Phillip Island is a small island South East of Melbourne in Australia. The small island is known for its breakwaters, surfing reserves, sheltered swimming beaches, penguins, wildlife, bird watching, and motor sports. As an avid beach lover, I was excited to explore Phillip Island and its endless rugged coastline. Taking a surf lesson for the first time was something I wanted to do before leaving Australia. Phillip Island would be the perfect place to surf in South Eastern Australia. Attending the Penguin Parade was also high on my priority list as I hadn’t seen wild penguins prior to visiting Australia. I couldn’t leave Phillip Island without touring around to see the up close viewings of wildlife and birds.
The first day we arrived to Phillip Island, we went directly to Summerland Beach for the Penguin Parade. At sunset, we watched the little penguins returning to shore after a day of fishing. The 180 degree tiered seating provided elevated viewing of the Little Penguins on parade. Observing the world’s smallest penguins waddle their way up the beach to their homes in the sand dunes was a one of a kind and magical experience. A must do bucket list item for anyone traveling to Australia. I could have narrated the entire scene of the cute penguins coming out of the sea in troops (some getting spooked by the sea gulls and running back to sea to try to do it all over again). I could have watched them all evening. Seeing the penguins in their natural habitat is unlike seeing them in a wildlife preservation center.
Penguin Parade– Watch the penguins come in from the ocean
My second day on Phillip Island was spent taking my first ever personalized surf lesson (although, I have attempted surfing a few times prior) from Island Surfboards at Smiths Beach. After surfing, we explored more of Phillip Island’s stunning coastline: Shelly Beach, where the more professional surfers go, Nobbies and Seal Rock, where I found untouched coastal views, and then venturing to Red Rock Beach to see the sunset. Along the way, we saw numerous wallabies passing by and cute Australian Cape Barren Goose on the side of the road. My full day on Phillip Island was everything I hoped for: beaches, surfing, wildlife encounters, and dramatic views.
Smiths Beach– Take my first surf lesson
Shelly Beach– Watch the surfers
Nobbies/Seal Rock– Nature trail to take in Phillip Island’s incredible coastal views
Red Rock Beach– To watch the sunset
Wildlife– Everywhere I went there was wildlife all around
Instead of staying in a hostel my girlfriends and I decided to give Air BnB a try. We ended up finding the perfect place for us to stay in a central location with an incredible host. Our host Chris had our room ready for us when we arrived equipped with linens and towels. Each morning, he would prepare for us delicious raw vegan chocolate-banana-coconut smoothies to start our day. Chris even joined us for part of our sight seeing day and showed us some of the local spots, while filling us in on the history of Phillip Island. He was extremely knowledgeable and answered any questions we had. My first experience using Air BnB was a positive one and now I am excited to try it again in another country (maybe I will even sign up myself when I get back to Canada). If you are planning a trip to Phillip Island be sure to check out Chri’s profile on Air BnB; considering Chris used to manage a travelers hostel he knows how to host!
Touring Around– Travel around Phillip Island with an old friend and new friends
Swan Lake– To see the one of a kind black swans
On our last day on Phillip Island, before we departed, we stopped and visited Swan Lake where we observed Black Swans and countless other native birds to the Island. Although it was raining (typical Melbourne weather in the fall), we ventured out and made the most of it. Hiking and laughing in the rain with friends is a memory I’ll have forever. Even though I wish it was warm and sunny like it was in Queensland I still wouldn’t trade my experience for the world. A little rain didn’t hurt anyone ( and I didn’t melt).