Phillip Island is one of those magical places in Australia that just about everyone has been to. Now whether you consider yourself a tourist or a traveller it really doesn’t matter. Phillip Island has something to offer everyone from families to romantic weekends away.
Now y’all know that we don’t do romance very well, preferring to hike a mountain than hike up a mountain of debt for a weekend away. Yet despite this adventure lifestyle, we’ve chosen Phillip Island as one of the few places in Victoria that we happily travel to for a bit of romance and relaxation.
Where is Phillip Island?
Why it’s a mere 90 minutes from Melbourne CBD. And the majority of the driving is boring freeway but it is an easy drive. It’s hard to believe that such a fantastic destination is super close to Melbourne but far enough that you feel like you’ve had a real getaway. It’s great for wildlife viewing, adventure activities and long, lazy lunches.
When is the best time to visit Phillip Island?
Off season. Trust me on this one. To ensure that you have the best experience possible avoid the summer weekends. Phillip Island is a summer hotspot which means crowds, cramped parking and long delays at times. Even just getting a coffee can be a hassle. So, do yourself a favour and enjoy the wonder of the winter months. Or if you can take some time off work than try a mid-week escape.
From the moment you arrive on the island after driving over the bridge, you’ll be greeted with turquoise water views, beautiful sandy beaches, amazing wildlife encounters and spectacular sunsets.
Have I convinced you to get just yet?
Here’s a very short guide to 48 hours on Phillip Island.
Depart Melbourne via the M1 and South Gippsland Highway. As mentioned above there isn’t a lot to see as most of the driving is freeway. So, grab yourself a coffee and get ready for watch the miles fly by. Incase you do need a break why not stop off at Maru Koala and Animal Park?
If you’re feeling very touristing why not take advantage of the Maru up close and personal experience? It’s $145 per couple and includes entry to the park, Pirate Pete’s Mini Golf, close encounter experiences with several animals, kangaroo food to hand feed the animals, two professional photo prints, fully guided park tour plus a two-course lunch cooked by the in-house chef in the charcoal grill oven with a wine or beer.
Time to get the adrenalin pumping on a tour with a twist aboard Phillip Island Thundercat Tours. Take a thrilling tour of scenic Cape Woolamai in a customised surf racing cat, finishing at the pristine and private Cape Woolamai Granite quarry with its stunning white sandy beach.
Here you can relax with a grazing box filled with a delicious selection of the finest produce from The Pantry Phillip Island and once you’re finished, hop aboard the cat for a ride back to San Remo.
Evening Romancing and Dancing
About an hour before sunset the team at Wildlife Coast Cruises depart from Cowes on a leisurely evening Twilight Cruise through the sheltered waters of Westernport Bay aboard their 19-metre vessel the ‘Kasey Lee’. Chill out with a drink from the bar, enjoy nibbles on board and watch the evening lights around the bay as the sun sets. What better way to end your day on beautiful Phillip Island? A perfect way to capture a seriously awesome sunset.
Let’s Get Sleepy.
Phillip Island has become a bit of a weekender haven. So you’ll have no problems finding suitable accommodation for your budget. It can be a bit overwhelming searching the million different sites. So pop over to The Island Accommodation to see what’s on offer. If you’re after a private suite away from the hustle and bustle of Cowes check out The Big Wave complex in Newhaven. It’s walking distance from the best coffee ever in San Remo.
If you’re an early riser and have decided to stay in Newhaven you’re in for a treat. It’s a short stroll over the bridge to some amazing cafes, bakeries and brunch spots. If the weather gods are playing nice opt for a take away and sit on the foreshore.
Why not make it rain and enjoy some amazing flight time? Climb aboard your private helicopter and experience a flight to Wings & Fins Restaurant, Bar & Bistro. For a mere $630 for two, you can experience a luxurious lunch with a difference. What does $630 big ones get you? A Seafood Sensation tour where for lunch you will dine on famously fresh Flinders Island seafood while taking in the gorgeous views of French Island. Live like a Rockstar for a day and after you’ve had your fill, board your helicopter for the scenic flight back to Phillip Island.
Afternoon stroll along the beaches
You’d be a fool to miss an afternoon stroll along the beaches. It’s one of the many things that Phillip Island is famous for. Beach time! You don’t need to spend hours being a mermaid to enjoy the waterfront around the island. If you are visiting in the off season as suggested than I dare say that you won’t want to indulge in a dip. The water will be freezing. But don’t let me stop you on that activity.
Now the above really is a very short, first timers guide. Phillip Island has so much more on offer. I’m sure that once you’ve been you’ll be discovering things that we haven’t seen. Thankfully being so close to Melbourne it’s rather easy to go back time and time again. Which my family have been doing for the past 25 years! If you’re looking for more things to do go check out the Visit Phillip Island website.
Have you been to Phillip Island? What was your favourite thing to do? Let us know in the comments below.
Just a little FYI- this article was written in partnership with the Visit Phillip Island. Any and all views and opinions expressed are entirely my own based on personal experiences when travelling and are honest and factual without any bias.
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