Swimming and Surfing

Phillip Island Beaches

There are many myths about the ocean, but rips are the number one hazard on Australian beaches. Avoid rips by swimming at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags.

Beaches Phillip Island


Phillip Island is home to some of Victoria’s most beautiful beaches. While most beaches are temping places to swim, rips are common and are often hard to spot. Can you spot a rip? Rips can change shape and location quickly and may be difficult to see. Click here to learn how to spot a rip.

Recommended swimming beaches on Phillip Island include Cowes Beach and Smiths Beach, however, always check the surf conditions and surroundings before entering the water. Please always swim between the flags.


Phillip Island is renowned as one of the most consistent and varied surf locations in Australia. The swell is rarely too small to surf and depending on the swell size you can usually find a sheltered break in any wind.

During the year Phillip Island plays host to many surf clinics and tournaments for men, women and juniors. For the beginner or those wanting to refine your skills why not book a lesson?

Surf beaches on the south coast can be very dangerous, so please check with locals on suitable beaches. Better still call into any of the local surf stores for advice on wave, wind and sea conditions.

Live Coast Cam at Woolamai Beach 

lifesaving  Lifesaving flags


Due to the variable and, at times, unsafe conditions of south coast beaches, visitors are requested to swim between the flags at patrolled beaches.
Visitors are also encouraged to talk to the surf lifesavers about the location of beaches appropriate to their level of competency.

Beach Safe App

Taking a road trip up the coast? On holiday? Or just looking for the right beach for you? Find your nearest beaches in seconds. Access the latest information about every Australian beach on the go. Offering unrivalled coverage of the Australian coastline, the Beachsafe app provides detailed information from patrol status, facilities and hazards to weather, swell and tide. SLSA recommends swimming at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags.

Contact Woolamai Beach Surf Life  Saving Club on 5956 7311 for up-to-date patrol times.