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Family Friendly Beaches

Phillip Island, Cowes Foreshore: Family Friendly Beaches

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Seal Rocks Cruises

Phillip Island, Australian Fur Seals: Seal Rocks Cruises

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Every night of the year

Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Every night of the year

It might be just ninety minutes from the bright lights of Melbourne but as you cross the bridge Phillip Island feels a world away.


The Phillip Island region has astonishing natural scenery, beautiful beaches, and a profusion of native wildlife. The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit – home to the Australian MotoGP and World Superbike Championships – offers a stark contrast.

The region has a wealth of glorious beaches. Find sheltered bays and coves perfect for swimming. Revel in wild surf beaches for those on the endless quest for the perfect wave.

Explore the tiny fishing villages and seaside hamlets. Tuck in to delicious local seafood. Taste your way around the Phillip Island region’s vineyards and breweries.

Leave the car behind and follow the walking trails that criss-cross the island. The Cape Woolamai, Kitty Miller Bay and Nobbies walks take in the rugged south coast. At Conservation Hill and Rhyll Mangrove Boardwalk you’ll find excellent opportunities for birdwatching.  

Head to Summerland Beach at dusk to see the little penguins returning to the safety of their burrows after a busy day at sea. Get up close and personal with koalas in their natural habitat at the Koala Conservation Reserve. Wander through the eucalypts and keep your eyes peeled for other wildlife – including wallabies, birds and the elusive echidna.

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Be Inspired:

  • See Australia’s largest fur seal colony first-hand with Wildlife Coast Cruises.
  • Marvel at the determination of the little penguins as they make their way home from sea each evening.
  • Feel the need for speed with a few laps of the go-kart track, a to-scale replica of the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit.
  • Take a virtual journey to the Southern Ocean with the Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre.
  • Swap four wheels for two and explore the myriad island cycle trails.
  • Explore Victorian History at Churchill Island and shop for delicious treats at the vibrant farmer’s market.
  • With accommodation options ranging from campsites to farm stays and family friendly apartments to boutique hideaways, there’s something for all budgets and occasions.

Visit Towns of the the Phillip Island Region

Create your experience in the Phillip Island Region

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Genesta House Bed and Breakfast

Step back in time. Genesta House Bed and Breakfast is one of the few original guesthouses on Phillip Island. Offering boutique accommodation in the heart of Cowes, Genesta House is…

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Local Way Tours

Touring the local way is the new way to go! Local Way tours – the exciting new creation of Tour Local (15+ years in operation) – is Melbourne’s newest day…

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National Vietnam Veterans Museum

The National Vietnam Veterans Museum (NVVM) seeks to remember, interpret and understand the experience of the veterans of Australia’s longest war and the enduring impact of the war on society.…

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Naturaliste Tours

Discover French Island – a pristine, off the grid, eco destination and a hidden treasure of natural wilderness and wildlife. Being  the only tour operator on the island, Naturaliste Tours’…

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Park Lane Holiday Park Phillip Island

Stay next door to Phillip Island’s most fun place, A Maze’N Things theme park. Phillip Island Park Lane Holiday Park is set on ten acres and has a variety of…

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Phillip Island Helicopters

SCENIC FLIGHTS See magnificent Phillip Island from the air with Phillip Island Helicopters. Fly in comfort aboard our modern fleet of helicopters. See Cape Woolamai, Seal Rocks, the Australian Grand…

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Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks (the Nature Parks) is a unique self-funded conservation organisation that operates complimentary ecotourism experiences on Phillip Island. Revenue generated through ecotourism activities is invested into vital conservation,…

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Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre

There is no better was to learn about all the local secrets than to ask a local. Call into an accredited visitor information centre to plan the best use of…

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Wildlife Coast Cruises

Wildlife Coast Cruises has over 20 years experience in operating cruises around Phillip Island, Seal Rocks, French Island, Westernport Bay and Wilson’s Promontory. A proud leader in eco-tourism, WCC boasts…

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20 Facts About Phillip Island


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Plan your trip in the Phillip Island Region

Planning your road trip from Melbourne to Sydney or Sydney to Melbourne around the Phillip Island Region is easy.
Use the Trip Planner to find Accommodation, Adventure, Family Activities, Food & Wine, Heritage, Luxury, Nature, Romance, Things to See & Do, Visitor Information Centres.

What Locals Love About the Phillip Island Region


On Phillip Island you can find it all. There’s wildlife living as they should – in their natural habitats. We have pristine beaches and rugged cliffs, lush mangroves, tranquil woodlands, coastal walking trails, and plenty of stories to tell. Together with our visitors, we protect and celebrate our living nature.

Roland Pick, Phillip Island Nature Parks

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Whether you are a thrill seeker, nature lover, wildlife enthusiast or just like to laze on the beach, there is something for everyone on Phillip Island.  You will need more than one day to experience all our stunning Island has to offer. 

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