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The Top Things to do on Phillip Island

There aren’t too many places in the world where you can witness an onshore parade of Little Penguins, but you can every night on Phillip Island. Home to the world’s largest Little Penguin colony, the sheltered beach is the location of an unbelievable wildlife encounter, which you can experience from the comfort of nearby viewing boardwalks with unrestricted views. Tick this animal experience off your bucket list and entertain the family with a smorgasbord of activities found here in Phillip Island.

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Top 10 Things To Do In Phillip Island

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Phillip Island is located in close proximity to Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, and as such, it is a popular day trip destination for families looking to explore all the state has to offer.

Though it is quite small, the island is bursting with awesome activities, attractions and things to do that are both paid and completely free.

In addition to the obvious must-do and must-see attractions such as the Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Koala Conservation Centre and the Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre, there are many more things you can add to your itinerary that the whole family will love.

So parents, grandparents, and kids, let us help you plan the best family trip to Phillip Island!

1. Penguin Parade

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Location: 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands, VIC

The number one must do activity on Phillip Island is the Penguin Parade that occurs every evening at sunset on the shores of the island.

After a day exploring at sea, the Penguins return back to their burrows often to feed their young and you can witness this natural phenomena from a respectful distance at the Penguin Island National Park Visitor Centre viewing platforms.

This is one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia and there are a number of viewing platform here within the national park that will give the best possible chance of viewing these cute creatures.

The Penguins take their first tentatively steps onto the beach once day turns to night and visitors can choose between elevated platforms with stadium like seating, Penguin Plus and underground viewing areas which are sheltered and offer a more comfortable viewing experience.

"This is one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia and there are a number of viewing platform here within the national park that will give the best possible chance of viewing these cute creatures."

The penguin parade is an all weather event so if you happen to book tickets make sure that you rug up and bring warm clothing and rain coats in inclement weather.

Unfortunately, photography is not permitted but this just makes this experience even more special as you have to visit to experience the magical moment that the Penguins waddle past you unnoticed and into their burrows for the evening.

Phillip Island is a wildlife haven for many wildlife but the number one reason people visit is to experience the Penguin Parade and it is worth the wait and sometimes cold weather to sit on the beach and wait to experience this phenomena.

Visitors can access the Penguin Parade either by driving to Phillip Island or by joining a day tour from Melbourne. Bookings for the Penguin Parade are highly recommended as numbers are restricted and often it does book out.

The experience to see Penguins in the wild is one that children will remember for a lifetime.

2. Amaze N Things

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Location: 1805 Phillip Island Rd, Cowes VIC

Amaze N Things is a guaranteed to produce a few laughs from the whole family. The amusement attraction located on Phillip Island, just 90 minutes from Melbourne and includes a variety of activities that are suitable for children of all ages.

Try your hand at the Maxi Mini Golf, get high on the Sky Trail high ropes challenge, open your mind to some crazy optical illusions in the Magic Manor or play indoors in Puzzle Island.

One of the great things about Amaze N Things is that there are attractions here that are both indoors or outdoors so that you can always make the most of the day even if the weather has turned sour.

Challenge yourself with some quirky games, mazes and optical illusions here. Defy gravity, shrink your kids or lose your heads or find your way through a mirror maze!

"Amaze N Things is a guaranteed to produce a few laughs from the whole family. The amusement attraction located on Phillip Island, just 90 minutes from Melbourne and includes a variety of activities that are suitable for children of all ages."

Amaze N Things is open daily from 10am to 5pm 7 days a week and is only a 10 minute drive away from the Penguin Parade if you are planning to spend the whole day here on Phillip Island.

We recommend that you allow three hours here to have adequate time to go through all attractions without the kids getting too tired and antsy to leave.

Amaze N Things is a ‘fun house’ type attraction which appeal to a wide range of visitors not just families. If you are a fun loving couple or adult then you may enjoy exploring the Magic Manor, the crazy Maxi Mini Golf or The Maze.

