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Phillip Island Activities & Attractions
George Bass discovered Phillip Island in January 1798, ten years after the first fleet arrived in Sydney. He named the island after CAPTAIN Arthur Phillip, the first governor.
Phillip Island 120 kilometers south-east of Melbourne (90 minutes) is situated at the entrance to Westernport Bay.
The magnificent 100 kilometer coastline transforms from massive rocky outcrops to sheltered golden beaches with the main family beach located on the Esplanade at the bottom of the main street.
The picturesque village of Rhyll situated on beautiful Swan Bay north-east of Phillip Island has always been a haven for boating and fishing with an excellent all tides boat ramp, 2 jetties, yacht club, angling club and sailing school. Today the town is a much sought after holiday destination with a full range of accommodation. Complimenting the quality accommodation is the fully licensed Foreshore Bar and Grill offering 180 degree water views in a warm and relaxing atmosphere, Hire a Boat and head out into the bay with the anticipation of catching the big snapper.
Learn to surf at Smiths Beach, Phillip Island, in some of the most beginner friendly waves in Victoria with one of the most established Surf Schools in the country. Lessons from first time beginner to experienced surfers are catered for, with group, private, school and corporate rates available. Island Surfboard's Surf School is home to the ultimate learning environment.
Surfing is our passion so book in and enjoy the ride!
Close to Melbourne, but in many ways worlds apart, French Island which is twice the size of Phillip Island two thirds being National Park is only 65 kilometers from Melbourne, yet is still a mystery to many Victorians who know little - if anything - about this intriguing Western Port island.
It is the only unincorporated territory in Victoria, meaning no shire, no rates, no access, except by boat. It has a permanent population of about 100 people who are mostly into farming and/or tourism. The French Island people are self regulating, have dirt roads and take life a little slower.
Inter Island Ferries travel to French Island from Stony Point and Phillip Island.
San Remo, 120 kilometres from Melbourne is situated on Western Port Bay and is the gateway to Phillip Island which is accessed by bridge. For the holiday maker there are numerous activities in and around San Remo to make your stay a memorable one. There is a sheltered beach at the back of town and great surfing can be found at Griffiths Point. The jetty area is always alive with visitors who flock to the town to witness the feeding of the Pelicans who line up for their free lunch of fish scraps every day at 12 noon.
Cowes Police Station Ph: 5952 2037
San Remo Poice Station Ph: 5678 5500
Fire Cowes Rhyll Ph: 5952 2300
Fire Newhaven San Remo Ph: 5678 5361
SES Cowes Ph: 5952 2142 Rhyll Ph: 5956 9272
Hospital Graham Street Wonthaggi Ph: 5671 3333
Cowes Medical Centre 164 Thompson Ave Cowes Ph: 5951 1800
San Remo Medical Clinic Ph: 5678 5402
Vet Cowes Ph: 5952 2936 Newhaven Ph: 5956 7262
Injured Wildlife (DNR) Ph: 5952 5910
Bass Coast Shire Ph: 1300 226 278
Westernport Water Ph: 1800 249 090
Poison Information Ph: 131 126
Woolamai Surf Lifesaving Club Ph: 5956 7311
RACV Ph: 5952 2037
Every year from the 26th December to the 26th January Amusement Services Australia operates the Island Summer Carnival at Cowes.
All the big rides are here including the: Spaceroller, Starship, Kamikaze & Midnight Madness!
We also have a brilliant selection of Fairground and Activity Games and we always invite 3rd party attractions such as: Animals on the Move, Snake Handlers, The Mini FX Team, & for the grand finale, Australia Day Fireworks.
The Woolamai Picnic Races always attract a large crowd over the summer months - take a picnic lunch and enjoy great day out for all the family.
Information 03 5678 2344
Take the Monash Freeway (M1) to the Cranbourne exit, where you will turn into the South Gippsland Hwy (M420). Follow to the Bass Hwy (A420) which will take you through Grantville, past Corinella and Bass. Turn right at the roundabout at Anderson onto Phillip Island Tourist Road (B420) through to San Remo over the brige, through Newhaven and proceed to Cowes.
V Line Bus to and from Melbourne Daily stops at Grantville, Corinella, Bass, San Remo. Information Ph: 136 196
Inter Island Ferry Connect to the ferry via V-Line to Stony Point. Passenger Ferry Service to Cowes jetty Ph: 9585 5730
A Drive Through Phillip Island History:
A drive around the Bass Coast area is far more than a scenic trip through some of the most breathtaking coastal and hill country in Australia...its a trip back into the very earliest beginnings of the state of Victoria. And it is a trip any Melbourne motorist can complete in a day.
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