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Overview

Newhaven

Stroll along Newhaven's waterfront and absorb the atmosphere of this picturesque seaside village. With plenty to keep you occupied, the choice is yours – cast a line and catch the family dinner or watch native birds in the wetlands, go for a swim, explore historic Churchill Island or set sail in Western Port.

Water world

Launch a boat from the local ramp and sail across the calm waters of Western Port or head for the open sea around Cape Woolamai to experience the abundant marine life and stunning coastal scenery. For a bird's eye view of the rugged coastline, take a scenic flight over the island in a helicopter.

Fisher's Wetland, adjacent to the access road that leads to Churchill Island, is a must see for birdwatchers and photographers alike. Bring your camera or binoculars and see black swans, pelicans, Cape Barren geese, purple hens and ducks out on the water. 

Days gone by

Retrace the steps of Victoria's first European settlers at nearby Churchill Island and time your visit to coincide with the monthly farmers' market to stock up on fresh regional produce and local delicacies. Drive, ride or paddle to this historic site, and treat the family to afternoon tea at the visitor centre. For insights into the lives of Victorians at war, stop by the National Vietnam Veterans Museum.

Cocoa Island

Spend a day in chocolate heaven at the chocolate factory then relax into an aromatherapy massage. Continue the Zen at Bonsai Island with the art of bonsai for beginners and experts alike, and then finish the day amidst the warm hospitality of a local B&B or deluxe backpacker accommodation.

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Things to do

Newhaven

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Walking & hiking

Cape Woolamai Walk

Strap on your walking shoes and wind your way along Phillip Island's most southerly point that culminates in a superb panorama of the island.

Beaches & coastlines

Cape Woolamai

Catch a wave against the backdrop of ancient pink granite at Cape Woolamai, one of Victoria's most popular surfing beaches and bird-spotting mecca.

Parks & gardens

Bonsai Island

Bonsai Island has everything for the bonsai enthusiast, including an outdoor display area with quality established bonsai for sale. There's also...

Water sports

Boating and sailing

A day on the water is a great way to sample the island's aquatic treasures. Explore secret bays, catch fish, and experience abundant marine life.

Outdoor activities

Fishing

Cast a line in tranquil surrounds around Phillip Island and catch delicious fresh seafood to cook for fun family dinners right on the foreshore.

History & heritage

Churchill Island Heritage Farm

Discover important Victorian history at Churchill Island and take home local delicacies from the thriving farmers' market.

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Water sports

Swimming

Splash around in the shallows t Phillip Island's sheltered bay beaches, or catch a wave at one of the wild surf beaches on the island's ocean side.

Destinations

Cowes

Feel a distinct seaside holiday vibe the moment you enter Cowes, which celebrates life by the water and positively bustles during holiday periods.

Beaches & coastlines

The Nobbies

Take in a myriad of stunning sights and curious creatures at The Nobbies, a magnificent headland on the south-western tip of Phillip Island.

Nature & wildlife

Beaches and coastlines

Discover a beach to suit everyone at Phillip island's sheltered bay beaches and wild surf beaches, blowholes, caves and unusual rock formations.