3. Moonlit Sanctuary

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Location: 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale

Not on Phillip Island but on the way to, Moonlit Sanctuary is a great attraction to call into on your way to Phillip Island or on your way back.

Home to a range of animals including some Aussie favourites such as koalas, kangaroos, wombats and dingoes, Moonlit Sanctuary allows you to get up close to all of their animals, feed them and learn about them through the informative demonstrations and keeper talks.

With the help of the friendly and experienced animal keepers, you and the kids will walk away with some new information on Australian animals as well as some adorable photos of the animals.

"Moonlit Sanctuary allows you to get up close to all of their animals, feed them and learn about them through the informative demonstrations and keeper talks."

An interactive wildlife facility, Moonlit Sanctuary is set in beautiful luscious scenery that makes the entire experience that much better as the animals aren’t living in inner city cages but in large open enclosures reflective of their natural habitat. A hidden gem in the Victorian wildlife attraction scene, the sanctuary is the perfect place to take the kids to avoid larger crowds that the Melbourne attractions of Melbourne Zoo and SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium generally attract.

Located around an hour out of Melbourne’s CBD, Moonlit Sanctuary is easily accessible by car and provides free onsite parking for those driving. To continue on to Phillip Island is another 1.5 hours so if you get an early start on the day you’ll be able to fit all of the top attractions in plus more!

The sanctuary is open to the public 364 days a week (it’s closed Christmas Day) from 10am until 5pm. Admission to the park also includes all keeper talks and demonstrations. The only additional fee will be for any food and souvenirs the kids want and if you wish to sign up for an up-close animal encounter (available to book on the day of your visit).

4. Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

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Location: 930 Phillip Island Rd, Newhaven

Phillip Island’s answer to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, this is the one stop shop for all things chocolate and a haven for chocolate lovers. If you don’t want the kids to be jumping off the walls all day then maybe it’s best to limit their consumption to just one-tasting but either way, this is a definite must-see!

The best part of the factory is that it doubles as an educational attraction. During your visit, you’ll be able to learn about the production of chocolate, how it’s transformed from the cocoa seed to the confectionery that stocks our supermarkets’ shelves. You’ll also be able to play some of the chocolate-themed games to try and win some yummy chocolate balls or waterfalls.

"During your visit, you’ll be able to learn about the production of chocolate, how it’s transformed from the cocoa seed to the confectionery that stocks our supermarkets’ shelves. You’ll also be able to play some of the chocolate-themed games to try and win some yummy chocolate balls or waterfalls."

As you wander around the factory you’ll see the World’s Largest Chocolate Waterfall, drive a toy train around a chocolate village, try to lift the one-tonne block of chocolate, watch chocolatiers at work, admire the chocolate Statue of David, photograph the Dame Edna Everage chocolate art and more! There is so much to see and do here you’ll want to allocate at least one-hour to exploring the factory.

There is an onsite cafe and free parking to make the visit relaxing and enjoyable for mum and dad too! The factory is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day) from 10am, however, opening times vary during summer and winter, so be sure to check on the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory website for specific times.

5. Maru Koala & Animal Park

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Location: 1650 Bass Hwy, Grantville, VIC

An animal park with a twist, Maru Koala & Animal Park is home to some of the country’s cutest and cuddliest animals as well as an adventurous mini golf course, combing two awesome family-friendly activities into one!

For animal lovers both young and old, this is the place for you! Home to a number of native Aussie animals including koalas, which you can pet and hand feed (at an extra cost), dingoes, snakes, joeys and lizards to name a few.

During your visit to the park, you can book yourself into a close encounter experience which allows you to get up close to and get hands on with the animals to pet, feed and hold them. This makes for some great photo opportunities for the kids and will create some amazing memories for your visit to the park and Phillip Island.

"Maru Koala & Animal Park is home to some of the country’s cutest and cuddliest animals as well as an adventurous mini golf course, combing two awesome family-friendly activities into one!"

