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Things to do in Phillip Island

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Scenic Lookout
“Experience the magic of penguins returning home at sunset to one of Australia's largest penguin colonies.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre and Go Karts is your chance to experience the iconic venue in the flesh. Situated alongside the 4.445 kilometre circuit overlooking Bass Straight, the 750-metre replica Go Kart track is the ultimate go karting destination. Individual lap time printouts and Tandem karts are available. Buckle in for the real deal; an adrenalin-amping triple Hot Lap ride around the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Follow in the footsteps of the champions on a Guided Circuit Tour. With exclusive access to Race Control, Media Centre and where every racer would love to finish - the winner's podium. Take a step back in time in the History of Motorsport Display. Marvel at the inspirational story of Phillip Island’s racing heritage. Featured in the display is the superb collection of 25 Grand Prix motorcycles from the two famous Italian marques, Aprilia and Cagiva.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Great entertainment for children, families and groups. There is a small theme park, a giant maze, a mini golf course and a high ropes course.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Animal Shelter
“The Koala Reserve offers families a range of friendly acitivities and opportunities to explore and learn about out wonderful koalas.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Food
“Also referred to as Panny's Chocolate Factory - is on our msut tour list. Great fun and learning adventure for all the family. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Italian cuisine in a family friendly setting surrounded by Grand Prix memorabilia. Tasty pizza, pasta, risotto, and late night food available. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“1.5 hours away from melbourne where you can visit the penguin colony, sightseeing on the beautiful landscape and beach, chocolate factory. ”
  • 80 locals recommend
Café
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“Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. This beachside cafe has a casual and cosy vibe that is also pet and child friendly. The food it delicious, and there is the option to sit inside or out with a great view of the ocean. Vegetarian friendly, vegan, and gluten free options available. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“I love the wildlife park, where you can visit lots of Australian animals up close and personal. A great day out for the family”
  • 29 locals recommend
Café
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“Farm Tours: Become a farm for a day on our Bimbadeen Phillip Island Farm Tours! Learn about life on our working farm, help us collect our free range eggs and feed our resident farm animals. You can also choose to enjoy a tasty paddock to plate BBQ meal afterwards and even stay in one of our new farm retreats. The 360 acre farming property, ‘Bimbadeen’, is located between the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and the world famous Penguin Parade. Bimbadeen, owned and operated by the Davie family since 1955, was first used for dairying and pigs before beef cattle were introduced in 1968.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bar
“Excellent quality, generous family meals - recommended. Bookings needed on weekends and during school holidays. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Friendly fishing instructors will teach you to catch rainbow trout in a picturesque tree-lined lake and the gorgeous all-weather indoor “Rainforest Pool.” Take your catch with you or ask the chef to transform your trout into a magnificent meal! ”
  • 9 locals recommend
National Park
“A great opportunity to see the wonderful nature on the Island. There is a great 4 park pass which gives you access to the nightly Penguin Parade too. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Nature
“Great trips to seal rocks, were there is hundreds of seals. Maybe you might like a day out across to the peninsula excellent day out visiting the markets.. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
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“After something classic or a little different? This Cafe offers fabulous fresh local produce with vegetarian and gluten free options. Couple this with a dedicated kids menu, a bar for the adults, and live music - this is a weekend must. If breakfast in the afternoon is your thing, or a late night feed - don’t fret you can get it here! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Dining is more than just food. It is that special combination of hospitality, location and personal touches that allow guest to ‘feel at home’. Harry’s Restaurant has captured these elements perfectly. The dining area is light, bright and welcoming with an eclectic mix of art and object d’art throughout, collected by Harry during his years of travel. With a friendly and helpful team, the dining experience at Harrys is second to none in the region. It is this philosophy that drives Harry to the markets, docks and farms in the region to personally select the ingredients. The menu is then developed from what was bought”
  • 12 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Italian Restaurant
“Italian cuisine in a family friendly setting surrounded by Grand Prix memorabilia. Tasty pizza, pasta, risotto, and late night food available. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bar
“Excellent quality, generous family meals - recommended. Bookings needed on weekends and during school holidays. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Friendly fishing instructors will teach you to catch rainbow trout in a picturesque tree-lined lake and the gorgeous all-weather indoor “Rainforest Pool.” Take your catch with you or ask the chef to transform your trout into a magnificent meal! ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
“After something classic or a little different? This Cafe offers fabulous fresh local produce with vegetarian and gluten free options. Couple this with a dedicated kids menu, a bar for the adults, and live music - this is a weekend must. If breakfast in the afternoon is your thing, or a late night feed - don’t fret you can get it here! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Cafe
“Dining is more than just food. It is that special combination of hospitality, location and personal touches that allow guest to ‘feel at home’. Harry’s Restaurant has captured these elements perfectly. The dining area is light, bright and welcoming with an eclectic mix of art and object d’art throughout, collected by Harry during his years of travel. With a friendly and helpful team, the dining experience at Harrys is second to none in the region. It is this philosophy that drives Harry to the markets, docks and farms in the region to personally select the ingredients. The menu is then developed from what was bought”
  • 12 locals recommend
Brewery
“Boutique specialty and seasonal ales on tap. Contemporary European/ Australian cruisine; Internationally trained award-winning chefs.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
“This little gem is on the pricey end however it is perched on the cliff edge and offers spectacular views. They offer a kids menu and online bookings. We love taking guests for a late breakfast here. Bookings recommended. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Eastern European Restaurant
“Takeaway with a great selection of ingredients for pizza toppings - Vegetarian , Greek lamb, Tandoori chicken to name a few. ”
  • 11 locals recommend

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