Who likes free things? We do!
There’s more to Phillip Island than just the Penguin Parade (it IS pretty great though) and those watching their wallets may be surprised how many free things there are to do! Here’s our list of our favourite free things to do on Phillip Island and trust us, you’re going to want a few days to do them all.
At the far west end of the island, past the Penguin Parade lies the Nobbies. The Nobbies is the perfect place to relax, switch off and embrace the moment. Walk down the boardwalk for stunning views of rugged coastline cast in an orange glow and keep an eye out for local wildlife. But mostly, you’ll be entranced by a gorgeous sunset glimmering out over the ocean.
You would hope that an island as big as Phillip Island has a beach or two. Well you’re in luck! Phillip Island is covered in beaches – there’s surf beaches for those who want to catch a wave or two and calmer beaches for those who want to swim, paddle or just lay on the beach and do a whole lot of nothing.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love Phillip Island – there are hiking trails galore. You can find yourself walking along Phillip Island’s stunning coast and listening to the roar of the ocean or walking through wetlands and bushland in absolute silence. There’s trails for all levels of difficulty, so there’s a walk for everyone.
We’ve already established that this island has great walking trails, but cyclists will love this island too. A large number of walking trails are also dual bike trails, plus with the low levels of traffic on the island, all of the roads are pretty safe to ride. Cycling is a great way to see and experience Phillip Island.
You’re away from all the big city lights on Phillip Island which means none of that pesky light pollution is in the sky. When the sun falls and the sky darkens, look up to be mesmerised by the stars and colours of the sky. If you want to see the sky in total darkness, head to a cark park of one of Phillip Island’s many back beaches and settle in for a night of star gazing.
Everyone knows there’s penguins on Phillip Island, but did you know there are so many other species of birds and animals that call this island home? There’s wallabies, snakes, echidnas, a variety of birds and more and they’re pretty easy to spot. If you’re poking around Cape Woolamai, the Nobbies, Churchill Island or Rhyll, you’ll most likely find a creature or two!
At 12pm every day like clockwork, the pelicans are fed at San Remo beach – they even know when the time changes due to daylight savings! Left over fish from the local fish and chip shop is used to feed these greedy, odd looking birds, so gather round and watch them stuff their faces and fight each other for a feed.
Ready to jump in the car and head to Phillip Island? Then don’t forget to book your accommodation. Phillip Island YHA has a variety of private and shared rooms to suit your needs and budget, plus a fully equipped kitchen, TV room, lounge room and their friendly staff can give you some insider tips to living the local island life.