Cowes

Travel Guide
Cowes which includes a sandy beach and boating
Splash in the sea and laze on the beach, watch the penguin parade or witness the thrilling races of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Cowes is a quaint little town on the northern shore of Phillip Island, facing Victoria’s Western Port Bay. Cowes is the main township on the picturesque southern island and a popular destination for vacationers and daytrippers from Melbourne.

The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge and is easy to reach by car. Take a walk down Thompson Avenue, with its broad golden cypress trees, to The Esplanade along the waterfront. Together these streets form the beating heart of Cowes, with shops, cafés and restaurants for your convenience. Come here to enjoy an alfresco lunch on a sunny day and shop for souvenirs.

Browse Cowes’ foreshore with its golden beaches and sloping lawns. The bay’s calm waters are ideal for swimming. Afterwards, dine Aussie-style by “throwing a sausage on the barbie” in the public barbecue area. Take in the views from Cowes Jetty and chat with the local fishermen as the sun goes down.

Meet some of Australia’s iconic wildlife that calls Phillip Island home. Purchase a bag of animal food to feed the kangaroos and emus as you wander around the Phillip Island Wildlife Park or take the treetop boardwalk to get closer to a koala at the Koala Conservation Centre.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade in the evening is an opportunity to watch small penguins waddle back up the beach to their nighttime burrows. A local guide is there to answer all your questions.

Time your visit to coincide with one of the racing events at the Phillip Island Circuit. Highlights include the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and the Superbike Championship. You only have to follow the sound of the roaring engines to find the venue on race days. On training days you can take a ride in the passenger seat of a real race car while a professional driver zooms you around the track. The History of Motorsport exhibit keeps the less adventurous visitor happy as well.

Take a cruise out on the bay for a chance to see the seals at Seal Rocks. Also keep an eye out for dolphins and seabirds. Watch the glowing sun set and the town’s Esplanade twinkle during a romantic twilight cruise. Take this moment to look back on your stay in Cowes and appreciate the many wonderful things this idyllic island town has in store.

North Pier Hotel
North Pier Hotel
3 out of 5
5 The Esplanade, Cowes, VIC, 3922
The price is AU$79 per night from 24 Aug. to 25 Aug.
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Cowes. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the overall value in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.6/5 Good! (854 reviews)
"Near the beach"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2022

North Pier Hotel
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Phillip Island
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Phillip Island
4 out of 5
2128 Phillip Island Road, Cowes, VIC, 3922
The price is AU$199 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly resort in Cowes. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family ...
3.9/5 Good! (999 reviews)
"The unit was clean and comfortable, even in winter. General amenities were good. Minor issue but there were not enough plates and cutlery. Every meal, we had to rewash cutlery because they only gave us 4 of spoons, forks, knives, etc for 4 people."

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2022

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Phillip Island
Kaloha Holiday Resort Phillip Island
Kaloha Holiday Resort Phillip Island
3.5 out of 5
Cnr Steele And Chapel Streets, Cowes, VIC, 3922
The price is AU$152 per night from 23 Aug. to 24 Aug.
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Cowes. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (620 reviews)
"Great location and everything in the one place!"

Reviewed on 17 Jul. 2022

Kaloha Holiday Resort Phillip Island
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Phillip Island Apartments
Phillip Island Apartments
4 out of 5
9-11 Bass Ave, entrance off Chapel Ave, Cowes, VIC, 3922
The price is AU$249 per night from 17 Aug. to 18 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Cowes. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a hot tub. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (386 reviews)
"a bit dated but very clean and generous size apartments"

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2022

Phillip Island Apartments
The Waves Apartments
The Waves Apartments
4.5 out of 5
1 The Esplanade, Cowes, VIC, 3922
The price is AU$275 per night from 17 Aug. to 18 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury apartment in Cowes. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the family amenities ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (610 reviews)
"check in was super super easy, reception was absolutely lovely and very accommodating. Our room was spotless and were lucky enough to catch the amazing beach views. And of course, the jetted spa bath is a bonus Thank you Waves Apartment, we will be back again!"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2022

The Waves Apartments
Phillip Island Towers
Phillip Island Towers
4 out of 5
59-61 Chapel Street, Cowes, VIC, 3922
The price is AU$282 per night from 15 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Cowes. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a furnished balcony. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (59 reviews)
"Roomy comfortable beds"

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2022

Phillip Island Towers
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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