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Enjoy an early summer break on Phillip Island

The festivities of December often leave us feeling like we need a holiday from the holidays. Beat that feeling and treat yourself to some rest and relaxation on Phillip Island before the silly season gets into full swing!

Here are our top tips for ensuring a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life so you spring into the festive season feeling relaxed and rejuvenated!

Break up your journey

Although Phillip Island is only a 2-hour drive from Melbourne, there are plenty of great stops along the way to add to your road trip! Visit Moonlit Sanctury Wildlife Conservation Park and experience the wonder of Australian wildlife. This eco accredited park delivers a number of conservation programs to help our unique creatures. Stop for a bite to eat at Caldermeade Farm & Café and enjoy their artisan products such as cheeses, milks, cream and ice cream.


Let someone else do the planning

Take the stress out of planning and let someone else be your chauffer for the day! Experience Phillip Island like a local with Tour Local and experience delicious food, sumptuous wine, breath-taking scenery, and native wildlife.

Tour Local Phillip Island

Retail Therapy

Treat yourself (or do some last-minute Christmas shopping) and find handmade and unique wares at one of Phillip Island’s many boutique homewares, clothing or produce stores. Visit Linen House for all things home or The Corner Dispensary for organic products and produce.

The Corner Dispensary Phillip Island


A stroll on the beach, a dip in the turquoise waters or kayaking, surfing and other water activities are sure to make you forget the stresses of daily life! In the warmer months, Cape Woolamai, Smiths Beach and Cowes are patrolled by lifesavers. See the timetable for patrolled beaches here and download the BeachSafeApp for more information about local beaches.

Smiths Beach Phillip Island

Nurture Nature

If the 360 degree coastlines and abundant wildlife of Phillip Island isn’t enough, Phillip Island is located only 2 hours from Wilson’s Promontory, arguably one of the most beautiful National Parks in Australia. Enjoy a trip to the Prom and discover the beautiful granite coastline and unique wilderness with Penicott Wilderness Journeys.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Prioritise Health

There is nothing wrong with taking your good habits on holiday with you! If you’re a gym regular at home, keep it up with My 24/7 Gym. Phillip Island is home to a range of awe-inspiring coastal walks and scenic bushwalks,if exercising in the great outdoors is more your style. There is a dedicated pathway from Cowes to San Remo so you can exercise and explore the two ends of the Island.

Phillip Island

Take it slow

To ensure your break is a relaxing one you will want to slow down to connect, explore and enjoy the spring coastal air. Whether you stay a night, a week or anything in between, Phillip Island has you covered for accommodation options to suit all travellers. For a luxury location with water views book a stay at Penthouse Bridgeview San Remo. Traditional motel style rooms can be found at Seahorse Motel and Coachman Motel and Holiday Units, both offering units of varying sizes including self-contained options centrally located in Cowes and close to the beach. For cabins and camping with direct beach access see Beach Park Tourist Caravan Park.

Beach Park Tourist Caravan Park Phillip Island