It’s not a real summer without at least one road trip with your 3 best mates, piled into the car, windows down, feel good tunes pumping. So without further ado, please find my favourite Melbourne Summer Road Trip – Phillip Island.
*side note – While you’ll need a car to visit all the places on the list, some of the stops can be done without a car! If you are a backpacker in Melbourne speak to your hostel for info on day trips, tours and public transport options to get you to some of the best spots Melbourne has to offer! OR even better, make friends at your hostel and hire a car for an epic adventure!
This may be my favourite as I spent a lot of time here as a kid, but the novelty never seems to wear off.
Phillip Island is just under 2 hours from Melbourne. The drive out of the city isn’t spectacular, but once you reach the country you’re in for a treat. And what’s even better, you can do it in just two days!
7.30am: Rise early to get on the road. Get the first hour and a half driving out of the way. Your first stop is a short detour from Anderson to Kilcunda Beach for a swim and explore the rock pools. There is a small car park on the right just after you go through town by the bridge. Don’t forget your camera!
10.30am: Jump back in the car and head to San Remo, this little quaint beach side town is right next to the bridge to the island. Join in on feeding the pelicans at 11am if you time it right. also great fish and chips down by the pier.
11.30am: Head across the bridge and down towards the esplanade at Cape Woolamai. The eastern coastline of Cape Wooolamai is dominated by sand dunes which face into the water – look to the left as you go across the bridge! Grab a boog board, a sheet of plastic or anything that will slide and race down the dunes into the ocean. There are various access points along the esplanade. The main access point is opposite Cottosloe Avenue. If you are a surfer be sure to head over to the other side of Cape for the islands best surf beaches!
1.00pm: Once you are exhausted from climbing up the sand dunes get back in the car and head to Cowes to check into your accommodation. There is plenty on offer but I recommend The Island Accommodation YHA which is really great for $30 a night! They have a share kitchen so you can head to the supermarket up the road to same some $$ on meals. Book your Penguin Parade tour with your accommodation or online at https://www.penguins.org.au/. Tickets are around $25.Then spend the afternoon relaxing at the beach, enjoying a beer at HOTEL or exploring Cowes.
1 hour before sunset: Make your way to the Penguin Parade. Experience the magic of little penguins returning home at sunset to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia. It is truly incredible. You can leave your camera at home for this one. No photography is permitted at the Penguin Parade to protect the penguins!
Evening: Dinner time! Head back to your accommodation if you are cooking at home, grab some stuff for a BBQ – there are plenty along the beach for public use, or head out for dinner. My recommendations include Youki’s Japanese Tapas Bar, HOTEL & Panhandle Tex Mex Cantina – Get a fishbowl. My favourite spot for drinks of a Saturday night would hands down be HOTEL. Make sure you check it out.
9.00am: At breakfast discuss with your crew which of the following options to put on your itinerary for the day.
- Swimming & surfing
- Stand up paddle boarding
- Local markets
- Churchill Island
- Wind surfing
- Wineries & Breweries
- Koala Conservation Centre
- A Maze’N Things or
- The Nobbies to see the seals.
Kitty Miller Bay Beach
My favourite breakfast spot is Rumbles Cafe in Cowes. Their Bruschetta is the best ever and their coffee comes in mugs as big as my head!
Once you have filled your day with extra exploring its time make you way back to Melbourne. 🙁
Let me know what places you visit on Sunday! There is so many good choices!