Phillip Island ,

Moto GP just around the corner


The 2017 motorcycle racing season is nearing the business end which means the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island is almost here.

This is the biggest sporting event in regional Victoria and the economic benefit it brings to Bass Coast Shire is in excess $30 million. It is the cornerstone of the Bass Coast Shire events program and is a major driver of off season visitation and employment.

Phillip Island has successfully hosted the Australian Moto GP for the last 20 years and Bass Coast Shire Council recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation which secures this event in Phillip Island for the next 10 years.

Many Bass Coast residents have experienced the increased crowds and bustle created by the Moto GP, but have not experienced the thrills and action at the track.

A community day will be held on Friday, 20 October, where Bass Coast residents can gain free general admission. Residents can receive their free pass by presenting proof of residency at Gate 1 ticket box on either Thursday, 19 or Friday, 20 October.  

In addition to the many activities on in Cowes over the weekend, the community will see hundreds of riders stopping over in San Remo at around 1.30pm on Thursday 19 October as part of the 15th annual Barry Sheen Tribute Ride. This ride will also be passing through Inverloch and Wonthaggi on its way from Bairnsdale to Phillip Island.

The Cranbourne GP Run on Saturday, 21 October expects around 5,000 Motorcycles to participate with up to 2,000 of those making their way to Cowes.

Phillip Island and Bass Coast will become very busy before and over the Grand Prix weekend, with an expected 80,000-90,000 visitors. To cope with the influx of visitors and traffic, a significant traffic management plan will be in place to minimise the disruption to the community.

The Royal Australian Air Force will be conducting flying displays near the circuit over the weekend. These displays, while thrilling to watch, can be loud and disruptive to pets. Council encourage people to take the necessary precautions to ensure pets are safe.They will take place at 5.25pm on Friday, 20 October, 1.20pm on Saturday, 21 October, and 10.00am, 3.25pm and 3.45pm on Sunday, 22 October, subject to weather conditions.

The recent wet weather has prompted public transport services to plan for wetter than normal conditions. Services will be adjusted according to the weather over the weekend.

For further details on all of the events and activities visit or pick up a copy of the community information brochure from any Council customer service or information centres.