Phillip island is famous for it’s tiny inhabitants, the adorable little penguins, but it is also occupied by seals and a variety of sea birds. Stroll along the pristine coastlines and see if you can spot a whale, or cycle around the island. Adventure activities abound, with surfing, speed boat tours, scenic flights and even go-karting. Explore delicious food at the local cafes and discover fresh produce at the source with wineries, breweries and factories offering meats, cheeses and chocolates.
What to see and do:
See the Penguin Parade
The number one attraction at Phillip Island is the penguin parade, where the adorable little penguins come ashore in groups after a day’s fishing. The island is home to the largest penguin colony in Australia, and the sight brings joy to children and adults alike.
Jet Boat Around the Island
Feel the exciting rush of salty air against your face as you cruise around in a speed boat. This fun way to see the island involves both adrenaline and education, as your guide will tell you all about the astonishing landscapes and wildlife you encounter.
Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
A Popular stop is the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, where you can see the chocolate making process, and of course sample the product.
One for the kids, this is Phillip Island’s very own theme park, complete with illusions, mazes, puzzles, and mini golf. Here you can also try out the Sky Trail, a high ropes facility 10 metres above the ground with courses to suit varying levels of skill and courage.
Surfing & Kayaking
Phillip Island offers surf Lessons and Kayaking tours so you can get out on the water and amongst the waves.
A unique virtual experience which will deliver you to the icy shores of Antarctica. Hands on and interactive experience are fun and educational, providing a window into the widely unknown wonders of the continent. Hear about the research and conservation efforts of top scientists and amazing adaptations that help the native wildlife survive in the harsh Antarctic climate.
How to get there:
Phillip island is connected to the mainland via a bridge, and can be easily accessed by car. It is a 2 hour drive form Melbourne, and there are some fantastic pit stops along the way. There are also bus services available departing Melbourne.
Best time to go:
Phillip island thrives in the summer months when warmer weather makes water activities more enticing, however the majority of the attractions can be enjoyed all year round. The penguins attend without fail, however you’ll want to bring a jacket to ensure you stay warm during the nippier season, especially as the coastal winds can be chilly.