The mini golf side of the park is pirate themed and sees the kids make their way around the Princess Caribbean Pirate Ship trying to land a hole in one around the 18-hole course. Complete with life-size pirate figures and a thunderous waterfall this is an exciting and adventurous activity even the adults will love!

There’s also a bistro on site where you can grab a delicious bite to eat during your visit. The Homestead Bistro is serving the likes of pies, pizzas and pastries for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

You can choose to visit one of both of the attractions at Maru Koala & Animal Park, either way, it’s a great value day out for the whole family.

6. Warrook Farm

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Location: 4170 S Gippsland Hwy, Monomeith

See what life is like on the farm with a visit to Warrook Farm located around 50-minutes outside of Phillip Island. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time from the moment you arrive at Warrook Farm with its classic farm tour, fauna park, historical homestead and dining room.

During your visit you’ll have the chance to crack a whip, bottle-feed a baby calf, milk a cow, watch a sheep being sheared, feed kangaroos and wombats and enjoy a delicious home made meal with classic Aussie country hospitality.

"The grounds of Warrook Farm date back to 1865 with the homestead standing today traced back to 1907 after the original homestead burnt down."

The grounds of Warrook Farm date back to 1865 with the homestead standing today traced back to 1907 after the original homestead burnt down. Homestead tours are available to book and purchase for those who wish to learn about the homestead and the farm while exploring it. Other experiences at the farm include damper making classes, watching how billy tea is brewed, dining in the cafe and browsing the gift shop.

The farm is open to visitors 7 days a week year round (with the exception of Christmas Day) and is open from 10am until 4pm. The various tours are held throughout the day at 11am and 1pm for Farm Tours, and self-guided tours begin 10am and 4pm for the Fauna Park.

A great outing for the whole family, this is a great way to get hands on with animals and activities in the outdoors and is something the kids, and the adults will love!

7. Antarctic Journey at The Nobbies Centre

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Location: 1320 Ventnor Road, Summerlands, VIC

The Antarctic Journey at The Nobbies Centre is a great activity to accompany a trip to the penguin parade on Phillip Island.

Part museum, part interactive exhibition, Antarctic Journeys is an educational journey that will immerse the children into the world of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

Separated over several floors, wander the facility to enter ‘The Lab’ where kids can learn all about the wildlife that inhabit Antarctica with hands on activities.

The Lab also features unique experiences that simulate the cool temperatures and seek to explain to children how the animals can survive and thrive in cool environments.

Step into the Antarctic Chill Zone followed by an interesting thermal image experience which compares your thermal image to wildlife such as Emperor Penguins.

"Part museum, part interactive exhibition, Antarctic Journeys is an educational journey that will immerse the children into the world of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica."

The next section of the exhibition is the Sound Lab and Research Station which presents educational information about unique wildlife, ongoing research and the chance to look under the microscope at scientific specimens.

In the final section, you will step into a multi-media virtual reality experience to deliver you into the heart of Antarctica. Stand on ice, reach out and touch the penguins and seals or marvel at the almost life-size whales.

Children will have a much greater appreciation for marine life and learn a little about conservation along the way here at Antarctic Journeys.

Antarctic Journey is open from 10am daily with closing times varying throughout the year according to the season. Please check their website closer to your visit for up to date operating hours.

8. Wildlife Eco Cruises

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Location: Cowes Jetty, Phillip Island

You may be starting to see a pattern emerge here on this list of things to do with kids in Phillip Island. The region is a haven for marine life and wildlife and for many people is the only opportunity to have seen wild animals in their native environment.

Jump on a wildlife cruise with Wildlife Coast Cruises and you are in for a surreal experience in Phillip Island.

Of course, you can go see wildlife in aquariums and zoos but nothing beats the experience of witnessing wildlife in their natural habitat where you can just sit back and observe them unnoticed.

Wildlife Coast Cruises take passengers out on water for a 2 hour wildlife cruise to see marine life including Fur Seals, dolphins and a variety of seabirds.

You will get to see Australia’s most famous Fur Seal Colony and the rugged Victorian coastline of Phillip Island on this 2 hour wildlife cruise.

