San Remo Bridge: The Gateway to Phillip Island

San Remo Bridge: The Gateway to Phillip Island

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 01/30/2018

Reading time: 4 mins

This small seaside town of Victoria acts as the entrance to the beloved Phillip Island!

Phillip Island is a haven for wildlife lovers and it’s a popular place for travellers to visit during their time in Australia. The island itself is connected to mainland Victoria by the San Remo Bridge, which leads to Phillip Island.

The History of San Remo Bridge

Early settlers in this part of Australia used to transport their stock and supplies by sailing from Western Port to Port Phillip Bay and back. Taking this route was a pretty hazardous and stressful journey for the early settlers. Alternatively, traders could row from Phillip Island to the Mornington Peninsula and then hop on a coach to Melbourne. After a while, the Koo-wee-rup swamp was drained and vehicles could finally reach Griffith’s Point. This destination  is now known as San Remo.

From San Remo, people could row across The Narrows to Newhaven. However, stock had to swim across this waterway between 1908 and 1920. After this time period, there was a smaller bridge that was built. Due to its size, it was subject to strict load limits. In 1971, a suspension bridge was built to connect the two parts, making transporting stock and supplies much easier.  Now travellers can easily cross the bridge from one side to the other.

Things to Do Around San Remo Bridge

The San Remo Bridge not only marks the gateway to Phillip Island, but it also marks a charming seaside town. This town is famed for its scenery, fishing and dining options. While visiting, your eyes peeled for pelicans and other exotic birds as they hunt along the foreshore.

Try Your Hand at Fishing

Do as the locals do and try your luck at fishing in San Remo. The village is known for its large shark fishing fleet. Visitors can often be seen casting a line off the jetty or joining a fishing charter and heading out to sea. Who knows, maybe you’ll catch your next meal!

Enjoy the Delicious Food

Because of its rich fishing history, San Remo is bursting with delicious seafood flavours. Check out the fresh ingredients at the San Remo Fisherman’s Cooperative. or try out one of the hotels that flank the shoreline for a gourmet meal.

If you’re a fan of fish and chips, don’t miss out on the San Remo Fish N Chippery. This iconic restaurant opened back in 1948 and has been thriving ever since. Here you will find fresh caught fish and other tasty dishes.

Explore the Town’s Culture And History

As well as local restaurants, San Remo is full of quaint cafes and lively pubs. San Remo also boasts galleries and artisan stores, which sell locally crafted goodies.

If you’re up for a hike, try out the Old Granite Quarry Walk. This walk is 5.6 kilometres long but it is well worth it. Aside from the scenic views, you will come across the old quarry, which used to play a significant role in the town.

Soak Up the Views

The sea views from San Remo are quite spectacular. You can wander in the footsteps of the early settlers on one of the many walks that weaves through the area. You can also discover the rugged cliffs on the George Bass Coastal Walk.

Another great way to take in the scenery is on a bike ride. There is a bike path that leads from San Remo to Churchill Island. To get to the island, you’ll have to cycle over the San Remo Bridge before continuing on. This bike ride will offer incredible coastal views, while discovering a new area.

See The Pelicans

One of the best attractions in San Remo is its daily Pelican Feeding! Head to the town’s shore at noon, and join in with the area’s fishermen as they feed the local pelicans. This feeding tradition has been a daily occurrence for years. The unique activity allows visitors to get up close to the pelicans as they enjoy their lunch for the day. Pelican feeding may not have previously been on your to-do list, but it probably is now!

Now you’re all set to go for your next adventure to Phillip Island. On your way, be sure to stop in San Remo to admire the bridge and other fascinating surroundings.

One of the best attractions in San Remo is its daily Pelican Feeding! Head to the town’s shore at noon, and join in with the area’s fishermen as they feed the local pelicans. This feeding tradition has been a daily occurrence for years and allows visitors to get up close to the pelicans as they enjoy their lunch for the day!

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.