Top 16 things to do on Phillip Island

16 fun things to do on Phillip Island - Melbourne Girl

Here’s our round up of the top 16 things to do on Phillip Island. You all know by now that team Melbourne Girl loves a good road trip and last week, I had the pleasure of escaping to Victoria’s gorgeous Phillip Island.

The drive took us a little over an hour and a half to San Remo, the mainland village and gateway to Phillip Island. As soon as you arrive, the views of the ocean all around you will  kick your ‘island holiday mode‘ into instant full swing!

Get set for awesome beach vibes. It’s the perfect location for a weekend camping trip or family mid-week escape, with a great assortment of cafes and restaurants and lots of fun things to do and see (or relax and do nothing… which is heavenly).


Top 16 things to do on Phillip Island


Best things to do on Phillip Island


1. Spend the afternoon at Cowes Beach.

2. Watch the sunset from Surf Beach.

3. Indulge in a gelati everyday from Isola di Capri.

4. Enjoy a beer and a vino at Rusty Water Brewery.


Gelati - Phillip Island - Australia

Surf Beach - Phillip Island - Australia


5. Take the family to Phillip Island Nature Parks.

6. Grab a coffee from The Waterboy Cafe.

7. Take a stroll around The Nobbies.

8. See Phillip Island from above on a scenic helicopter flight.

9. Catch the free pelican midday feeding at San Remo.


Surf Beach sunset - Phillip Island - Australia

Cowes Jetty - Phillip Island - Australia


10. Brunch at BEANd, we love their scones and coffee combo.

11. Paddle in the Surf Beach rock pools during low tide.

12. Take a quiet walk along Cowes Jetty.

13. Watch the surfers at Cape Woolamai.

14. Explore the tree-top boardwalks at the Koala Conservation Centre.

15. Enjoy a beach picnic

16. Keep your eye out for a whale (or two) on the horizon.


Surf Beach - Phillip Island

Phillip Island - Australia

Cowes Beach - Phillip Island - Australia


If you’d like more information about where to stay, what to do and things to see on Phillip Island, be sure to check out the official tourism website here.

And please do shout out any of your insider Island tips in the comment below!



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Emily Collie is Founder and Editor of well-known Australian travel blog, Melbourne Girl. Emily has written travel articles for Expedia, eHarmony, Amex Shop Small Blogger Series and, and has been featured on many Australian websites including Mimco Mimzine and Bonds Australia Blog, and was invited on behalf of the VRC and Myer, to judge the Myer Fashions on the Field competition on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.

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