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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.

Nautical charm

Snap your own postcard-perfect pic of the Newhaven Yacht Squadron then waste no more time and head out into the big blue. 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. 

Further afield is the Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve, with walking tracks overlooking a wildlife-filled world heritage Ramsar wetland.

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, hang loose at Islantis – the island's great shrine to surf culture, then finish the day amidst the warm hospitality of a local B&B or deluxe backpacker accommodation.

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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.


Phillip Island Experience

Phillip Island Experience is a pass that allows you to visit a number of attractions on Phillip Island and surrounds. The pass can be purchased in...

Outdoor activities


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.

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.

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.