Phillip Island lies south of Melbourne and forms a natural breakwater to protect the shallow waters of Westernport Bay. It is a popular destination for day trips. Access from the mainland is via the bridge from San Remo to Newhaven. There are large colonies of Little Penguins and seals on the rocky outcrops. There are several other species of land and sea mammals that attract the 3.5 million visitors per annum. The Chocolate Factory and A Maze 'N puzzle theme park are popular attractions for visitors of all ages. The Phillip Island racing circuit has hosted World Championships and Grands Prix. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Penguin Parade

Penguin Parade
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Every day at sunset, the Little Penguins in the colony on the Summerland Peninsula in the Philip Island Nature Park, walk along the beach from the sea to their sleeping areas. The colony is one of the largest in Australia. The first tourists began watching the parade in the 1920s. There are a number of options to view the penguins. General viewing is available on tiered seating on stands overlooking the beach and underground viewing is from a bird hide. Similarly, there are a choice of guided tours available. Access has been made easy for prams, wheelchairs and assistance dogs.

1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands, Victoria 3922, Phone: +61-03-59-51-28-00

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2.National Vietnam Veteran's Museum

National Vietnam Veteran's Museum
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Vietnam was Australia's longest war. The NVVM has grown organically from the first personal donations to the current permanent displays. The Department of Veteran Affairs provided the initial funding. The museum was first housed in a garage on San Remo but as contributions flowed in the space filled. A complex of five shops was leased from 1999 to 2003. The museum decided to build its own premises near the airstrip on neighboring Phillip Island. The collection includes a tank, helicopters, uniforms and personal artifacts. The shop sells books, posters, badges, clothing and other memorabilia.

25 Veterans Drive, Newhaven, Phillip Island VIC 3925, Phone: +61-03-59-56-64-00

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3.Panny's Amazing World of Chocolate

Panny's Amazing World of Chocolate
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The chocolate factory is an extravaganza of tastes and smells. The entrance ticket is a chocolate and each visitor receives an additional free sample. There are animatronics, a model village and a beach scene made entirely of chocolate, a world map and the world's largest chocolate waterfall. Sculptures, statues and collages are all made out of chocolate. Visitors can test their skills at various games for chocolate prizes, they can make their own and watch the professionals at work. At the shop, patrons can eat, drink or buy presentation chocolates. School groups are welcome.

930 Phillip Island Rd, Newhaven VIC 3925, Phone: +61-03-59-56-66-00

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4.The Nobbies

The Nobbies
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The Nobbies are a number of small rocks that jut out of the sea at Point Grant and provide a resting place for the largest seal colony in Australia. They are close to the area where the Little Penguins parade. The Visitors Center is a three-story glass structure that affords panoramic views of the Bass Strait, the seals, bird life and the flowers in spring. There are interactive displays of sharks, seals, whales and other marine life. A boardwalk leads along the rugged coastline to the Blow Hole. Admission is free to the Nobbies. It is open from 11 am till an hour before sunset every day.

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5.Phillip Island Circuit

Phillip Island Circuit
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Motor racing on Phillip Island began in 1928 with the 100 Mile Road Race through the gravel streets. The circuit was used as the home of the Australian Grand Prix until 1935. In 1956, local businessmen built a new track with steep gradients that were severely damaged during each race and had to be abandoned when repairs became too costly. In 1988 it was refurbished. The Australian Motorcylce Grand Prix and the Superbike World Championships were held at the new track. A 750 m replica has been built for go karting. At the visitor center, there is a display of the History of Motor Sport and a race simulator.

