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Phillip Island's Best Picnic Spots

Phillip Island's Best Picnic Spots

Autumn brings fresh, sun filled days and clear skies to Phillip Island making for great conditions to explore. Fill your picnic basket with some of Phillip Island’s best seasonal local produce and take a walk through breath-taking trails and scenic bushland to find your ideal spot for lunch in the open air.

Rhyll Inlet and Conservation Hill

Nature lovers will enjoy walking the Conservation Hill Nature Trail, through paperbark woodland, along a mangrove boardwalk to stumble along picnic tables offering spectacular views across Rhyll Inlet to Observation Point. Keep an eye out for migratory and resident shorebirds, waterbirds and large waders, such as Bar-tailed Godwits.

Pack your picnic basket: Stop in at Wild Food Farm and Café and stock up on treats inspired by their unique range of Australian native foods grown on site, or pick up a bottle of cool climate wine from Purple Hen Winery.

Conservation Hill Rhyll Inlet Phillip Island

Churchill Island

Lay your picnic blanket on the lush lawns and enjoy peaceful views across to French Island, alongside Cape Barren geese, purple swamp hens, and curious highland cattle.

Pack your picnic basket: Stop by Panny's Phillip Island Chocolate Factory and pick up some delectable treats, or grab coffee and cake from the Churchill Island café.

Churchill Island Phillip Island

San Remo Foreshore

Enjoy lunch by the waters edge and watch the fishing boats go by after a morning working up an appetite exploring the seaside village of San Remo. At 12pm daily you will sight hungry wild pelicans coming ashore to be fed by trained staff!

Pack your picnic basket: Find fresh seafood and fish and chips at San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op, delicious baked goods at the Beachside Bakehouse or a selection of meats, cheeses and fruit at the San Remo IGA. Silverwaters Vineyard is the perfect stop to pick up a bottle of award winning wine.

Erehwon Point, Cowes Esplanade

Located in a shady spot along the Cowes Foreshore, Erehwon Point boats stunning views over the Western Port and provides playground, barbeque and toilet facilities.

Pack you picnic basket: Stop in at Hill Top Farm Meats and find meats, cheeses and preserves or grab some grass-fed meat to cook up a barbeque in the park. Pick up some locally brewed beers from Ocean Reach Brewing or hand rolled sushi from Youki’s Japanese.

There are a number of amazing speciality stores, cafes and takeaway restaurants in Cowes. You will be sure to find something to please any taste! Explore here.

Swan Lake

Follow the pram and wheelchair friendly path and hear the sounds of abundant birdlife as you enjoy the tranquility of the only permanent freshwater lake on Phillip Island.

Pack your picnic basket: Find freshly baked goodies and local cheeses at The Store Phillip Island, homegrown produce at Omaru Farm Store & Cafe or pick up a bottle of wine from the Phillip Island Winery cellar door.

Break up your journey from Melbourne and take a pit-stop to fill your picnic basket or esky with goodies from Caldermeade Farm & Cafe, Bassine Specialty Cheeses or Maccas Farm.