Bass Coast,

Busy Long Weekend Ahead

The upcoming Australia Day long weekend is expected to see huge numbers of visitors arriving in Bass Coast.

Alongside the Australia Day celebrations, a number of community events and the International Island Classic at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit are expected to attract big crowds.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s Events Coordinator, Frank Angarane, said the popularity of these events ensured roads would be very busy right across the Shire.

A big crowd pleaser on Phillip Island on the Sunday is the International Island Classic at the Grand Prix Circuit.

The event features classic motorcycles and is expected to attract record numbers this year.

“The Circuit will have a plan in place to handle the traffic, but it will be particularly busy late afternoon on Saturday and Sunday when patrons leave the circuit,” said Mr Angarane.

“Unless you need to be on the road, we advise everyone to avoid Phillip Island Tourist and Back Beach Roads from 4.00pm onwards.”

The iconic Lobster Festival at Kilcunda, now in its 30th year, is also expected to attract big numbers when it is held on Sunday, 26 January.

“We will have a 40km speed limit in place through Kilcunda, as there are crowds of people crossing the road throughout the day,” explained Mr Angarane.

“This will have an impact on everyone travelling along that section of the Bass Highway in both directions. Again, we encourage everyone to be patient, observe any traffic restrictions and be aware of pedestrians.”

Local events and activities do have an impact on our roads. If you are out and about over the long weekend, be aware of events and key times.  Plan your trip and, if necessary, allow extra travel time. Have a few snacks and plenty of water with you in case there are unavoidable delays.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s website has a full calendar of local events. Log on to find out all the great activities on offer or to help plan your long weekend travel.