Phillip Island - nature island - is situated in Western Port, only 140 kilometres south-east of Melbourne and is a place of natural beauty, sandy beaches, tranquil wetlands and unique wildlife.
With its mixture of natural and man-made attractions, Phillip Island is a great destination for family holidays. The diverse coastline ranges from shallow swimming beaches to wild ocean beaches that are popular with surfers. You’ll find a range of wildlife experiences and the many kid-friendly attractions.
The area has grown and prospered in the 200 years since it was first discovered by Europeans. The Little Penguins (fairy penguins) who are native to Phillip Island were soon also bringing in many thousands of tourists to watch their nightly return from the sea.
To protect and promote the Island's natural wonders and wildlife, the Phillip Island Nature Park was formed in the late 1990's, combining the resources and management of the Penguin Parade, the Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island and many other significant eco-tourist and conservation locations.
The Penguin Parade experience is sure to be the highlight of your visit. As the sun fades in the sky, the little Penguins waddle up the beach to the safety of their homes in the sand dunes. Witness this magical procession – it is a treat never forgotten.
Stroll along the Nobbies boardwalk to view the majestic rugged south coast and blowhole. See the Southern Hemisphere's second largest fur seal colony.
The Nobbies Centre is Australia’s newest marine attraction. Explore and discover the secrets of the incredible southern marine environment including seals, sharks and dolphins via interactive displays and cameras that allow you to zoom in and out on these marine creatures.
Towering gums at the Koala Conservation Centre and woodlands of the Oswin Roberts Reserve provide a safe home for the island’s koala population. Koalas can be viewed at the close viewing area and tree-top boardwalk at the visitor Centre. Or a gentle stroll can be taken through the woodlands of the Oswin Roberts Reserve.
Churchill Island, accessed by bridge from Phillip Island, is steeped in history. Deliciously fragrant gardens surround the historical homestead amidst a variety of bird life. The island is a working farm with Highland cattle, sheep, ducks, chickens and Clydesdale horses. Ranger talks, machinery demonstrations and festivals bring the island to life throughout the year.
There is a diverse range of established walks around the island. Cape Woolamai, Kitty Miller Bay and Nobbies walks feature good beach and bush tracks, and boardwalks predominately along the rugged south coast. Conservation Hill and Rhyll Mangrove boardwalk overlook the Rhyll wetlands and Rhyll Inlet, offering excellent bird watching opportunities. Swan Lake nature trail leads to the only permanent freshwater lake on the island and offers viewing hides, to watch the lake's bird life.
Phillip Island Circuit is home to the International MotoGP Motorcycle Grand Prix, World Championship Superbikes and Australian Touring Car Championships and a host of other events. You can also try out the go-karts on a miniaturised version of the track.
Other attractions on the island include A Maze'N’Things Illusion room, maze and mini golf, Grumpy's Mini Golf, Phillip Island Ten Pin Bowling, Wildlife Coast Cruises, The Fun Shed or take a scenic Helicopter flight with Phillip Island Helicopters. Try fishing at the Rhyll Fishing Park & Restaurant or in the beautiful surrounding waterways.
Visit one of the Island Wineries and enjoy alfresco dining at one of the many villages. Or partake in a health and beauty treatment, fitness class or massage.
Which ever way to decide to enjoy Phillip Island, you will find yourself fully relaxed and renewed as you take in all of the natural beauty that this region has to offer.