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Phillip Island

Known for Hunting, Wildlife and Nature

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

How do you get to Phillip Island?

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.

Activities in Phillip Island

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

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Enjoy a day trip to see the natural wonders of Phillip Island. Visit a wildlife park to get up-close looks at koalas and kangaroos. Watch fur seals in the rocky formation known as the Nobbies, and at sunset, see hundreds of little penguins at the famous penguin parade.

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Discover the scenic coast of Phillip Island on an eco-cruise to Seal Rocks. Feel the atmosphere and learn the history of the island's southwestern shoreline as your captain skillfully maneuvers your boat around the rocks where thousands of fur seals come to play.

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Cuddly koalas, tiny penguins, and kangaroos—this is your chance to meet some of the Southern Hemisphere's most exotic, strange, and downright adorable animals. Interact with wallabies and dingoes at an animal park, and then head to the beach for the impossibly cute Penguin Parade on Phillip Island.

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Departing Melbourne at around midday, we journey to the city’s most colourful attraction – the iconic Brighton Beach bathing boxes – for an opportunity to visit the beach and take some time to admire these historic landmarks.

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Chug through eucalyptus forests in an old steam train, watch penguins waddle up on shore after a day of fishing, and watch a show starring rehabilitated birds of prey on this exciting excursion. With an experienced guide, visit the Healesville Sanctuary, ride the Puffing Billy train, and see Philip Island.

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Admire the spectacular cliffs of Cape Woolamai from the water on a cruise filled with beautiful views. Discover for yourself why visitors flock to see the unique pink granite rock formations, and catch sights of local marine life as you explore the southeastern tip of Phillip Island.

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