V-Line bus to and from Melbourne stops at Grantville, Corinella, Bass, San Remo, Newhaven and Cowes daily.
Melbourne - Cowes/ Cowes - Melbourne
Adult Single $15.60
Adult Return $31.20
Off-peak Return $21.90
Most people join tour groups to get to the island. I hate tour groups! They merely show you the "surface" of the island, and usually very rush. Self drive tour will allow you to explore the island at your own leisure and bring you to places where the tour groups will never bring you in a million year.
To get to Phillip Island from Melbourne, take the South Eastern Arterial (M1) to Cranbourne exit, where you'll need to turn into South Gippsland Highway (M420). Follow this route to the Bass Highway (A420) which will take you through Grantville and past Corinella and Bass. Turn right at the roundabout at Anderson onto the Phillip Island Tourist Road (B420) through to San Remo, over the bridge, through Newhaven to Cowes.
When you rent a car, remember to request for a copy of Melway!
This is a nice way to explore the island for someone with a lot of stamina (not me obviously :( ).
Ride On Bikes
2/17 Esplanade, Cowes