Welcome to Phillip Island
At its heart, Phillip Island is still a farming community, but nature has conspired to turn it into one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations. Apart from the nightly waddling of the penguins, there’s a large seal colony, abundant bird life and fauna. The rugged south coast has some fabulous surf beaches, a swag of family attractions and plenty of accommodation. Visit in winter, though, and you’ll find a very quiet place where the local population of farmers, surfers and hippies go about their business.
The Boonwurrung people are the traditional inhabitants of the island, though what they’d have made of coachloads of Penguin Parade tourists and biker gangs making their way over the San Remo bridge is anyone’s guess.