Watching Little Penguins return to their burrows is a highlight of Phillip Island. Image: Wildvik, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Phillip Island

Image: Watching Little Penguins return to their burrows is a highlight of Phillip Island. Image: Wildvik, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Phillip Island

An island getaway 90 minutes southeast of Melbourne most known for its wildlife, surf lifestyle and motor sports.

Phillip Island
Scenic island just outside of Melbourne
(135 ratings)

An island getaway 90 minutes southeast of Melbourne most known for its wildlife, surf lifestyle and motor sports.

Phillip Island offers many wildlife experiences, the most famous of which is the Penguin Parade where you can watch thousands of Little Penguins waddle ashore at dusk to return to their burrows near the beach. The island offers many other opportunities to get up close and personal with wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, echidnas, pelicans and Australia's largest colony of fur seals. Dolphins, whales and stingrays can also be seen in the waters around the island.

Due to the island's consistent surf, it has a strong surf culture and has hosted several surf competitions in the past including the Rip Curl Pro and the Roxy Pro Women's Surfing Festival.

The island is deeply integrated into Australia's motor racing history. The inaugural Australian Grand Prix was held here in 1928 and the island has continued to be used for motor racing and motorcycle racing in various forms since then.