Phillip Island Accommodations

Vacation rental accommodation are available for rent in Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia. Phillip Island is approximately 140 kilometres South East of Melbourne. It is made up of the townships of San Remo, Churchill Island, Cowes, Newhaven and Rhyll. Take in the nightly Penguin Parade, stroll the Nobbies boardwalk or visit the Koala Conservation Centre, or the Phillip Island Wildlife Park. The ... read more
Vacation rental accommodation are available for rent in Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia. Phillip Island is approximately 140 kilometres South East of Melbourne. It is made up of the townships of San Remo, Churchill Island, Cowes, Newhaven and Rhyll. Take in the nightly Penguin Parade, stroll the Nobbies boardwalk or visit the Koala Conservation Centre, or the Phillip Island Wildlife Park. The pier at San Remo also has a daily pelican feeding. Phillip Island is home to the International Motorcycle Grand Prix, World Championship Superbikes and Australian Touring Car Championships. Taking a walking tour in the greenery and spectacular scenery is a must on Phillip Island moments away from your dream vacation accommodations.

The island has approximately 101 kilometers (60 miles) of coastline with the south and part of the west coast being exposed to the open ocean, Bass Strait, giving us some of the best surf beaches and scenic coastline in Australia. The northern coastline is situated in Westernport Bay and offer great sandy beaches that have calm and safe swimming areas, while the western coastline has a number of bays and inlets that contained magnificent mangrove flats.

The Penguin Parade is one of the best known and popular of the attractions on Phillip Island. Each evening just after the sun sets (at dusk) the little penguins or better known as fairy penguins, stroll up the beach to after a period of time at sea to return to their burrows. The world’s largest colony of Australian Fur Seal can be found on a rocky outcrop, known as Seal Rocks, about one kilometer from Phillip Island’s coastline. From your vacation rental accommodations take a trip out to the Seal Rock during most of the year, or enjoy a great scenic flight that will give you a bird’s eye view of the Island and Seal Rocks. Koalas can be viewed at the Koala Conservation Centre, while kangaroos, wallabies and possums are fairly abundant around Phillip Island. The wetlands and bush areas on Phillip Island are home to an abundance of birds, while many migratory birds nest on the island during certain times of the year. All of these native animals can also be seen close up at the Phillip Island Wildlife Park on the main road to Cowes within easy access of your vacation rentals.

Phillip Island has two great golf courses close to your accommodations. The Aussie Golf Ranch is set on 23 acres of coastal dune land, boasting Australia's finest Par 3 Golf Course, while Phillip Island Golf Club is a full 18 hole and is one of the most enjoyable courses to play. If an adrenalin rush is your thing, then the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit may have what you’re looking for with HSV Hot Laps on the circuit or Go-kart on the scaled down replica track of the main circuit. Laser Strike is a safe and exciting outdoor laser skirmish which is guaranteed to get the heart pumping.

Rent a good variety of holiday lodging directly from owners of cottages, cabins, vacation rentals and condo rentalsaccommodation in Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia. Phillip Island has an array of activities, attractions and events that make the island the idea location to enjoy a few days on your well deserved holiday.
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  • A Piece of Tasmanian

    Geeveston: Cottage
    2 BDR • 1 BA • Sleeps 4 • #250562
    250 to 250 AUD/night
    Our cottage in Geeveston is self contained luxury accommodation set private set on its own acreage just outside the little historical town of Geeveston south Tasmania and surrounded by Scott’s rivulet home to our resident platypus. Featuring 2 queen size bedrooms, luxury bathroom with heated floor and huge bath a stunning kitchen, and lounge with plasma TV, wood fire and views from every room this is the perfect property for anyone wanting peace, tranquility and the joy of our farm animals roaming around the cottage day and night. Only a 45 min drive of Hobart and the gateway to Tahune Airwalk, Hartz mountains, Hastings Caves and thermal pool, and as far south as you can go Cockle Creek.
  • Luxury Port Douglas

