Nature-lovers, adrenaline-junkies and foodies are all catered for on Phillip Island. Ride the perfect wave at one of the many surf beaches; embrace the need for speed on a go kart track with breathtaking coastal views; traverse sea caverns, clifftops, mangroves and mudflats; or dine your way through the island’s long list of cafes, restaurants and wineries.
Wildlife & Nature
Witness the world’s tiniest penguins waddle their way along the beach in the island’s famous Penguin Parade, watch the dizzying spectacle of countless short-tailed shearwaters flood the sky, embrace an up-close encounter with thousands of Australian fur seals, spot the curious wallabies grazing around the island, and walk the tree top boardwalks of the Koala Conservation Reserve – Phillip Island is home to all this and more.
Not only is it abundant in wildlife experiences but Phillip Island is also a hiker’s delight.
Stand atop grass-covered cliffs that jut out over pristine white sandy beaches along the George Bass Coastal Walk. Visit The Nobbies Centre for an interactive Antarctic journey followed by a stroll along the spectacular clifftop boardwalk for views of the island’s rugged south coast – and keep your eyes peeled for penguins relaxing inside their burrows.
Cape Woolamai has a variety of hiking trails to choose from, including the Pinnacles Walk (4km return) and the circuit loop (8km return). Explorers should seek out the Forrest Caves Walk for the sea caverns that are only accessible at low tide via a 2 km return journey. Alternatively, discover the SS Speke shipwreck on the Kitty Miller Bay Walk at low tide.
For something completely different, the boardwalks of Rhyll Inlet will take you through mangroves and mudflats to bask in the company of spoonbills, oyster catchers, herons, egrets and cormorants.
Attractions & Activities
Phillip Island attractions are as vast as they are varied. The Phillip Island Circuit offers kids and adults alike the chance to go full throttle on their 750-metre long go kart track – a replica of the 4.445km world famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. They also offer hot laps with an experienced racing driver, guided circuit tours and you can also visit their display on the nostalgic history of motor racing.
Those with a sweet-tooth should make it a priority to visit the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, while those in search of a quality vino can make their way to Purple Hen Wines and Phillip Island Vineyard and Winery.
If you’re up for a short 10-minute drive, exit the island and make your way to Macca’s Farm for a spot of strawberry picking, or visit the historic Churchill Island (an island off and island) to see the first European garden in Victoria and make friends with the Highland Cows at the Churchill Island Heritage Farm.
Beaches & Surfing
Not only is Phillip Island renowned as the home of Victoria’s best beaches, but it also has a surfing history dating back to the 1920’s. Express Point will deliver one of the best barrels of your life if you manage to time your visit right – and respect the locals. Beginners should head to Shelley Beach, while Woolamai serves up some of the best beach breaks in the state – and is also patrolled by surf lifesavers for those more interested in a quick dip and a day on the sand.