Phillip Island’s dramatic coastline is somewhat of a scenic surprise. When most visitors make the journey from Melbourne to Phillip Island, it’s the abundance of wildlife and procession of penguins that are the main reason for visiting. Once here on the island, however, the rural landscape and wave-battered coastline often emerge as unforeseen highlights of spending a day on the island.
On Phillip Island’s western tip, watch in wonder as storm-driven waves go crashing against seal-covered rocks, and when visiting a place like the Nobbies Center, take a stroll along the coastal boardwalk for a front row seat to rolling waves as they explode in showers of white. Or, on the island’s rugged southeastern tip, stunning assortments of natural formations ring the coast of Cape Woolamai. Begin at white sand Woolamai Beach and its imposing, pink granite cliffs, and hike across the windswept headland to the famous “Pinnacles” sea stacks. Continue around the eastern tip to find sheer cliffs and deeply eroded sea caves, and in addition to viewpoints looking back at the mainland, a system of sand dunes perfect for sledding line the Cape’s northern coast.
When exploring Phillip Island’s coastlines, scan the skies for sea birds and shearwaters that circle above the rocks. And, of course, always keep your eyes peeled for the famous Little Penguins as they seek out burrows in the dunes and boardwalks along all corners of the coast.