    Port Douglas: Cottage
    1 BDR • 1 BA • Sleeps 2 • #31660
    375 to 375 AUD/night
    The romantic Port Douglas Cottage is the only five star, self catering, one bedroom hideaway located in the heart of Port Douglas. Enjoy the privacy of your own heated pool and spa and only three minutes walk to Four Mile Beach. The spacious first floor loft bedroom leads to an expansive deck with spectacular sunset views of the rain forest clad mountains of the Great Dividing Range and north to the World Heritage Daintree Rain Forest. Celebrating a Port Douglas Wedding or Honeymoon? The romantic Port Douglas Cottage is one of the most popular vacation hideaways for honeymooners worldwide. The HEATED swimming pool is very private, has a spa, and is for the exclusive use of the guests staying in this Cottage..
  • Spacious Unit with Best

    Palm Cove: Apartment
    2 BDR • 2 BA • Sleeps 5 • #224284
    198 to 230 AUD/night  
    There are two parts to this spacious Unit - suitable for two couples or small family. There are two large bedrooms with a King size bed in the main bedroom and a King size in the second which can be split into two singles. Both have separate bathrooms. Ours is a larger apartment and one of the best in Mantra Amphora resort. There is also a bonus - with a BBQ on the front balcony. The Main Unit is set up with new cutlery, crockery, glasses, new oven, range hood. The cook top is new, as is the fridge and washing machine (not that you will be wanting to wash clothes!). Dishwasher, dryer, microwave are all working. The second Bedroom is a motel type room with spa, shower etc and a bar fridge and microwave. It has its own balcony looking out to the mountains. The are large TV's in every room It is on the top (3rd floor) with easy access via two flights of stairs at rear. We have installed KEY SAFES at front doors so you can access the keys at any time you want to arrive. There are Guest Information books in each unit which will help you find your way around the Unit and Palm Cove. Cairns is just 25 minutes away - or a bit longer by the bus which runs every half hour from the Esplanade out the front. The pool is perfect - warm all year round and a heated spa pool if you need something even warmer. The ocean (Coral Sea) is straight our the front of the resort - across the esplanade. The sandy tropical beach is safe and water is warm. Walk the beach of the palm tree pathway. Everything is in walking distance - restaurants, shops, hotel, coffee bars.
  • Delight by the Sea in

    Mooloolaba: Apartment in a complex
    2 BDR • 2 BA • Sleeps 5 • #241317
    170 to 198 AUD/night
    Our lovely Unit is directly across the road from the Ocean with beautiful views of the water and surrounding parklands. We are walking distance to Restaurants Coffee Shops surf Clubs and major Shopping centre. There is a Bus stop directly at front of unit to take you to anywhere on the Sunshine Coast and Airport is 15 mins drive away. We have furnished the Unit with quality furniture and decor. Both Queen Size bedrooms have wall mounted TV and fans and comfortable mattress plus own bathroom. The main Bedroom has a small sitting room adjacent to it and the second Bedroom has a set of bunks which is separated by glass sliding doors and curtain for privacy. The kitchen is setup with all modern cons including large Ice maker refrigerator, Convection Oven, double oven and every appliance required for your cooking requirements plus plenty of crockery, cutlery, etc. The dining Area has a 6 seater table and the lounge has a large wall mounted TV. Both Kitchen and lounge have views of the water. The large covered Patio has a Day bed plus 8 seater outdoor setting and lounge chairs. Anyone that stays in the Apartment would not be disappointed.
  • Stunning Unobstructed

    Surfers Paradise: Breakfree Peninsula: Apartment in a complex
    2 BDR • 2 BA • Sleeps 4 • #208267
    195 to 464 AUD/night
    Beautiful views of the Surfers Paradise and its magnificent beaches and rolling waves from this well appointed beachfront luxury unit. Recently refurbished this very comfortable unit has full ocean views down the Esplanade. Spacious and panoramic living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchen and two bedrooms both with queen beds and a balcony with a birds eye view of the surfing conditions. Free WIFI. Enjoy the resort facilities of the The Peninsula building - tennis, gym, bbq, grounds, 3 pools, BBQ facilities - or WALK 2 minutes to the beach, the regular night markets, shops and local clubs and huge range of fab restaurants. Surfers Paradise says it all. Situated a 5-minute walk from Cavill Mall, the property is an 8-minute drive from Sea World and Jupiters Casino. Within a 25-minute drive away are Dreamworld, Movie World, Wet 'n' Wild theme parks. Car rentals and an airport shuttle service are easily available. Or enjoy the facilities, have a swim in the pool of your choice and put those shrimps on the barbie. The three-kilometer strip of golden sand between Surfers Paradise and the Pacific Ocean is Australia's iconic beach, a postcard-perfect locale that conjures up 'paradise' to millions. Throughout the year, the beach welcomes swimmers, joggers, surfers and strollers from around the Gold Coast, around Australia and around the World. But Surfers Paradise is much much more and has something for everyone. Restaurants, Nightlife, Shopping, Health, Tours, Theme Parks, Casino, Rain Forest, Golf, Boating, Kite Surfing, Cycling. Or use it as a base and explore down to Byron Bay and the heady heights of Nimbin; or go up the coast for lunch at Noosa. Or just relax and marvel in the ever-changing landscape.
  • Living the Sorrento

