Phillip Island is a rugged and popular destination about an hour and a half south of Melbourne. Known for its array of spectacular Australian wildlife, pristine stretches of beach, jagged stone cliffs (and for being the home town of the Hemsworths), this tiny island packs a punch. We couldn't wait to check it out and recharge!
BEST THINGS TO DO ON PHILLIP ISLAND
It is hard to narrow it down as Phillip Island has coastal trails, artisanal food, and plenty of beach. During our time on Phillip Island we were only able to squeeze so much in, so I'll list our favourites here and mention some activities we would love to come back for.
However, the main takeaway from our time on the island was to sit and enjoy the sheer beauty of our surroundings. There was geological beauty in abundance and plenty of friendly wildlife to share it with. Getting back to basics, and enjoying looking out over the Bass Strait with the sea breeze blowing was rejuvenation enough.
HIKE CAPE WOOLAMAI
As the highest point on Phillip Island, Cape Woolamai has some serious views. The walk around the cape supplies turquoise watered coves, dramatic rock formations, and more wallabies than you could ask for. Looking out towards the ocean, if you're lucky you might spot some dolphins, seals, or even a whale. The most famous part of the track has to be the Pinnacles rock formations. This unique succession of granite columns, formed over thousands of years, is breath-taking and something that has to be seen on Phillip Island.
The walks on Cape Woolamai form a loop, and you can visit as many or as few of the points of interest as you please. If the tides are in your favour, I would recommend doing the full circuit. The tracks are in good condition and the walks are not difficult. All options start and finish at the Cape Woolamai Surf Life Saving Club.
PHILLIP ISLAND NATURE PARK
Strolling along the Nobbies boardwalk was one of the most spectacular parts of our visit to Phillip Island. This protected ecotourism area is located on the west of the island and is close to where the Penguin Parade takes place. And yes, you know what that means? If you're lucky you'll be able to see penguins on the headland while you walk the boardwalk (totally free of charge). You will find yourself looking out over the ocean and Seal Rock, where fur seal colonies can regularly be spotted. The boardwalk closely follows the rugged coastline through a dramatic extraterrestrial-looking landscape past blowholes and rookeries. Although it can be touristy, it is truly a stunning part of the island.
CHECK OUT FORREST CAVES
Forrest Caves are a somewhat hidden gem on the island and not as frequented as places like the Nobbies and Cape Woolamai. At low tide, these caves are really cool to explore. The power of Bass Straight has shaped these caverns which you can get inside and look around. Just make sure you've checked the tides before you drive here!
VISIT PYRAMID ROCK
As the name suggests, Pyramid Rock is a triangular rock formation jutting out of the south coast of the island. With two separate viewing platforms, you can admire this geological beauty from a couple of angles. The view from the walkway is stunning, looking out over the Bass Straight and down over Cape Woolamai. This is an easy, accessible and beautiful place to explore on Phillip Island (even when the wind was blowing a million miles an hour).
July 29, 2021