Beaches & Coastlines Phillip Island

San Remo and Phillip Island’s beaches and coastlines are one of the major drawcards to the region. From world-class surf beaches to beautiful bay beaches, you will find water activities galore during the summer months. Watch local surfers ride along waves at Cape Woolamai, learn to ride your first wave at Smiths Beach, or let the little ones paddle around in the calmness of the bay at Cowes Main Beach.

While Phillip Island’s beaches may look inviting to swim, please remember to check the ocean conditions before entering the water. During the summer months, Smiths Beach and Cowes are patrolled by lifesavers. Always remember to swim between the flags and download the app here to check conditions before entering the water.

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Swimming Phillip Island

For swimming and paddleboarding on Phillip Island, check out the generally calm waters of Cowes Main Beach, Red Rocks Beach, San Remo Back Beach, Ventnor Beach and Silverleaves Beach.

While all of these beaches are generally low wave beaches, we always recommend checking the beach conditions before entering at Beach Safe App, and choosing a beach to swim at that is patrolled by lifesavers.

Cowes Main Beach is patrolled during the summer holidays by lifesavers. Please swim between the flags at all time, and for current information on rips and currents, please click here.

Please do not swim at Cape Woolamai Beach or any unpatrolled beaches during the summer months.

Rockpooling Cowes Phillip Island

Bay Beach Spotlight

Cowes Main Beach and Red Rocks Beach are low wave beaches and are ideal for little kids to paddle in the water or make sandcastles.

Smiths Beach Surfers Phillip Island

Surf Beach Spotlight

Smiths Beach is a wave beach that has been a part of many families summer days on Phillip Island. Patrolled by lifesavers over the summer months, Smiths Beach offers a range of beach activities from surfing and bodyboarding, to swimming and rock pooling. Always swim between the flags and check for rips before entering the water.

Surfing Phillip Island

Phillip Island is home to some of Victoria's best surf beaches. Learn to ride your first wave at Smiths Beach or YCW Beach. For reef breaks, popular spots for mal riders include Cat Bay and Shelly Beach. Experienced surfers can enjoy numerous beach breaks from Surfies Point to Cape Woolamai.

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