The Nobbies, is the must go to place to visit on Phillip Island. Here you have fantastic panoramic views over Western Port Bay to “Seal Rocks” where the largest colony of Australian fur seals call home. The Australian fur seals can be seen sitting on rocks through binoculars from the 1.2km return board walk. At the time of our visit due to covid-19 restrictions the binoculars provided at the Nobbies were not in use. If you are planning a trip, remember to pack your own binoculars to avoid disappointment.
Whilst you cannot walk out on the rocks you certainly get an awesome view from the board walk. There are cruises which leave from Cowes that get you up close to Seal Rocks. We have not yet experienced the cruise, however have heard it’s a must for seal enthusiasts who would love to get a close up encounter of the seals frolicking in the water.
Take your time and stroll along the board walks which take you along the clifftops overlooking the Westernport Bay. As you stroll along the board walk there are penguin burrows scattered along the clifftop. If you look carefully you are likely to see a few penguins that are huddled away. Some preening themselves, whilst others are keeping their young warm. You will also see a number of the Cape Barren Geese which were introduced to Phillip Island in 1984. Whilst these geese are gorgeous to see they do cause havoc for the locals on Phillip Island as there population has increased and destroying the farmers crops.
On our visit there were signs to warn people that Copperhead snakes can be seen here. Whilst we did not see a Copperhead snake here we did see one further along the road at another look out point. When exploring Phillip Island stay on the tracks. Phillip Island is a nature park. In the event you see a snake as the sign says “leave it alone”.
The Nobbies is a photographers dream with the combination of wildlife and the awesome panoramic views. As you go along the clifftop board walk it leads you to the Nobbies Blow Hole which can be a spectacle, however on this visit even though there had recently been very rough seas the Blow Hole was very calm. The Blow Hole is a 12m long tunnel which has been carved out of the rocks by the waves.
As you stroll along the scenic boardwalk take the time to read up about the rugged coastline which draws so many people to the Nobbies. There are a number of information boards scattered along the boardwalk.
5 things to do at the Nobbies
- Scenic board walk
- Nobbies Centre
- Souvenir shop
- Antartic Journey
What is there to do at the Nobbie Centre?
Whilst visiting the Nobbies don’t forget to check out the cafe at the Nobbies Centre. The Nobbie Centre is perched on the clifftop on south western tip of Phillip Island offering magnificent views of the Nobbies. This is a gorgeous place to escape the from the wind and enjoy a cuppa or bite to eat whilst gazing out to sea. You will also find a souvenir shop selling lots of plushie penguins and other memorabilia. The Nobbies Centre is also home to the Antartic Journey. There is an entry fee to visit the Antartic Journey, however it is a great place to take the kids to be educated on some of the underwater wildlife in a fun environment.
How long do I need to visit the Nobbies?
Depending on what you decide to do whilst visiting the Nobbies, I would definitely recommend a couple of hours. If you are solely going to work along the 1.2km return boardwalk this in itself could take an hour if you stop along the way and take in the magnificent view of The Nobbies. It is truly a beautiful place. Do not rush your visit.
The Nobbies Location
Situated on the south western tip of Phillip Island which is in the Gippsland region of Victoria.
- 1320 Ventnor Road, Summerlands, Victoria 3922
- Approximately 148km, 2hr 25mins from the Melbourne CBD
- Approximately 15km, 18min from Cowes Jetty, Phillip Island
What other places should I visit on Phillip Island?
Whilst Phillip Island is relatively small it certainly has lots of beautiful attractions for nature lovers within its 101 square km. Whether you’re into hiking, surfing, bird watching, photography or just looking for a scenic coastal place to relax and unwind. Click on the link to find out more about Phillip Island.
Below are some of the places we visited on our 3 day escape. The Nobbies would have to be our favorite place to explore, however we also loved exploring the other nearby beaches and walking tracks. Click on the links to learn more:
Have you visited this famous place for tourists to flock to from near and far? If you have we would love to hear about your experiences and of any places you think we should visit.