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Cowes Information Centre
Cowes Information Centre
91-97 Thompson Avenue Cowes VIC 3922
Located in the Cultural Centre main street of Cowes. Friendly staff will help with any enquiries you may have.
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Facts and Figures
Facts and Figures
Population: 6,700 (perm) 40,000-50,000 (summer) approx 3.5 million visitors annually. Area: 10,000 hectares (26km x 9km)
Weather: Ranges from 35 degrees C to 12 degrees C.
Bass Coast Shire Regulations Phillip Island
Information Ph 1300 366 422
No dogs allowed most times check Bass Coast Shire Council for details
Camping
Not permitted on any public reserves or beaches. Penalties appy.
Lighting Open Fires
Not permitted anywhere within the shire or on beaches without permit. Penalties apply
Alcohol
Note permitted in the streets at any time and is not permitted in public places between sunset and sunrise. Penalties apply.
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Access for All
Access for All
Phillip Island is accessible for all members of the community, including children and adults with disabilities.
There is a range of purpose built accommodation and many attractions and restaurants which are fully accessible.
Information is available about the accessibility of:
- Accommodation -Attractions -Eateries -Beaches
-Attractions -Walking Tracks -Car Parking and Toilets
There is a Beach Wheelchair available for hire by contacting the
Cowes Visitor Information Centre on 03 5951 3396
Smith's Beach now has a wheelchair friendly ramp from the car park (which has an accessible toilet) down to the beach
Contact the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centres for a copy or log onto www.basscoast.vic.gov.au to view the information.
There are various formats available
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Phillip Island Markets
Phillip Island Markets
- Farmerís Market Churchill Island every 4th Saturday of the month 8am to 1pm
- Trash & Treasure Settlement Road Cowes every Sunday 8am to 1pm
- Art & Craft Market 3rd Saturday of the month St Johnís Anglican Church Thompson Avenue
- Cowes Night Market in summer on the foreshore
Further information contact Information Centre on 1300 366 422
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Phillip Island Events
Phillip Island Events
Phillip Island is famous for its adrenalin pumping international motorcycle and car racing events.
Motorbike enthusiasts from around the world converge on Phillip Island twice a year to see the big bikes in action at the Superbike World Championship and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
For car racing enthusiasts, enjoy the non-stop action of the V8 Supercars, Island Magic, Historic Car and other racing events.
Farmers Markets are held monthly on Churchill Island.
Woolamai Picnic Races are run regularly from November to February each year.
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The Gallery
The Gallery
Corner Church and Thompson Avenue Cowes VIC 3922
Local works of art and craft for sale. Open 11am to 3pm 7 days in the Cultural Centre
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Rhyll on Swan Bay
Rhyll on Swan Bay
Rhyll VIC 3923
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.
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San Remo
San Remo
San Remo VIC
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.
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French Island
French Island
French Island VIC 3921
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.
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