Phillip Island, Victoria

See native wildlife, penguins & koalas on Phillip Island, only 90 minutes from Melbourne. Enjoy local food & wine & watch seals come to shore at Seal Rocks Phillip Island, Victoria
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Phillip Island, Victoria

Phillip Island boasts breathtaking natural beauty and plenty of attractions for nature-lovers and adventurers, including the famous Penguin Parade. 


Located only 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island is a comfortable day trip to enjoy iconic Australian wildlife amongst spectacular landscapes. The Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Heritage Farm and Nobbies Centre are just a few of the islands unique attractions. Follow the Southern Gippsland Wine Trail and experience Phillip Island’s excellent cool climate wines and fresh organic produce.

Penguins on Phillip Island

Easy-going Phillip Island is dotted with charming seaside villages including Cowes, Rhyll, San Remo and Newhaven. With 100 kilometres of coastline, it’s renowned for its great surf at Woolamai Beach and many sparkling clean beaches.

Stroll along the jetty at Cowes, the main township on the island. From here you can take a cruise to Seal Rocks or neighbouring French Island. See exhibitions on Australian maritime history, Aboriginal culture and the life of Australia’s early settlers at the Phillip Island Historical Society Museum. Come eye-to-eye with a koala as you walk the tree top high boardwalk at the Koala Conservation Centre.  and other Australian wildlife including wallabies, possums and echidnas

Phillip Island is home to the world-famous Penguin Parade. Every night at sunset you can take a guided tour with a park ranger and see the penguins waddling up the beach after a day’s fishing. With an estimated 32.000 little penguins living on Phillip Island this is possibly the largest known colony of little penguins. 

Phillip Island,
Penguin Parade, VIC

Explore the lovely gardens and walking tracks of historic Churchill Island and Churchill Island Heritage Farm from Newhaven. Wander the spectacular cliff-top boardwalks at The Nobbies. Just offshore from The Nobbies are Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest Australian Fur Seal colony. There are also spectacular views from Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island’s highest point. Walking tracks and viewing platforms lead to the Pinnacles and the Cape Woolamai Lighthouse, Swan Lake and Pyramid Rock.

The village of Rhyll Inlet is the place for indoor and outdoor fishing. Join a fishing charter or go fishing indoors at the Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm. Sample the region’s fresh organic produce at local farmers’ markets. Follow the Southern Gippsland Wine Trail and experience Phillip Island’s excellent cool climate wines.

Phillip Island also hosts major motor racing events every year, including the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, World Superbike Championship and the V8 Supercar Series. Take an exhilarating drive around the track with a real racing car driver or you can drive a go-kart on a smaller replica of the circuit.

You can get to Phillip Island by car via the South Gippsland Highway or by public transport (coach). There are many options for day tours and accommodation for short trips and longer stays. 

Seals, Phillip Park Nature Park,
Phillip Island, VIC

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