    Sorrento: House
    4 BDR • 2 BA • Sleeps 8 • #254853
    180 to 180 AUD/night  
    MINIMUM LENGTH OF STAY: 7 NIGHTS CHRISTMAS /NEW YEAR PEAK PERIODS & JANUARY. 4 NIGHTS MELBOURNE CUP & EASTER. 3 NIGHTS PUBLIC HOLIDAY/LONG WEEKENDS, 2 NIGHTS ALL OTHER TIMES. FOR RENTALS LESS THAN 7 DAYS AN ADDITIONAL CLEANING FEE $100 APPLIES.THE RATE QUOTED IS FOR 6 PERSONS. Guests are asked to print ,sign & email the owner the rental terms and list of inventory emailed/SMS on the day of checkin. This is a condition of the rental. Located close to Sorrento Village , front beach, back beach, and a variety of tourist attractions. The house has a positive , warm ambience and is perfect for Women's groups and families wanting a relaxed space that is centrally located. Activities like surfing, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, bush/beach walking,golfing, tennis, shopping and winery visits are a short distance away. There is ducted heating for the colder months and a split system for summer. An outdoor garden setting with umbrella & BBQ at the side of the house . NO SWIMMING POOL. Bedroom configuration: Bedroom 1: Mega King (can be split into 2 singles), Bedroom 2 : Queen, Bedroom 3: Double & Bedroom 4 : Bunk There is a TV in main living area and one in the master bedroom. There is wireless internet available on site. Laundry with washing machine, tumble dryer iron and ironing board. The house sleeps a maximum of 8. Linen is provided for all beds including Towels, hand towels , T towels etc.Beach towels can be provided for an additional cost. Enquire at the time of booking. Breakfast basket can be provided at extra fee. Cleaning during stay can be provided, payment to third party. Please note: The property is not fenced and is not suitable for pets or young children. House Rules On confirmation of your booking, we ask that you please make note of the following: 1. The person making the booking must stay at the property and assume full responsibility for all other guests. 2. The number of persons staying at the property must not exceed the number booked. 3. No schoolies, large party's or gatherings at the property, or excessive noise that may be offensive to our neighbours. 4. You must report any unsatisfactory matters or incidents at the property to us immediately. 5. Please do not leave excess rubbish in or around the property.Excess rubbish must be removed on vacating.If you leaving on a Sunday please put the bins out in front of the house on Melbourne Road on Sunday night for collection early Monday morning. 6. We ask that you vacate the property in the clean and tidy condition that you found it, this includes inside the house and bar b que. 7. Please note that upon confirmation of booking you will receive the terms and conditions to sign and return.
  • Beautiful Apartment

    Fremantle: Gallery Suites: Apartment
    3 BDR • 2 BA • Sleeps 6 • #232482
    275 to 275 AUD/night
    Centrally located apartment offers a fantastic place to stay. The only city with a beach front and full of historic and heritage sites. 5-10 minute walking distance from cappuccino strip (restaurants, cafes, bars), shops and local boutiques, parks and other entertainment areas such as movie theatre etc. Being in the heart of Fremantle, getting around is easily accessed with public transport options readily available. Fremantle Train and Bus Station is a short 7 minute walk!
  • Perth's Exclusive

