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Phillip IslandAustralia

Enjoy a getaway at this southern Victorian island, known for its great surf breaks, sheltered bays, international motorsports events and adorable penguins.

Phillip Island is an exciting seaside destination at the mouth of Western Port Bay in southern Victoria. Share long stretches of sandy beaches with tiny penguins and other wildlife, surf on the Bass Strait breaks, visit leafy conservation areas and wetlands and get your motor running at Australia’s original Grand Prix circuit.

Explore Phillip Island’s diverse mix of rugged southern coastline and sheltered Western Port Bay beaches. Hit the surf or swim in the shallows at Woolamai Beach, a lifeguard-patrolled beach on the island’s south coast. Learn to surf on the safe breaks at Smiths Beach. Head north to enjoy Ventnor Beach, Anchorage Beach and Red Rock Beach, with beautiful Mornington Peninsula views. Visit family-friendly Cowes Beach for a shallow high tide, jetty facilities and lifeguard patrol.

Summerland Beach is a popular destination for surfers, swimmers and penguins alike. Visit at sunset to see the Penguin Parade, a special viewing of the little penguins waddling up from the shore to their nests. See the penguins for free from the boardwalks at The Nobbies and Seal Rocks nearby.

Don’t miss Phillip Island Wildlife Park to see free-roaming kangaroos in an idyllic natural setting. Cape Woolamai State Faunal Reserve is a scenic peninsula park with beautiful native vegetation. Spot koalas lounging in tall eucalypts, from the treetop boardwalks of the Koala Conservation Centre. Nearby Churchill Island has a heritage farmstead, lush wetlands and an ancient Bunurong Aboriginal cultural site.

Visit the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit during one of the international car and motorbike racing championships to see some of the world’s fastest drivers in action. Take a guided circuit tour, visit the History of Motorsport Display or do a few laps of the mini circuit in a go-kart.

Phillip Island is 138.8 kilometres (86.2 miles) from Melbourne, Victoria’s capital city. A bridge connects the island to mainland Victoria. Reach the island by car or bus from nearby major cities. Ferries connect Phillip Island to Stony Point and French Island.

Top hotels in Phillip Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
North Pier Hotel
North Pier Hotel
3 out of 5
5 The Esplanade, Cowes, VIC
The price is AU$76 per night

Located in the heart of Cowes, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Phillip Island Ferry Dock and Cowes Beach. Phillip Island Wildlife Park is 1.9 ...

3.6/5Good! (535 reviews)

"great location. friendly staff. No where to hang or put clothes in the room. noisy bar fridge. very comfortable bed. the hot water in the shower goes on and off, resulting in scalding or freezing. initial report to staff. was met with " well it's an old building", but subsequent report seemed to ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2020

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$149 per night

Situated in a regional park, this resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Phillip Island Wildlife Park and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Phillip ...

4/5Very Good! (1,774 reviews)

"Great place for family trip, so quite and great facilities"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2020

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
The price is AU$139 per night

This Cowes motel is located in the city centre, nestled on the beach a short distance away from Phillip Island Ferry Dock, Main Beach and Silverleaves. Also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (533 reviews)

"Room was very nice and clean but bathroom was old and had no shampoo or soap for the shower. Also lots of noise in the night from neighbors - walls not sound proof. Pool area is nice but pool not heated. Overall would stay again, very family friendly property."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020

Kaloha Holiday Resort Phillip Island

Popular places to visit in Phillip Island

Koala Conservation Centre
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Koala Conservation Centre

4/5(7 reviews)

Spot koalas munching away on eucalyptus leaves, wander along a treetop boardwalk or spot wildlife during a bush walk of this Australian wildlife refuge.

Top activities in Phillip Island

A Maze’N Things - Fun, Magic & Adventure
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A Maze’N Things - Fun, Magic & Adventure

100% of travellers recommend
AU$13
Per adult
Phillip Island Penguins Tour from Melbourne
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Phillip Island Penguins Tour from Melbourne

94% of travellers recommend
AU$145
Per adult
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Wildlife Encounter Day Trip
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Phillip Island Penguin Parade Wildlife Encounter Day Trip

88% of travellers recommend
AU$140
Per adult
Admission to Panny's Amazing World of Chocolate
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Admission to Panny's Amazing World of Chocolate

AU$17
Per adult
Penguin Parade & Exclusive Wildlife Encounter (11 guests)
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Penguin Parade & Exclusive Wildlife Encounter (11 guests)

100% of travellers recommend
AU$149
Per adult
Private - Phillip Island Tour with Wildlife & Lunch
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Private - Phillip Island Tour with Wildlife & Lunch

AU$875
Per adult

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Where to see penguins in the wild

Hundreds of adorable penguins await you in the wild, and here are the best places to see penguins in their natural habitats.
Where to see penguins in the wild