground from 19.30 h on Friday & Saturday nights.

Useful Information

Full name: Phillip Island, Australia

Nearest City: Melbourne, Victoria

Time zone: GMT +11

Currency: Australian dollar (symbol: $, code: AUD)

Electric plug type: I

Important telephone numbers:

  • Emergency services: 000
  • Citizens Advice (Essendon, Melbourne): +61 3 9243 1270
  • Melbourne Airport: +61 3 9297 1600
  • Visit Victoria Tourist Centre: +613 9002 2222
Weather: WorldSBK™ usually visits Phillip Island in February, at the end of the Australian summer. A southerly coastal wind is usually cool even in summer, so pack a good jacket, with average maximum temperatures of 24°C (75°F) & average minimum temperatures of 16°C (61°F) in February. There is still some rain at this time of year, though rainfall is lowest in the January-March period.

For anyone traveling to Australia from overseas the vastness of the country, the warmth of the ‘Aussie’ welcome, the diversity of the local wildlife, the seemingly endless coastal beauty and vibrancy of the major cities makes this an exotic place to visit.

Australia’s biggest city Sydney, along with places such as Adelaide, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Perth and the vast, remote and arid Australian outback are all incredible holiday destinations. You could spend months in the country and still only scratch the surface, with the ancient Aboriginal culture beautifully contrasting the youthful, modern spirit of Australia.

The State of Victoria is home to the charming cultural urban hotspot of Melbourne, known by some as Australia’s coolest city. Phillip Island, meanwhile, sits 140 km (87 miles) southeast of Melbourne making it an easy drive to and from the city.

Finding the right accommodation

If you want to stay on Phillip Island itself or in the immediate surrounding area there are plenty of options to suit most budgets. Remember to book early, because even though local businesses are accustomed to the influx of big crowds in peak season the best spots can get booked up.

Whether you are staying on Phillip Island itself or on the mainland through San Remo, the small town which is adjoined to the island by a 640m bridge, this is a popular part of Australia to visit and there are a vast range of options available from apartments and cottages to rent, bed & breakfast style accommodation, camping and caravan parks, hotels and motels.

Indeed, Phillip Island is visited by around 3.5 million tourists per year so visitors are amply catered for in the main town Cowes, or smaller places such as Rhyll, Newhaven and Cape Woolamai.

Exploring Phillip Island and Victoria

Phillip Island itself is a wonderful place to spend a few days, as you take in the rugged coastline along the cliffs and look for seals and whales at The Nobbies, enjoy the nearby Penguin Parade, or meet koalas, kangaroos, dingoes and possums at the Maru Koala and Animal Park.

Elsewhere in Victoria you can take a drive along the stunning Great Ocean Road, also known as the Surf Coast Highway, a 243km (151 mile) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Allansford and Torquay.

In the city of Melbourne the options are endless with the Royal Botanic Gardens, the National Gallery of Victoria, the huge Melbourne Cricket Ground, the bustling Federation Square, and the kitsch Luna Park adventure park in the trendy St. Kilda district all worth a visit.

Tips for visiting Phillip Island and Victoria

When visiting Australia it is worth keeping in mind how absolutely vast the country is. This means a lot of your visit here may be spent in transit and also means there are significant differences in terms of local geography and climate, with Melbourne and Victoria being much cooler and often windier than more northern parts of Australia.

Another point to note is that Australians spend a lot of time outdoors and the coast of Victoria in particular is very exposed to the elements, so remember your sunhat, sunglasses and sun cream!

There are some excellent Australian wines and most barmen and waiters have a decent amount of knowledge about their wine to provide you with the perfect tipple. When it comes to beer no-one drinks Fosters, the big local brew is VB (Victoria Bitter), which is very popular with Victorians.

Victoria has some of the best seafood in Australia and the famous Aussie BBQ will often feature fish and shellfish, in addition to vegetables, meat, burgers or snags (sausages). Melbourne has some pretty fancy restaurants but when it comes to tipping, you are not obliged to tip 15%-20% like in the US, you just tip if you want to and 10% is considered a decent amount.

Did you know?

In 2016 the Phillip Island circuit became the first track in the world to have hosted 50 WorldSBK races.

The superb Lukey Heights section of the Phillip Island track is named after Melbourne businessman, racing driver and former circuit owner Len Lukey who helped revamp the venue in the 1960s.