Phillip Island

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Phillip Island featuring rocky 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 ¥6,395 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in the heart of Cowes, this beach hotel is steps from Phillip Island Coastal Reserve and Phillip Island Ferry Dock. Cowes Beach and Silverleaves Beach ...
3.6/5 Good! (695 reviews)
"Nice and comfortable, even though interior is showing some wear and tear. Still a much better 3 star property than what I got compared to the one I stayed at in Sydney"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2021

North Pier Hotel
Kaloha Holiday Resort Phillip Island
Kaloha Holiday Resort Phillip Island
3.5 out of 5
Cnr Steele And Chapel Streets, Cowes, VIC
The price is ¥13,022 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
Located in Cowes, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Cowes Beach, Phillip Island Coastal Reserve, and Silverleaves Beach. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (562 reviews)
"Great place to stay. Location is close to everything you need."

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2021

Kaloha Holiday Resort Phillip Island
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Phillip Island
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Phillip Island
4 out of 5
2128 Phillip Island Road, Cowes, VIC
The price is ¥17,645 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 17
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 ...
3.9/5 Good! (996 reviews)
"Ideal mini get away location, peaceful setting with everything a young family needs"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Phillip Island
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.
Hilltop Apartments Phillip Island
Hilltop Apartments Phillip Island
4 out of 5
124-128 Red Rocks Road, Cowes, VIC
The price is ¥14,640 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Phillip Island Coastal Reserve and Cowes Beach. Ventnor Bushland Reserve and Phillip ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (144 reviews)
"Great place to stay, will be back again."

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

Hilltop Apartments Phillip Island
NRMA Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park
NRMA Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park
2 out of 5
164 Church Street, Cowes, VIC
Nestled on the beach, this Cowes campground is within a 5-minute walk of Phillip Island Coastal Reserve and Cowes Beach. Silverleaves Beach and Phillip Island ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (127 reviews)
Just what you need
"Great place to stay. Would stay there again"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

NRMA Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park
Woodbyne Resort
Woodbyne Resort
3.5 out of 5
2185 Phillip Island Road, Cowes, VIC
Situated in Cowes, this cottage is within 2 mi (3 km) of Phillip Island Wildlife Park, Phillip Island Ferry Dock, and Phillip Island Coastal Reserve. Silverleaves ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (95 reviews)
"Good for families"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2021

Woodbyne Resort
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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