    Perth: Apartment
    2 BDR • 2 BA • Sleeps 4 • #243214
    179 to 190 AUD/night
    Upper Class Café Lifestyle, Immerse yourself in the flair and style of this top floor executive apartment which is only two years young and yet oozes its own distinct character. Absolutely perfect for those who prefer a smaller boutique complex of only 8, in this executive and upmarket building. Situated right in the heart, simply look out from your balcony or walk out the door to soak up the pulse and the vibrancy of the best cafe strip in Perth. Reverse cycle air conditioning is ducted throughout the the 93m of floor space, the largest in the building, which encompasses the kitchen, boasting modern appliances, gas cooktop and striking stone benchtops, overlooking the spacious open plan dining and lounge area with bamboo wooden flooring. The two well sized bedrooms welcome you with their sense of space and extra height ceilings and both with the comfort of 100% wool carpets and ensuite bathrooms. There are 2 outdoor spaces, including a lovely courtyard style 5m north facing balcony adjacent to the kitchen, allowing natural light to bathe through the apartment, and the entertaining large 13m balcony overlooking Beaufort St with garden lights, views of Perth's city lights and the cosmopolitan streetscape below. Sunscreen blinds provide privacy and protection against any sun and rain. The owner spent a considerable amount ensuring all the fittings were scaled up to premium specification, including quality purpose built curtains and blinds to all windows and sliding doors. The apartment comes with full security throughout the building including the lift and car bay in the basement, please email for clarification on car space (charges appply) or free street parking available. Situated in the sought after and prestigious suburb of Mount Lawley, you are within 20 minutes walking distance to the city or a 5 minute bus ride outside your doorstep. The Walk Score is 94 for this location as you can easily walk to 3 of Perth's best urban villages: Beaufort Street Mount Lawley, Angove Street North Perth and William Street Northbridge. Beautiful Hyde Park is also just a 5 minute walk away. Everything you could wish for is close by with an amazing selection of shops, bars, pubs, cafes, restaurants, takeaways, and supermarket all within walking distance. The location is one of Perth’s best. Boutique executive apartments in this precinct of this quality are rare, so feel free to make an application with any queries, happy to oblige.
  • Tropical Far North

    Palm Cove: Apartment
    1 BDR • 1 BA • Sleeps 2 • #206888
    150 to 190 AUD/night
    This large one bedroom apartment, attractively decorated and close to many fabulous restaurants and beautiful Palm Cove beach. The weather in North Queensland is perfect from April through to October and staying in Palm Cove is the ideal location for anyone holidaying in the Cairns area. Even in the summer months of November through to March, although humid, the apartment is air-conditioned in both bedroom and lounge room. The wonderful lagoon style pool is a pleasure to jump into for a cool down. The apartment has all the amenities to make your stay comfortable and the inclusions of all linen (beach towels too), means that you only have to arrive with your swimming gear, shorts and t-shirts. The sightseeing in the area is varied and interesting. For tours to the rainforest and to the Great Barrier Reef, the bus will pick you up at the door and take you out for the day without the worry of hiring cars. However if you would like to hire a car, this can be done either at Cairns airport, or in Palm Cove itself. There is a supermarket a short bus ride away to collect all your supplies for your stay. For basic supplies there are two small supermarkets a short walk away in Palm Cove itself. Come and see Palm Cove soon and enjoy the balmy evenings sitting on your private balcony looking out over gardens, pool and the Coral Sea.
  • Our Home Features

    Diggers Camp: Beach style house
    3 BDR • 1 BA • Sleeps 6 • #224275
    300 to 300 AUD/night  
    Our home is in the Yuraygir NP at Diggers Camp. Experience ocean views and ecologically sustainable luxury supported by low carbon systems such as solar electricity and hot water, rain harvested water and environmentally friendly waste systems. The house consists of two connected pavilions. The fully renovated front structure comprises a kitchen, dining nook and lounge, all with ocean views. These spaces lead to the front deck, a sheltered chill out area with ocean and headland views. Completing the front pavilion is a cozy bedroom with double bed also with great ocean views. The new fully equipped kitchen boasts stone bench tops and a double filtered water system. The lounge features a flat screen TV, DVD and sound box for connecting music players. The rear pavilion features an expansive deck and outdoor dining setting with ocean glimpses. Off the deck are two large bedrooms featuring a queen bed and a queen plus king single bed. The deck also leads to the bathroom and separate toilet room. We employ a range of high tech systems to enable a high degree of comfort whilst enjoying an "off-grid" national park setting. You'll be living in a self sufficient low carbon footprint dwelling that generates and stores its own electricity, water, hot water and advanced compost toilet system. While the front deck offers whale watching in season, the rear deck provides a great viewing platform to quietly observe visiting wildlife including kangaroos, emus, goannas and a rich diversity of bird life amongst the landscaped native gardens. The yard backs onto the surrounding national park. It features a fire pit for cooler nights, a hammock chill out corner, an outdoor shower and board storage rack and cleaning station for preparing the day's catch.
  • A Great Location in a

