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Penguin Parade - Image Courtesy of TakeABreak / Phillip Island Big4 Caravan Park

Phillip Island was discovered in January 1798, ten years after the arrival of the first fleet in Sydney, by George Bass and named by him after the first governor, Captain Arthur Phillip.

Part of the Bass Coast region, Phillip Island is located an easy 140 km from Melbourne, and is one of Victoria’s major tourist destinations, attracting over 3.5 million visitors annually.

Visitors to Phillip Island will pass Churchill Island, also worth a visit. Originally part of Phillip Island, when the sea levels rose some 10-15,000 years ago, the land linking them was submerged.

On arrival at Phillip Island, for first time visitors, your first stop should be the Information Centre, packed with information on accommodation, attractions and available tours. You can also purchase many of your passes to the various attractions from here.

There is plenty to do on the island, including bushwalking, rock climbing, fishing, fossicking, bird watching, historical exploration, motor bike and motor car enthusiasts, just to name a few. Yet it is the Penguin Parade that is the highlight of a visit to Phillip Island for the first time tourist. With the sun slipping into the Bass Strait, and the drawing of the evening light, little penguins come ashore at Summerland Beach to return to their burrows, after a day of feeding out at sea.

Check out our listing of Phillip Island accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Phillip Island Information Centre
895 Phillip Island Tourist Road
Toll: 1300 366 422
Ph: 03 5956 7447
Fax: 03 5956 7095
Daily 9 am - 5 pm
During Summer School Holidays 9 am - 6 pm
Christmas 1 pm - 5 pm
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre

There is also an after hours information shelter.

There is also a Visitor Information Centre located at:

Cnr Church Street and Thompson Ave

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Phillip Island Attractions

• 1805 Phillip Island Rd, COWES VIC 3922 • Ph: 03 5952 2283 • Fax: 03 5952 2227 • Email
Intriguing, bizarre, mazes, puzzles, optical illusions, mini golf, great fun for the whole family.
Churchill Island
Churchill Island is Phillip Island’s main historic attraction and was the site of Victoria's first European settlement. Access to the island was originally by barge at high tide. Today, the bridge makes it easier for visitors to enjoy the history and scenic beauty of the island.
Koala Conservation CentrePhillip Island Nature Parks
• Harbison Rd, PHILLIP ISLAND VIC 3922 • Ph: +61 3 5951 2800 • Fax: +61 3 5956 8394 • Email
Stroll through this eucalypt woodland and come ‘face-to-face’ with koalas in their natural habitat. The Koala Conservation Centre’s unique tree top boardwalks and close viewing areas allow visitors to see how truly amazing koalas are. The new koala boardwalk provides exceptional koala viewing and features amazing views of a beautiful natural wetland area.

Promoting koala conservation, this ecotourism attraction has been essential for saving Phillip Island’s koala population and natural bush environment. The new close viewing area plays host to a special koala breeding program over the next year, ensuring it remains a key player in the conservation of these important animals. Visitors have the opportunity to experience a ranger-led ‘Koala Eco-Explorer Tour’ which provides them with the chance to discover behind the scenes information about one of Australia’s favourite icons.

Another spectacular area is the woodland walk. Wandering through natural bush, amongst hundreds of different species of Australian wildlife, (including wallabies, possums, echidnas and snakes) visitors can try to spot the koalas themselves.

The Koala Conservation Centre also features a visitor interpretation centre with gift shop and educational displays, which visitors will find extremely fascinating and informative. The Koala Conservation Centre is part of the Phillip Island Nature Parks and is a great addition to any trip to Phillip Island and the Penguin Parade.
Maru Koala & Fauna Park
• 1650 Bass Hwy, GRANTVILLE VIC 3984 • Ph: +61 3 5678 8548 • Fax: +61 3 5678 86074 • Email
Experience ‘up close and personal’ contact with the animals. Hand feed kangaroos, wallabies, emus, birds; observe koalas from the comfort of the restaurant (Licenced); mini-Golf Extravaganza!! Putt your way around Aust. Swings!; 18 holes from the beach to the outback zone; enjoy a snack or a meal with Devonshire teas a specialty; BBQ facilities available.

Situated on Bass Highway at Grantville, en-route to the penguins at Phillip Island.
National Vietnam Veterans Museum
• 25 Veterans Drv (formerly Churchill Rd South), NEWHAVEN VIC 3925 • Ph: +61 3 5956 6400
The National Vietnam Veterans Museum is the only Museum of its kind in Australia that covers a specific period in Australia's military history. The collection of around 6,000 artefacts exists to permanently record Australia's longest commitment to any war, a period of 10 years that spanned from 1962 to 1972.

It presents the story of Australia’s military involvement at a time of deep division among the Australian population over conscription. The Museum is of great historical and cultural significance for Australians of all ages and also provides a nostalgic meeting place for Veterans and their families.
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
• Back Beach Rd, COWES VIC 3922 • Ph: 03 5952 9400 • Circuit & Events: 03 5952 9400
Relive the fascinating history of motor sport on Phillip Island. Stroll through tranquil water gardens and Australian wildlife enclosures.
Phillip Island Nature ParkPhillip Island Nature Park
• PO Box 97, COWES VIC 3922 • Ph: 03 5951 2800 • Fax: 03 5956 8394 • Email
Very popular sunset parade of the world’s smallest penguin: the Little Penguin. The trick is to stay when the majority of the tourist depart, because the Little Penguins, take all night to arrive back on the beach and into their sand dune burrows. Please note that video camera and photography is ‘Not Permitted’, during the viewing of the Little Penguins.
Wildlife Wonderland
• Bass Hwy, BASS VIC 3991 • Ph: 03 5678 2222 • Email
Under new management. Animals on display include: 3 Southern & 3 Northern Koalas (& Joeys), 20 Eastern & 2 Red Kangaroos (& Joeys), 8 Wallabies (and Joeys), 13 Wombats, 7 Dingos, Emus, numerous Australian Birds, Great White Shark Display (5m Shark preserved in a large viewing tank), 6 Water Buffalo, 20 Deer. All animals are very tame with visitors who are able to hand feed the Kangaroos and Deer, have photos taken with the wombats and Koalas.
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Seal Rocks Sea Life CentreSeal Rocks Sea Life Centre
• Seal Rocks Sea Life Centre Head Office • RMB 1108, COWES VIC 3922 • Ph: +61 3 5952 9333 • Email
Journey into the zoo of the future featuring Australia’s largest fur seal colony. Located on the western tip of Phillip Island, the Seal Rocks Sea Life Centre combines education with entertainment to present the unique world of the Bass Strait marine ecosystem.
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Phillip Island Events

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Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
• Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit • Ph: 03 9258 7100 • Ph: 131 931 • Email
• October
With its combination of fast straights ­ over 300 km/h on Gardner, going into Doohan Corner at Turn One and sweeping corners, plus such technicalities as two first-gear right-handers, the Island circuit's four-and-a-half kilometres have a touch of everything. What the world's other tracks don't have, though, is the spectacular Bass Strait backdrop against which the world's best riders make an awesome sight as they soar over Southern Loop as they make their way up to Lukey Heights.
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Phillip Island Distance

Distance to Phillip Island
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Phillip Island:
Churchill Island 15.1
Inverloch 53.3
Melbourne 139.9
Venus Bay 77.2
Wilsons Promontory NP 136.9
Wonthaggi 41.3
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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