RMB 500GP Back Beach Road, Cowes, Victoria, 3922, Phone: +61-03-59-52-94-00

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6.Wildlife Coast Cruises

Wildlife Coast Cruises
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Wildlife Coast Cruises operates two 65-foot Catamarans and specializes in wildlife ecotours around Phillip Island. Tours focus on bird watching, marine mammals and coastal scenery. Pelagic birds are seasonal but all year round guests will see Silver Gulls, oyster catchers, terns, penguins and cormorants. Sea lions, seals, dolphins and whales are the mammals likely to be spotted. Cruises are also on offer to enjoy lunch with the captain, to take in the sunset or to visit the Peninsula Market. A pirate cruise is aimed at the younger sailors. There are discounts for groups and private cruises can be arranged.

11/13 The Esplanade, Cowes Vic, Phone: +61-03-00-76-37-39

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7.Koala Reserve

Koala Reserve
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The Koala Reserve is a Philip Island Nature Parks attraction. There are two treetop boardwalks in the reserve that enable visitors to watch these shy creatures up close, in their natural habitat. The boardwalks are 600m and 800m long and take about 20 minutes to complete. They are accessible to prams and wheelchairs. Abundant bird life inhabits the woodland and there may be opportunities to see wallabies, bats and the egg-laying echidnas, Australia's spiny anteaters. The 6 ha of bush land has several accessible trails and there are interactive displays in the interpretive center.

1810 Phillip Island Road, Phillip Island, Victoria 3923, Phone: +61-03-59-51-28-00

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8.Maru Koala and Animal Park

Maru Koala and Animal Park
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This award-winning, family-run animal park is situated on the mainland, about 20 minutes' drive from Phillip Island. Keepers give presentations several times a day on various animals and topics. The park has snakes, kangaroos, koala bears, wallabies, dingoes and other species. Visitors can purchase food for the animals. Proceeds from the food sales go towards paying for the orphaned and injured animals that the park cares for. Other attractions include a Dinosaur indoor playroom and a mini golf course. Light meals and other refreshments are available at the bistro. The park caters for school groups and children's parties.

Phone: +61-03-56-78-85-48

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9.Cowes

Cowes
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Cowes is the commercial hub of Phillip Island. It was named after Cowes on the Isle of Wight in England. The roads in the town are named after villages on the Isle of Wight. Most of the houses belong to absentee landlords who live in cities on the mainland and use the properties as holiday retreats. Shopping and dining are highlights of a visit to Cowes. The yacht club is a short walk from town. The beaches are north facing with interesting rock pools. Boats can be hired for fishing or cruising round the island. Ferries leave from Cowes in several directions.

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10.A Maze 'n Things

A Maze 'n Things
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This theme park will baffle and amuse visitors for hours. On Puzzle Island, there is the shrinking room, the gravity room and a mirror maze. The illusions in the Magic Manor include flying chandeliers, a mysterious cave and magic rabbits. Visitors can make their own movie, play Maxi Mini Golf and test their skills in the 3D maze or the Sky Trail, an aerial obstacle course. The shop sells puzzles, board games, jigsaw puzzles and other toys. The café provides welcome refreshment. The park is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm.

1805 Phillip Island Rd, Cowes VIC 3922, Australia, Phone: +61-03-59-52-22-83

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More Ideas: Glen Isla House on Phillip Island

Glen Isla House is a luxurious country-house style retreat on Phillip Island in Australia that offers elegant boutique accommodations set in exquisite private gardens, gourmet cuisine, gracious hospitality and personalized service. Surrounded by two acres of private heritage gardens with easy access to the beach, Glen Isla House is set in original Glen Isla homestead, which dates back to circa 1870, and has been lovingly restored to its former glory to provide guests with an unrivaled Phillip Island experience. Located right next to a beautiful north-facing white sandy beach and the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, the charming bed and breakfast offer a relaxing island-style getaway.

For those who want to explore, Glen Isla House is situated within close proximity to several attractions and activities, including the Phillip Island Nature Park, which features a nightly parade of penguins, the Cowes Golf Club, the Phillip Island Winery, and the world famous International Grand Prix Circuit. It is a just a short walk from the charming seaside village of Cowes, which is home to a variety of restaurants, cafés, and shops.

