This island full of panoramic views over the Bass Strait and Westernport Bay is a photographers paradise. Phillip Island may appear a small island but there is so much to see and do. It doesn’t take long to realise why this scenic island is a popular destination for tourists to flock to from around the world (prior to covid-19). A place for surfers to ride the waves, hikers to clamber over the cliff tops, families to enjoy the beautiful beaches, camper/holiday makers to unwind, friends to catch up and wine and dine. The list goes on.
We spent 3 days on the island with the intent to unwind, take in the fresh sea air and explore the great outdoors. This journey did not disappoint.
Driving to Phillip Island after work on a Friday night didn’t leave much time to explore but we got our bearings and started to unwind. With a campsite overlooking Western Port Bay and Cowes Beach. Welcomed with a gorgeous double rainbow. A perfect start to an enjoyable weekend.
- Travelled to Cowes caravan park
- Set up camp
- Relaxed and took in the serenity as we overlooked the beach
- Strolled along Cowes Beach
- Watched the double rainbow and the sunset
- Strolled into Cowes Centre walked along the main street
- Dinner at the local pub
- Relaxed at the campsite listening to the nearby waves lapping ashore
Today was a day to soak up the beautiful beaches at our doorstep, walking along taking in deep breaths to inhale as much of the fresh sea air as possible. A day we went everywhere on foot from our campsite. On our visit there was so much seaweed washed ashore, it was amazing to see it so thick. We opted not to visit the Penguin Parade as we have been before, however this would’ve been the perfect night to have gone. Many fellow campers headed off to the nearby Summerlands Beach to watch the cute little penguins waddle out of the sea and up to their burrows.
- Breakfast at campsite
- Strolled along Cowes Beach
- Checked out Cowes Boat Ramp
- Strolled to/along Ventnor Beach
- Explored Ventnor Common Bushland Reserve
- Lunch at campsite
- Relaxed on Cowes Beach
- Strolled along the beach to Cowes Jetty
- Checked out some of the boutique shops in Cowes
- Dinner at the Thai Restaurant
- Strolled back to camp along the beach
- Relaxed at the campsite
This was our day to explore further afield and see what else Phillip Island has to offer. If you have more time I would recommend taking an extra day or two to explore all what we did on our last day on Phillip Island. It was a crammed pack day that we enjoyed every moment of, if only we had a longer visit….
On our way home we drove to Churhill Island, however we didn’t have time to visit the farm. There were plenty of cars parked in the car park. Looked like a great place for families to visit and grab a bite to eat. We checked out the visitor centre/cafe area and then continued our journey homeward bound. With our lungs full of fresh air, our windswept hair it was time to hit the road with lots of happy memories to treasure.
- Strolled along Cat Bay
- Explored the Nobbies
- Visited the Antartic Journey at the Nobbies
- Nobbies Centre for refreshments
- Southpoint Lookout
- South Coast Lookout
- Summerlands Lookout
- Pyramid Rock
- Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre and Go Karts
- Smiths Beach
- Conservation Hill & Rhyll Inlet
- Rhyll Boat Ramp
- Rhyll Jetty
- Farewelled picturesque Phillip Island
Phillip Island is such a scenic island, we totally recommend putting it on your go to list. A must for surfers, photographers and nature lovers.
Phillip Island location
Phillip Island is located just off Australia’s southern coast in the Gippsland Region of Victoria.
- Approximately 142km, 1hr 50mins from Melbourne CBD
Have you explored this picturesque island? If you have we’d love to hear about your journey on the island and how long you stayed for. Perhaps there’s another destination you’d love to share with us…