Top things to see and do in Phillip Island

Phillip Island Glamping

I really love spending a weekend in Phillip Island, it’s a great place to explore and relax. Whether you visit for relaxation or adventure, there is something for everyone. From camping, hiking, fishing, boating, surfing, drinking wine, shopping, exploring and plenty more, you will find what you are looking for on Phillip Island.

It takes under two hours to drive to Phillip Island from Melbourne. Below I have put together a list of must-do things when you visit the Island next!


Go Glamping

There’s not much that is better than sleeping under the stars by the beach. Let me tell you, it’s even better when someone else has pitched and styled your tent for you! Check out Phillip Island Glamping for an amazing and once-off experience.

Phillip Island Glamping

See the penguins

Seeing the wild penguins at world-famous Penguin Parade is a must-do when you visit Phillip Island! You can also enjoy interactive displays and walk through a penguin colony straight to the beach. Keep your eyes peeled for the penguin burrows to spot napping or returning animals.

Check out the Phillip Island Vineyard & Winery

The Phillip Island Vineyard & Winery is in a beautiful rural location with views over Bass Strait and Berry’s Beach. You can enjoy delicious wines with a yummy platter of local Gippsland cheeses, smoked trout and homemade dips, or a ploughman’s platter of fresh-sliced meats and cheeses, in the cottage-style cellar door.

Phillip Island Glamping

Pop into the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

Pannys Amazing World of Chocolate has something sweet to offer all chocolate lovers, definitely try out Panny’s famous secret recipe white truffles! You can dine in the Chocolate Cafe and take delicious treats home from the Chocolate Shop.

Walk up to the Pinnacles from Cape Woolamai

Cape Woolamai is the highest point on Phillip Island and is also the largest shearwater rookery. Between October and April this area is home to thousands of shearwaters (medium-sized long-winged seabirds). There are quite a few walks that start from the information shelter at the carpark of Cape Woolamai beach.

The Pinnacles walk is approximately 4 kilometres in length and takes only an hour to explore.

Phillip Island Glamping

Explore the local markets

There are many local markets to be found around Phillip Island, including nearby Churchill Island’s farmer’s market that is on the fourth Saturday of each month. At this market you can find locally grown and produced goods. You can then find crafts, clothes and produce from the Cowes Island Craft Market on the second Saturday of every month.

Watch some whales

May to October is the time when Humpback Whale and Southern Right Whales migrate from Antarctica along the Victorian coastline up north to warmer waters off Queensland for calving, before returning south to Antarctica in Spring. On Phillip Island and the Bass Coast you have the opportunity to take advantage of land, sea and air based opportunities to view the whales on their journey.

Check out the local shops

Along the main street you will find a few quirky shops selling clothes, knick-knacks and home wares. My favourite shop in Phillip Island is TYDE Boutique – be sure to check it out!

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Finally, take some time to relax

Be sure to take some time out to just chill out and relax! Enjoy the beautiful beaches, walks and cafes. There are also quite a few spa and wellness spots on the main street so if you have the money, book in for a pamper day!

Let me know your favourite things to do in Phillip Island!

Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway
Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway

Shannon is a travel and lifestyle writer with a keen taste for global adventure – whether it be snorkeling in the waters of Fiji, or exploring the art and architecture of Barcelona. When Melbourne calls her back home, she spends most of her time exploring and planning weekend road trips. To fund all of her trips, Shannon is a freelance writer and marketer – she was named the Australian Young Marketer of the year in 2017!

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