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Churchill Island at Phillip Island Nature Parks

Visit a real working farm steeped in history on tiny Churchill Island just off Phillip Island on Victoria’s south coast.

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Churchill Island off the coast of Victoria’s Phillip Island is a natural playground that’s worth taking your time to explore. Start with the Visitor Centre and learn all about the island, take nature walks and sample fresh local produce at the very popular Farmer’s Market.

A visit to Churchill Island calms the mind, with wide-open spaces for the whole family to wander amongst, and fresh Bass Strait-filtered air to breathe in. Explore the historical grounds and soak up the tranquil scenery of the island. Walk on the many trails around the island or enjoy some bird watching from the huts.

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Activities on Churchill Island

Churchill Island boasts a range of walking and cycling trails free to enjoy, as well as daily farming activities and digital quests around the Heritage Farm. Come explore the island and it’s natural beauty and don’t forget to Download the Visitor Guide to start planning your island adventure.

Churchill Island is currently open from 10am – 4pm daily.

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Ranger Tours (weekends only) include Churchill Island history and bandicoot talk

Farming activities include whip cracking demonstrations (daily) and working dogs (weekends only)

Billy the Border Collie’s Digital Quest
Help Billy the Border Collie round up his sheep! Begin by scanning the QR code on the welcome sign in the visitor’s centre, then head out to find the sheep on small signs throughout the historical precinct.

Walking Trails

  • Churchill Island loop: 4.5kms – 2 hours – moderate
  • North Point loop: 2kms – 1hour – easy
  • Wadjil’garook Wetland: 1km inside the entrance. Follow the paths to learn about Aboriginal culture and view wetland birds.

Churchill Island Café

Soak in the tranquil surroundings and picturesque bay views at the Churchill Island café, a perfect place for a relaxing tea or coffee, an indulgent cake or pastry, or a freshly cooked breakfast, jam-packed with locally sourced produce. Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options are available. Breakfast bookings are recommended.

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By car: Phillip Island is located 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. Allow a further 10 minutes from the bridge to get to Churchill Island. Free car parking on site.

By bus: Public transport is limited on Phillip Island. V-line operates a bus to Phillip Island’s main town, Cowes, from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne city.

Please note that the V-line bus does not go to Churchill Island. 

By taxi: Contact Phillip Island Taxis to arrange transfers on Phillip Island.

Tours and Transport: Contact a Visitor Information Centre in Melbourne or on Phillip Island for tours and transport options

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Ticket options

  • Adult (16 years+) – $13.50
  • Child (4-15 years) – $6.75
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children) – $33.75
  • Australian Pensioner (ID required) – $9.40

Save with a 4 Parks Pass

Visit all four attractions:  Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation ReserveAntarctic Journey and Churchill Island Heritage Farm, for a discounted ticket price.


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