Things to do in San Remo

San Remo connects the Australian mainland to Phillip Island with a bridge in its centre. Named after the Italian Riviera resort, it provides the perfect gateway to the tourist hotspot of Phillip Island, with its spectacular beaches and fun array of activities.

The commercial centre of San Remo is packed full of cafes, bakeries, restaurants, and souvenir shops, as well as plenty of picnic areas around the sprawling, sandy beach. It is a popular fishing port, where visitors can watch the boats return with their catches of the day, and tuck into some delicious fresh dishes with sea views.

Here are some great things to get stuck into in San Remo

Eat Fresh Fish

San Remo is known for its extensive selection of fresh seafood restaurants, but if you want to delve into an even more authentic experience, you can head out on a charter boat and catch your own fish to cook.

Explore the History

The ancient scenery of San Remo is stunning, spanning the length of the coastline with an eclectic display of soaring cliffs and deserted beaches. At Quarry Rocks, you can discover the area where stone was quarried to build banks and business chambers in Melbourne centuries ago.

Live Like a Local

The lively ambiance of central San Remo is second to none. In the bustling heart of the town, you can duck into local cafes and try native dishes at family-run restaurants. Elsewhere, there are local galleries to explore, and excellent wildlife encounters to be had – head down to the jetty, where you can watch and feed the local pelicans. As the afternoon wears on, grab a picnic on the sandy beach or in the designated picnic areas. Alternatively, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the fresh bakeries that line the town centre.

Cycle Around

Cycling is a huge activity in this part of Australia, thanks to the stunning scenery and crisscrossing coastal trails. Start your trip at the bridge that travels to Phillip Island, and finish up at the Cowes Jetty having passed a collection of fun and exciting attractions along the way.

Take a Hike

If you’d rather travel by foot than by bicycle, check out the George Bass Coastal Walk, which takes you from the soaring cliffs of San Remo to Kilcunda. Along the way, you’ll get to walk in historic footprints, taking in ancient scenery and important locations from Australia’s past.

Check out the Phillip Island Tour.

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