The Top Things to do on Phillip Island

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Looking for all the best things to do on Phillip Island? One of the most popular natural destinations that’s reachable within a reasonable distance outside Victorian capital Melbourne, Phillip Island is renowned as a nature destination for multiple reasons, but one in particular: its penguins. With a trip to Phillip Island, you’ll be able to watch groups of incredibly cute Little Penguins make their way to shore every night at the home of the world’s largest Little Penguin colony. Add to this its numerous sheltered beaches, array of family activities, great dining and more, and it’s a smorgasbord of things to see and do.

To begin your Phillip Island adventure, simply choose from the available experiences below and book your ideal journey online today.

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Top 10 Things to do in - Phillip Island and surrounds

Penguin Parade
Fur Seal Colony Cruise
Adventure Eco Boat Tour
Antarctic Journey
Koala Conservation Centre
Churchill Island Heritage Farm
Grand Prix Circuit
National Vietnam Veterans Museum
A Maze'n Things
Cowes Beach

1. Experience an overload of cuteness at the Penguin Parade

Location:Ventnor Road, Summerlands

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 the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. With the perfect vantage point provided from viewing platforms on the beach and the surrounding boardwalk, you’ll be treated to the sights and sounds of tiny waddling penguins as they make their way ashore. 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. 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. Cruise to Australia's largest Fur Seal Colony

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 south-west coast and visiting Australia’s largest fur seal colony, which occupy Seal Rocks. 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 2pm, departing from Cowes Jetty on the northern coast of the island, with extra cruises leaving at 11am and 4.30pm in summer and during school holidays.

3. Take in the sights on an Adventure Eco Boat Tour

Location:The Esplanade, Cowes

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. 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.

4. Chill out on an Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre

Location:Ventnor Road, 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. 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.

5. Han out with some koala's at the Koala Conservation Centre

Location:Phillip Island Road, Phillip Island

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. With two tree top 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.

6. Explore Churchill Island Heritage Farm

Location:Samuel Amess Drive, 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. Be sure to catch the daily farming activities between 2pm and 3.30pm to see this historic site in action.

7. Cut a lap of the Grand Prix Circuit

Location:Back Beach Road, Phillip Island

Phillip Island’s very own Grand Prix 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.

8. Soak up some history at The National Vietnam Veterans Museum

Location:Veterans Drive, 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 collection of items and exhibits from the Vietnam War (1955 – 1975). 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.

9. Get puzzled at A Maze'n Things

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. 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.

10. Kick back at Cowes Beach

Location:Cowes, VIC

With a relaxing seaside vibe, this north-facing beach provides the ideal setting for picnics, swimming, water sports and sun baking 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.