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Located in a tranquil region on Victoria’s South Coast, Phillip Island is the perfect seaside holiday. If you want to surf, build sandcastles or even watch the waddling penguins, Phillip Islands is the right vacation spot for you. For the foodies, the history geeks, and the nature lovers, this getaway spot doesn’t get any better, especially since it’s only a 90-minute drive off the coast of Melbourne. If you want a peaceful weekend away from the world, jump into a car, and you’ll be here in no time.
Phillip Island has the combination of adrenaline meets calm and mellow meets fun. This combination allows you to explore all the attractions, enjoy the beaches and sip wine. As it is home to four nature parks, one gets to see the animals live in action, along with other educational visits such as the Antarctic Journey and the Koala Conservation Reserve. The scenic waterfront view and the mellow beaches, and the wineries make it the perfect place to unwind and relax.
The following are some popular activities to indulge in on your Melbourne to Phillip Island tour.
Over 30000 penguins live in the waters around Phillip Island, and if you want to see them, head over to the Penguin Parade at the Phillip Island Nature Park. Get on that boardwalk to watch these penguins waddle back home together and get an experience where you see the lives of these penguins up close.
The Penguin Parade visitor centre currently opens at 4:45 PM.Phillip Island Penguin Parade
In this joint venture between Phillip Island Nature Parks and WWF Australia, visitors are taken on an interactive, immersive journey through the Southern Ocean to Antarctica. With activities such as checking your thermal image to an Emperor Penguin and augmented reality technology that makes you believe you are standing on an ice floe, these activities will enthral and educate you. They offer a peek into the fascinating specimens of the deep blue and insight into conserving them for sustainable development.
The Nobbies Centre is currently open from 10 AM to 4:30 PM (last entry to Antarctic Journey is at 3:45 PM).Phillip Island Nature Parks
If you are looking to go on cycling and walking trails and reconnect with nature, Churchill Island is the place to be. Indulge in cow milking, sheep shearing, and other farm activities to get a feel of the countryside. Churchill Island is the first European garden in Victoria, and its remnants of historical gardens attract thousands of visitors every year.
The timings on the Farm Precinct are:
If you love koalas and their furry ears, large round head, and big black noses, then you must stop at the Koala Reservation Center to see the lives of these koalas upfront and in their homeland. By going on treetop boardwalks, you get to explore the six hectares of Australian bushland with ease. You also get to explore the other local birds, along with wallabies, and echidnas.
The Koala Conservation Reserve is currently open from 10 AM to 4:30 PM, with last entry at 4 PM.
Imagine an entire world of delicious, velvety chocolate! Here’s your chance to relive the magical fantasy of visiting a chocolate factory. Learn more about the chocolates we eat, and also let your imagination come to life as you see chocolate versions of Dame Edna Everage and that of Michelangelo’s David.
The Chocolate Factory is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM, with the last tour at 4 PM.Things to do in Phillip Island
If you want to add a little more magic to your getaway, stop at AMaze’N Things, a unique, fun-filled park located on Phillip Island. Spend the whole day playing in the mazes; the golf course; and magical displays such as disappearing rooms, time machines, and magic rabbits. For the adventurer in you, dare yourself to the Sky Trail, a 10-metre high ropes course adventure with various activities.
A Maze’N Things is open from 10 AM – 5 PM daily.A Maze'N Things Tickets
Phillip Islands has a temperate climate, with cold winters and warm summers. Given that their most significant attraction is the Penguin Parade, it's best advised to go in autumn or early spring to avoid the freezing weather when enjoying the scenic view.
With a private patio and garden views, the guests enjoy the beach within 3 minutes of walking time. The cottage is an 8-minute drive from the Koala Conservation Centre and a 15-minute drive away from the Penguin Parade and the chocolate factory.
Located in the heart of Phillip Island, this Mediterranean style accommodation is the ideal location to stay, as it is a 2-minute walk away from the Phillip Island Beach and 10 minutes away from Koala Conservation Centre, A Maze'N Things, and the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Phillip Island is 140km away from Melbourne.
You can get to Melbourne either by car, ferry, bus or even helicopter, depending on your budget.
There is no direct train to the Island, and you will need to take the bus or the ferry.
At Phillip Island, you can tour the Penguin Parade, go to the chocolate factory, enjoy the wineries, go on an Antarctic journey, or meet koalas.
If you choose to catch the bus, take the train to Dandenong and then a V/Line bus to the Island.
The ferry does provide services. But if you want to take the ferry, catch the suburban train from Melbourne to Frankston and switch to the diesel service till Stony Point. From Stony Point, there is a passenger ferry service that will bring you to Cowes.
A three-day visit helps you cover the major tourist attractions, enjoy the secluded areas, and relax before heading back.
It takes closer to 2 hours via road.
Based on your budget, there are several hotels and AirBnBs placed in the heart of the island so that your commute to other places happens with ease.
Walking from one end of the island to the other would approximately take 5 hours.
The best time to go to Phillip Island is from May to September, where the weather is mellow and breezy and isn't freezing.