Walking Trails

Walking trail suggestions -

Penguin Parade – Point Grant Carpark (Nobbies)

A one hour walk from the Penguin Parade to the carpark at Point Grant. This walk takes you south west along a small unsealed road where spectacular coastal views can be observed. This track is suitable for bicycles.

Ventnor Beach Walk

½ hour walk along the beach. Access is gained from the Esplanade off Grossard Point Road. Coastal views of Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula. A good safe swimming beach.

Bush to Bay

This walk takes you from the Koala Conservation Centre to Rhyll. This walk combines the Oswin Roberts Reserve walking tracks and the Conservation Hill and Rhyll Inlet tracks. The approximate length of this walk is 7 kilometres one way. By using other carparks, this walk can be shortened. This walking track is also suitable for bicycles.

Conservation Hill and Rhyll Inlet

Rhyll Inlet is a world-renowned habitat for migratory waders, and the walking tracks in this area allow for good bird observing opportunities. The walking tracks in this area are also suitable for bicycles.

Black Loop – This track starts at Conservation Hill, along the mangrove boardwalk and then continues along Rhyll Inlet to Rhyll. Approximately 1 ½ hours return.

Blue Loop – This track starts at Conservation Hill and follows the mangrove boardwalk along to Rhyll Inlet Lookout. Approximately 1 hour return.

Green Loop – Mangrove boardwalk return track. Approximately ½ hour return

Oswin Roberts Reserve

Oswin Roberts Reserve is the last remaining remnant bushland on Phillip Island. The walking tracks allow for wildlife observation and are also suitable for bicycles.

Black Loop – This track starts at the carpark situated off Harbison Road. The track is approximately 4.5 kilometres in length and the estimated walking time is 2 hours return.

Blue Loop – This track starts at the carpark situated off Harbison Road. The track is approximately 2.5 kilometres in length and the estimated walking time is 1 hour return.

Green Loop – This track starts at the carpark situated off Harbison Road. The track is approximately 1.1 kilometres in length and the estimated walking time is ½ hour return.

Churchill Island

Churchill Island is a small island with historic buildings, lovely gardens and walking tracks. There is a 5km walking track around the island which will take approximately 2 hours. There is also a shorter walk, the North Point Loop, which is 2 kilometres and will take approximately 1 hour. The walking tracks on Churchill Island are suitable for bicycles. There is no charge to access the walking tracks or the café but please note there is an admission charge to view the historic homesteads and gardens on the island.

Woolamai Safety Beach

A 1 hour beach walk back towards the bridge. Views across to the fishing boats at the San Remo Jetty. Access to the beach is from Cottesloe Avenue in Cape Woolamai.

Cape Woolamai

Spectacular views of Phillip Island and the surrounding coastline. Cape Woolamai is the highest point on Phillip Island and is also the largest shearwater rookery. Between October and April this area is home to thousands of shearwaters. All walks start from the information shelter at the carpark, then follow the beach to the left for approximately 1 kilometer.

Pinnacles walk (green markers) This walk is approximately 4 kilometres in length and the estimated walking time is 2 hours return.

Old Granite Quarry Walk (blue markers) This walk is approximately 6 kilometres in length and the estimated walking time is 3 hours return.

Cape Woolamai Beacon Walk (black markers) This walk is approximately 6.6 kilometres in length and the estimated walking time is 3½ hours return.

Cape Woolamai Circuit This walk is a combination of all three Cape Woolamai walking tracks. The length of this walk is approximately 8 kilometres and estimated walking time is approximately 4 hours.

Cape Woolamai Surf Beach to the Colonnades

A 1-hour walk from the Cape Woolamai Surf Beach carpark to the Colonnades. This is a natural attraction featuring columns of basalt and is best seen at low tide.

Forrest Caves

Forrest Caves (sea caves formed by erosion) are located just before the Surf Beach Estate, left off the main Phillip Island Road. Walk up the steps from the carpark on to the beach, then turn left. The caves are only accessible at low tide. A 45 minute return walk, passing by large sand dunes, which are home to thousands of shearwaters from October to April.

Kitty Miller Bay

A 1 hour walk from Kitty Miller Bay carpark to the east along the beach. This will take you to the site of the wreck of the “Speke”. Unfortunately much of this has disappeared over the years and is hardly visible. This walk is best done at low tide.

Pyramid Rock to Berrys Beach

Walk to Berry’s Beach along a gently undulating cliff top track. Enjoy views of Phillip Island’s southern coastline including Point Grant and the Nobbies. You can start this walk at either the Pyramid Rock carpark or the Berry’s Beach carpark (to access the track you will need to walk from the carpark back to Glamis Road, then follow Glamis Road until you see the start of the track on the right). This walk is approximately 2.5 kilometres in length and estimated walking time is 1 hour one way.

Swan Lake Trail

Enjoy the tranquility at the only permanent freshwater lake on Phillip Island. Walk to two viewing hides for great bird watching. The easy walk is approximately 1.3km in length and takes about 40 min. return. The trail starts from the car park on Ventnor Road, 400 metres west of Back Beach Road (near the Penguin Parade)

Walking your dog

Dogs on Leads: dogs must be on a lead in all public places in Bass Coast Shire except in
designated off leash areas or private property.
Designated off leash areas: there are designated off leash areas where you can
take your dog for a run. See below for where to find further information.
No Dogs Permitted: Bass Coast is home to a variety of wildlife which require protection.
Some reserves and beaches prohibit dogs for this reason.Remember to check signs.

For further information visit Where can I walk my dog? 

Camping is not permitted on any public reserve or beach. This includes sleeping in cars. Penalties apply. Lighting fires in the open is not permitted anywhere within the Shire or on beaches without a permit. Heavy penalties apply.

For further information on local laws and animal regulations refer to our website
basscoast.vic.gov.auor contact Council’s Community Safety team on
1300 (BCOAST) 226 278.