Celebrate life by the water and soak up the seaside holiday vibe at Phillip Island. Stay in Cowes, Phillip Island's commercial hub; Newhaven, picturesque seaside village; or San Remo, where you can greet the fishing boats as they return home. Don't look past Phillip Island for you next seaside holiday.

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Phillip Island, Victoria

General Information about Cowes

Celebrate life by the water and soak up the seaside holiday vibe in Cowes, Phillip Island's commercial hub, which positively bustles during the holiday season. Allow extra time in Cowes to explore the many nearby attractions, including the iconic Penguin Parade and the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre. Visit the island at race time to experience the speed and excitement of the Superbike World Championship, the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, or one of the many motor sport events held throughout the year.

Hire a boat from the Cowes launch and catch a fish to barbeque beachside or join a cruise around the bay and get a close look at the cute inhabitants of Seal Rocks. Want to go further? Catch the ferry over Western Port to Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula or on to French Island.

For more information on where to stay and things to do, see our Cowes directory.

General Information about Newhaven

Stroll along Newhaven's waterfront and absorb the atmosphere of this picturesque seaside village. Cast a line and catch the family dinner, picnic by the bridge or grab your board and hit the waves. Retrace the steps of Victoria's first European settlers at nearby Churchill Island. Drive, ride or paddle to this historic site, and treat the family to afternoon tea at the visitor centre.

Spend a day in chocolate heaven at the chocolate factory then relax into an aromatherapy massage. Continue the Zen at Bonsai Island with the art of bonsai for beginners and experts alike, and then finish the day amidst the warm hospitality of a local B&B or an eco-friendly resort.

For more information on where to stay and what to do, see our Newhaven directory.

General Information about San Remo

Greet the fishing boats of San Remo as they return home with a fresh bounty of seafood. This authentic fishing village is the gateway to Phillip Island and a great place to buy fresh fish or catch your own. Walk in historic footsteps along the cliffs from San Remo to Kilcunda on the George Bass Coastal Walk. Take detours to deserted beaches and bays, passing by Quarry Rocks where stone was quarried to build Melbourne business chambers.

Soak up the village atmosphere in local cafes and restaurants, check out the craftsmanship of local jewellers or find a bargain at the monthly markets. Choose from a range of accommodation, from local hotel rooms to resort-style.

For more information on where to stay and things to do, see our San Remo directory.

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