Glen Isla House offers a variety of accommodations ranging from beautifully appointed classic deluxe guest rooms located in the main guest house, as well as luxury suites, and a stand-alone private cottage.

Classic Deluxe Rooms are designed for comfort with contemporary décor and furnishings, private bathrooms and modern amenities. These rooms feature comfortable queen-size beds with luxury linens, en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers, fresh towels and exclusive Molton Brown toiletries and modern amenities, including individual climate control air-conditioning and heating, refrigerators, tea/coffee making facilities, bedside clock radio/iPod docking stations, electric blankets, and hair dryers. Additional conveniences include LCD flat panel HDTVs with satellite channels integrated DVD/CD players and in-room safes. These rooms enjoy lovely views of the heritage gardens from the decked veranda, which has outdoor furniture on which to relax and soak up the tranquility.

The Anderson Suite offers additional levels of luxury with grand old-world charm and elegance, period furnishings and beautiful Persian rugs. Located in a separate cottage on the estate, the suite features a king-size solid mahogany four-poster bed with luxury linens, and en-suite bathroom with large corner spa bath, fresh towels and bathrobes, and deluxe Molton Brown toiletries. A spacious sitting area has comfy armchairs, a gas fireplace and delightful views over the gardens. Modern amenities include individual climate control air-conditioning and heating, a refrigerator, tea/coffee making facilities, bedside clock radio/iPod docking station, electric blankets LCD flat panel HDTVs with satellite channels integrated DVD/CD players and in-room safe.

The Gate Cottage is ideal for families or groups of friends traveling together, accommodating up to four guests. The two-story, self-catering cottage is nestled beneath two 100-year-old oak trees in the heritage gardens and features two bedrooms with king and twins beds in beautiful bed linens, and a shared country-style bathroom with shower, bath, fresh towels, and Molton Brown toiletries. A spacious living and dining area offers club-leather lounge sofas and armchairs, a dining table and chairs for four guests, and a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel gas stove with oven, microwave, dishwasher and full-size fridge and crockery and cutlery. Modern amenities include individual climate control air-conditioning and heating, a refrigerator, tea/coffee making facilities, bedside clock radio/iPod docking station, electric blankets LCD flat panel HDTVs with satellite channels integrated DVD/CD players and in-room safe. The Gate Cottage has direct access to the beach from a gate at the back of the property and guests can relax in the shady gardens and on the sun-drenched lawns.

A delicious gourmet breakfast is served on certain mornings in the elegant dining room or at outside tables overlooking the tranquil heritage gardens. Inspired and created by the Inn’s resident professional chef, a special á la carte cooked breakfast is prepared with specially sourced ingredients from local suppliers and the estate’s own organic herb garden. There are several cafés in the nearby seaside village of Cowes for breakfast on the days the kitchen is not open, as well as casual and fine dining restaurants for dinner.

Glen Isla House features a range of amenities and facilities to ensure an unforgettable stay, including a delicious gourmet breakfast, served on certain mornings, beautiful heritage gardens with sun-drenched lawns and shady, secluded groves in which to relax, direct access to the beach, and a communal lounge with newspapers and other reading material.

Glen Isla House is a just a short walk from the charming seaside village of Cowes, which is home to a variety of restaurants, cafés, and shops. It is also situated within close proximity to several attractions and activities, including the Phillip Island Nature Park, which features a nightly parade of penguins, the Cowes Golf Club, the Phillip Island Winery, and the world famous International Grand Prix Circuit.

Nature-lovers can revel in great day-walks in the wetlands area near Rhyll, and visit the nearby the Koala Conservation Centre or the Nobbies to view a large seal colony that lives in the rocky area known as Seal Rocks. Regarded as one of the best bird watching locations in Victoria, birders will delight in the spectacular array of bird-life at Swan Lake.

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230-232 Church Street, Cowes, 3922, Phillip Island – Australia, Phone: 03-59-52-18-82

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