Phillip Island

Surfing Phillip Island

 

Just a short trip from Melbourne, Phillip Island has long been a popular spot for city folk wanting to experience the country with many visitor's highlights being checking out penguins, seals and koalas in their natural habitat.

Day trippers, weekend escapees & summer holiday makers are also lured by the surf, safe swimming beaches, farms, wineries and the small towns scattered throughout the island.

Although the surf can be wild for much of the year on the island's swell exposed south eastern coastline, friendlier waves for beginners often break at a few of Phillip Island's rugged beaches further to the west, especially during summer when wave energy normally settles down a little .

Surfing Lessons

Island Surf School Phillip Island

Island Surf School

Smiths Beach, Phillip Island

more info tab

Girls On Board Phillip Island

Girls On Board

YCW Beach, Phillip Island

more info tab

Mornington Peninsula Surf School

Mornington Peninsula Surf School

Shoreham to Portsea Beaches, Mornington Peninsula

more info tab

East Coast Surf School Mornington Peninsula

East Coast Surf School

Point Leo to Portsea Beaches, Mornington Peninsula

more info tab

Offshore Surf School Inverloch

Offshore Surf School

Cape Patterson, Inverloch to Wilsons Promontory

more info tab

Surf Shack Lakes Entrance

Surf Shack Surf School

Lakes Entrance & Mallacoota Beaches

more info tab

Getting There

Car
Less than 2 hours drive south east from Melbourne.

Bus
V/Line (13 61 96) departs from Melbourne daily.

Airports
Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) is just over 2 hours drive, serviced by all major domestic & several international airlines.

Airport transfers
Butt Bus Lines, Melbourne Tour Company.

Ferry
Inter Island Ferries crosses from Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula to Cowes on Phillip Island.

Car Hire
Renting a car or van is a great way to see & surf Victoria. Hire a car or campervan.

 

Where To Sleep

Camping

Phillip Island, Cowes, Amaroo, Boomerang, Beach Park, Anchor Belle, Islander & Seaview Holiday Parks.

Hostels & Holiday Parks in Phillip Island

Phillip Island Caravan Park

Phillip Island Caravan Park

Newhaven

Holiday Park

more info tab

The Island Accommodation Phillip Island

The Island Accommodation

Newhaven

Backpackers

more info tab

 

Hotels & Holiday Homes in Phillip Island

The Waves Apartments Phillip Island

The Waves Apartments

Cowes

Holiday Apartments

more info tab

Captain Locks Cottage Phillip Island

Captain Locks Cottage

Smiths Beach

Holiday Home

more info tab

Swan Lake Guest House Phillip Island

Ramada Resort Phillip Island

 

Between Surf Sessions

What to see & do

There is the famous Fairy Penguin Parade each evening, the fur seal colony at The Nobbies, plus the Koala Conservation Center to come face to furry face with a sleepy Koala.

Head to the southern side of the island for the exposed surf beaches or swim & kayak in the safe shallow waters of the beaches on the north side.

If you feel the need for speed, then check out the MotoGP event held here annually at the Grand Prix Circuit. You can even pretend you are Stoner, Rossi or Lorenzo by taking a ride (on a go cart that is..) around the replica circuit.

Where to eat & drink

The towns of Cowes & Rhyll on the northern side of the island have the most offering for dining and a drink. Given the close proximity to Melbourne, the quality of the food here is good. Several wineries also dot the island.

Climate

Phillip Island Climate

Surf Spots for Beginners & Kids

Popular spots for learners include Smiths and YCW Beaches, Cat Bay and the beaches on the south eastern section of the island when the swell is small (watch out for strong rips). For more info on the best beginner surf spots on Phillip Island click on the landmarks on the map below.


Good To Know...

During massive swells (uncommon in summer) head around to the more protected north west coastline of the island for smaller surf options. The spots here are mainly reef breaks with the safest spot being Cat Bay on higher tides which gets busy with kids, longboarders and progressing surfers when waves are breaking.