"You will get to see Australia’s most famous Fur Seal Colony and the rugged Victorian coastline of Phillip Island on this 2 hour wildlife cruise."

Even if you or your children aren’t a wildlife warrior, the scenic cruise is a great activity to occupy the kids for a couple of hours and the wildlife sightings are impressive enough that the children won’t get bored.

Wildlife cruises depart from Cowes Jetty on Phillip Island daily with a complimentary morning or afternoon tea and educational commentary as you cruise the bay.

Thousands of playful Fur Seals are known to occupy this region and wildlife cruises are the perfect way to spy on these inquisitive creatures.

If you are visiting Phillip Island, be sure to add this activity to your top ten things to do with kids.

9. Churchhill Island Heritage Farm

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Location: 246 Samuel Amess Drive, Churchill Island

To gain a glimpse into Victoria’s history, the Churchhill Island Heritage Farm is the ideal family day out in Phillip Island.

The 57 hectare island property has been used as farming land since the 1850’s and has a rich Aboriginal and European history. Visitors are welcome to come along to the heritage farm to stroll through the aromatic gardens and witness the traditional farming practices of the early 1900’s.

See a historic working farm as it was then and now with a self guided walk through the restored heritage gardens, historic buildings and internationally recognised and tranquil wetlands.

The best time to visit Churchill Island Heritage Farm is in the afternoon from 1pm when there is a daily program of farming activities occurring including cow milking, sheep shearing, whip cracking.

"Churchhill Island Heritage Farm is a glimpse into the past with a rich Aboriginal and European history. Stroll through the gardens to see heritage buildings, gardens and traditional farming practices of the 1800's."

Traditional wagon rides led by Clydesdale horses are available between 1pm and 2pm and there are Highland cattle, sheep and an ensemble of baby farm animals available to view here.

The best way to access Churchill Island Heritage Farm is by car. The farm is approximately 90 minutes drive from Melbourne and there is ample free parking on site.

Churchill Island Heritage Farm is open daily from 10am to 5pm excluding Christmas Day when different operating times apply.

10. Clip N Climb

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Location: 6-8 Industrial Way, Cowes, VIC

Clip n Climb in Phillip Island is an indoor rock climbing centre like no other with interactive rock climbing walls and virtual reality experiences that will leave kids wanting to keep coming back to try them all.

Children can push themselves outside of their comfort zone on dozens of rock climbing walls and aerial obstacles that encourage physical fitness in a fun way.

What makes Clip N Climb Phillip Island different to other rock climbing centres, however, are the interactive virtual reality rock climbing game walls.

With state of the art technology and the use of projection tracking and animations, climbers can select from a collection of games on the digital touch screen and then have fun climbing the wall dodging digital objects like meteors or following a digital route up and down the rock walls.

Some of the most popular digital challenges that you can try are ‘Astromania’ where climbers are encouraged to keep climbing to save the planet or the Sparks game where climbers have to avoid touching the ‘electricity’.

Clip N Climb takes the virtual reality technology even further with unique VR pods that incredibly trick your senses and transport you into another world.

Sitting down in the VR pods, experience seat vibrations, realistic pokes in the back and wind and sound effects that are perfectly timed with visual production that you watch.

The virtual reality pods are recommended for children 8 years and above and all ages can harness up and tackle the rock walls with a variety to choose from for all ages and abilities.

Clip N Climb is open Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 5pm, Saturdays 10am to 4pm and Sunday 11am to 3pm.

The Top 10 Things to do on Phillip Island, VIC

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Nestled comfortably off Australia’s southern coastline not too far away from the bustling capital city of Melbourne, Phillip Island is home to an abundance of wildlife, beautifully framed by its idyllic coastline.

From beaches and racetracks to koala conservations, seal colonies, and penguin parades, Phillip Island has a wide variety of attractions to entertain visitors both young and old, confirming it as one of Victoria’s must-see destinations.

