Family fun escapes

How to spend a couple of days uncovering the best of Phillip Island and surrounds with your family

Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island is a fantastic family destination. No long car rides to deal with and when you arrive, you’ll be greeted with turquoise water views, beautiful sandy beaches, amazing wildlife encounters and fun-filled family attractions.

With so may things to do a couple of days is vital to explore and enjoy the island. Wake up to the seaside breezes and discover nature as it awakens. There are a range of accommodation choose from resorts, apartments, boutique venues holiday/caravan parks and farm stays offering the perfect island escape.

Day 1

Depart Melbourne via the M1 and South Gippsland Highway

Pass through the village of Grantville you’ll see Maru Koala and Animal Park. Maru is a great stop enroute to the Island and the kids will love it. This award-winning family run park has a range of native animals, an awesome mini-golf course and café.

Just 15 minutes further on and you’ll reach the gorgeous seaside town of San Remo. If you are visiting on a Thursday, Friday or a Sunday hop aboard Wildlife Coast Cruises for a one-hour Cape Woolamai Cruise,

Marvel at Cape Woolamai’s spectacular 110-metre-high ancient granite cliffs and cruise the aqua blue water in search of the abundance of marine life, such as dolphins, seals and seabirds, regularly seen on this cruise.

If you arrive at midday you can witness the daily Pelican Feeding at the San Remo Jetty. Witness the antics of these large birds as they compete for seafood off cuts from the local fisherman’s co-operative.

By this time, the kids will be ready for a bite to eat, so discover the freshest fish and chips, enjoy a pub lunch or a coffee and something sweet at a cafe from the family friendly venues.

Travel across the famous bridge that marks your arrival onto Phillip Island and arrive at A Maze’N Things. (15 minutes from the Bridge)

A Maze’N Things experience Puzzle Island, Magic Manor and the Maze, ot the Sky Trail a high ropes courses where you traverse amongst the tree tops in complete safety.

Everyone will surely be exhausted by now and ready to relax! Only a few minutes away is the Island’s main town of Cowes.

It’s time to grab dinner before going out to watch the famous evening Penguin Parade. Dining across the island provides an array of choices from fine dining, family restaurants & cafes, the choice is yours!

After dinner, drive to the world-famous Penguin Parade ahead of sunset. Phillip Island Nature Parks choose a 4 or 5 Park Pass .

The 4 Parks Pass includes an evening at the Penguin Parade where you can witness the magical phenomenon of the world’s smallest penguins waddling home to their sand dune burrows.

Also included in the pass is:

After an evening watching the penguins make their way home, it’s time to return to your accommodation for a night of rest before another busy day exploring The Island.

Day 2

No doubt the kids will be eager to explore more of Phillip Island, so it’s time to put the 4 Parks Pass to good use!

10 am
First up is a visit to the Koala Conservation Centre. Stroll through the eucalypt woodland and come face-to-face with koalas in their natural habitat. The unique tree top boardwalks and close viewing areas offer the kids (and adults) exceptional koala viewing opportunities.


Next up is the Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre. Here you can take a virtual journey into the wonderful world of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. There are heaps of interactive experiences for the kids to enjoy and a fun Antarctic chill zone area.

Grab a bite to eat before departing this cool multimedia experience.

1.30 pm

Last on the 4 Parks Pass is a visit to Churchill Island Heritage Farm. Enter via a winding gravel drive past beautiful Cape Baron Geese and internationally recognised wetlands. Churchill Island offers a range of great daily farming activities that the kids will just love!

4 pm
Take a stroll down the main town of Cowes for some retail therapy, getting an souvenir or something new from one of our chic shops.

6 pm
Dine out with your family, with any different cuisines on offer. Visit a seaside town to taste the flavors of local produce including seafood and beef. Pair this with some local wine or beer

Day 3

10 am

Take advantage of this time with the kids enjoying a final stroll on the beach or a walk on one of our walking trails.

12 pm

On your way home, take this kids to the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory and have lunch at their onsite café. See Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate where the kids can make their own chocolate bar creation.

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Use the #phillipisland hashtag. We’d love to see what you got up to during your Island adventure.