Historically, Phillip Island was named after Captain Arthur Phillip in the 1800’s who was part of the First Fleet to leave England’s shores for Botany Bay.  For most of the 1800’s and the early 1900’s the Island was known more for farming and commercial fishing.  The first Phillip Island Bridge was opened in 1940 and this became the gateway to the Islands beauty for many day trippers.  Over the decades, the Island has become famous for its natural beauty and wildlife attractions which includes the world famous Penguin Parade, Australia’s largest fur seal colony and mutton bird habitat, as well as koala reserves and wetlands that provide homes for numerous bird life.

However, it is not just animals, birds and sea life that attract people to the Island.  There is a rich and growing culture of sport and recreation that is continually on offer. For example:

  • Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit
  • Wineries
  • Pyramid rock festival
  • Nobbies Seal Centre
  • Koala Conservation Reserve
  • Boating and fishing
  • Churchill Island and Heritage Farm
  • Great surfing and swimming beaches
  • Breathtaking beach walks
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Fishing
  • Festival