With gorgeous scenery and an incredible range of experiences and activities to choose from, Phillip Island, Victoria has plenty to offer adventurous visitors. It's easy to understand why this is a popular Melbourne daytrip location, as well as a great destination in its own right for people across Australia and around the world.
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Why to visit Phillip Island
Phillip Island is one of the most popular day trip and holiday destinations from Melbourne, and it’s definitely worth experiencing it for yourself. It has amazing wildlife-spotting opportunities, spectacular coastlines, heaps of family friendly activities, great driving experiences and plenty more to satisfy any visitor.
One of the main reasons to visit Phillip Island is that it’s absolutely beautiful. If you like lush landscapes, pristine beaches, stunning coastal cliffs and panoramic views of the surrounding ocean, this is the place for you. Plus, it’s renowned for having some of the most consistently great surf conditions in the country, and the weather is even lovelier than Melbourne because of the ocean breezes.
Besides the fact that Phillip Island is a hub of natural beauty, it’s also packed out with exciting experiences and activities that are reason enough to go check it out. Whether you’re a wild thrill-seeker or keen for more leisurely adventures, you can find amazing things to do on Phillip Island in our huge range of exciting experiences at Adrenaline.
We have everything from adrenaline-pumping track days around the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and scenic helicopter flights, to Penguin Parade tours and just about every water sport imaginable. See the iconic Phillip Island attractions and add some excitement to your visit. You can find it all here and easily book in your experience at Adrenaline.
How to get to Phillip Island
Getting from Melbourne to Phillip Island is super easy, and you have plenty of options of how to go about it. The island lies just 140km off the coast of Melbourne, which is a comfortable drive of under two hours from the CBD by car. You can also take a bus there or jump on board the inter-island passenger ferry that takes you across the bay to Phillip Island.
Alternatively, there are plenty of Phillip Island tours that you can find here at Adrenaline that will take you from Melbourne to see all the best sights. That way you can be hands-off the logistics and just enjoy experiencing the Phillip Island attractions.
Phillip Island Tours
The best way to see all the highlights and make the most of your trip to Phillip Island is to go on a tour. At Adrenaline we have a range of amazing Phillip Island tours, with plenty of them including the island’s most iconic attraction: the Phillip Island penguins.
Phillip Island is one of the few places in the world where you can see little penguins (yes, that’s the actual species name and accurate descriptor) waddle ashore each night in groups. It’s called the Penguin Parade and visitors from all over the world come to Phillip Island Nature Park to see this exciting natural wildlife spectacle.
If you’re looking for a day trip tour from Melbourne that will take you to see the Phillip Island Penguin Parade, you’re in the right place. Check out our range of Phillip Island tours at Adrenaline that take you to see the penguins among other awesome destinations on the itinerary.
We have Melbourne to Phillip Island tours that will also take you to see Phillip Island attractions like Seal Rocks, the Nobbies, and Cape Woolamai. You can even take a small group hiking tour and venture around Cape Woolamai - Phillip Island’s highest point.
For animal lovers and anyone looking for family fun, our Phillip Island tours are the perfect fit. You can visit the multi-award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park or the Koala Wildlife park, where you have the opportunity to get up close with kangaroos, wallabies and koalas. Explore the historic Churchill Island, an 1850’s heritage farm with peacocks and farm animals in action, and check out the fun augmented reality exhibitions in the World Wildlife Fund's interactive Antarctic Journey.
Browse our range of Phillip Island tours at Adrenaline and book in your next adventure.
Best water activities
By nature of being surrounded by water, Phillip Island is the perfect destination to enjoy water sports and activities. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking jet boat and flyboarding kind of person, or more into wildlife watching cruises, we have a huge variety of Phillip Island experiences for all kinds of water-lovers.
Why not get your adrenaline pumping with a flyboarding or jet pack session? These amazing new innovations let you literally fly above the water like a superhero using the power of hundreds of litres of water pressure. Expert instructors will help you master the art of flying like a pro and it’s something you need to tick off your bucket list.
Anyone with a need for speed or just some excitement should check out our speedboat tours and jet boating experiences at Adrenaline. Enjoy the incredible Phillip Island scenery while you zoom around the water making a splash and feeling every twist and turn as you go.
If you’re keen to explore under the water’s surface, you can go scuba diving around Phillip Island with no experience necessary! Or grab a paddle and go on an adventure around the island on a sea kayaking tour.
We also have plenty of Phillip Island cruises available at Adrenaline that can show you the island highlights. You could jump on board for a twilight cruise, a Cape Woolamai cruise, or one of our many wildlife spotting cruises. Get out on the water and go see the seals at Seal Rocks and the dolphin pods playing beyond the shore. There are also seasonally run whale watching cruises that take you out to spot the migrating whale populations.
If you want to get out on the water on Phillip Island, we’ve got you sorted at Adrenaline.
Phillip Island helicopter flights
The best way to appreciate the full scale and complete picture of Phillip Island’s natural beauty is from the air. You can find a great variety of Phillip Island helicopter flights at Adrenaline if you want to experience the thrill of flying and the unbeatable views. There are a number of options to choose from, just decide how much time you want to spend in the air. It’s a breathtaking experience.
While soaring over Phillip Island you’ll see sights like Cape Woolamai, surf beaches, San Remo Bridge, Rhyll Inlet, Cowes, Red Rocks Point, the Nobbies, Summerland Beach, Pyramid Rock, the world-famous Grand Prix circuit and the fur seals crowded at Seal Rocks. There’s a lot to take in, and a scenic helicopter flight is the perfect way to do it.
What are the best Melbourne day trips?
Melbourne is a great base city for lots of exciting day trips, Phillip Island of course being one of the most popular. If you’re looking for other day trips you can do from Melbourne, we have heaps of amazing tours and experiences available on the Mornington Peninsula, in Yarra Valley, Gippsland, and on the Great Ocean Road. Browse our experiences at Adrenaline and book in your next adventure.