More to Phillip Island than Meets the Eye


Phillip Island, located off Australia’s southern coast, is famous for its Penguin Parade and other wildlife encounters, including koalas, kangaroos, and seals. However, the island offers much more than just animal sightings. Yet, there is more to this island, situated just off the coast of Victoria’s capital Melbourne, than first meets the eye.

Digging into its history, visitors can explore the Phillip Island Historical Society Museum in Cowes, which houses Indigenous artefacts, colonial memorabilia, and shipwreck stories. The Churchill Island Heritage Farm offers insights into 19th-century farming, complete with demonstrations and heritage gardens.

For those seeking outdoor adventures, there are diverse walking and biking trails, ranging from coastal boardwalks to woodland paths. Water activities are abundant with options like surfing, kayaking, snorkelling, and scuba diving. Motorsport enthusiasts can get their adrenaline fix at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit with go-kart rides and behind-the-scenes tours.

On the culinary front, the island celebrates its local produce and wines. The Phillip Island Winery offers local wines set against a picturesque backdrop, while restaurants like The Cape Kitchen serve dishes using locally-sourced ingredients. Additionally, the Churchill Island Farmers Market is a haven for fresh produce and homemade treats.

The island’s cultural scene shines with the ArtSpace Gallery in Cowes, displaying work from local artists. The annual Phillip Island Jazz Festival adds a musical touch, attracting jazz musicians from across the country.

In short, while wildlife is a major draw, the island’s rich history, outdoor activities, culinary delights, and vibrant arts scene ensure a comprehensive and memorable experience for visitors.

Getting There

 Connected to the mainland via a bridge, Phillip Island is easily and best accessed by a car. Take a road trip from Melbourne or Gippsland, and stop by many scenic spots, attractions, wineries and eateries along the way.

From Melbourne by car:

Take the Monash Freeway (M1) to the Cranbourne exit, where you will turn into the South Gippsland Highway (M420). Follow this route to the Bass Highway (A420), through Grantville and Bass, then onto the Phillip Island Road (B420) to San Remo, over the bridge onto Phillip Island.

Phillip Island Bridge from the mainland

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