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How to Spend 1 Day on Phillip Island

How to Spend 1 Day on Phillip Island

Less than two hours’ drive from Melbourne, Phillip Island is a must-visit destination for nature lovers. One day leaves just enough to time to squeeze in the highlights, but plan ahead and book a guided tour to maximize your time. Here’s how to spend one day on Phillip Island. 

Morning: A Taste of Australia

Public transport is limited on Phillip Island so unless you plan to hire a car, it’s best to opt for a private or group tour that transports you between island highlights with ease. Most tours cover Cape Woolamai, the rocky promontory at the southernmost tip of the island, and the Pinnacle Lookout for dramatic ocean views. 

You’re also likely to stop at the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory before visiting the nearby Churchill Island Heritage Farm, a typical Aussie working farm located on a tiny island. After watching a sheep shearing display, head to one of Phillip Island’s food hotspots, the Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant, for lunch. 

Afternoon: Ocean Views and Wildlife

Start the afternoon with a visit to one of Phillip Island’s most popular attractions, the Koala Conservation Centre. A stroll through the natural bushlands offers plenty of opportunities to spot koalas, wallabies, and echidnas in their natural environment; nearly all Phillip Island day tours visit the park. 

Afterwards, head over to the southwest coast, where a walk along The Nobbies boardwalk affords views across the Bass Strait and Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals. If you want to get a closer look at the animals, wildlife-watching cruises set sail from Cowes Jetty and offer the chance to spot whales from May to October. 

Night: Watch the Penguin Parade

The star attraction of Phillip Island is undoubtedly the nightly Penguin Parade at Summerland Beach. The beach is home to thousands of Little Penguins—the largest colony in Australia —and each night at sunset, the penguins waddle back to their burrows on the beach after a day at sea. 

To avoid disappointment on the day, pre-book a package that includes tickets to the general viewing area and round-trip hotel transfers, or upgrade to secure a spot on the Penguin Plus Viewing Platform, which offers unobstructed views of the natural phenomenon. 

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Phillip Island Helicopter Tour

Phillip Island Helicopter Tour

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Soar over the golden sands and rugged sea cliffs of Phillip Island on exhilarating various helicopter flights. Choose between seven sensational itineraries and see the surf hotspot of Cape Woolamai, the famous Grand Prix Circuit or Port Phillip Bay on the Mornington Peninsula. Soak up magnificent aerial views of landmarks like the Red Rocks Point, the Nobbies and San Remo Bridge, or spot wildlife wonders like the penguins at Summerland Beach or the Australian Fur Seals lounging on Seal Rocks.
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  • 8 to 42 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise

Phillip Island Seal-Watching Cruise

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Get up close to the wildlife of Phillip Island and discover Australia’s largest colony of Australian fur seals on this catamaran cruise. Watch the adorable seals lounging on the rocks and swimming in the bays; spot seabirds swooping overhead and look out for dolphins, whales, and penguins as you float around the island. Finally, tuck into afternoon tea on-board as you listen to the live commentary and learn more about the island’s varied wildlife. 
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Cape Woolamai Sightseeing Cruise from San Remo

Cape Woolamai Sightseeing Cruise from San Remo

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When visiting Phillip Island, hop on board a double-decker catamaran at San Remo for a cruise around the cliffs, caves, and historic sites of Cape Woolamai. Hear informative commentary from the captain as you keep your eyes peeled for sightings of marine life such as dolphins, Australian fur seals, and seabirds. Snap photos of the dramatic coastal scenery and turquoise waters during this family-friendly cruise, which includes light refreshments and activities for children.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Day Tour of Phillip Island Nature Parks & Penguins

Day Tour of Phillip Island Nature Parks & Penguins

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Experience Phillip Island’s best scenery and most adorable critters on this day trip that makes it easy to get around without renting a car. There’s fun for all ages at the Antarctic Journey exhibits and Churchill Island heritage farm, plus some of the best views in Victoria from the Bass Coast and Summerland Beach. See wildlife in action at the Koala Conservation Center and with premium seating at the famous Penguin Parade, a nightly phenomenon where penguins waddle across the beach to their burrows.
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  • 7 to 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Day Tour of Phillip Island, the surrounding region and wine tasting

Day Tour of Phillip Island, the surrounding region and wine tasting

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Explore Phillip Island in style on a full-day tour that includes a 2-course restaurant lunch and visits to a local winery and brewery. Go sightseeing at destinations including the Nobbies, Bass Coast, and other scenic spots where you can look for wallabies, little penguins, Australian fur seals, and other wildlife. Relax during the lunch, which comes with a glass of wine or beer.
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  • 4 to 5 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$146.42
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Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour

Phillip Island Whale Watching Tour

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Witness the spectacular coastal scenery of Australia on a 4-hour whale watching cruise around Phillip Island. Climb aboard a stylish vessel with a professional guide and scour the sea for sightings of rare wildlife. See thousands of fur seals at Seal Rocks; keep your eyes peeled for rare seabirds like the shy albatross and little penguin; and marvel at dolphins diving out of the water with incredible grace. With luck, enjoy the unforgettable experience of watching humpback whales in their natural environment on this exhilarating cruise.
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  • 4 hours
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