Phillip Island Travel Guide

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Phillip Island Things to Do

  • San Remo

    San Remo is the eastern gateway to Westernport Bay and shipping operations fired up here around the 1840's.The township that grew up around the port became a popular tourist spot and in 1888 was renamed San Remo, a la Italian Riviera. Before the suspension bridge was built in 1940 visitors had to rely on ferries for access to Phillip Island between...

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  • Casey's last stand

    The year was 2012, Casey Stoner had been deprived of a world championship due to a crash about a month before. All Australia knew it would be their last chance to see him in a fully competitive mode. He was the king of Phillip Island and he had the chance to set a record of six consecutive wins on this world famous track. He was virtually...

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  • Casey wins again

    I went down in 2011 to watch Casey win a world title yet again. I still find it hard to believe that it was even colder than previous times I'd visited. Sitting in the Bass Strait Stand with shirt, thick jumper, spray jacket and blanket wrapped around and still being cold was an experience I wouldn't like to repeat. The temperature was 11 degrees...

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  • Pyramid Rock - Take a Walk...

    Phillip Island is filled with great beaches, and lots of fun walks. One of the easier walks is the Pyramid Rock. It was freezing out there in July, and it began raining when we headed out, so we did not stay too long, but the view is beautiful.One of the things I will definitely recommend to watch out for is that the road is all gravel out to this...

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  • The Nobbies

    On the far end of Phillip Island, you will find a nature park that is a great place for an afternoon walk. I am sure it would be much more enjoyable in the summertime, since we were very cold with the ocean breeze coming straight in from Antarctica, but we did enjoy the view of the rock formations just past the island. Also, you can view Seal...

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  • Koala's Emus Roos & Little...

    At first the price of $80Au put me off but after talking to a local in St.Kilda (and he explained it was 1.5hr drive there and 1.5hr back) + the different places you visit it was well worth it.You see..Wine tasting at The Gurdies (the port was sensational, the wine @$20au/bottle),Wildlife Wonderland (normally $12au) to see Koala,Roos,Emus, Dingoes...

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Phillip Island Hotels

Phillip Island Restaurants

  • Worst restaurant in Australia!!

    DON'T DO IT!! I get to Phillip Island a lot, and have given this place THREE tries in the last year and every time is worse than the last. Today was a highlight - a special hot dog SATURATED in sauce, that fell apart as soon as I picked it up. No serviette or waiter/waitress in sight. Filthy sticky hands before the seagulls got my food (at least...

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  • Worst restaurant in Australia!!

    DON'T DO IT!! I get to Phillip Island a lot, and have given this place THREE tries in the last year and every time is worse than the last. Today was a highlight - a special hot dog SATURATED in sauce, that fell apart as soon as I picked it up. No serviette or waiter/waitress in sight. Filthy sticky hands before the seagulls got my food (at least...

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  • eggs to die for

    On a cold, drizzly Thursday morning a big breakfast was in order for myself and six hungry overseas visitors. After sitting at one of the newer city style cafe's (named after a bovine disease) and myself being embarrased by the lack of enthusiasm to serve from the staff, we voted with our feet and looked for somewhere else to eat. The Incredible...

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  • Great TexMex

    okay...so noone else may be interested in texmex...but being from Dallas...and living here for two years...we get pretty jazzed when we find good texmex. This place is run by a guy out of El Paso...and it definitely is authentic tex mex. It's not the best...but it's a fun place to stop ...and one of the few places open after the penguin parade in...

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  • GREAT FOOD

    This is a terrific little restaurant which also has an extensive take-away menu of gourmet pizzas, pastas, curry and rice dishes. Dine-in has a larger selection with different menus for lunch (Fri-Sun from 12pm) or dinner ( 7 days from 5pm). This is a licensed restaurant, but is BYO for wine only.Staff were very pleasant, food was very nice. I...

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  • YUMMY CAKES

    What a great little cafe this place is! The owners are an absolute delight. We popped in to have a well deserved cuppa and couldn't resist the cakes either. Most of the cakes are baked on the premises. Diabetics and coeliacs are catered for too.We even came back for breakfast the next morning!! We couldn't decide which cake to share, so just had...

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Phillip Island Nightlife

  • Music at the Grand Prix

    Here is the big marquee which was set up for the nightly entertainment at the track at the Phillip Island Grand Prix. You can see how close it and the track are to the coast - a very pretty spot indeed for a race track!

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  • Penguins

    One of the things that Phillip Island has been most famous for over many years is it's nightly penguin colony, which comes right up the beach, making them very easy to see. I'm afraid personally I can't include this one as a 'must see' as it is to many people, because I know better, less touristy places to see these little creatures and feel a bit...

