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Walking amongst nature on Victoria’s Phillip Island

Phillip Island Nature Parks manages much of Phillip Island’s nature spaces, with family-friendly beaches, a beautiful coastline and a network of walking trails weaving through the Victorian island famed for its penguin colony.

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Pyramid Rock Walk on Phillip Island. Image Visit Victoria

With 25% of Phillip Island a nature reserve managed by Phillip Island Nature Parks, the island on Victoria’s south coast is an easy place to explore by foot or bike. Wetlands, coastal, mangrove and woodland habitats are interwoven with trails, making the island easy to explore by foot or by bicycle.

Intent on preserving and protecting the island’s natural assets, Phillip Island Nature Parks’ staff care for 1805 hectares of Phillip Island’s beaches, bushland reserves and coastal trails.

Within the parks, a Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve opened in 2015 to help preserve and protect Phillip Island’s wildlife. Along with the well-known Little Penguin colony, the island provides habitat for six species of threatened birds as well as endangered vegetation and grasslands.

The Nobbies

The Nobbies rock formations lay just offshore in the vicinity of Seal Rocks where Australia’s largest fur seal colony congregates. Enjoy magnificent Bass Strait views from the boardwalks that wind along the clifftop – keep an eye out for migrating whales too! If the swell is up or the weather has been inclement you may be lucky enough to see the explosive blowhole in full force.

Cape Woolamai

Visit Cape Wollamai and the island’s highest point for majestic views of Phillip Island’s stunning coastal landscape on the precipice of Bass Strait. Walking trails weave across Cape Wollamai to reveal dramatic views of cliffs carved by erosion and the timeless pummelling of wind and waves from the Southern Ocean. Ancient middens mark sites of significance to Indigenous Australian’s heritage and their long-held connection to country. The cape is also home to a significant colony of short-tailed shearwaters.

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Cape Woolamai Beach. Image Visit Victoria

Cape Woolamai walking trails vary in length from from 4km to 8km:

  • Pinnacles Walk to see rock formations eroded by wind and waves
  • Cape Woolamai Beacon Walk to the highest point on Phillip Island and views of Cape Woolamai Beach
  • Old Granite Quarry Walk to explore coastal woodlands and secluded scenic beaches
  • Cape Woolamai Circuit for a loop walk to a secluded cove that was once a rock quarry site
Oswin Roberts Reserve

The Koala Conservation Reserve to Rhyll Walk, otherwise known as the ‘Bush to Bay’ track passes through the diverse landscapes of the Oswin Roberts Reserve. Equally suitable for walkers, pram pushers and cyclists thanks to its wide easy-to-negotiate paths, enjoy native bushlands and woodlands as well as stunning coastal views. The native vegetation is home to a population of wallabies and echidna’s as well as lively birdlife. Take the trail at a leisurely pace, allowing time to savour nature in all its raw, natural beauty.

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