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Churchill Island: Enjoy Quality Time with Your Kids, Victoria

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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Chloe Dann with one of her lambs and dog at Heritage Farm

Soak up the tranquillity at Churchill Island

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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Dad and son taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the city on historic, quiet Churchill Island

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!

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

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Lovely farm house at Churchill Island

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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Wooly cow at Churchill Island

Getting to Churchill Island

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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Chloe Dann with two lambs

Tickets and bookings

Ticket options

  • Adult (16 years+) – $13.70
  • Child (4-15 years) – $6.85
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children) – $34.30
  • Australian Pensioner (ID required) – $9.55

Save with a 4 Parks Pass

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

Purchase your 4 Park Combo Pass here!

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