Aus vic phillip island wildlife cruise
Aus victoria seal Wildlife Coast Cruises 1 Phillip Island
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Aus vic phillip island wildlife cruise
Aus victoria seal Wildlife Coast Cruises 1 Phillip Island
Aus vic The Knobbies Phillip Island Nature Parks 1
Aus vic Penguin Parade Phillip Island Nature Parks 1
A natural wonderland

Discover Phillip Island

With an area of approximately 100 square kilometres, get acquainted with a little Australian island and marine playground. A wondrous place with an incredible coastline, unique wildlife and a galore of things to do and see. Have a close encounter with fairy penguins, spot koalas in eucalyptus trees, marvel at a colony of fur seals, learn how to surf, meet the friendly locals, and much more.

Where should you visit on Phillip Island?

Admire The Nobbies
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Have a close encounter with penguins at the Penguin Parade

Welcome to Phillip Island

Located approximately 140 kilometres southeast of Melbourne, you will find a natural wonderland known as Phillip Island. This laid-back oasis is also Victoria’s first surfing reserve, a place where you can find some of the best breaks in the country.

Home to the smallest penguin in the world

Say G’day to a parade of Fairy penguins on Phillip Island and watch in awe as little penguins surf through the waves after a day of fishing. As they reach the shore, they’ll wait for their mates and together in a large group slowly waddle back to their burrows.

A galore of things to do and see

Admire seals at Seal Rock, home to over 35,000 fur seals, the biggest colony found in Australia. Wander along wooden boardwalks and spot koalas in the eucalyptus trees. Marvel at the Nobbies and wander along with spectacular clifftop boardwalks.

Kayak and discover Phillip Island from another vantage point
Phillip Island Nature Park and the Nobbies is a must-visit

Penguin Parade

Home to the largest little penguin colony in the world, the famous Penguin Parade is a must-visit during your time on Phillip Island. As the sun starts to set over Summerland Beach, watch as fairy penguins ride the waves into shore and make their way back to their burrows together to spend the night. Truly, a spectacle of nature and a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should not be missed during your visit to this part of the world.

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The Penguin Parade is a must-do!
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Watch in awe as fairy penguins pass by

Cape Woolamai

The most southernly point of Phillip Island, Cape Woolamai offers amazing panoramic views of the island. Marvel at the ancient pink granite, wild ocean and clifftop views. Home to the largest colony of Short-tailed Shearwaters, this part of Phillip Island is not to be missed.

Hike and absorb the island vibes

Cape Woolamai is home to the famous Pinnacles, south of Cape Woolamai. Conquer the 3.6-kilometre walk that takes approximately 90 minutes. Be sure to visit the Pinnacles Lookout and soak up the spectacular views. The Cape Woolamai Coastal Walk is an 8.5-kilometre walk that takes approximately three hours.

Soak up the beautiful views of Cape Woolamai
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Discover the gems of Cape Woolamai
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Churchill Island

Connected by a bridge to Phillip Island, Churchill Island will take you to another period of time. Discover the the 50.7-hectare historical grounds that offer a range of farming activities. A unique eco-tourism attraction, that is kid-friendly and is also known as the first site of European settlement in Victoria.

Soak up the scenery on Churchill Island
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Meet the friendly locals
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With plenty of opportunities to meet unique Australian wildlife, Phillip Island is an ideal place to visit. Say G'day to koalas at the Koala Conservation Reserve. Have a close encounter with native Australian animals at Maru Koala and Animal Park.

A once-in-a-lifetime experience

Learn more about the fascinating marine creatures living here at The Nobbies Centre and admire Seal Rock. On your way back to Melbourne, be sure to catch the free Pelican feeding at San Remo, daily at midday.

Discover the Koala Conservation Centre
Visit Phillip Island Wildlife Park in Cowes


Cowes is an ideal base to explore Phillip Island with the most accommodation options. With a north-facing beach, it is also a great place to enjoy picnics, cool off for a swim or simply relax beachside. Are you a history buff? Stop by the Phillip Island Historical Society Museum and learn more about the island's history.