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  • Bars

    Phillip Island is VERY limited when it comes to night life. It only has 2 bars. One of which is an Irish bar, which is ridiculously expensive and dead, although did have a fantastic looking bar maid. The other is the main bar opposite the pier. This is where the locals hang out. Mullets, check shirts etc

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Phillip Island Transportation

  • V-Line

    V-Line bus to and from Melbourne stops at Grantville, Corinella, Bass, San Remo, Newhaven and Cowes daily. FaresMelbourne - Cowes/ Cowes - MelbourneAdult Single $15.60Adult Return $31.20Off-peak Return $21.90

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  • Hire a Bicycle

    This is a nice way to explore the island for someone with a lot of stamina (not me obviously :( ). Ride On Bikes2/17 Esplanade, Cowes

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  • Self Drive (highly recommended!)

    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...

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Phillip Island Shopping

  • by jrr3 Written Jan 5, 2003

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    I wouldnt really call this island the mecca for shopping but i guess Cowes has everything you can really ask for.
    If a pizza, second hand clothes, sports equipment and motorcycle merchandise is what you are after.

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Phillip Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade Weather

    If you are headed to Phillip Island during the winter time, and you want to go out and watch the penguin parade... make sure you dress warmly before you get there. You can purchase appropriate weather gear in the gift shop, but that will cost you!They are are nice enough to give you a gauge before you go in, so make sure you are prepared!In July,...

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  • When Animals Attack

    If you are headed to Phillip Island, make sure you do not feed the seagulls. Although it is normally not a good practice, it can be especially dangerous here, as there have been incidences of seagulls attacking!If you are going to feed them, make sure it is away from small children, as sometimes these gulls can confuse them for fish ;)

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  • Beach safety

    Australian beaches are beautiful but they can also be dangerous. So look for beaches that are patrolled by lifeguards and swim between the flags that are erected each day. I've included a link to a beach safety website.

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Phillip Island What to Pack

  • Warm and comfortable!

    I don't know what Phillip Island is like all year round but if you go in May then make sure you're dressed warmly! Comfortable clothing is a must here. Take a camera. A good zoom is ideal for all those nature shots but bear in mind you won't be permitted to use a camera for the penguin parade.

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  • Phillip Island in July

    This is a day trip from Melbourne, so you will only need bags if you are staying over in Phillip Island. If you are going in July.... pack warm. It was very cold, about 9 degrees Celsius. I only had a sweatshirt which was not enough. I ended up buying a beanie and a fleece blanket for some of the activities, so just pack warm. Of course.

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  • Phillip Island Hotels

    12 Hotels in Phillip Island

Phillip Island Off The Beaten Path

  • San Remo

    While technically San Remo isn't actually on Phillip Island, it's the last village just before you cross the bridge and, in practical terms, it's part of the island and the culture.There are shops here and a few other things to do, noably a couple of walks, one of which I did.To get there you take Back Beach Road to the Lions Park and it's about a...

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  • Beaches

    There are a number of beautiful beaches on Phillip Island including many that are great for surfing like Woolamai. We enjoyed Smiths Beach as walking along this beach we saw a number of interesting sights including cliffs, rock pools and plants.

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  • Empty Beaches

    When your on Phillip Island just get away from the main town and just walk along the beache. You will find some gorgeous beaches that are completely empty aoart from yourselves.

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Phillip Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Cold but quality - surfing the island

    Surfing is a popular thing on the island but, be warned, the water isn't always warm. My son surfed both Woolamai and Flynns Beach with the water at the latter being noticeably warmer. Waves were good quality at both venues with the Flynns break being deceptively strong. It may look fat from the shore but there's plenty of force in the waves. You...

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  • Fishing

    You can try your luck fishing in most areas along the coast but always remember, rock fishing is the world's most dangerous sport.The island has an exposed coast on the south and protected waters, to varying degrees, elsewhere.Much safer is if you join any of the number of charter fishing expeditions that depart from Newhaven and San Remo, or you...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Phillip Island Favorites

  • A bit of history

    In January 1798 when George Bass entered Westernport on a voyage of exploration inspired by the survivors of the Sydney Cove. He named it Western Port (now written Westernport) the most westerly known harbour on the coast at the time. Bass returned in October 1798 with Matthew Flinders. The two men were travelling down the mainland coast on board...

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  • Life's a beach

    Phillip Island has its fair share of beaches, Woolamai being the most popular but there is much to commend just going around and looking at what the island has to offer. Cat Bay Jetty has been difficult when I tried to find out its provenance. As best I can ascertain it was put there to increase tourist travel to the island before roads became the...

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  • EVERYONE LOVES A DISCOUNT!!

    Your first stop should be at the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre. Look for it on the lefthand side not long after you cross the bridge. If you miss it, you can always go to the Cowes Info Centre, located at the Cowes Municipal Centre on the main road (Thompson Ave).There is plenty of free information to make your stay on Phillip Island...

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