By Oceana Setaysha
November 8, 2020 | 4 minute read
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.
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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.
The perfect location for snorkelling or exploring rock pools, depending on the tide, Kitty Miller Bay is one of Phillip Island’s most picturesque beaches. The bay stretches some 500 metres in length and is south facing, meaning it’s quite sheltered although it isn’t patrolled.
Still it is a lovely location to have a swim at high tide or explore the many wonders the low tide has to offer. If you’re an intrepid adventurer ready for a hike you might also find the meagre remains of a ship that wrecked in 1906, the SS Speke, parts of which are still visible when the water is low.
Berry’s Beach may not be the biggest on Phillip Island, but it’s also one of the less well-known finds. Located about 10 minutes from the town of Cowes, access to Berry’s Beach is via stairs that wind their way down from the clifftop carpark to the sands below.
This makes for a beautiful lookout so stunning it might stop you in your tracks. On one side large swells keep surfers happy, while on the other a small shallow bay and a series of tranquil rock pools delight both swimmers and snorkelers. Yes, at Berry’s Beach there’s something for everyone.
It would hardly be a list of Phillip Island’s beaches without the Cowes Main Beach. While this beach is easily the most popular on the island, and therefore the busiest, it is actually Victoria’s only northern facing beach. This means it is the perfect location for calm sheltered swimming and lounging on beautiful stretches of sand.
Swimmers will love the seaside ambience of this spot, and the beach is also patrolled over the summer. Its proximity to town means there’s no lack of choice for foods and drinks, and there are even public BBQ and picnic facilities. An easy crowd pleaser for sure!
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