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Overview

Cowes

Celebrate life by the water and soak up the seaside holiday vibe in Cowes, Phillip Island's commercial hub, which positively bustles during the holiday season.

Island dreams

Spend a lazy day in seaside eateries, check out contemporary and Indigenous artworks at Mingara Gallery, or do a bit of shopping for souvenirs and artisan wares. Cool off with a swim down at the foreshore or stay dry and peddle on over to San Remo along the dedicated path.

Just need to relax? Zone out at one of the town's divine day spas, sample craft ales at Rusty Water Brewery, or hit the lanes at the ten-pin bowling centre.

Cultural heroes

If you want to learn about early life on the island, stop by the Phillip Island Historical Society Museum. Here you'll find exhibitions on geology, maritime history, aboriginal culture and the life of the early settlers.

Learn more about local Indigenous culture and the island's wildlife at the Shearwater Festival, complete with workshops, music and dance performances, environmental talks and street parade.

Set sail

Hire a boat from the Cowes launch and catch a fish to barbeque beachside or join a cruise around the bay and get a close look at the cute inhabitants of Seal Rocks. Want to go further? Catch the passenger ferry over Western Port to Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula or on to French Island.

Base camp

Allow extra time in Cowes to explore the many nearby attractions, including the iconic Penguin Parade and the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre. Visit the island at race time to experience the speed and excitement of the Superbike World Championship, the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, or one of the many motor sport events held throughout the year.

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Things to do

Cowes

Leisure activities

A Maze'N Things

Take the kids for a day of optical illusions, puzzles and mazes, that will have you rolling around with laughter and scratching your heads in wonder.

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Phillip Island Nature Parks

See Phillip Island's little penguins emerge from the sea, peek at life inside a burrow, and spot other Australian animals at this wildlife wonderland.

Action sports

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre

Get your motor running with go-karting, guided circuit tours, a history of motor sport display, as well as Australia's largest slot car track.

Tour operator

Wildlife Coast Cruises

Spot seals, whales and more on environmentally accredited wildlife, twilight and lunch cruises, from Phillip Island to Wilsons Promontory.

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