The Best Things to do on Phillip Island

Located just off the coast of Southern Australia, Phillip Island offers a rural paradise that is home to an abundance of wildlife and fun things to do. It is predominantly known for its motor circuit and its collection of animals – think cute penguins and cuddly koalas.

The island is all about the simple way of life, and you can learn how the locals live by checking out heritage sites and fresh produce farms.

Ready to explore?

Here are Some of the Best Things to Do on Phillip Island.

  • Hit the Beach

    Woolamai Surf Beach

    The coast surrounding Phillip Island is absolutely spectacular, with sprawling white sands and endless turquoise waters. There is a beach to suit every taste and mood, too, from the surf paradise of Woolamai Surf Beach to the family friendly sands of Cowers Beach. One of the most noteworthy beaches is Woolamai, renowned for being the longest and most exposed beach in Phillip Island. Stretching out to 4.2 kilometres in length, the area is covered in golden sands and large waves, promising a picture-perfect scenery for visit. A bonus is the nearby lookout point, which is also the tallest point on the island; Cape Woolamai. Visit here at sunset for a truly awe-inspiring view of the ocean and island.

  • Watch the Penguin Parade

    Penguin Parade

    The Penguin Parade is one of Phillip Island’s best-loved activities. In the evening, hundreds of Little Penguins make their way up the beach to bed down for the night, and visitors can watch on as they waddle up the sands.

    The Little Penguins are known as the cutest penguins in existence, standing at a mere 33 centimetres. Although they nest on the sandy shores of the coast, the little penguins spend the majority of their day in the deep sea. Swimming through the rough wave in search for fish. Therefore, the only time we humans can see these penguins is after dusk, when the colony of Penguins head up to shore to make their way across the beach into their underground nests.

    This experience has put Phillip Island on the map, beginning way back in the 1920s. It started as a simple event of families gathering on picnic blankets along the beach, as the penguin’s waddles around them. However, due to the visitors bringing their dogs, many penguins were killed with this style of penguin watching, and the organisation in charge changed the procedure. Creating a series of platforms along the shore for the crowds to watch safely.

    As well as the chance to see these cute creatures up close, you can learn more about their history, behavior, and habitat through a range of interactive displays.

  • Churchill Heritage Farm

    Churchill Heritage Farm

    Learn more about local life at the Churchill Heritage Farm, which is on another small island connected to Phillip Island by a bridge. It is a traditional working farm, and visitors have the chance to muck in with milking cows and shearing sheep. Here you can learn about the historical past of the region, with European style cottages and gardens, letting you catch a glimpse into the early settler’s life. There are plenty of views to soak up here, too, particularly of Western Port and Bass.

  • See the Grand Prix Circuit

    Grand Prix Circuit

    Grand Prix enthusiasts will want to check out the island’s circuit. The circuit has been one of the main tracks in the country, hosting the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and World Superbike Championship since 1956. Festivals and events are held here every year, with some of the biggest races in the world driving the circuit. When there are no big races like the Moto GP on, you can try out the electronic games room and explore the different sections of the track.

  • Cuddle a Koala


    The Koala Conservation Centre is a huge draw for visitors to Phillip Island. Amongst its lush vegetation and eclectic array of birds and wildlife, you can learn all about the cute koala – and even hold one, if you’re lucky. The Conservation Centre is different from a regular zoo, as there are no cages, so the koalas are free to roam within the region. The tall and extensive boardwalks simply let visitors reach the highest peaks of the trees, giving them an up close and personal view to the furry koalas. The ecotourism site is also home to other Australian locals, such as native birds, wallabies, and echidnas.

  • Fur Seals at Nobbies

    Fur Seals

    If penguins and koalas weren’t enough, you can also discover the largest colony of Fur Seals in Australia on Phillip Island. At the Nobbies Centre you can admire the marvelous views and spot the numerous Fur Seals as they laze about on unique rock formations. As well, this spot isn’t just an outdoor adventure but features the sleek new building centre. Home to a bubbly café, a sovereign shop, and an interactive learning experience. Learn about the history of the area, and all the natural wonders Phillip Island is home to while marvelling at the spectacular view right nearby.

  • Visit one of the Wineries

    After all that adventuring, why not sit back and relax with one of Phillip Island’s local wines? Home to two glorious wineries, named Phillip Island Winery and Purple Hen Winery, the region promises a relaxing experience amongst the countryside and ocean scenery. The wineries both have a restaurant attached so after trying a selection of varieties, visitors can tuck into a mouth-watering dinner. Enjoying the delicious pairing of wine to the grub offered.

  • Treat Yourself at the Chocolate Factory

    For those with a sweet tooth (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) Phillip Island is home to one of the best Chocolate factories around. Pop in for a demonstration on how this delicious chocolate is made, all the while nibbling on the variety of flavours offered to you. Pick your favourite flavour and grab a bag for your friends, family, or just for yourself!

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