Whether you’re planning an action-packed weekend away or taking a relaxing overnight trip from Melbourne, two days is just enough time to explore the secluded beaches and wildlife reserves of Phillip Island. Here’s how to spend two days on Phillip Island.
Day 1: Coastal Views & Culinary Delights
Morning: The Cape Woolamai Walk is one of Phillip Island’s most rewarding hikes; hiking tours allow you to stray from the beaten path without getting lost, while exploring with a guide ensures you find safe swimming spots.
Afternoon: Tours of Phillip Island often include a visit to the Rusty Water Brewery and the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, where you can sample artisan produce. After lunch, visit the Churchill Island Heritage Farm, where afternoon demonstrations include cow milking, sheep shearing, and working dog displays—book your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line.
Night: Spend the evening at Summerland Beach, where the famous nightly Penguin Parade takes place. Pre-book tickets for the Penguin Plus Viewing Platform for the best views or get there early to secure a place in the general viewing area.
Day 2: Wildlife Watching
Morning: Set sail on a wildlife-watching cruise from Cowes Jetty and look out for fur seals, dolphins, and whales (from May to October) as you sail around Phillip Island. Back in Cowes, spend some time exploring the lively beach town, with its many shops, restaurants, and bars—a perfect spot for lunch.
Afternoon: Visit the Koala Conservation Centre, where you can spot koalas, wallabies, and echidnas in their natural environment on a bushland walk. For the best value, consider buying a 3 Park Pass, which includes entrance to Churchill Island and the Penguin Parade.
Night: The lookout points at nearby Surf Beach are a great spot from which to watch the sunset. Afterwards, head to one of the resort’s restaurants, such as the popular Waterfront House, for a seafood dinner with views of the seafront.