PHILLIP ISLAND – NATURE’S PLAYGROUND
An easy 90 minute drive from Melbourne, Phillip Island is home to a host of natural attractions, wildlife, tempting local produce, exhilarating experiences and a wealth of accommodation options.
Phillip Island is home to the world-famous Penguin Parade where visitors can see the Little Penguins on their nightly pilgrimage. The experience has been recently upgraded and visitors can now watch from a closer, underground vantage point as they pass by at eye level.
Another must see attraction is Phillip Island!&s Antarctic Journey - the world!&s first interactive Antarctic experience recently launched at The Nobbies in partnership with WWF-Australia.
Thrill seeking nature lovers can jump on a Wild Oceans EcoBoat Adventure Tour with Phillip Island Nature Parks which weaves its way beyond the island!&s shores on a high speed tour of the rugged coastline. Adventurers can expect encounters with the local Australian fur seal colony at
Seal Rocks along with spectacular views of the Summerland Peninsula!&s cliffs and the explosive blowhole at The Nobbies. From June through to September nature there is the added possibility of a close encounter with migrating humpback whales.
Wildlife Coast Cruises provides a more leisurely two hour cruise to Seal Rocks and there!&s also scenic helicopter flights.
There are a variety of tranquil strolls amid gum-scented bushland trails or the panoramic track which threads its way around the magnificent headland at Cape Woolamai.
Phillip Island is renowned as one of the most consistent and varied surf locations in Australia. The swell is rarely too small to surf and depending on the swell size, a sheltered break can be found on almost any wind.
A host of operators offers classes in a an array of water sports including SUP Windsurf who run Stand Up Paddle Boarding, windsurfing and surfing lessons for any level of water sport experience.
Pioneer Kayaking offers a range of guided sea kayak tours and Outthere Outdoor Activities run an exciting range of ocean activities including surfing, kayaking, snorkelling and bodyboarding, ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels.
Fishing is an industry around the island, with the fleet based at San Remo. For the rod and line fisherman, a pleasant day can be had tossing a line in from the jetties at Cowes, Newhaven, Rhyll and San Remo.
Charter fishing expeditions depart from Rhyll and San Remo, and hire boats are available from Rhyll and Cowes.
Phillip Island serves up a delicious array of local food and wine and scattered about the island is a delicious selection of restaurants and cafes where local produce including Island meats, local seafood, trout, bush tucker and sweet treats take centre stage.
The island!&s cool climate, rich volcanic soil and moderating influence of the sea provide the perfect environment for excellent wine, as well as beautiful places to imbibe at a cellar door.
Phillip Island has over 2000 beds on offer and there is a range of properties all over the Island from the main township of Cowes to the seaside villages of Rhyll, Smiths Beach and San Remo. Visitors can take in breathtaking ocean views, enjoy the plush seclusion of a restored heritage home or enjoy the atmosphere of seaside resorts, backpacker style digs, ocean front campgrounds, contemporary apartments or cosy cabins by the beach.
For more information check out the official tourism site http://www.visitphillipisland.com and follow Phillip Island on social media via @phillipisland on Instagram and Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/Friendsofphillipisland on Facebook.