Phillip Island, Victoria © Visit Victoria
Guide to Phillip Island
- Getting to Phillip Island
- When to visit
This seaside haven boasts a host of attractions for nature-lovers and adventurers.
Phillip Island offers incredible Australian wildlife experiences set to the backdrop of spectacular landscapes. The famous Penguin Parade is just the beginning, so get ready for a holiday filled with nature, local food and wine and fresh sea air.
Phillip Island is best accessed by car. The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge, so it’s an easy road trip from Melbourne. Pick up a hire car from one of Melbourne’s two airports.
- Melbourne Airport (MEL) in Tullamarine is the closest airport to Phillip Island, located only two hours away; international and domestic flights arrive here
- Avalon Airport (AVV) is located 192km (119mi) from Phillip Island; international and domestic flights arrive here
If you’d prefer to avoid driving, join a guided tour where transfers are also included.
Phillip Island is best enjoyed when the weather is warm, typically from November through March. The mild weather will ensure you can enjoy the walking tracks, beaches and wildlife experiences to their fullest. During summer, the local wildlife comes out to play. It’s also a great time to witness the Penguin Parade, when little penguins emerge from the sea after catching their dinner.
- High season: Summer (December to February)
- Low season: Winter (June to August)
- Don’t miss: Spotting thousands of seals on a coastal cruise. During autumn (March to May), the seal pups can be seen swimming, playing and practicing prey-chasing.
Phillip Island is a destination at the forefront of accessibility in Australia, with incredible facilities and experiences for those with physical and neurological disabilities.
- Arrival: Melbourne Airport provides accessible services to ensure seamless arrivals. From there, travellers with limited mobility can book a wheelchair-accessible transfer or taxi to Phillip Island.
- Getting around: You’ll find a range of accessible resources to help you get around, including mobility maps, all-terrain wheelchair hire and a Changing Places directory. You can also book wheelchair-accessible vehicles with South Coast Taxi.
- Accessible experience highlights: Phillip Island Nature Parks are committed to providing inclusive wildlife experiences for everyone to enjoy. The famous Penguin Parade and Koala Conservation Reserve are both certified sensory-inclusive sites with facilities for those with physical and neurological disabilities.
- Helpful resources: Rollers Retreat offers wheelchair-accessible holiday accommodation as well as guides for things to do and places to eat during your stay.