Phillip Island Travel Guide

Located 135km southeast of Melbourne, Phillip Island is a popular if not contradictory holiday destination dividing the Bass Strait and Western Port Bay. Phillip Island is famous for two things, its amazing wildlife and international motorcycle and touring car racing circuits. Connected by a road bridge to the mainland, Phillip Island is just 10km wide and 20km long, offering easy access to all the major attractions. There is much to see and do here and if you intend to see the Island's colony of Fairy Penguins, you may wish to stay overnight as the penguins don't come ashore until nightfall. Known as the 'Penguin Parade', the Island's colony of Fairy Penguins, the smallest penguins in the world, come ashore on the beach at sunset making their way to their burrows in the sand dunes.


There are great range of Phillip Island accommodation options designed to cater to the full range of travellers and budgets. Offering easy access to a variety of the region’s most popular attractions including the Fairy Penguins and MotoGp, V8 Supercars and World Superbikes when they come to town, Phillip Island accommodation ranges from 3 stars to 4 stars. With a choice of major hotel chains and boutique properties, room types range from comfortable hotel rooms to spacious apartments and more. Some accommodation options even offer the convenience of self-catering options making for an even more affordable option.

Phillip Island Holiday Packages

A wonderful way to combine all the highlights of this famous Victorian holiday destination, Phillip Island holiday packages offer excellent value for money. Offering significant savings on a range of your holiday needs, these packages allow you to combine the essentials like accommodation with a variety of added extras like flights or car hire, transfers, travel insurance, tours, meals and much more. By bundling everything together, not only do you enjoy a heavily discounted rate but you also gain access to an exclusive range of complimentary inclusions such as room upgrades, free nights, breakfast daily, activities and more.


Phillip Island is really only known for two things, but what fantastic things they are! Renowned for its amazing wildlife and international motorsports, the Island is home to a colony of famous Fairy Penguins as well as Australia's best motorcycle and touring car racing circuit which hosts the Superbike Championship, V8 Supercars, 500cc World Championship and the Grand Prix. Although the motorsports attract thousands to the island in April, May and October it’s the iconic ‘Penguin Parade’ that brings tourists to the island for the rest of the year. Other popular natural attractions include the Seal Rocks Sea Life Centre, Great White Shark display, Koala Conservation Centre, Phillip Island Nature Park, Phillip Island Wildlife Park and a number of seal watching cruises.

Getting to Phillip Island

Conveniently located just under two hours from Melbourne, getting to Phillip Island is easy. Although the island is a comfortable drive, there are also options to let someone else do the driving, with coach services and inter-island ferry services available. If you plan on driving from Melbourne to Phillip Island, you’ll need to take the Monash Freeway, exiting near Cranbourne towards Phillip Island and onto the South Gippsland Highway. Following the signs to Phillip Island, continue along the Bass Highway and onto the Phillip Island Tourist Road before taking the bridge over San Remo and onto Phillip Island. Alternatively, V/Line coaches operate services from Southern Cross Station via Grantville, Corinella, Bass, San Remo and Newhaven to Cowes. The inter-island ferry departs Stony Point and crosses Westernport Bay to Cowes.