For anyone venturing to Melbourne on the lookout for the best activities and attractions available within a day trip from the city, Phillip Island is the place to be. We’ve put together a list of the Top 10 Things to do on Phillip Island to help you make the most of your visit.

1. The Penguin Parade

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Location: 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands VIC

If you’re able to stay on the island until the late afternoon, make sure to purchase admission to one of Australia’s (and possibly the world’s) most adorable displays of nature in action at Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade.

Witness one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia at the famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. The nature park is approximately 90 minutes drive from Melbourne and is one of the only places in Australia where you can get up close to these cute creatures and witness them in a natural setting amongst their colony.

With the event not taking place until sunset, there will be plenty of time to explore the Island and tick off as many experiences as you like throughout the day, before making your way west to Summerland Bay.

Witness one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia at the famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. The nature park is approximately 90 minutes drive from Melbourne and is one of the only places in Australia where you can get up close to these cute creatures and witness them in a natural setting amongst their colony.

You’ll be able to find the perfect vantage points from viewing platforms on the beach and the surrounding boardwalk, where you’ll be treated to the sights and sounds of tiny waddling penguins as they make their way ashore.

The Penguin Parade offers multiple viewing platforms and boardwalks which are suitable for wheelchairs and prams. The parade also provides underground viewings, allowing for some up close penguin sightings as they waddle up to their burrows under the setting sun, having spent another big day fishing and swimming off the Victorian coast.

In addition to the show the penguins put on, you’ll also get to hear from the rangers that help support these wonderful little birds and their fragile environment. You’ll hear about the penguins’ daily routines and habits, along with various facts about the location and its preservation, while you patiently wait for the sun to set and the penguins to arrive.

A popular experience for visitors of all ages, the Penguin Parade is a definite must-do to wrap up your time on the island!

2. Take a Cruise with Wildlife Coast Cruises

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Location: The Esplanade, Cowes

If cruising out to a place aptly named ‘Seal Rocks’ and hanging out with a few thousand of its furry inhabitants sounds like a good time to you, be sure to book a spot on the Phillip Island Seal Cruise with Wildlife Coast Cruises.

The cruise includes a two-hour voyage departing Cowes Jetty, exploring the island’s spectacular southwest coast and visiting Australia’s largest fur seal colony, which occupy Seal Rocks.

The cruise will see the boat surrounded by approximately five thousand seals (we’re not exaggerating!) whilst also having the chance to spot pods of dolphins and whales, massive varieties of seabirds, and much more in the surrounding waters.

The cruise will see the boat surrounded by approximately five thousand seals (we’re not exaggerating!) whilst also having the chance to spot pods of dolphins and whales, massive varieties of seabirds, and much more in the surrounding waters.

During your time at Seal Rocks, you’ll also get to see the inquisitive nature of seals first hand, as they approach the boat for a better look at its occupants, all while providing some incredible photo opportunities.

Along with the aquatic wildlife, you will also be treated to a complimentary morning or afternoon tea to ensure you’re able to take in the sights and sounds in complete comfort.

Daily cruises leave at 2 pm, departing from Cowes Jetty on the northern coast of the island, with extra cruises leaving at 11 am and 4.30pm in summer and during school holidays.

3. Eco Cruises

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Location: The Esplanade, Cowes

Despite its small size, Phillip Island is blessed with an incredible variety of wildlife. The island is home to seals, penguins, and migrating whales throughout the year, all within the confines of its ruggedly beautiful coastline.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one way to explore the Island’s spectacular shores and extensive marine life, look no further than the Eco Boat Adventure Tour with Phillip Island Nature Parks.

The tour includes 90-minutes of high-speed cruising in a purpose-built vessel along Phillip Island’s photogenic coastline before pulling into a protected inlet, which is home to large numbers of boisterous fur seals.

Known to be curious by nature, the seals won’t be able to resist swimming over to greet the boat and checking out its occupants.

Beyond a friendly greeting, the seals are often seen putting on a playful show for guests, including ducking their heads in and out of the water and jumping over one another.

