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How to Spend 2 Days on Phillip Island

How to Spend 2 Days on Phillip Island

Whether you’re planning an action-packed weekend away or taking a relaxing overnight trip from Melbourne, two days is just enough time to explore the secluded beaches and wildlife reserves of Phillip Island. Here’s how to spend two days on Phillip Island.

Day 1:  Coastal Views & Culinary Delights

**Morning:**The Cape Woolamai Walk is one of Phillip Island’s most rewarding hikes; hiking tours allow you to stray from the beaten path without getting lost, while exploring with a guide ensures you find safe swimming spots. 

**Afternoon:**Tours of Phillip Island often include a visit to the Rusty Water Brewery and the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, where you can sample artisan produce. After lunch, visit the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, where afternoon demonstrations include cow milking, sheep shearing, and working dog displays—book your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line. 

**Night:**Spend the evening at Summerland Beach, where the famous nightly Penguin Parade takes place. Pre-book tickets for the Penguin Plus Viewing Platform for the best views or get there early to secure a place in the general viewing area.

Day 2: Wildlife Watching

**Morning:**Set sail on a wildlife-watching cruise from Cowes Jetty and look out for fur seals, dolphins, and whales (from May to October) as you sail around Phillip Island. Back in Cowes, spend some time exploring the lively beach town, with its many shops, restaurants, and bars—a perfect spot for lunch.

**Afternoon:**Visit the Koala Conservation Centre, where you can spot koalas, wallabies, and echidnas in their natural environment on a bushland walk. For the best value, consider buying a 3 Park Pass, which includes entrance to Churchill Island and the Penguin Parade. 

**Night:**The lookout points at nearby Surf Beach are a great spot from which to watch the sunset. Afterwards, head to one of the resort’s restaurants, such as the popular Waterfront House, for a seafood dinner with views of the seafront. 

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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
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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
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Phillip Island Wine Experience Tour

Phillip Island Wine Experience Tour

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Enjoy the idyllic scenery—and the delicious wines and beers—on a small-group tour of Phillip Island and its environs. Meet your guide in the morning at your area accommodation, board your minibus, and wing your way past some of the island’s loveliest corners. Then, visit an artisanal cheesemaker before stopping at several wineries, where you’ll enjoy numerous tastings. After lunch, change course and enjoy a flight of beers at the local brewery.
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  • 5 hours
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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
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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
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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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Phillip Island Walking & Bird Watching Tour

Phillip Island Walking & Bird Watching Tour

Enjoy hiking the invigorating and scenic Cape Woolamai trail on Phillip Island without the risk of getting lost, on a guided tour. Spot a range of wildlife—including penguins and wallabies—that you might miss if traveling alone. If you’re making good time there will even be the chance to stop for a wine or beer tasting—a great way to relax en route.
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  • 5 hours
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