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Things to do in Phillip Island

Natural beauty, wildlife and motor sport converge on Phillip Island and with a unique combination like this, what's not to enjoy? Looking for fun things to do on Phillip Island? Explore the island on a kayak adventure, take a helicopter flight to absorb the coastline from a different perspective.

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Phillip Island things to do

Lying just off the southern coast of Victoria, Phillip Island is known as a popular day trip from Melbourne. There is plenty of things to do and see there from its beautiful wildlife including the colony of Little (Fairy) Penguins to its international motorcycle racing circuit. The best way to tick off all these Phillip Island attractions is with a RedBalloon experience. From whale watching cruises and helicopter rides to luxurious getaway packages and scenic day tours, there are so many things to do on Phillip Island!

What are the best Phillip Island activities?

Whether you’re a visitor or a Melbournian looking for weekend plans, you’ll find a variety of Phillip Island activities on RedBalloon. It doesn’t matter if you’re simply visiting for the day or turning it into a mini getaway, there are plenty of amazing ways to explore this island. To help make finding the best things to do on Phillip Island easier, we have curated a list of some of our top-selling experiences.

  • Winter whale watching cruise with lunch: embark on an unforgettable journey and view spectacular marine life in their natural environment. You will get a chance to see Humpback or Southern Right Whales along their migration journey, beautiful seals at Seal Rocks and other magnificent animals such as dolphins and albatrosses.
  • 8 Minute helicopter flight for 2 over Phillip Island: fly high above some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Australia. This Phillip Island tour by helicopter is guaranteed to give you a bird’s eye view and provide stunning picture-perfect moments. Choose your flight path upon arrival – see the spectacular scenery around Cape Woolamai or maybe a bit of adrenaline is more to your liking. Take in a lap of the world-famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit!
  • Phillip Island 2 bedroom cottage for 2 nights: offering peaceful ambiance, this resort is surrounded by bike tracks, nature walks and magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Phillip Island provides many activities and recreation options for guests. The resort is just a few minutes from beaches, wildlife parks, and the Penguin Parade.
  • Full day Phillip Island tour: escape the city to the endless coastlines and unique wildlife of Phillip Island on this small-group tour. Discover the dreamy Cape Woolamai as you hike along rugged rock known as the Pinnacles. Get up close with koalas at Phillip Island Koala Reserve and visit Penguin Parade for a memorial sunset.

Most popular Phillip Island attractions

There are plenty of amazing Phillip Island attractions worth exploring whilst in the region. These include both the popular tourist attractions plus some hidden gems only the locals know about. The best way to see them all is with a RedBalloon experience. Our range of Phillip Island activities and tours means you’ll be able to enjoy everything this part of Victoria has to offer. Discover below some of best attractions to enjoy on the island.

Phillip Island Penguins

It wouldn’t be a trip to this region without visiting the Phillip Island penguin parade. You’ll find plenty of experiences available that will let you get up close to the Fairy Penguins that Phillip Island is famous for. The Phillip Island Penguin Parade RedBalloon experience will provide you the opportunity to see native Australian wildlife. Every evening at dusk the Little Penguins come here from the water and you can watch from an elevated boardwalk as they waddle cautiously from the beach to their burrows after a long day out at sea.

Phillip Island Koala Park

Phillip Island is home to some of Australia’s most famous wildlife. We definitely recommend you explore the Koala Park whilst visiting the island. The Penguin Parada, Koalas, Antarctic and Churchill 4 park pass available on RedBalloon is the best way to explore the top 4 natural attractions in the area. You’ll get to visit the penguins, see koalas from the treetop boardwalks at the Koala Conservation Centre, step back in time at Churchill Island Heritage Farm and immerse yourself in the interactive Antarctic Journey.

Phillip Island Nature Park

Known for its wildlife and natural landscapes, if you want to explore one of the best Phillip Island attractions, you can’t go past the Nature Park. The boutique Phillip Island tour departs from Melbourne and packs in all the must-see sights of Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula. You’ll visit the local Philip Island nature park that is home to more than 60 native Australian animal species. You’ll get to enjoy an exciting animal encounter and have the opportunity to hand feed kangaroos, wallabies, emus and wombats.

With our range of experiences and things to do, you can tick off the best Phillip Island attractions from your must-see list. Don’t know which experience to pick? Don’t worry, you can always choose a gift voucher and decide later. A gift voucher can be used to purchase any experience or product in Phillip Island including any accommodation available on RedBalloon. Find out more about our gift vouchers.

Things to do in Victoria

Now that you’ve explored all the amazing things to do on Phillip Island, why not check out the rest of the state? There is so much to see and do in Victoria that are definitely worth ticking off your list at the same time. Discover an amazing range of experiences in the Yarra Valley, the Mornington Peninsula, the Great Ocean Road and more destinations.

Things to do in Melbourne

If you’re visiting Phillip Island, we definitely recommend exploring Victoria’s capital city whilst you are there. There are so many amazing things to do in Melbourne from fine dining restaurants to exhilarating flying experiences, you’ll be able to enjoy everything this vibrant city has to offer.