The most consistent surf spots on the island are found at the swell exposed south eastern part of the island where flat surf days are rare. Even on small surf days, the rip currents can be very strong, so make sure you know how to identify and stick to sandbars & avoid dangerous rips before entering, or better still, stick to Smiths of YCW beaches. When learning to surf on Phillip Island please respect other surfers by displaying good surfing etiquette.

Even in summer, you will need a full length wetsuit (steamer) and warm all weather clothes as night time temperatures drop to around 13 degrees on average and the water temperature averages around 18 degrees at this time of year. It's also important to be prepared for very warm temperatures, as summer heatwaves are common when it's best to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.

Like many coastal destinations close to big cities, Phillip Island does get busy during the summer holidays, so arrange your accommodation before you arrive during this time, or you may not find a bed.

Surf Shops

Island Surfboards
Islantis Surfboards
Island Surf Shack
OME Sticks + Clothing Co
Full Circle Surf Design

Surfboard Repairers

Ask in the local surf shops if you need a board repaired.

Boardriders Club

Phillip Island Boardriders Club

 

 

Dallas Cowboys pull away in fourth,Jameis Winston Jersey defeat Miami Dolphins 24-14 The Miami Dolphins went into the offseason looking to improve its defense and after several offseason acquisitions. The question is, did they do enough? Miami owned the worst defense in the AFC East last season, permitting 30 or more points six times. Overall, the Dolphins ranked 19th in the NFL,Dan Marino Jersey surrendering 24.3 points a game. They also ranked 25th in yards given up (376.1), 21st passing yards permitted (250.0) and 28th in rushing (126.2).Kenny Vaccaro Jersey Miami lost its top three defensive free agents, according to ESPN Insider Bill Polian, in defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Derrick Shelby as well as cornerback Brent Grimes. The Dolphins did sign defensive end Mario Williams, defensive end Andre Branch, defensive tackle Chris Jones, and defensive end Jason Jones to help solidify the front seven.Carson Wentz Jersey They also traded for linebacker Kiko Alonso and will get defensive end Cameron Wake, who missed the final nine games of last season with an Achilles injury, is back. Plus, defensive end Dion Jordan could return to the team once he is reinstated by the NFL. There are still concerns about the Dolphins' young secondary, however.Doug Martin Jersey Last year, Miami's passing defense ranked 24th in the NFL in opponent quarterback passer rating (97.4), 27th in yards per attempt (7.8), tied for 25th in touchdowns (31) and tied for 17th with 13 interceptions. Miami did acquire cornerback Brent Maxwell,Ezekiel Elliott Jersey who came over in the Alonso trade from the Eagles, and signed safety Isa Abdul-Quddus to a multi-year deal. The Dolphins also drafted Xavien Howard, out of Baylor, in the second round of this past draft, and signed veteran Chimdi Chekwa. "I always feel like I have something to prove,Mike Evans Jersey" Maxwell said. "There are things on my list that I need to do; I feel like I need to do as an NFL player. It's Year 6, so there is way more stuff to prove. I have a lot of years." Maxwell recorded 64 tackles, forced two fumbles,Laremy Tunsil Jersey and picked off two passes last season in 14 games with the Eagles. He is expected to be the Dolphins No. 1 cornerback this season. Veteran Reshad Jones and Abdul-Quddus are expected to start at strong and free safety, respectively, though Jones is not currently practicing with the team as he wants a new contract, the Sun-Sentinel reports.Mark Ingram Jersey Jones led the Dolphins with 135 tackles and five interceptions. The 28-year-old is ranked as the 64th best player in the NFL, per the Dolphins' team website. Hall, Pro Football Rumors‘ second best defensive free agent still available, had 55 tackles and two interceptions in 14 games last year with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 31-year-old had offseason back surgery and has been plagued by injuries throughout his career.Carson Wentz Jersey He has also drawn interest from the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants, and Atlanta Falcons this offseason. Cromartie, 32, recorded 29 tackles and 12 pass deflection but not intercept a pass in a limited role with the New York Jets. He ranked as the No. 86 cornerback by Pro Football Focus last year as he frequently struggled with getting burned by opposing receivers.