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Let the kids splash around in the shallows at Phillip Island's sheltered bay beaches, or catch a wave at one of the excellent surf beaches.

North for swimming

Plan a family day on the sheltered coves on the north shores of Phillip Island, where the waters are calm. The kids will have a ball with the other families at the popular beach on the Esplanade at Cowes. If you're not a strong swimmer, these beaches are perfect for splashing about.

South for surf

Catch a wave at one of the excellent surf beaches on the island's ocean (south) side. Challenge yourself with the rips and currents at the iconic Woolamai surf beach, or surf, boogie board and body surf at Smiths Beach, a surf beach located on a bay and suited to families. Both beaches are patrolled in summer.

Note: Surf beaches on the south of the island can be very dangerous at times. Beware of rips and do not swim alone. Woolamai Surf Beach, Smiths Beach and Cowes Beach are patrolled during the summer school holidays. Look out for lifesaver patrol areas.

Water safety

For information on lifeguard patrols contact Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club on (03) 5956 7311. Visit lifesavingvictoria.com.au for helpful safety hints.

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

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.

Things to do

Family activities

Experience a memorable seaside holiday full of family attractions, friendly wildlife and sheltered bays perfect for a spot of beach cricket.

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.