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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Located in the Cultural Centre main street of Cowes. Friendly staff will help with any enquiries you may have.
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.
Local works of art and craft for sale. Open 11am to 3pm 7 days in the Cultural Centre
Contemporary paintings, drawings, photography. Jewellery and special gifts. Sculpture and ceramics