    Innaloo: House
    2 BDR • 1 Den • 2 BA • Sleeps 6 • #233367
    110 to 110 AUD/night
    Charming cottage ideal for holiday rental. Sit on the front verandah and watch the park activities across the road. Or have a barbecue on the large back verandah. House has reverse cycle air conditioning throughout. Auto reticulated gardens. Ideally situated : Perth city CBD 8 kilometres, Scarborough Beach 4km, large shopping centre 1 km and 2 kilometres, train station 1 kilometre. House is opposite shady park. Very quiet street. Cool sea breezes most afternoons in summer. Free unlimited wifi with fast NBN connection. Live TV and Netflix Channel Unlimited filtered water through our reverse osmosis system.
  • Gateway to the Sunshine

    Caboolture: House
    3 BDR • 2 BA • Sleeps 7 • #207049
    205 to 205 AUD/night
    This home is a unique three bedroom vacation home located between Brisbane and the southern end of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia - the Gateway to the Sunshine Coast. This stunning home is in the Moreton Bay Region of southeast Queensland, Australia and approximately 50 minutes from Brisbane International & Domestic Airports, 7.8 km from the Caboolture CBD & Hub and a short drive from the $17m Queensland State Equestrian Centre. It is a beautifully appointed self contained home that offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms to accommodate up to seven people. The home is beautifully appointed and features reverse cycle air conditioning in the lounge/dining area, flat screen TV with DVD/CD player, Foxtel, a modern fully equipped gourmet kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, oven and cooktop, three lovely bedrooms with ceiling fans in all rooms (Room 1: Luxury Queen and Single Ensembles, Room 2: Luxury Queen Ensemble, Room 3: Two Single Ensembles), two bathrooms, outdoor dining & BBQ area and wrap around verandahs. Our location has lovely surrounds with gardens and a small orchard, resident native wildlife such as kangaroos and an abundance of birdlife, whilst the property is bounded by Wararba Creek. Caboolture is ideally central to Brisbane, the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, Sunshine Hinterland, Bribie Island and local Wineries to the west. National Parks and the Glasshouse Mountains are approximately 20 minutes away. We are close to all amenities with a variety of restaurants, major shopping and movie theatres in the Caboolture/Morayfield area, as well as three major Clubs and Taverns. Two railway stations are located within 8km at Caboolture and Morayfield. Bribie Island is a short drive away, where there are a variety of water activities such as whale watching, jetski hire, deep sea fishing, beaches and more. There are local markets every Sunday in Caboolture and International Markets mid week and on Saturdays at Eumundi about a 45 minute drive to the north.
  • B&B En-Suite,Tv, Free Wifi

    Mackay: Private room in a bed and breakfast
    1 BDR • 1 BA • Sleeps 2 • #226969
    69 to 69 AUD/night
    Quiet beachside location. Private room with own entry, en-suite, free WIFI, cont. Breakfast, TV, Air-con,, free laundry facilities, share pool and bbq, big backyard, very private 1 minute walk to restaurant, bar, pokies, bottleshop & beach. Property backs on to a reserve. This guest's retreat is very private as it is closed off at the end of the home. This property is unique as there is only one guest room - and the owner respects guests privacy but we can provide any local information. Scenic lookouts, walking tracks, nature reserve, park, beach, restaurant, bar, pokies, tab, pool tables, ping pong table, bus stop, bowls club, golf course are nearby. Quiet and friendly. 10 mins CBD
  • Luxury Port Douglas

    Port Douglas: House
    2 BDR • 2 BA • Sleeps 4 • #31662
    475 to 475 AUD/night
    Single storey tropical Queenslander style building with two bedrooms with en-suites. With wide, shady, cool verandas, this self-catering retreat is nestled in a lush tropical garden and has its own heated pool, sundeck and BBQ. The heated swimming pool is for the exclusive use of guests of this house and is very private.
  • Australia Vacation

