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Phillip Island

Travel Guide
Phillip Island showing rugged coastline

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.

Where to stay in Phillip Island

North Pier Hotel
North Pier Hotel
3 out of 5
5 The Esplanade, Cowes, VIC
The price is AU$84 per night from 12 Aug. to 12 Aug.
Located in the heart of Cowes, this beach hotel is steps away from Phillip Island Coastal Reserve and Phillip Island Ferry Dock. Cowes Beach and Silverleaves ...
3.6/5Good! (665 reviews)
"Rooms have been updated and we’re clean"

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2021

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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$169 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
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 ...
3.9/5Good! (990 reviews)
"Great place to stay with the family. The kids will be entertained by the amenities and local wildlife. The rooms were clean enough and everything is supplied in the room to compliment your stay (bin bags, paper towels, towels, sheets, coffee, milk, etc.) The pools were clean and maintained. The rooms ..."

Reviewed on 12 May 2021

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Phillip Island
Phillip Island Apartments
Phillip Island Apartments
4 out of 5
9-11 Bass Ave, entrance off Chapel Ave, Cowes, VIC
The price is AU$274 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Located in the heart of Cowes, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Phillip Island Coastal Reserve, Phillip Island Ferry Dock and Cowes Beach. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (366 reviews)
"Spacious, clean & well maintained. Turning off the heating was a problem."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Phillip Island Apartments
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.
The Waves Apartments
The Waves Apartments
4.5 out of 5
1 The Esplanade, Cowes, VIC
The price is AU$193 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Located in Cowes, this beachfront apartment building is on the boardwalk, just steps away from Phillip Island Coastal Reserve, Cowes Beach and Silverleaves Beach. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (583 reviews)
"Our booking was upgraded to apartment 335 and it was very good. Very comfortable with lots of room and modern facilities. Walk in robes and a clean and very spacious bath room. J."

Reviewed on 4 May 2021

The Waves Apartments
Phillip Island Apartments
Phillip Island Apartments
4 out of 5
9-11 Bass Ave, entrance off Chapel Ave, Cowes, VIC
The price is AU$274 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
Located in the heart of Cowes, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Phillip Island Coastal Reserve, Phillip Island Ferry Dock and Cowes Beach. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (366 reviews)
"Spacious, clean & well maintained. Turning off the heating was a problem."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Phillip Island Apartments
Anchor Belle Holiday Park
Anchor Belle Holiday Park
2 out of 5
272 Church Street, Cowes, VIC
Offering direct access to the beach, this Cowes campsite is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cowes Beach, Phillip Island Ferry Dock and Phillip Island Wildlife Park. Phillip ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (111 reviews)
"Fantastic time. Lovely staff. Cabin in great place so close to the beach"

Reviewed on 7 Jul. 2021

Anchor Belle Holiday Park
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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