Discover French Island and Phillip Island on Western Port Bay

Phillip Island

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An overseas daytrip, where wonder is found!

For the impatient and indulgent. Cowes, Phillip island is a destination that has your day already planned, where the wonders are found and waiting to be experienced.

From the moment you step on the  island, the northern beaches like foreshore, is the doorway to the iconic, cypress tree lined main street. Filled with breweries, boutique shops and incredible seaside eateries you can indulge in the fares & wares of this town as if away on an overseas trip. Leave the car behind and sail to a day trip like no other.

Located on one of Victorian’s only north-facing beaches, Cowes, Phillip Island’s commercial hub, is an ideal base to soak up the Island’s seaside holiday vibe! During the holiday season, Cowes is bustling as visitors and locals enjoy the buzzing cafes, waterfront restaurants, boutique shops and ocean views.

During the summertime, Cowes main beach is a perfect location to spend the afternoon swimming and an array of water activities on the foreshore. 

Things to see & do.


Explore Australia Tours

Travelers now seek intimate experiences that move away from mass tourism. Explore Australia offers day tours from Melbourne, showcasing local providers and natural beauty, with a focus on local experiences. These tours are crafted to deliver a "local feel" with joy, sense of fun, and quality, offering a unique opportunity for travelers to connect with the people and discover hidden gems. Doing daily tours to French Island.

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Wildlife Coast Cruises

Wildlife Coast Cruises allows visitors to explore Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory from a unique perspective on the water. With advanced eco credentials, the tours showcase the stunning coastline, diverse habitats, and marine mammals such as seals, whales, and dolphins. Three modern 20-meter catamarans, operated by knowledgeable and passionate naturalists, make for an unforgettable experience.

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Phillip Island Wildlife Park

Set on a huge 60 acres, the park is home to over 100 different species of Australian animals. It is here that you can not only see, but hand feed and really experience close encounters with wildlife. You will be surprised to find such a diverse range of native animals located only 2km's from the main township of Cowes.

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A Maze'N Things

Discover Phillip Island’s most fun destination! A Maze’N Things is an exciting world of illusions, puzzles, mazes and mini golf that offers hours of fun, magic and adventure. Whatever you decide to do, we know you’ll be laughing all the way! This fun family attraction is perfect for those looking for things to do on Phillip Island that everyone will enjoy.

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Grumpy's Crazy Golf

Grumpys Crazy Golf, located in the heart of Cowes, is a well-established business on Phillip Island. They provide a fully covered 18-hole mini-golf course that is both challenging and enjoyable for all ages. The clean environment makes it a great option for families and friends. With protection from the rain and shade on sunny days, visitors can enjoy a round of mini-golf with the motto "Par None."

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Ocean Reach Brewing

Ocean Reach Brewing, based in the beachside community of Cowes on Phillip Island, is an independent brewery. If you're in the mood for a meal, they offer lunch and dinner sessions with the option to book a table for inside, footpath, or deck seating. Walk-ins are also welcome, subject to availability. And, if you're bringing your furry friend along, they're allowed outside.

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Pino’s Trattoria

Looking for the best Italian food on Phillip Island? Look no further than Pino's Trattoria, located in the main street of Cowes. Established in 1991, this restaurant has been a staple for locals and tourists for 30 years, serving up delicious and authentic Italian cuisine. They're famous for their top-notch pizza, pasta, and cocktails, making it the perfect place for a hearty meal.

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Phillip Island boasts expansive sandy beaches, spectacular rugged cliffs, world-class surf spots and safe havens for bathing, Phillip Island’s coastline is one of its biggest drawcards…and not just for people! Thousands of Little Penguins call the island home and every evening you can see them waddle up the beach at dusk to nest in the sand dunes of the nature reserve. The penguins aren’t the only wild Australian natives who love life on the Island – A huge fur seal colony claims Seal Rocks, many dozy koalas live in the gum trees at the conservation centre and wallabies, echidnas and a wide range of bird species can be spotted in the bush and seen up close at wildlife parks.

Another of the island’s greatest attractions is the Grand Prix circuit, which is considered one of the most spectacular venues on the Grand Prix calendar. If pedal power or scenic strolling is more your pace, then the breathtaking scenery along the coastal trails and through bush to inland lakes can be enjoyed by bicycle or foot.

It’s a magical place for families with much to keep the kids entertained, and plenty for the adults too; award-winning wineries, restaurants and cafes serving fresh local produce, pubs with live music, farmers markets, surf carnivals and events.