The tour also takes you to Nobbies sea-cave, shaped by centuries of waves crashing into the rocky embankments, before heading over to the Cat Bay National Surfing Reserve, famous for its longboard break.

As an appropriately exciting end to the journey, your experienced captain will give the Eco Boat a workout with a bit of wave running on the trip back in, finishing up at the jetty with plenty of time to make your way over to the Penguin Parade for a sunset viewing.

4. Antarctic Journey at Nobbies Centre

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Location: 1320 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands

Immerse yourself in a spectacular multimedia wildlife experience during your Antarctic Journey at Nobbies Centre, thanks to Phillip Island Nature parks and WWF Australia.

The attraction includes hands-on activities and state-of-the-art technology that takes you on an expedition to the world’s most extreme continent, Antarctica.

With multimedia displays and virtual interactive experiences, the Antarctic Journey at Nobbies is the perfect place for families looking for experiences that are both fun and informative, at a price they can afford.

With multimedia displays and virtual interactive experiences, the Antarctic Journey at Nobbies is the perfect place for families looking for experiences that are both fun and informative, at a price they can afford.

Attractions at the centre include the Lab, where you’ll be able to “Feel the freeze” in an Antarctic Chill Zone complete with thermal imaging, which compares your own thermal activity to that of an Emperor Penguin.

There is also a Sound Lab and Research Station where you’ll be exposed to the sights and sounds of Antarctic wildlife, including animal calls, Antarctic landscapes, ongoing research activities, and conservation values helping to bring the world’s most remote continent to life before your eyes.

As is often the way with exhibitions, Nobbies save the best till last with their stunningly unique ‘augmented reality’ technology, used to transport you to an ice floe, immersed in audio and visual stimulants that place you right in the heart of the action.

5. Koala Conservation Centre

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Location: 1810 Phillip Island Road, Phillip Island

If wildlife is your thing and you’ve been patiently waiting for a chance to see some Australian natives on the island, then Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Koala Conservation Centre is the place for you!

Offering a range of family-friendly activities and opportunities to explore Phillip Island’s rugged native bushland, the reserve provides possibly your best chance of spotting Australian wildlife on the island, while they enjoy the freedom of their natural habitat.

Stroll through the woodland forest along the boardwalk and come face to face with Koalas in their natural environment.

With two treetop boardwalks providing up-close koala viewings, the conservation centre also offers plenty of opportunities to get the binoculars out and spot your fair share of wallabies, echidnas, and colourful native birds.

The two boardwalks, the Koala Boardwalk and Woodland Boardwalk, each take around 20-minutes to complete, covering 800 and 600-metre loops respectively.

Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, the Koala Conservation Centre provides a perfect touch of nature to any Phillip Island itinerary, including plenty of opportunities to take some spectacular photos along the way.

6. Churchill Island Heritage Farm

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Location: 246 Samuel Amess Dr, Churchill Island

A piece of Victorian history, the Churchill Island Heritage Farm makes for the ideal place to enjoy a relaxing stroll through fragrant cottage gardens and freshly clipped grass, surrounded by a beautifully preserved glimpse into past lives of early Australian settlers and traditional farming practices.

Located on Churchill Island, just off the northeast coast of Phillip Island, the farm shares in an important piece of European settlement history, being the site of the first European agricultural pursuits in all of Victoria.

Farmed since the 1850s, all 57 hectares of this tiny island are now open to the public as an historic working farm.

A piece of Victorian history, the Churchill Island Heritage Farm makes for the ideal place to enjoy a relaxing stroll through fragrant cottage gardens and freshly clipped grass, surrounded by a beautifully preserved glimpse into past lives of early Australian settlers and traditional farming practices.

Boasting significant natural and cultural values, the island includes world-class wetlands, ancient Moonah trees, heritage gardens, and beautifully preserved historic buildings that have become increasingly desirable for weddings.

Be sure to catch the daily farming activities between 2pm and 3.30pm to see this historic site in action.

