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11 Things To Do - Winter School Holidays Phillip Island

11 Things To Do - Winter School Holidays Phillip Island

Eat, Stay and Play at Phillip Island this Winter! No matter what time of the year you visit, there’s 101 square kilometres of island magic to be discovered. From going in search of whales to family fun attractions, whichever direction you head there’s fun to be found.

1. Island Whale Festival

What's so special about being on Phillip Island during winter? Witnessing the arrival of Humpback and Southern Right whales into our coastal waters.

Join in the celebrations of the arrival of these majestic creatures at the Island Whale Festival held at various venues across Phillip Island from June 30- July 2, 2023.

Local community and visitors alike have the opportunity to engage with a range of activities that will entertain and allow you to appreciate the wildlife and natural habitats of Phillip Island and the Bass Coast region.

During the festival, choose from various free and low cost activities and events, including whale spotting, whale cruises, live music, presentations, craft activities, Ocean Film screening, pop-up art show, a festival hub and more! For full program details, visit www.islandwhales.com.au

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2. Whale Watching

Wondering where to spot whales on Phillip Island and surrounds? From late May to September, you can discover these beautiful majestic creatures along the coastline of Phillip Island and Bass Coast on the Whale Discovery Trail. Take a walk, ride or drive along the discovery trail to spot whales and learn about the natural environment, from Eagles Nest in the East to Cowes on Phillip Island. Download the whale trail here.

If you want to see these amazing creatures up close, then go in search of whales with Wildlife Coast Cruises - Winter Whale Cruises!

3. Test your climbing skills

Reach new heights as you climb 10-metre visually stunning and individually themed wall challenges at Clip ‘n Climb Phillip Island. The challenges will keep everyone engaged, from beginners to experienced climbers.

4. Get lost in a world of magic

Discover an exciting world of illusions, puzzles, mazes, magic and mini golf that provides hours of fun, magic and adventure at A Maze’N Things Phillip Island.

5. Indulge in a hot chocolate or chocolate fondue

Calling all chocolate lovers! The Phillip Island Chocolate Factory has a range of chocolate treats that cannot be found anywhere else. The chocolate fondue experience is a constant favourite and has been joined by an extensive range of over a dozen chocolate sensations. Another favourite, is Panny's Hot Chocolates, a great way to warm up in the Winter months!

6. Stay Active

Hire a bike with Super Cruzer E Bikes and explore Phillip Island on two wheels, or grab your thicket puffer jacket and head out on one of the beautiful coastal or bush walks

7. See the world's smallest penguins

Did you know that Phillip Island is home to the largest Little Penguin colony in the world? You can experience the magic of watching these amazing seabirds waddle home from the ocean to their burrows any night of the year from the Penguin Parade’s viewing platforms and boardwalks.

8. See Phillip Island from the sea, land or sky

For a thrilling but scenic experience, check out Ocean Adventures jet and drift boat tours. Take a scenic flight with Phillip Island Helicopters, go for a scenic drive and explore the island’s smaller villages, or take a cruise with Wildlife Coast Cruises.

9. Discover some pretty cool animals

Watch the world’s smallest penguins waddle in on sunset (make sure you rug up) and hand-feed kangaroos and learn about a range of Australian wildlife with Maru Koala and Animal Park - animal experiences. Wander tree-top boardwalks at the Koala Conservation Reserve and spot koalas in their natural habitat, or go bird spotting at one of the natural areas such as Swan Lake.

10. Keep learning

The kids don’t have to stop learning on school holidays! Explore the historical grounds and farming activities or walk the bay trails soaking in the tranquil scenery at Churchill Island. Or explore the National Vietnam Veterans Museum, which is a volunteer-created and run museum home to a huge collection of artefacts, both large and small, interpreted with information, imagery and audio.

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11. Up for a challenge?

Challenge your friends and family at a range of attractions, including Phillip Island Ten Pin Bowling, Phillip Island Go-Karts and Grumpys Crazy Golf. If you feel like a craft and wellbeing activity, check out Clay & Co for their drop-in paint-your-own ceramic days every day in the school holidays between 10am-3pm.