Phillip Island situated in Western Port. It is a place of natural beauty, sandy beaches, serene wetlands and exceptional wildlife experiences.
Watch hundreds of Little Penguins return to their burrows during the famous Penguin Parade, get to know koalas dozing in their treetop homes at the Koala Conservation Centre or sail past Australia's largest colony of fur seals. The island also offers plenty of opportunities for water sports within sheltered bay beaches on the northern side of the island and wild surf beaches on the south coast.
The Nobbies Centre is Australia's newest marine attraction. Investigate and discover the secrets of the incredible southern marine environment including seals, sharks and dolphins via interactive displays and cameras that allow you to zoom in and out on these marine creatures.
San Remo is the entrance to Phillip Island and an important fishing port. Pick up a fresh lobster from popular local fishing co-op or charter a fishing boat and try casting catching some fish yourself.
The first town on the island is the little fishing village of Newhaven where you can surf one of the best surf beaches in Victoria or walk down the Cape Woolamai. On the south-east tip of the island is the quiet village of Rhyll where Koala Conservation Centre is situated. Famous wetlands at Rhyll Inlet allow you to observe a number of waterbirds.
Cowes is the main commercial centre of Phillip Island and has numerouse cafes and restaurants for visitors to enjoy.
Dusk on Phillip Island is the signal for a very special event - a parade of little penguins that emerge from the sea and make their way to their burrows in the sand dunes. Phillip Island houses a large number of koalas, and a colony of up to 16,000 fur seals that can be seen at Seal Rocks from October to December.
Rich bird life, includs shearwaters, on Cape Woolamai, and numerous unusual species of waterbirds at Rhyll Inlet.
Water sports enthusiasts will be in heaven while on Phillip. You can paddle in the shallows of a bay beach, cruise the bay in a catamaran, kayak around Rhyll Inlet, observe large populations of waterbirds or catch a wave at one of the surf beaches.
On land, enjoy walks throughout the spectacular landscape or hire a bike and cycle around the island. You can take in the sights of Phillip Island by following a self-guided itinerary or touring route.
Phillip Island is also a great destination for a fun filled family holidays. A range of kid-friendly attractions such as A Maze'N Things, the Indy GoKarts, helicopter tours and the Fun Shed make it unforgettable holiday for the whole family.
Phillip Island is 140km 9under 2 hours) from Melbourne. Follow the South Eastern Arterial (M1) to the Cranbourne exit, where you turn into the South Gippsland Highway (M420). Continue down this road to the Bass Highway (A420) which will take you through Grantville and past Corinella and Bass.
Turn right at the roundabout at Anderson onto the Phillip Island Tourist Road (B420) through to San Remo and over the bridge, through Newhaven to Cowes.
V-Line bus transferes passengers to and from Melbourne with stops at Grantville, Corinella, Bass, San Remo, Newhaven and Cowes daily - check for times.
You can travel by train to Stony Point, where you can catch a ferry to island. For train timetables please visit www.vline.com.au
Inter Island Ferries operates a passenger service to the islands. All runs meet the V-Line train at Stony Point. To find out more about ferry timetables and prices
visit their website www.interislandferries.com.au