Day Trip To Phillip Island

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Who doesn't love a day trip? When you go and explore a new place for just a day, it can feel like you've had a whole weekend away! The only problem is, they can be hard to plan if you're looking to squeeze as much in as possible into a short period of time.

Well, we've done the hard work so you don't have to! We've spent hours and hours researching the best places to go on Phillip Island so you all you need to do is jump in the car and follow our lead.

Download our free Active Getaway Guide for Phillip Island here.

Here's our one day itinerary for Phillip Island. It is an hour and a half drive away from Melbourne to your first location so we recommend getting up early and seize the day!

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9.30AM: Arrive at Cape Kitchen for a Breakfast
A venue with sweeping views from Cape Woolamai through to Pyramid Rock and look out onto the Southern Ocean and Bass Strait. Amazing right!?

They have an inventive and tasty breakfast menu to fuel you with goodness before a big coastal walk or exploration of the sea caves along the water’s edge. Highlighting Victoria’s best seasonal produce, Cape Kitchen will give you a delicious foodie experience in a setting you won’t want to leave.

Our Favourite: the apple and rhubarb crumble with granola, pomegranate and vanilla yogurt. Super sweet but super yummy!

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11AM: Walk along Cape Woolamai
The ancient pink granite of Cape Woolamai makes it the highest point on the island and one of the most picturesque. With some of the most beautiful beaches on the island, this is considered one of Victoria’s best surf spots all year around.

Arriving at the Surf Life Saving Club, you will need to walk across the beach for around 10 minutes until you reach a set of wooden steps that take you to the walking track. There are a couple of track options (4km and 6km) depending how long you’d like to make the walk, but if you do the whole 6.6km track it will take around 2 hours to complete, including plenty of time for snaps! If you’re going in summer, bring water, a hat and sunscreen as there’s no shade.

About a third of the way along the track you will be able to view the Pinnacles which are a beautiful rock formation jutting out of the water. There’s a great viewing spot there and we’ve heard early in the morning has the best light if you’re keen to photograph!

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1.30PM: Head to Lunch at Water Boy
Brand spanking new cafe that opened in June in the heart of Cowes. Just a stones throw from the beach (you can literally see the water), this spot has been pumping with locals and travelers tucking into their delicious menu.

Full of all of your favourites and then some, Waterboy has nailed the selection boasting generous servings and tasty combinations. Using loads of great local and seasonal ingredients, this place is going to become your favourite in no time.

Our Favourite: House-made Harissa Beans, a combination of borlotti and kidney beans in a smokey lightly spiced tomato sauce served with sourdough (add extra bacon!)

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3.30PM: Cheeky Afternoon Wine Tasting at Purple Hen
A family owned and operated winery producing premium cool climate wines on a beautiful part of Phillip Island. With almost 10 hectares of vineyard across two locations (Phillip Island and San Remo), Purple Hen boasts some of the best wine in the region with their reds a clear favourite.

Grab a bottle to take away and enjoy later!

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5PM: Book a 90min Twilight Cruise with Wildlife Coast Cruises
With over 20 years experience operating cruises around Phillip Island, Seal Rocks, French Island, Western port Bay and Wilson’s Promontory, Wildlife Cruises knows it’s stuff when it comes to eco-tourism.

Offering a range of unique cruises and tours that let you experience all the beautiful coastline has to o er all from the comfort of a massive 64 foot (20m) catamaran. There’s even a fully licensed bar on board to just top o the indulgent experience!

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Never Been to Phillip Island Before? The Penguin Parade is a Must!
When you think of Phillip Island, it would be no surprise if your mind went straight to these cute fluffy water birds. Each evening at sunset the Little Penguins arrive on the shores of Phillip Island to rest after a long journey at sea.

The main penguin viewing area at Summerland Beach has tiered seating and provides a 180 degree elevated viewing of the Little Penguins on parade. Watch them arrive and waddle across the beach to their sand dune burrows. Pretty cute!

Just make sure you bring lots of warm clothes, blankets and a pillow for your butt because you’ll be sitting for quite a while. You can also pay a bit more for a more premo experience if waiting around in the cold isn’t your thing!

Want more? Download our free Active Getaway Guide for Phillip Island here.

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