WITH regional Victoria now open and welcoming visitors once again, Destination Phillip Island has teamed up with Network 10’s iFish TV for a mammoth episode showcasing the adventure-mecca that is this south-coast travel destination, airing 5pm on November 21, 2021 on 10 Bold.
A favourite holiday location for many Australians, Phillip Island hosted iFish TV for four days of exploring the island’s adrenaline, wildlife and nature, and family-friendly activities – and of course, plenty of fishing on Victoria’s Bass Coast.
iFish host, Paul Worstling, and his team took in the scenery, experiences and tastes of the island with a Helicopter Ride courtesy of Phillip Island Helicopters, a spin in an Ocean Adventures Jet Boat, a visit to the ever-popular Koala Conservation Reserve, got lost in the A Maze’N Things adventure park maze, and took a tour through the delicious Phillip Island Chocolate Factory.
Australia’s young, fresh and vibrant fishing show, iFish, travels to all corners of Australia – and around the world – in search of the ultimate angling experience, and now Phillip Island is the latest destination gracing the screens for this popular fishing program.
“We were thrilled to welcome the iFish team to Phillip Island to experience everything the island has to offer. There is truly something for everyone at Phillip Island – not just fishing, but also family-friendly activities, stunning scenery and fun adventure-packed experiences,” said Kim Storey, general manager of Destination Phillip Island.
“We are looking forward to sharing the Phillip Island experience with iFish viewers, and to welcoming visitors back to the Island.”
For those who would like to experience the island for themselves, Visit Phillip Island and iFish TV are giving one lucky person the chance to win a holiday prize pack including:
• A $250 voucher for Anchor Belle Holiday Park: A family friendly holiday park located in Cowes, within close proximity to the town’s shops and restaurants, and just 100 metres from a safe swimming beach.
• A $100 voucher for San Remo Fisherman’s Co-Op: A light-filled eatery offering fresh seafood caught by the co-op’s own boats.
• A family pass for a Drift Jet Boat Tour by Ocean Adventures Phillip Island: A must-do activity on Phillip Island offering the perfect mix of adventure filled fun and epic scenery. As Victoria’s only Jetboat Tour, the 35-minute tour takes you across the beautiful turquoise water alongside the granite cliff coast of Cape Woolamai.
• A Family 4 Parks Pass Voucher for Nature Parks: Visit the Penguin Parade, take a virtual tour at the new Antarctic Journey, see the koalas at the Koala Conservation Reserve, or let time unwind at Churchill Island.
Competition entries open November 15, 2021. To enter and learn more about Phillip Island, visit visitphillipisland.com.au.
Find inspiration for your next trip at instagram.com/phillipisland.
Beat the Christmas rush for lobsters
“NOW is the perfect time for lobster lovers to get the best deals on delicious, Victorian wild-caught southern rock lobster,” says Matthew Harry, a San Remo lobster fisher and member of Seafood Industry Victoria.
When the season opens today (Tuesday, November 16), it is possible lobster lovers could see prices as low as $70 per kilogram, the lowest price since 2015.
Two years ago, the price was hovering around the $140 p/kg mark.
Australian lobster lovers are benefiting from the unfortunate and continuing import ban by the Chinese government on Australian lobsters.
Before the 2020 import ban, Australia exported 93 per cent of its lobster catch, worth $544 million. Since then, exporters have been largely unable to secure other markets as international air freight has been curtailed due to the lack of international air travel.
“Victorian southern rock lobster is the most prized,” says Matthew.
“It is known globally for its exquisite flesh, rich flavour, and subtle texture. While our fishers are missing out because of the import ban, Victorian consumers are benefitting, with access to some of the best seafood on the planet at some of the lowest prices.”
Matthew points out that the Victorian lobster fishery runs along the coast of Victoria and out into Bass Strait.
Lobster is a wild-caught product harvested in cage-like pots, that are attached to ropes and buoys that floats on the surface. The pots are baited with food to attract the lobsters.
The lobsters crawl through a neck in the pot and remain there. Fishers check their pots regularly and haul the lobsters on board.
Many of Victoria’s 80 rock lobster fishers are members of fishermen’s co-operatives, based in Lakes Entrance, San Remo and Apollo Bay. Here, the general public can purchase the lobsters, live or cooked, directly from the fishers.
Victorian southern rock lobsters are also sold at metropolitan food markets, fishmongers and seafood suppliers.
“By buying Victorian southern rock lobster this season, you are helping maintain this sustainable fishery,” says Matthew.
Victorian southern rock lobster can be served in many ways. Traditionally it has been halved raw, slathered in butter and grilled or roasted.
“But it is so good and so tasty, a little goes a long, long way,” says Matthew.
“Mix lobster meat with fresh mayo and serve in buttered, white soft bread. Serve with crisp bacon and tarragon mayo in a toasted brioche bun. Add chunks of lobster to a creamy tomato pasta sauce or mince lobster with some fresh herbs and make tortellini pasta served in a brown butter sauce. When you have done with the shells, use these to make a bisque.”
The historically low prices expected this November will not last, with the prices expected to head towards $100 per kilogram as demand increases coming up to Christmas, New Year, and Chinese New Year celebrations across Australia.