Destination guide

Phillip Island's medley of treasures

It's just as likely that you'll hear the whizz of a MotoGP engine as the flap of a penguin's fin on Phillip Island. That's the sort of place this is, fusing the salt-washed surf beaches, swaying seagrasses, and wild coastal reaches of Victoria with a whole load of other enticing attractions. From birding to wave riding, beachcombing to cliff walking, whale watching to Grand Prix showdowns on the tracks, Phillip Island vacation rentals have plenty up their sleeve. And the place is seriously beautiful, with its windblown coastal peaks, grassy meadows, and eucalyptus-scented koala conservation centers.


Feel the ocean breeze on Phillip Island

Phillip Island's rugged coastline, high cliffs, and wide bays offer a whole medley of outdoors enjoyments. You can wax down the surfboards and channel the Aussie vibes with a session on the waves. You can crack out the camera and go in search of splashing whale fins on the dramatic lookouts along the Bass Coast Whale Discovery Trail. You can linger by the dunes of Summerland Beach to witness the iconic summertime Penguin Parade in the evening, when hundreds of waddling birds make their way over the sand hills.


Wait for the rays to hit Phillip Island

Phillip Island's Penguin Parade, December carnival, and gorgeous beaches mean the whole place really comes alive when the sun's shining. To catch the best weather, be sure to search for your Phillip Island vacation rentals between the months of November and February, when the mercury can crank up to the high 80s and the days are often dry. Alternatively, a winter break means encountering the lashing Pacific Ocean at its best, and means having the top chances of spotting humpback whales _ come between May and October for that.

Natural features

Phillip Island is sprayed by the Pacific

Phillip Island is a wild and rugged cut out of the Victoria coast. Its shores include long, golden arcs of sand where the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean crash and turn while surfers dance on their whitecaps. There are high, blustery cliffs, too, and grass-topped bluffs where rare seabirds wallow on the meadows. You can spy out whales in the winter from the lookout points that pepper the iconic Bass Coast Whale Discovery Trail, or book Phillip Island vacation rentals close to the wetlands that hug the inlets of Rhyll and Cape Woolamai _ expect short-tailed shearwaters and ibises alike.

Where to stay around Phillip Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,158 vacation rentals near Phillip Island. From 994 Houses to 16 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Phillip Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Phillip Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Phillip Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Mornington Peninsula: 4,401 vacation rentals
  • Rye: 2,109 vacation rentals
  • Mount Martha: 1,074 vacation rentals
  • Cowes: 1,316 vacation rentals
  • South Pacific: 62,432 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Phillip Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Phillip Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Phillip Island:

  • Rye: 2,109 rentals
  • Mount Martha: 1,074 rentals
  • Cowes: 1,316 rentals
  • Rosebud: 2,425 rentals
  • Dromana: 2,083 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.