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Exploring Phillip Island

Phillip Island, a pretty retreat a couple of hours from Melbourne by car/ferry, is a fun summer weekend destination. The island itself, although not inherently beautiful, is a perfect retreat from busy Melbourne. It has a number of excellent attractions, including cute penguins and koalas, colonies of birds, and pleasant hiking.


The main town, Cowes, is in the north, where most of the hotels are located, although accommodation is spread throughout the island and includes the Island Accommodation in the east. There are also smaller settlements, and most have cool cafés and shops, but it’s the countryside that most visitors want to see. The island is well known in motorsport circles as host to big motorbike events which draw crowds so check ahead as hotels naturally get booked up fast when a big meet is on.

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Sights nearby

Phillip Island is mostly about the landscape, and there are a number of reserves and wildlife centres here. Most apparent are the penguins at the south-western side, while koalas inhabit a portion of the middle, and birds the southeast.


- Penguin Parade


The main attraction takes place every evening at Summerland Beach, toward the western end of Phillip Island. This is when the famous penguins waddle their way up to their nests for the night, and visitors can get ringside seats. You’ll need to pay for the privilege, and it can be expensive if you go at it alone with a warden, though visitors are rarely disappointed. One of the companies offering viewings in comfort is Penguins Plus.


- The Nobbies and Seal Rocks


You can see the penguins for free by heading past the Parade to the south-western tip of the island, where there is a boardwalk set up for visitors from where the penguins can be viewed. Also off this coast are the Seal Rocks where huge seals lounge, although you’ll need to use binoculars to get a good view. There’s some nice walking along the cliffs and rocks here.


- Koala Conservation Centre


In the middle of the island is the fun F Oswin Robert Koala Reserve, where visitors get to see how koalas live in the wild. A boardwalk which is quite high up in parts leads past trees where koalas browse, while the Woodland Boardwalk goes through typical Aussie bush. There’s a charge but it’s not too expensive. The four-star Ramada Resort Phillip Island is one of the best placed hotels for seeing the koalas.


- Cape Woolamai


For walking, this stunning Cape Woolamai on the extreme south-eastern end of Phillip Island has the best of it. There are many looping trails—none of which is very long—though some take up to three hours at a medium pace. The cliffs at the tip are striking, while large shearwater and mutton bird colonies are dotted all over.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Cowes, on the north coast, is the main settlement on Phillip Island and where there are lots of cute little cafés, such as Harry’s on the Esplanade, although the likes of the four-star Continental Hotel tend to have the best eating. This is also where the best of the shopping is at, with lots of opportunity to pick up souvenirs, such as at Mosaics by the Bay. For tasting wines of the island, be sure to head for the Phillip Island Vineyard & Winery in the south.

Public transport

Many visitors choose to self-drive by either taking the Searoad Ferry from the mainland and the returning by bridge (doing a loop) or by taking the ferry both ways. You can also take a bus or taxi from Melbourne to Crib Point and then hop on the ferry, while several companies offer roundtrip tours. There are also chopper flights to Phillip Island Airport from Melbourne. Tour the island by Cleeland Bus Lines, do a Wildlife Coast Cruise, or perhaps rent a bike.

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