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Phillip Island Touring Route

Recommended duration: 1 day or overnight
Total distance: 297 kilometres
Total duration: 4 hours 14 minutes
Suggested legs: Melbourne–San Remo 123 kilometres, San Remo–Cowes 17 kilometres, Cowes–Penguin Parade 12 kilometres, Penguin Parade–Melbourne 145 kilometres
Driving time: Melbourne–San Remo 1 hour 35 minutes, San Remo–Cowes 25 minutes, Cowes–Penguin Parade 14 minutes, Penguin Parade–Melbourne 2 hours

Departing from Melbourne, the Phillip Island Touring Route travels south-east to the seaside fishing village of San Remo. Arrive before midday to see the daily feeding of the pelicans at the San Remo wharf, before heading over the bridge and onto Phillip Island.

Once on Phillip Island, turn left to the south of the island towards Cape Woolamai – a renowned surf destination and a great place for a walk through the rugged coastal scenery. Make the time to visit historic Churchill Island for a tour of the historic farm, homestead and gardens, which date back to 1872.

Next, turn inland to the centre of the island and the Koala Conservation Centre, where you can see koalas at close range from a treetop boardwalk. If you're interested in motor sport, take a quick detour to the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit. For something different visit A Maze’N Things and challenge yourself to puzzling and mind-boggling activities.

Continue to Cowes at the north of the island. Cowes has a wealth of charming cafés and restaurants and is a rewarding place to stop for lunch.

From Cowes you can jump aboard an eco-cruise amongst one of Australia’s largest fur seal colonies on Seal Rocks, or head over to the Nobbies to walk along the boardwalk to the blowhole and enjoy spectacular views along the island’s rugged south coast.

Before returning to Melbourne, make sure you witness the Penguin Parade, the highlight of any trip to Phillip Island. Line the boardwalk at dusk to watch hundreds of little penguins returning to their burrows on Summerland Beach after a day at sea.


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Phillip Island Touring Route

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History & heritage

Churchill Island Heritage Farm

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

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Penguin Parade

Watch as little penguins emerge from the sea and waddle along the beach during sunset at Phillip Island Nature Park's Penguin Parade.

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.

Tour operator

Wildlife Coast Cruises

Spot seals, whales and more on environmentally accredited wildlife, twilight and lunch cruises, from Phillip Island to Wilsons Promontory.

Leisure activities

A Maze'N Things

Take the kids for a day of optical illusions, puzzles and mazes, that will have you rolling around with laughter and scratching your heads in wonder.

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Koala Conservation Centre

Wander through the tree-top boardwalks and see koalas up close in their natural habitat at Phillip Island's Koala Conservation Centre.


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Watch little penguins waddle past, come face-to-face with snoozing koalas and cheer on Grand Prix heroes as you savour every inch of Phillip Island.

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Things to do

Discover endless coastlines and quaint seaside villages, abundant wildlife and family attractions on this little island with a big reputation.

Things to do


Enjoy the ride and let local knowledge guide you to Phillip island's stunning coastlines and landscapes, friendly wildlife and the Grand Prix track.