Perched off Australia’s southern coast, Phillip Island is one of Victoria’s premier holiday destinations. With its white sandy beaches, farm-to-table food scene and laid-back seaside villages, it’s the perfect blend of luxury and nature. There are plenty of opportunities to spot local wildlife, as the island home to one of Australia’s biggest koala populations.
Things to do in Phillip Island
One of Phillip Island’s biggest draws is its wildlife, with sleepy koalas dozing in roadside eucalyptus trees. Summerland Beach is famous for its evening penguin parade, while The Nobbies offers incredible views of a playful colony of Australian fur seals.
In the summer, Phillip Island is a mecca for sunseekers. It boasts some of Victoria’s best surf beaches, as well as plenty of calm bays that are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. There are also some tranquil spots for those who want to try their hand at catching a fish.
If you like fast cars, you’ll love Phillip Island. Every year it hosts the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, which sees hi-octane race cars speed around one of the world’s most scenic circuits.
A farming community at heart, Phillip Island is passionate about fresh produce. The island is dotted with artisan cafes, gourmet delis and great restaurants, which means you’ll never go hungry. Wash it all down with a glass of wine from one of the island’s boutique vineyards.
Getting around Phillip Island
Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island is an easy day trip from the Victorian capital. San Remo bridge connects Phillip Island to the mainland, which makes it easy to access. Renting a car is the easiest way to explore the island at your own place. If you’re not keen on driving, there are plenty of group tours on offer. If you want to arrive in style, you can also splurge on a scenic helicopter or seaplane ride.