    Sydney : Apartment
    1 BDR • 1 BA • Sleeps 2 • #66771
    175 to 250 USD/night
    Set in the tree tops on Sydney's affluent north shore, this luxury 3 room apartment comes with gourmet kitchen, quality dining & lounge furniture original art, business facilities LCD TV and safe. It is only part of a Australia vacation. It can be combined with your own personal guide who with a 4WD & boat allows you the opportunity to explore Sydney with no time restraints. Guests are able to mix with the locals, to experience the carefree Australian way of life and to visit hidden locations that the majority of tourists have never even heard about. This Australia Vacation Apartment is truly unique and is for the couple who desire to be part of the carefree Aussie way of life. It is not an impersonal hotel room rather a large 100 sq meter apartment set in the forest on Sydney's` prestigious north shore just 30 minutes from the city. With no other guests you are assured of privacy and seclusion. With your hosts nearby and connected by intercom it is an opportunity to experience Sydney as few do. It is just minutes away from Sydney's` finest national park with hidden waterways, aboriginal cultural centre, great bush walks, and a landscape that in places has not changed for 1000s of years. Guests who partake of a full vacation package also then have access to a personal guide to explore the many hidden locations surrounding Sydney that are truly breathtaking and unknown to most travelers.
  • Reef Club Resort 2 Bedroom

    Port Douglas: Apartment
    2 BDR • 1 BA • Sleeps 5 • #233932
    215 to 250 AUD/night
    This property is 2 minutes’ walk from the beach. Reef Club Resort is located in Port Douglas, just 5 minutes’ walk from the world-famous 4 Mile Beach. It features an outdoor swimming pool and spa pool. Port Douglas Reef Club has a rustic Mediterranean feel in a Queenslander environment with terracotta floors and timber shading. The apartment feature a kitchenette with microwave, ceiling fans, cable TV and bath. Guests can relax or dine outdoors on the furnished balcony. Resort facilities include a barbecue area and guest laundry. Free car parking is provided. Free Wi-Fi internet facilities are available for guests. Reef Club Resort is less than 10 minutes’ walk from the cafes, bars and restaurants of Macrossan Street. The resort is the perfect base to explore the nearby Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Tour bookings and information on suitable tours are available at the reception desk.

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Phillip Island, situated in Western Port, is a place of natural beauty, sandy beaches, tranquil wetlands and unique wildlife experiences.

The Penguin Parade experience is sure to be the highlight of your visit! As the sun fades in the sky, the little penguins waddle up the beach to the safety of their homes in the sand dunes. Witness this magical procession – it is a treat never forgotten!

Towering gums at the Koala Conservation Centre and woodlands of the Oswin Roberts Reserve provide a safe home for the island's koala population. Koalas can be viewed at the close viewing area and treetop boardwalk at the visitor centre, or a gentle stroll can be taken through the woodlands of the Oswin Roberts Reserve.

Churchill Island, accessed by bridge from Phillip Island, is steeped in history. Deliciously fragrant gardens surround the historical homestead amidst a variety of bird life. The island is a working farm with Highland cattle, sheep, ducks, chickens and Clydesdale horses. Ranger talks, machinery demonstrations and festivals bring the island to life throughout the year.

There is a diverse range of established walks around the island. Cape Woolamai, Kitty Miller Bay and Nobbies walks feature good beach/bush tracks and boardwalks, predominately along the rugged south coast. Conservation Hill and Rhyll Mangrove Boardwalk overlook the Rhyll Wetlands and Rhyll Inlet, offering excellent bird watching opportunities. Swan Lake Nature trail leads to the only permanent freshwater lake on the island offers viewing hides, to watch the lakes bird life.

Phillip Island is home to the International Motorcycle Grand Prix, World Championship Superbikes and Australian Touring Car Championships

Other attractions include A Maze N Thing's illusion Room, maze and mini golf. Phillip Island Wildlife Park, and Indy Go-carts.
Phillip Island is well serviced with large variety of cafes, restaurants, shops, entertainment and accommodation.

10 Fun Things to do on Phillip Island
by Lucy Watson

Phillip Island is perfectly situated for a day trip or weekend getaway from Melbourne City. Situated in Western Port, it's a mere two hour drive from the CBD. Phillip Island is a mix of sandy beaches, serene wetlands and fantastic wildlife experiences. The beauty of it is that all the attractions are in a small area so you won't need to spend ages in the car once you've arrived. There are dozens of things to do on Phillip Island, but here are my ten favourites.

