Nestled on the southern coastline of Victoria is the untouched wonder Phillip Island. This beautiful little town boasts beautiful beaches, fantastic food, and spectacular wildlife. As Victorians we have the pleasure of being close to this untouched masterpiece of Australia. The island is located around 2 hours from Melbourne CBD and takes major highways with well paved roads. Phillip Island may appear small on a map, but it makes up for this size with its hearty fish, cheap meals and hammering swells for the avid surfer. These are my best tips for you to enjoy your time on the island.
- Arrive at the Nobbies entrance well before sunset to enjoy last light of the day
As the sun nears its close, the park rangers will close the entrance to this part of the island. The view of the sunset is spectacular over the Westerly facing cliffs and it is a sight not to be missed. Remember to drive carefully along this stretch of road as it is home to some amazing wildlife.
- Head to Pyramid Rock before sunset to see some amazing wildlife
You need to drive slow down this road as the wildlife – especially the wallabies – are unpredictable. This road is unsealed and has some potholes so drive carefully especially if you are in a smaller vehicle. There are some amazing spots along this road and at Pyramid Rock to view the sunset.
- Find a good spot at Smiths Beach
Perhaps the most popular beach on Phillip Island, the pristine environment boasts solid surf conditions. If you are arriving on a warm day be sure to arrive early to get a good spot. The sunset is amazing over the Western cliffs when it is a clear day.
- Head to Cape Woolamai to do the Beacon Walk
This walk is spectacular, and the longest route takes you along the edge of the cliff to the beacon and then meanders down to the white pristine beach that overlooks Woolamai Waters. I recommend doing this walk on a warm day with less wind as the exposed sections of the walk can get quite windy and cold. Also take care when the path walks next to the cliff as there is not much safety.
- Grab some fish and chips and eat them on the pier
Most fish and chip shops in Phillip Island are very good in my opinion. So, grab a takeaway from any of these and head down to the Cowes Pier to grab the last rays of sunshine and wish away the day.
All in all, Phillip Island is an untouched wonder especially if you can avoid the more touristy spots and the crowds. Use these 5 tips to get the most out of your time down on the island!