Across the bay from Geelong, discover the fascinating Phillip Island with it’s huge range of natural attractions and things to do.
Renowned for it’s amazing penguin Parade wildlife encounters, it’s family friendly activities and atmosphere, relaxed coastline and beaches and its V8 Supercars.
You can get to Phillip Island by car from Melbourne, by Ferry from the mainland, by bus or by plane.
Things to do
There’s much to do on Phillip Island. Explore the beaches and coastline and soak up some sun. Dine at some truly fantastic restaurants and scintillate your taste buds with a range of cuisines and the fantastically fresh seafood.
Check out the local markets, you can find a great Farmer’s market on picturesque Churchill Island every 4th Saturday of the month in the mornings. Cowes Island Craft Market is held every 2nd Saturday of the month at the Parish Hall in Thompson Avenue. There’s the Market on Chapel held at the Unity Church on the 4th Saturday of hte month. In the summer months you can also enjoy the vibrant Cowes Night Market held at the Jetty Triangle at twilight.
Try your hand at golf, the Phillip Island course is renowned for it’s scenery.
Fishing and Boating is another popular pastime for locals and visitors alike. Beach fishing is a great option but perhaps the best way to drop in a line is from a chartered boat.
Of course you can just explore the scenic outdoors of Phillip Island with a walk or bike ride. Take an hour long walk from the Penguin Parade to the carpark at Point Grant with spectacular coastal views the whole way, suitable for cyclists too Ventnor Beach walk will take half an hour and is a great place for a swim too. There are many other natural walks to check out, Bush to Bay walk is popular as is the Oswin Roberts Reserve, the last bastion of bushland on Phillip Island and a chance to observe some local native wildlife.
You could also take the self guided Cowes Historic Walk presented by the Cowes Community Group, a gentle walk and a great insight into the history of Phillip Island.
If with the family, make sure you check out A Maze’N Things, a visit to Phillip Island isn’t complete without one, a whole world of optical illusions, mazes and puzzles to entertain young and old alike for hours. The Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is another great one for families. Go fishing with no experience at the Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm or explore a real working historical farm at Warrook Farm. Perhaps try your hand at Frisbee-Golf at Blue Gum Reserve.
The Koala Conservation Centre offers a chance to get up close and cuddly with Australia’s most iconic native animal (and many other animals too). You could also visit the Moonlit Sanctuary or the Maru Koala and Animal Park as well.
Talking animal encounters, you can’t miss the Penguin Parade, one of the Island’s most popular attractions, each night at sunset, be amazed as Little Penguins return ashore after a day’s fishing and waddle up the beach.
Head out onto the water, Pioneer Kayaking offer great kayaking tours around some truly spectacular coastline, Phillip Island Aquabike and Watercraft Rentals offer a great way to cool down on a hot summer’s day. Perhaps you’d like to sit back and relax on a wildlife coastal cruise on a sizeable cruiser – a guided tour that will take you to all the best spots.
Phillip Island is a getaway destination with it all…
As you can see there’s plenty of things to do on Phillip Island. Start planning your trip today!