1) You can't miss the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory. It's on your right hand side as you enter the island and you'd be wise not to pass it without stopping. Visitors can take themselves on a self guided tour of Panny's Amazing World of Chocolate and learn all about the humble cocoa bean through a series of interactive exhibits. The chocolate shop is piled high with goodies from chocolate koalas to decadent truffles. We were pleased to find some free samples when we visited but the place has undergone quite a big transformation since then so I can't guarantee that this is still the case. However, you can definitely indulge in some inventive chocolate dishes from the Chocolate Cafe (fancy a Rocky Road Sundae?) which will get your tastebuds tingling.

2) The Maru Koala and Animal Park isn't technically on Phillip Island but you will pass it about 15 minutes before you hit the Island and it's definitely worthy of a mention. Although small, this is a really hands on wildlife park where you can pat a koala, feed some very large, friendly kangaroos, walk with dingos and listen to the animal keeper talks. The staff here were really helpful when we went and didn't mind letting us in and out of enclosures and so on. If you pay extra you can also try your hand at Pirate Pete's Mini Golf, or grab something to eat in the licensed dining area.

3) The Nobbies Nature Park is situated on a headland with spectacular coastal views. You can see Seal Rocks in the distance, home to Australia's largest Fur Seal colony. Take a walk along the boardwalk to check out the magnificent blowhole or spot some Silver Gull chicks in spring and early summer. It's always windy here so be sure to rug up, especially if you brave it in the winter.

4) Cowes is the main town on Phillip Island and has a great vibe to it especially in the summer. Located on the north coast it has beautiful, safe beaches and the main street is chock full of interesting shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. There are electric BBQs at the end of Red Rocks Road, as well as a children's playground. Eating lunch alfresco whilst doing some people watching is a great way to relax on a summer's day.

5) The Phillip Island Circuit is home to some major motor sporting events such as the Moto GP and the World Superbikes. Besides these big drawcards you can race on over to try out the Go Karts or be driven around the Grand Prix Circuit at high speed by an experienced racing driver. A Guided Circuit Tour allows you access to trackside areas; the Control Tower, Media Centre and Pit Roof amongst others. The Island is jam packed on the days of major events, so you might want to plan your trip accordingly.

6) Churchill Island Heritage Farm will take you back in time to experience a traditional Australian working farm. There is a daily programme of events including farming activities like cow milking and sheep shearing. You can see the cute residents of the animal nursery and the other larger animals around the farm. There are heritage buildings and beautiful gardens to explore or you could take a ride on a farm wagon. Aussie favourites such as whip cracking and boomerang throwing are also on offer.

7) Phillip Island Wildlife Cruises offer a range of cruises which explore the scenery and wildlife which the Island has to offer. The Seal Watching Cruise is a 2 hour jaunt around the northwest coast which includes a visit to Seal Rocks which will take you within metres of the seals, as well as afternoon tea. If adrenalin is more your style, try a Fast Rib Ride which will bounce, twist and turn you at high speed for 20 minutes as you tear around the bay. These are great fun and make good experience gifts if you're stuck for a present to give someone.

8) A Maze'n'Things is a good fun attraction for the whole family. The maze part of it is a huge wooden outdoor maze which has 4 flags waiting to be discovered. You can race in teams to see who can find all the flags first. The indoor part comprises lots of games, tricks, challenges and illusions which you can explore until your mind becomes completely warped. Our favourite part was the vertical drop slide which will most definitely take your breath away. Well worth a visit.

9) The Koala Conservation Centre allows you to get up close to koalas in their natural habitat. You can walk amongst the treetops on specially constructed boardwalks or try the bush walking tracks where you might also see wallabies and echidnas. The interactive Visitor's Centre will clue you in on koalas and there is a gift shop and cafe to relieve you of any spare cash.

10) Always a favourite, Phillip Island's parade of little penguins will delight and enthral you as they come in from the sea each evening. As the sun sets these gorgeous creatures come in from hunting at sea and waddle over the sand to their burrows. There are a range of experiences to select from but the Penguin Plus ticket got us very close to the action and I highly recommend it. You can learn all about these animals in the information centre before you head out to the parade and bag yourself some cute photos of the penguins at the gift shop as you're not allowed to take your own pictures.
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