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How to Spend 3 Days on Phillip Island

How to Spend 3 Days on Phillip Island

Famous for its coastal views and wildlife reserves, Phillip Island is an idyllic escape from Melbourne. Three days leaves plenty of time to take in top attractions, get off the beaten path, and relax on secluded beaches. Here’s how to spend three days on Phillip Island.

Day 1: Wildlife & Wilderness

If you don’t have your own transport, the most convenient way to explore Phillip Island is on a tour that focuses on the island’s main attraction—wildlife. Start the morning with a wildlife-watching cruise from Cowes Jetty and admire the island’s dramatic coastline as you cruise to Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals. If you’re visiting between May and October, you might also spot dolphins and humpback whales. 

Back on the mainland, opt for an afternoon tour that transports you to the Koala Conservation Centre, where you can see koalas in their natural habitat, and Churchill Island Heritage Farm, a traditional Aussie working farm.

At sunset, head to Summerland Beach to see the famous Phillip Island Penguin Parade, when thousands of Little Penguins return to their beachside burrows after a day at sea; book admission tickets in advance to secure the best viewpoints. 

Day 2: Explore the Mornington Peninsula

Just a short ferry ride from Phillip Island, the Mornington Peninsula is renowned for its pristine beaches, scenic countryside, and excellent food and wine. A day trip is the ideal way to tick off dispersed highlights, which include Arthur’s Seat, the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, and the Mornington Railway steam train. 

Spend the morning shopping at the peninsula’s lively markets—the Red Hill Community Market and Emu Plains Market are among the best, and boast stalls replete with artisan foods and unique souvenirs. 

In the afternoon, stop at one of the wineries in the Main Ridge, Merricks, or Red Hill districts, to sample some of the region’s top wines; several tours are dedicated entirely to wine and offer visitors the chance to sample multiple varietals. For food lovers, other must-visits include the Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm and Mornington Peninsula Chocolates. 

Day 3: Coastal Walks and Beach Breaks

Start the day with a scenic hike around Cape Woolamai, a rocky promontory at the southernmost tip of the island. The Cape Woolamai Walk takes around 2.5 hours and affords spectacular views as it winds through the Phillip Island Nature Park. Although the trail is signposted, hiking with a guide means you can venture off-road to little-known viewpoints and learn more about flora and fauna. 

Spend the afternoon exploring the island’s sandy shores. A car is essential for exploring the far-flung beaches; a tour lets you skip the hassle of hiring a car, and a guide reveals the safest spots to swim. Stop to watch the surfers at Surf Beach on the south coast, pay a visit to the nearby Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre—where the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is held—then head to the north coast to admire the stunning Red Rocks beach. 

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Wilsons Promontory Full Day Cruise

Wilsons Promontory Full Day Cruise

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Explore the coastal wilderness of the Wilsons Promontory National Park on this full-day cruise by catamaran. Spot whales(seasonal) and dolphins as you sail the east coast of Wilsons Prom.  Spot whales and dolphins as you sail across the Bass Strait; get up close to Australian fur seals at the Kanowna Island sanctuary; and see landmarks like Skull Rock, Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse and Glennie Island. After a delicious on-board lunch (included), cool off by swimming and snorkeling in Refuge Cove.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$194.56
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Phillip Island Helicopter Tour

Phillip Island Helicopter Tour

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Soar over the golden sands and rugged sea cliffs of Phillip Island on exhilarating various helicopter flights. Choose between seven sensational itineraries and see the surf hotspot of Cape Woolamai, the famous Grand Prix Circuit or Port Phillip Bay on the Mornington Peninsula. Soak up magnificent aerial views of landmarks like the Red Rocks Point, the Nobbies and San Remo Bridge, or spot wildlife wonders like the penguins at Summerland Beach or the Australian Fur Seals lounging on Seal Rocks.
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  • 8 to 42 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.16
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Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise

Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise

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Get up close to the wildlife of Phillip Island and discover Australia’s largest colony of Australian fur seals on this catamaran cruise. Watch the adorable seals lounging on the rocks and swimming in the bays; spot seabirds swooping overhead and look out for dolphins, whales, and penguins as you float around the island. Finally, tuck into afternoon tea on-board as you listen to the live commentary and learn more about the island’s varied wildlife. 
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.61
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Phillip Island Wine Experience Tour

Phillip Island Wine Experience Tour

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Enjoy the idyllic scenery—and the delicious wines and beers—on a small-group tour of Phillip Island and its environs. Meet your guide in the morning at your area accommodation, board your minibus, and wing your way past some of the island’s loveliest corners. Then, visit an artisanal cheesemaker before stopping at several wineries, where you’ll enjoy numerous tastings. After lunch, change course and enjoy a flight of beers at the local brewery.
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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$142.18
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Day Tour of Phillip Island Nature Parks & Penguins

Day Tour of Phillip Island Nature Parks & Penguins

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Experience Phillip Island’s best scenery and most adorable critters on this day trip that makes it easy to get around without renting a car. There’s fun for all ages at the Antarctic Journey exhibits and Churchill Island heritage farm, plus some of the best views in Victoria from the Bass Coast and Summerland Beach. See wildlife in action at the Koala Conservation Center and with premium seating at the famous Penguin Parade, a nightly phenomenon where penguins waddle across the beach to their burrows.
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  • 7 to 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$128.28
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Mornington Peninsula Markets Shuttle by Boat from Phillip Island

Mornington Peninsula Markets Shuttle by Boat from Phillip Island

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Take a break from paradise on this half-day shopping excursion from Phillip Island, including round-trip transport by catamaran. After a 30-minute cruise to Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula, transfer to either the Red Hill Community Market or Emu Plains Market. Enjoy three hours to explore the markets independently; shop for traditional crafts, artisan foods and unique souvenirs; or tuck into delicious street food (own expense).
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Phillip Island, George Bass Coastal Walk and Penguins Tour

Phillip Island, George Bass Coastal Walk and Penguins Tour

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Sample the best of Phillip Island’s nature and cuisine with a full-day tour of this favorite getaway destination just a short drive from Melbourne. Learn about Victoria’s pioneers at a heritage farm on Churchill Island, soak up coastal scenery on the George Bass trail and Nobbies lookout point, and finish the day with premium seats for the famous nightly Penguin Parade. Plus, enjoy the island’s bounty with included lunch and wine tasting.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Regional Tastes - Wine & Beer Tour

Regional Tastes - Wine & Beer Tour

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Let your taste buds and a gourmet guide lead the way on a food and wine tour of Phillip Island and South Gippsland. Following a wine trail in a comfortable vehicle, stop at hand-picked vineyards for cellar door tastings of fine Australian wine straight from the source. Pair this with nibbles at a cheese factory and olive grove, plus morning tea and a hearty lunch of local fare in Loch village. Along the way, drink up some of Victoria's best coastal views.
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  • 6 to 7 minutes
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