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Where wonder is waiting

For the impatient and indulgent. Cowes, Phillip island is a destination that has your day already planned, where the wonders are found and waiting to be experienced.

From the moment you step on the  island, the northern beaches like foreshore, is the doorway to the iconic, cypress tree lined main street. Filled with breweries, boutique shops and incredible seaside eateries you can indulge in the fares & wares of this town as if away on an overseas trip.

Leave the car behind and sail to a day trip like no other.

Located on one of Victorian’s only north-facing beaches, Cowes, Phillip Island’s commercial hub, is an ideal base to soak up the Island’s seaside holiday vibe! During the holiday season, Cowes is bustling as visitors and locals enjoy the buzzing cafes, waterfront restaurants, boutique shops and ocean views.

During the summertime, Cowes main beach is a perfect location to spend the afternoon swimming and an array of water activities on the foreshore. As holiday mode kicks in, lazy on down for breakfast, brunch or lunch at one of our many modern eateries including the Waterboy CafeM&O Cafe and TapasG’Day Tiger and Island Whole Foods. At night the summer mood is in full swing as restaurants fill quickly including popular eateries such as PinosBani’s RestaurantNorth Pier HotelHotel Phillip IslandIsola Di Capri and Beach HQ.

Cowes is home to the widest variety of accommodation on Phillip Island, from self-contained apartments and caravan parks with ocean views to quaint B&Bs and houses; there really is something for everyone.


Phillip Island

Phillip Island boasts expansive sandy beaches, spectacular rugged cliffs, world-class surf spots and safe havens for bathing, Phillip Island’s coastline is one of its biggest drawcards…and not just for people! Thousands of Little Penguins call the island home and every evening you can see them waddle up the beach at dusk to nest in the sand dunes of the nature reserve. The penguins aren’t the only wild Australian natives who love life on the Island – A huge fur seal colony claims Seal Rocks, many dozy koalas live in the gum trees at the conservation centre and wallabies, echidnas and a wide range of bird species can be spotted in the bush and seen up close at wildlife parks.

Another of the island’s greatest attractions is the Grand Prix circuit, which is considered one of the most spectacular venues on the Grand Prix calendar. If pedal power or scenic strolling is more your pace, then the breathtaking scenery along the coastal trails and through bush to inland lakes can be enjoyed by bicycle or foot.

It’s a magical place for families with much to keep the kids entertained, and plenty for the adults too; award-winning wineries, restaurants and cafes serving fresh local produce, pubs with live music, farmers markets, surf carnivals and events.