7. Phillip Island Circuit

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Location: Back Beach Rd, Phillip Island

Phillip Island’s very own Phillip Island Circuit plays host to a number of world-renowned events throughout the year, including the Superbike World Championship, Victorian State Racing Championship and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

If your trip to Phillip Island is timed well enough to coincide with one of these events, be sure to secure your spot on the sideline and take in the sights and sounds of world-class riders and drivers as they whiz past on one of Australia’s most beloved tracks.

The circuit also gives visitors a chance to squish into some European SODI Go Karts for a spin around their scaled-down replica of the world-famous track, or take part in Hot Laps, a lightning fast ride around the actual circuit with an experienced racing driver.

The circuit also gives visitors a chance to squish into some European SODI Go Karts for a spin around their scaled-down replica of the world-famous track, or take part in Hot Laps, a lightning fast ride around the actual circuit with an experienced racing driver.

With a variety of options to explore the circuit, including tours, getting in the passenger seat, or getting behind the wheel on a replica track, the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is one of the island’s must-see attractions for full-throttle motor-heads and casual fans alike.

8. The National Vietnam Veterans Museum

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Location: 25 Veterans Dr, Newhaven

A must-see for history buffs, particularly those with an interest in historical conflicts, The National Vietnam Veterans Museum is a beautifully preserved and presented a collection of items and exhibits from the Vietnam War (1955 – 1975).

Located at Newhaven, on the eastern-most side of Phillip Island, the museum incorporates two levels of fascinating photos, articles and artefacts, along with political cartoons and literature from the era.

Some of the standout exhibits include full-scale tanks and a variety of aircraft, including a former RAAF Huey A2-110 – complete with battle repair scars from the Vietnam War – and the iconic M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier.

Some of the standout exhibits include full-scale tanks and a variety of aircraft, including a former RAAF Huey A2-110 – complete with battle repair scars from the Vietnam War – and the iconic M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier.

Open daily from 10am to 5pm, with reasonably priced tickets and the option of a guided tour for an additional fee, the Museum is well worth a visit before you leave the Island.

9. A Maze'N Things

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Location: Phillip Island Road, Phillip Island

If you’re travelling with kids and have a flair for the unusual, A Maze'N Things is an award-winning park with plenty of charisma that provides a unique approach to keeping the whole family entertained.

The park offers anything from illusions and puzzles to mini golf, mazes, and the exciting Look Out! Slide.

This attraction is sure to guarantee a few laughs and hours of entertainment regardless of your age.

The high-quality attractions have been entertaining visitors both young and old since the park’s inception, providing guests with several hours’ of entertainment as they work their mind through the various challenges.

A Maze ‘n Things’ newest attraction, Magic Manor, includes a variety of interactive displays featuring illusions, magic rabbits, scare rooms, and mysterious caves among various other elements that are sure to leave you smiling, surprised and perhaps even astounded.

10. Cowes Beach

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Location: Cowes, VIC

Positioned in the middle of the island’s north shore, Cowes acts as Phillip Island’s commercial hub. Bustling with visitors from all over the world who have decided to take advantage of its wide range of accommodation options, Cowes is the largest accommodation hub on the island.

If you’re planning to stay on the island itself, Cowes makes for the perfect place to drop your bags and set up home base.

This seaside village is the perfect weekend escape from Melbourne by the beach. A perfect choice for those who are visiting the region to the see the Penguin Parade or are coming to experiencing the excitement of the Grand Prix racing.

This small coastal town is located within close proximately to all the best spots and experiences the island has to offer, meaning you’ll never be too far away from something to see or do.

Beyond its appeal as a holiday hub, Cowes is also home to one of the island’s most popular beach destinations; Cowes Beach. With a relaxing seaside vibe, this north-facing beach provides the ideal setting for picnics, swimming, water sports and sunbaking during the summer months.

The beach is also relatively sheltered from the wind and strong tides, making it less susceptible to poor conditions and great for families with young kids, providing you with the best chance of setting up a picnic on the sand to take a peaceful breather between activities.