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Phillip Island
Travel Guide – Victoria

Phillip Island Weekend Getaway

Phillip Island is a small landmass in the centre of Bass Strait off the coast of Australia. Located just 140 kilometres southeast of Melbourne, Phillip Island is easily accessible from all of Australia’s major cities. Travellers frequently visit Phillip Island to enjoy its rural charms. With a population of approximately 10,000 people, Phillip Island is a quiet place throughout most of the year.

When you visit Phillip Island, you will enjoy a journey through one of the most pristine natural areas in Victoria. Phillip Island has picturesque marine scenery that is adorned with beaches, cliffs, and coves. You may also encounter various species of plants and animals. Due to its diverse avian populations, Phillip Island is listed as an important bird area by BirdLife International. During your travels across the island, you may encounter fairy penguins, gulls, and short-tailed shearwaters. The area also shelters wallabies and kangaroos.

History

Phillip Island was occupied by the Bunurong Aboriginal people for thousands of years before the arrival of European explorers. Europeans made contact with the island in 1798 when the legendary explorer Matthew Flinders explored Bass Strait and other areas of New Holland. After Flinders reported the economic endowments and natural resources of Phillip Island, hundreds of sealers and farmers travelled to the island to earn profits. This influx of Europeans resulted in a series of conflicts between the settlers and the Aboriginal people. Phillip Island was eventually named after Governor Phillip of New South Wales.

Things to see and do on Phillip Island

Phillip Island is filled with splendid opportunities for encountering interesting animals. Phillip Island is the location of the annual Penguin Parade. The Penguin Parade is a world-famous event that consists of a procession of hundreds of fairy penguins from the sea. These adorable little creatures will certainly provide you with a memorable experience.

After you have encountered the island’s popular birds, travel offshore to Seal Rocks. As their name suggests, Seal Rocks is usually inhabited by a large colony of fur seals. These are wild animals, so you should not attempt to touch or feed the seals.Seal Rocks is surrounded by beautiful clear waters and jagged cliffs.

Seal Rocks – Phillip Island, Victoria

A wild seal colony of Australian fur seals live and breed on this small rocky outcrop in Seal Rocks just off Phillip Island.

Visit the Koala Conservation Centre to see Australia’s favourite marsupials. During your adventure at the Koala Conservation Centre, you will be able to touch and feed lovable koalas and wallabies.

For an unforgettable experience in the wilderness of Phillip Island, travel to Cape Woolamai. Cape Woolamai is a magical place with golden beaches that are caressed by smooth blue waters. The area is protected by large cliffs of pink granite. Enjoy a simple walking tour along the beach, or go on an exciting fishing trip in the waters of Bass Strait.

Climate conditions

The island has an oceanic climate that brings mild conditions throughout most of the year. Phillip Island’s average monthly temperatures range from 7 to 23 degrees, but ocean winds can cause winters to be quite chilly. The area receives about 746 millimetres of annual rainfall.