Phillip Island is a year round haven of natural adventures, breath-taking views, fascinating creatures, beautiful beaches and bush land. In spring, the island comes alive, making it the perfect time to discover an endless list of holiday wonders.
As the days become warmer, leisurely fishing trips spent soaking up the sunshine on Western Port are an ideal way to spend a morning, followed by hikes through the island’s scenic coastline and native bush to uncover some of the country’s best views.
Wildlife lovers can enjoy a multitude of up-close encounters with Phillip Island’s land and sea animals in their natural environment; or for those that prefer a different perspective – helicopter rides soar high above the island, showcasing its beautiful and varied landscape from above. Nature enthusiasts will be in their element, with the island’s spectacular coastline, scenic landscape, sparkling bay and native wildlife making Phillip Island an ideal playground for discovery this season.
Discover the Bay
Located in Western Port, Phillip Island is surrounded by versatile ocean, perfect for any water sport or activity. As the water heats up towards summer, beach lovers have an endless selection of locations to choose from, whether they prefer the exciting surf scene of Cape Woolamai and Smiths Beach, or the calm tranquility of Cowes Main Beach.
For those who aren’t ready to hop into the water just yet, Phillip Island is a hub for fishing and boating. Popular pastimes on the Island, a large variety of fish can be caught including flathead, snapper, salmon, whiting, squid and flounder. A lazy day can be spent in the fresh sea breeze and spring sun, tossing a line in from jetties at Cowes, Newhaven, Rhyll and San Remo.
Keen fishermen who are eager to discover more of the bay can enjoy a chartered fishing expedition with The Island Charter Boat, which departs from Newhaven and San Remo. They generally offer full or half day tours, and some boats even have barbeque facilities on board. Experienced boaters can hire a boat from Phillip Island Marine for the day from Rhyll as well as Cowes and Corinella, with spring being a perfect time to enjoy the warm sun out on the Bay.
Discover some of the best views in Australia
Phillip Island measures just 26 kilometres by 9 kilometres, with more than a quarter of this area conserved for the environment. Packed with beaches, bush and sightseeing, the island boasts endless locations of breathtaking natural beauty that are easily and enjoyably discovered by foot. Those that have time to slowly discover the beauty of Phillip Island can enjoy a relaxed road trip, stopping at the many suggested lookouts, trails and boardwalks that fill the island, often marked with easy-to-spot signage along the drive.
The panoramic coastal setting of Cape Woolamai is widely regarded as one of the best views in Australia. The picturesque landscape of the south-eastern tip of the island is the highest point of Phillip Island and from October to April becomes home to thousands of long winged shearwater seabirds.
This amazing destination can be reached by walking up the Wolamai beach to Magic Lands and taking the inland boardwalk, which has several routes around the cape of 2-4km return. From here, head to Woolamai Beach and appreciate the views. It’s undoubtedly one of Victoria’s most beautiful spots to enjoy a picnic with expansive views of beach, ocean and the Pinnacle rock formations.
Discover the Island from above
Exploring Phillip Island from the ground is a never-ending adventure, but discovering it from the air with unparalleled views of the spectacular scenery is an experience that will last a life time. Phillip Island Helicopters operate scenic flights, giving a unique look at the some of the Islands best attractions, such as the Phillip Island Penguin Parade, the Phillip Island Moto GP Track and the amazing surf beaches.
They offer seven scenic flight paths of varied lengths, costs and sights covered, but tailored flights can be designed for those that have a particular route in mind. Prices for scenic flights start from $70 per person.
Phillip Island Helicopters has also joined forces with various local operators to create Heli Adventures. Those that want to discover even more of Phillip Island can tour Seal Rocks from the sea and the sky, ‘Fish for their Dish’ at Rhyll or even jump out of the helicopter for an adrenalin filled sky dive experience.
Discover the wildlife
As home to the largest colony of little penguins in the world, a koala conservation centre and 20,000 Australian Fur Seals, there are endless opportunities to get close to nature and discover native Australian wildlife on Phillip Island.
Experience a scenic two hour Wildlife Coast Cruise of the beautiful coastline and one of Australia’s largest wild Fur Seal colonies situated on Seal Rocks, just two kilometers off the rugged south west coast. Drift within meters of thousands of the naturally playful Fur Seals, and enjoy the curious creatures in their habitat from the warm undercover viewing platform with a complimentary morning or afternoon tea.
Just 15 minutes from Phillip Island is the Maru Koala and Animal Park where visitors can feed albino kangaroos and meet the resident pythons, possums, parrots and dingos. Pat the sleepy koalas on a guided tour of their enclosure and discover more about the life and environment of this native marsupial.
Just off the coast of Phillip Island, Churchill Island offers a sanctuary of picturesque views and peaceful surrounds that are waiting to be uncovered. Visitors can step back in time to discover the Churchill Island Heritage Farm’s place in the history of European settlement, meet the farm animals, relax in the café and stroll amongst the heritage buildings and extensive gardens.
Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm offers visitors the experience of catching their own rainbow trout from the picturesque lake and having it cooked for their own lunch amongst the idyllic bush setting. Fishing instructors can lend a hand, and a chef can transform the trout into an amazing fish and chip lunch, which is sure to be enjoyed after a hard day of fishing!
As the ocean waters warm in the spring sun visitors can experience a truly memorable wildlife encounter with OutThere Outdoors’ Snorkel with Stingrays adventure. Skilled instructors teach the basic skills of snorkeling and guide visitors to the best viewing spots to see the gentle giants of the shallows. OutThere Outdoors supplies all of the equipment and offer a money back guarantee if visitors don’t see a stingray!
There are countless options to discover the hidden secrets and natural wonders of Phillip Island this spring. From bobbing on the bay on board a chartered fishing boat, or soaring above the Island in a helicopter, to cuddling koalas and strolling through the endless scenic bush walks in the sunshine, Phillip Island offers something truly unique for holiday makers of all ages and interests. As the island comes to life this spring, it becomes the ideal playground for discovery.
For more information, visit phillipisland.com