7 Incredible Phillip Island & Bass Coast Experiences To Have On Your Big Lap

by Annette Hird

1. Learn About Our Amazing Wildlife

You can learn about wildlife conservation and breeding at Maru Koala and Animal Park in Grantville, and then head down to Summerlands on Phillip Island to watch the nightly Penguin Parade and learn all about these fascinating creatures. Plus, you can see koalas in their natural habitat at the Koala Reserve on Phillip Island.

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2. Go Glamping

If you’re looking for a bit of luxury while you’re on the road, why not try a spot of glamping? The Bass Coast is host to quite a few businesses that offer a glamping experience including Sheltered Glamping and Pyramid Rock Glamping on Phillip Island and Inverloch Glamping at Inverloch.

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3. Visit a Working Farm

Warrook Farm and Fauna Park is a working cattle farm near Grantville. The farm is over 100 years old. They run daily tours and offer hands-on experiences for young and old alike. Plus, they have a fully licensed restaurant where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch.

Churchill Island is another working farm with a long heritage. The cottage gardens are beautiful and you can stroll around them at your leisure. Daily farming activities include cow milking, whip cracking, sheep shearing and wagon rides. You can even see the farm’s working dogs in action.

Bimbadeen Farm, located on Phillip Island, Bass Coast Farm and Maccas Farm are all great options too.

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4. Go Fishing on a Charter Boat

There are a number of companies that operate fishing charter boats both on Phillip Island and further along the coast. Most offer trips both on Westernport Bay and out onto Bass Strait. They provide all the fishing gear, so all you have to do is hop on board and head out to catch your own dinner.

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5. Learn To Surf

The Offshore Surf School in Inverloch offers both private and group lessons. They have over 13 years experience. But surfing is not all they teach. They also offer lessons in stand up paddle boarding and snorkelling.

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6. Learn How to Make Chocolate

At the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, you can learn how cocoa is harvested and made into chocolate. There’s also a display of an entire miniature village made of chocolate. Children even have the opportunity to make their own chocolate bar.

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7. Check Out Nobbies Centre

The Nobbies Centre is in Summerland on Phillip Island and offers displays and interactive experiences about Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Outside the centre, there’s a collection of boardwalks you can meander along with views across Bass Strait and the Blowhole. You might even spot some fur seals basking in the sun on the rocks below.

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