Phillip Island will soon start development on a new lodge and hot springs centre, having received $5.2 million in funding from the State Government.
An extra three thermal pools are going to be constructed next to the Cape Kitchen waterfront restaurant, which will be transformed into a dining lounge seating up to 100 guests.
The island also received $1.2 million in investment for a new microbrewery and distillery with a 120-seat bar and restaurant.
The brewery development will be located on Rhyll foreshore, with waterfront views and a brewery theatre so visitors can observe the beer making process.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula announced on June 17 that the government was supporting both attractions through the Regional Tourism Investment Fund and the Enabling Tourism Fund.
“Phillip Island is one of Victoria’s iconic tourism destinations and that’s why we’re backing businesses to make the experience for visitors even better,” he said.
“Visitors to the Rhyll Brewery and Distillery will be able to relax and have a drink while soaking up the waterfront views – another reason to stay even longer on Phillip Island.”
A $4.7 million boost from the Regional Tourism Investment Fund will help add seven new pools to the original hot springs’ main bathing area.
The projects are set to create 90 jobs during construction and 88 jobs post-completion in 2023.
An additional investment of $500,000 from the Enabling Tourism Fund will further support the hot springs project, with funding going towards planning the Cape Woolamai Lodge and hot springs.
A new 120 room lodge and the development of the Saltwater Hot Springs Spa and Wellness Centre will also be considered.
The hot springs expansion is expected to provide a significant boost to the region and attract around 73,000 new visitors to the island in the first year, contributing over $4.7 million to the island’s economy.
Bass MP Jordan Crugnale said the project was a welcome addition to the area.
“Bass Coast is a stunning destination that needs new experiences, new offerings and this wellness project does just that – all year round, immersed in nature, all about health and wellbeing and great boost for our local economy that supports local jobs too,” she said.
The new microbrewery and distillery are set to serve a range of seasonal craft beer and spirits, while hosting a range of events including masterclasses with guest brewers.
The planned 120-seat bar will also provide a chance for Phillip Island to showcase the best of its produce to visitors and tourists.
Tourism is vital to Phillip Island’s businesses, with 2.7 million visitors in 2019, which contributed $579 million into the local economy.