Surfing and Penguin Parades at Summerland Bay Beach

Phillip Island is a haven of sheltered bays, pristine beaches, and surfing hotspots. All along the coast, you’ll find pockets of peace and calm amidst incredible wildlife, stunning views, and adrenalin-junkies hitting the waves. Recently, the island has been named a National Surfing Reserve, thanks to its rich surfing heritage and picturesque backdrop – not to mention it’s home to some of the best surf breaks in Australia.

Summerland Bay Beach is one of the best places to go on the island, especially if you’re seeking a dose of wildlife alongside your surfing escapades. Home to the Penguin Parade and incredible breaks, it has a little something for everyone, whether you want to simply catch a glimpse of the island’s residents, try your hand at hitting the waves, or want to kick back and relax in a stunning environment.

The Penguin Parade

The Penguin Parade is one of Australia’s most sought-after wildlife encounters. Every evening, the colony of Little Penguins that call Summerland Beach home make their way up the shore from the water to settle in for the night. With several different viewing spots, you can watch the parade unfold from numerous different angles, and get up close and personal with these cute critters. If simply seeing the Little Penguins isn’t enough, you can always check out the visitor’s centre, which boasts displays about the habitat and behaviour of the penguins, as well as the history of the parade and why it is so important to Phillip Island and the penguins.

Surfing on Summerland Bay Beach

As well as quirky animal encounters, Summerland Beach is famed as a surfing hotspot – in fact, it is thought to have been the birthplace of surfing on Phillip Island back in the 1920s. Since then, it has become a key place for keen surfers and beginners to work their magic on the waves, with numerous surf schools using the pristine shoreline to teach newbies how to ride the waves. It is so popular as a surfing spot because of its consistent wave conditions. With a flat, sandy bottom, it boasts a sheltered bay, but has consistent wave conditions at most times throughout the year. So, if you’re on the hunt for a picturesque spot where you can get to know Australia’s wildlife and try your hand at surfing, Summerland Bay Beach is the place to go.

Explore the Summerland’s Bay on our Phillip Island Evening Tour today!