Discover our towns and villages
Discover quiet seaside towns with boutique, galleries, restaurants and cafes.Visit quiet bays, beach walks and amazing rugged coastline.
Phillip Island’s commercial and visitor hub, Cowes has a lot to offer if you want to enjoy the serenity of nature with the conveniences of a vibrant township. Cowes has a constant buzzy seaside holiday vibe and is complemented by a divine north facing beach with plenty of places for picnics, beach adventures, watersports and play.
It is home to the largest range of accommodation on the Island, making this town the ideal base for your Phillip Island escape year round.
And you will never go hungry! You can choose from international cuisines, modern alfresco dining venues and a host of cafés to indulge your tastebuds. Savour fresh seafood and local produce at an array of restaurants run by passionate chefs.
Shopping opportunities include unique vintage and memorabilia stores, fashion boutiques and surfi book and homeware stores.
Cowes is just 10 minutes from the major attractions of the Penguin Parade and the Grand Prix Circuit.
The seaside village of San Remo is home to Australia’s largest fishing fleet — you can watch the fisherman unloading their catch and then taste it yourself with the fish and chips from San Remo Fisherman’s Co-operative. If you prefer to catch your own fishing charters operate regularly from the jetty.
Make sure you head to the foreshore at 12 noon feeding time to watch the pelicans gobble their share. An eclectic array of gift shops provides ample shopping opportunities in San Remo, whilst a large number of dining establishments ensure you will never go hungry. Enjoy nightly entertainment every weekend in the local venues.
There is a range of quality accommodation venues including a resort, holiday parks, motels and holiday house accommodation.
VILLAGES TO EXPLORE
This fishing hamlet boasts excellent fishing opportunities, boat hire and charter departures. Stroll the scenic esplanade to indulge at seaside restaurants, cafes and shops.
The Conservation Hill Nature Trail takes you through a paperbark woodland, along a mangrove boardwalk to spectacular views across Rhyll Inlet to Observation Point. Renowned for the number and diversity of migratory and resident shorebirds, waterbirds and large waders, such as Bar-tailed Godwits.
Newhaven/ Churchill Island
Newhaven is home to a Yacht Squadron, with boat launching facilities, jetties and beaches to explore. There is a playground, shops, attractions and accommodation to enjoy.
Churchill Island is home to a Heritage Farm and walks around the Island close to internationally recognised wetlands. Enjoy breathtaking views and regular events including a farmers market.
Golden sweeping beaches, linking the Cape to Phillip Island’s volcanic past, make this a perfect place for a beach walk at any time of the year. Also recognised as a National Surfing Reserve, the beach is patrolled in Summer.
The Cape is home to the largest colony of Short-tailed Shearwaters on the Island.
There is a choice of food and shopping venues at the entrance to Cape Woolamai.