In addition to its world famous natural attractions, Phillip Island is home to charming seaside villages and an impressive local food and wine scene. You can easily pass a few days eating and drinking your way around the best the island has to offer.
The first village you encounter when visiting Phillip Island is San Remo. Time your visit to coincide with the feeding of the pelicans next to the San Remo pier, which takes place daily at midday. Marvel at the impressive size of the pelicans, before munching down on fresh fish and chips at the San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op.
Established in 1948, the Co-op is an icon of San Remo, here you can enjoy fresh seafood which is caught daily from one of the Co-ops many fishing boats.
Take the time to wander the main street of San Remo and soak up the village atmosphere in local cafes and restaurants. For coffee that rivals Melbourne’s cafes, pop into Bean’d and enjoy the delicious breakfast menu or tuck into their famous lunch options.
Over the bridge from San Remo is the picturesque fishing village of Newhaven. Experience dining on the Jetty at Saltwater where views of the bridge and jetty surround you. Next stop is Panny's Amazing World of Chocolate at the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory. A must-see attraction for chocoholics, Panny’s is a fascinating celebration of all things chocolate.
Churchill Island Heritage Farm is a historic working farm where you can retrace the steps of Victoria's first European settlers. Time your visit to coincide with the monthly Churchill Island Farmers Market to stock up on fresh regional produce and local delicacies.
Travel Phillip Island road and you will find The Cape Kitchen, nestled in a picturesque waterfront location. Here, the changing breakfast and lunch menus have been designed to showcase the best local produce.
For fresh morsels plucked straight from the Island’s waters head to Bass Straight Direct where you can choose from a tantalising selection of seafood such as whiting, flathead, snapper and calamari.
Heading to the north-eastern tip of Phillip Island, you will find Rhyll, which boasts a relaxed village atmosphere, surrounded by pristine natural wilderness and abundant wildlife.
Here you will find Purple Hen Winery, which is the ideal location to enjoy a local tipple as you gaze out over the Bay of Western Port. Sip on one of the cool climate wines at the cellar door before grazing on a cheese platter. Closer to the Grand Prix circuit, Phillip Island Winery also offers a cellar door.
As your head towards Cowes, the commercial hub of Phillip Island, stop off at Rusty Water Restaurant and Bar and sample one of their famous paddles featuring four ales from their handcrafted range. Visit on a Friday night to catch some live music.
The charming seaside village of Cowes boasts a year-round holiday vibe. The bustling main thoroughfare is home to seaside eateries, galleries and shops filled with souvenirs and artisan wares.
Here you’ll also find Ocean Reach Brewing, which brews all beers on site. They offer twelve rotating taps plus special guest beers from around the country. Opt for a tasting paddle or pair your brew with a burger from the on-site food van menu.
Phillip Island is home to an impressive selection of accommodation options, with something to suit all budgets. Choose from resort-style luxury or family friendly apartments to romantic bed and breakfasts, motels, caravan parks, cabins, camping or backpacker accommodation.