Phillip Island was named after Governor Arthur Phillip.
Over half of its land area is farmland where cattle and sheep are
It is a busy tourist island providing hospitality to over 3.5
million visitors every year.
Phillip Island is not a heavily populated island during the off season.
According to census reports the permanent population is only 7,071
people. However in the summer months the number of people can rise to
approximately 40,000 !
Tourists come to Phillip Island for the world famous Penguin
Parade, the wildlife and the tranquillity, but also for some
major events like the Australian Motor Racing Grand Prix
and the Pyramid Rock Festival.
How to get there
Phillip Island is located south-east of Melbourne, approximately 140 km
from Melbourne CBD. It sits in the midst of Western Port Bay. From the
mainland town of San Remo, you can access Phillip Island via a concrete
The drive to Phillip Island offers you, closer to the island, some nice
bay views and that feeling of envy when you think "why do I not live
here!?". It immediately makes you want to stay there for longer. If you
wish to do so, it is good to know there is plenty of Phillip
Island accommodation available.
World famous attraction of Phillip Island is the Penguin
The penguins that claim Phillip Island as home, return from the sea and
waddle to their homes in the sand dunes each day at sunset. These
penguins are the world's smallest and are often called Little
Penguins or Fairy Penguins.
They spend the day fishing and
come home at night. Phillip Island has set up raised boardwalks and
stands from which to view this wonderful natural phenomenon without
bothering the penguins or the dunes they call home.
They are truly beautiful little creatures.
Even after seeing them a number of times now, I keep on being intrigued
And you too will find it hard to walk away from them.
When you go to visit the penguins, please be aware
that they arrive when it gets dark.
And that you will be sitting on a concrete seating area right by the
It gets chilly or downright cold quickly, so put on some warm clothing
and bring a rug !
And when you get there on a wet day, make sure to bring a plastic sheet
or bag to sit on !
The latest project, Nobbie's Centre, is a new attraction that will
allow visitors to view the natural wildlife in their setting and have
high tech cameras to zoom in on them without disturbing their habitat.
A learning center, kids zone, caf', meeting center, and gift shop are
among the additions for this facility featuring the penguins, koalas,
seals, and various species of birds.
Australian Motor Racing Grand Prix
Phillip Island is also home to the Australian Motor Racing Grand Prix.
The very first race was held on Phillip Island in 1926. It was called
the 100 Mile Race. There is a History of Motorsport display there that
lets you check out all the cars, motorcycles, and items pertaining to
racing going back to the first race and concluding with recent racing
momentos. Champions Cafe has refreshments to enjoy and the Visitors
Centre is available for purchasing gifts for the racing fan.
Pyramid Rock Festival
The Pyramid Rock Festival is a 2 day event held on Phillip Island. It
is on New Year's Eve and features various rock bands. People camp out
and there are market stalls supplying food and keepsakes to mark the
event. It was first held in 2004 and has become more professional and
better organised over time.
Cowes is the main township of Phillip Island. A huge number of people
visit the town during the tourist season. The town is a just a 2-hour
drive from Melbourne. You can also reach Cowes by ferry
from Stony Point on the Mornington
Peninsula. Cowes offers great accommodation facilities.
Check out here
to find out more.
When you visit Melbourne and Victoria,
you really need to try to make Phillip Island part of your itinerary.
It is a great place to relax, whether it is just for a short weekend
break or a longer holiday. And there is plenty of New Haven
accommodation available to make you feel right at home. Visit here
for more information.
The small village of Rhyll lies on the north-east
tip of Phillip Island, Victoria. It is well-known for its great fishing
spots. Established in 1826, Rhyll is one of the most well visited
tourist locations in Victoria. Read this
page to find out a bit more about what to do in Rhyll and
which accommodation you can choose from.
Phillip Island has much to offer for the out of town or out of the
Exploring the wildlife in a natural environment is a great experience
for adults and children.
It's a great place to dream away, feeling you are far away from the
big, bad world.
However, if you go to Phillip Island for the tranquillity, make sure to
check your calendar to avoid the Australian Grand Prix or the Pyramid
Rock Festival !