The Historic Charm of Churchill Island

Stepping onto Churchill Island is like stepping back in time. Connected to Phillip Island via bridge, it harks back to yesteryear, when stocky horses pulled wooden carts and fresh produce markets were the highlight of the week.

As well as a look at life from another era, Churchill Island is a picturesque place to discover; quaint cottages are tucked among pretty gardens and immaculate lawns, while the coastal landscapes offer breath-taking views of Phillip Island and the surrounding scenery. At the heart of it all, a well-restored farmhouse takes visitors back in time and shows them how life once was on this cute little island.

It is the historic draw of the island that keeps visitors coming back for more. Holding a vital spot in the history of Victoria’s European settlement, it was the site of the very first agricultural activities in the state, dating back to the mid 1800s.

Since the 1850s, the land on the island has consistently been farmed using traditional methods and practices. In 1872, it was bought by Samuel Amess, a former Mayor of Melbourne, and has continued to thrive as a historic farming hotspot.

Today, the 57 acres of lush land and picture-perfect scenery is open to the public, who can explore artefacts from the past and discover a way of life that has long since disappeared. Surrounding the farm land, there are beautiful wetlands, ancient Moonah trees, and historic gardens that complete the heritage feel of the island.

Things to do on Churchill Island

Churchill Island is full of things to do for all the family, and makes for the perfect day out for all ages.

Visitor Centre

Boasting an exhibition bursting at the seams with fascinating historic information and a licensed café that’s ideal for soaking up the views, the Visitor Centre is an important stop on any visit to the island. Lunch here is a firm favourite with visitors, who can enjoy a glass of wine while basking in the sun.

Walking Trails

The picturesque scenery of Churchill Island lends itself perfectly to walks and hikes. All around the coast there are crisscrossing pathways that expose walkers to stunning views and breath-taking landscapes. A walk to the island from nearby Cape Woolamai takes in dense forests, sprawling wetlands, tidal inlets, and a collection of local flora and fauna.

Island Markets

On the last Saturday of each month, the local market brings the island to life. Here, you can browse stalls piled high with cheeses, fruit, vegetables, and fresh produce.

Visit the Churchill Island on our Phillip Island Tour on Large Coach today!

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