Cowes to San Remo cycling track

If you are feeling active, take the bike path from Cowes jetty to San Remo. Along the way, you will pass by many attractions such as the National Vietnam Veterans Museum, A Maze'N Things maze and theme park and the Churchill Island historic farmstead. The track is 17 kilometres one way and is a great way to see the island.

Take a stroll to the Cowes Foreshore
Stop by the Mingara Gallery in Cowes

Other attractions

Visit Pyramid Rock at sunset and watch the sparkling waters over the Bass Strait. Indulge in some war history at the National Vietnam Vets Museum. If you feel like admiring some Australian contemporary art, visit the Mingara Gallery. Get your heart racing at the Phillip Island Circuit or go for a round of gold at the Phillip Island Golf Club. The annual Phillip Island Grand Prix is also held here and attracts visitors from all over the world.

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Watch the sunset on Phillip Island
Keep an eye out for an array of marine life


With a beautiful and extensive coastline, it is no wonder Phillip Island has a great range of beaches to visit. Boasting 26 gorgeous beaches, there is no shortage of opportunities to enjoy the beach lifestyle.

  • Woolamai Surf Beach
  • Kitty Miller Bay
  • Smiths Beach
  • Shelly Beach
  • Cowes Main Beach
  • Ventnor Beach
  • Cowes Beach
  • Berrys Beach
  • Red Rocks Beach
  • Summerland Beach
Watch the local surfers catch a few waves!

Food and wine scene

Go on a culinary journey and taste the local flavours of Phillip Island. From fresh seafood and alfresco dining, there are plenty of options to tantalise your tastebuds. There are many dining options in Cowes but you can also find other options around the island.

Be sure to stop by the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
Enjoy a beer at the Phillip Island Brewing Co

Are you a wine lover?

Visit the Phillip Island Winery and indulge in food and wine pairing. Or if you are you a chocolate lover? Visit the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory. Philip Island Brewing Co specialises in craft beer and uses a diverse range of Australian native fruits and plants to create unique flavours.

Visit the local wineries
Phillip Island is renowned for its delicious Australian wines

How to get there?

With a range of full-day tours with a small groups and private tours available, there are many options to visit Phillip Island. Departing from Melbourne, together with a local guide in a comfortable vehicle. Experience all of the highlights and hidden gems along the way.

Would you like to self-drive?

Phillip Island is approximately 140 kilometres from Melbourne and takes just under two hours to reach, without stops. You will need to travel along the Monash Freeway from Melbourne and take the exit to Phillip Island (near Cranbourne) along the South Gippsland Highway. Continue to follow the signs for Phillip Island onto the Bass Highway until you reach the Phillip Island Tourist Road.

On the way from Melbourne, stop at Brighton Beach
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Take a day trip from Melbourne together with a local guide

Where to stay?

Make your trip extra special by experiencing a unique stay from our extensive collection of hand-selected accommodations located on Phillip Island and beyond. Your travel specialist will match you with accommodation that suits your wants and needs. A journey where your accommodation is an experience in itself.

Local Aussie hosts with their dog in The Grampians
Stay with local hosts at unique locations
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Enjoy quirky and colourful accommodation

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Why book with us?

  • A well-designed holiday, just for you
  • Small-scale accommodations run by friendly local hosts
  • Carefully recommended activities based on your interests
  • A travel tempo and driving distances that match your needs
  • Ingrained sustainability in all facets of your holiday
  • 30 years of experience in travel to Australia

Let's design your holiday together

We'll take the time to get to know you to match your fully bespoke holiday with your pace, your interests, and anything you desire. Combined with first-hand, local knowledge, you'll receive a mapped out itinerary from us - but the process isn't done until you are 100% satisfied. We take care of every detail, so you can focus on relaxing, rejuvenating and reconnecting with yourself and the world around you. Get in touch to get started now.

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At TravelEssence, we specialise in crafting custom-made holidays that take you off the beaten path and create memories to last a lifetime. We believe in connecting with the heart and soul of a place, introducing you to the locals who call it home. Engage in conversations with fascinating individuals who will share their stories, traditions, and way of life, leaving an indelible mark on your journey.