Phillip Island

Phillip Island Guide

A great spot for surfing, relaxing on the beach and spotting wildlife. Cowes is the main town on the island but there are many other small towns shops etc. on the island and it is accessible by road. Cowes has a Coles, a Woolworths and petrol.


Ever-changing beach breaks always interesting and good surf.

Smiths Beach

A barrelling reef break as well as smaller waves in the bay to suit beginners. Interesting rockpools here when the tide goes out. Very busy during summer.


Access through the Penguin Parade from 9am to 4pm. 2 great breaks here that are very consistent. This is not a spot for beginners. It is also known for sharks as there is a seal colony nearby.

Cat Bay

A high quality left and right-hand reef break off Shelley Beach.

Forrest Caves

Beautiful beach, famous for its rock caves. The caves are only accessible on low tide.

Motor Racing Circuit

Phillip Island is famous for motorsport. The track here has lots of events and drive/ride days. Check the website for details (

Penguin Parade

At sunset every day little penguins walk up from the sea to their nests. This is the islands biggest attraction and it is worth seeing.

The Nobbies and Seal Rocks

See penguins, as well as gull rookeries and seals in the distance from the boardwalks here. Fantastic coastal scenery.

Cape Woolamai

Lots of tracks here which will keep you busy for a few hours. Huge bird colonies. The walks start near the lifesaving club.

Pyramid Rock Lookout

Beautiful lookout on the south side of the island.

Pyramid Rock Lookout

Beautiful lookout on the south side of the island.

Cowes General Store

Great takeaway place. Burgers, fish & chips, sausage rolls etc.

Phillip Island RSL

Good food and cold beer at good prices. Nice outdoor area.

Phillip Island YHA Hostel

Nice backpacker hostel with balconies and a rooftop deck.