If you’re visiting Phillip Island, chances are you’re going for the beach. A weekend destination for Melbourne locals and visitors alike, Phillip Island is renowned for its stunning coastline, which is a pleasure to see and a privilege to visit. There are so many incredible beaches that it’s hard to know where to go to get the sand between your toes and the seawater on your skin. Luckily you will have this list to inform you.
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
Cape Woolamai Beach
Cape Woolamai actually offers two beaches: the Surf Beach and the Safety Beach. On the surf beach adventurous and experienced surfers will find some of the best surfing in Victoria. The beach is patrolled in summer, and known for its strong rips and large swells. Non-surfers may not want to swim, but can enjoy a stroll along the beach, or explore one of the Cape Woolamai hikes on offer.
The Cape Woolamai Safety Beach, on the opposite side from the Surf Beach, is more suited to families and is much quieter and calmer but is not patrolled. At high tide the water becomes delightfully deep close to the shore, while low tide offers tidal flats perfect for wandering.
A long and narrow beach popular among families and dog walkers, Ventnor Beach is a great spot for those looking for a little slice of uninterrupted paradise. The water is often impossibly calm, and so clean and clear that you’ll feel as though you’re stepping straight into a brochure. Ideal for those wanting to swim and frolic in quiet waters, or have some fun with BYO watercraft, Ventnor Beach is the perfect place to spend an entire day soaking up the beauty of Phillip Island’s coast.