Things To Do on Phillip Island
With so many things to do on Phillip Island, which will you choose?
If you’re looking for a memorable seaside holiday, you’re in the right place. Phillip Island is a holiday haven only 90 minutes from Melbourne. A popular day trip and holiday destination for families, couples and singles alike, Phillip Island is renowned for its pristine beaches, nature attractions, penguin parade and annual events like the Motorcycle Grand Prix. Let us share our favourite things to do on Phillip Island and help you make the most of your holiday in this unique part of the world.
Explore the pretty seaside town of Cowes
Cowes is the main town on Phillip Island, providing an array of dining opportunities and local shops to explore.
Visit the Phillip Island landmark the Cowes Jetty, originally built in 1870. Stop for an ice cream and explore the foreshore. Cowes beach is a great spot for a picnic.
Visit the Phillip Island Nature Parks
- The Penguin Parade attracts more than half-a-million visitors annually to see the little penguins- the world’s smallest, and probably cutest of their kind.
- Koala Conservation Centre– This eco-tourist attraction is a koala reserve where you can view koalas in their natural habitat. It has been essential for saving the koala population of Phillip Island
- The large cafe and souvenir shop known as the Nobbies Centre has incredible ocean vistas and the multimedia Antarctic Journey.
- Churchill Island Heritage Farm – step back in time and enjoy this historical farm, learn about the rich history of the area and traditional farming practices. Be sure to stop at the cafe for an indulgent breakfast or pastry
- Take a ride on the Wild Ocean Ecoboat Adventures to witness spectacular coastal scenery and view the island’s marine life up close
Explore Phillip Island attractions
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit hosts major motor sporting events, such as Moto GP and the World Superbikes.
AMaze’n Things is a whole world filled with optical illusions, mazes and puzzles that will entertain the whole family.
Phillip Island Chocolate Factory – Like Willy Wonka’s, Panny’s place is full of quirky surprises. As well as free samples of handmade Belgian-style chocolate, there’s a walk-through tour of the chocolate-making process, including a remarkable gallery of chocolate sculptures.
Clip n Climb offers indoor climbing walls for all ages and abilities.
The National Vietnam Veterans Museum located next to Phillip Island’s airfield in Newhaven, is dedicated to the heritage and legacy of Vietnam war veterans. Featuring tanks, aircraft, weaponry and multimedia displays, this site tells the story of the 521 Australians who lost their lives in the Vietnam war.
Enjoy Phillip Island’s natural beauty
Visit Cape Woolamai, one of Victoria’s most popular surfing beaches and the highest point of the island.
At the island’s southwestern tip is this dramatic viewpoint for the Nobbies offshore rock formations. A boardwalk winds down to vantage points of the formations, as well the blow hole, and beyond to the Seal Rocks – inhabited by Australia’s largest fur-seal colony.
You’ll never run out of things to do on Phillip Island!
Explore natural wonders of land and sea, from the nightly penguin parade to sleepy koalas, migrating birds and the pristine landscapes of the National Surfing Reserve and Rhyll Inlet.
Dine out by the water or catch your own dinner with a line off the local pier. Surf wild ocean breaks and splash about with the kids on the calm northern beaches.
Adrenaline junkies will love the smell of the burning rubber that signals the start of the international motorcycle or car racing championship!
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What kind of penguins are on Phillip Island?
Often called Fairy Penguins in Australia, they are known as blue penguins in New Zealand where they also reside. They get the name blue penguin from the colour of their fur, which is a dark blue hue. Phillip Island is famous for these penguins because the largest colony lives on the island. https://phillipislandtour.com.au/blog/the-little-penguin-phillip-island/
What time can you see the penguins at Phillip Island?
Penguins arrive at sunset every day of the year. View our penguin arrival calendar to check what time that is during your visit. We suggest you arrive one hour before penguin arrival time to explore the visitor centre displays, grab a meal at the café and head to the beach. https://www.penguins.org.au/visit-us/faq/
What are some dining options close to Cowes Foreshore Tourist Park?
There’s endless dining options in Cowes, all centred around Thompson Ave.
Which popular attractions are close to Cowes Foreshore Tourist Park?
There’s an abundance of attractions nearby and include:
Cape Woolami Beach
Philip Island Nature Parks-Penguin Parade
Philip Island Nature Parks-Koala Reserve
Philip Islanf Wildlife Park
Red Rock Beach
Scenic Estate Conservation