Phillip Island you blew us away with your crystal clear, turquoise water and your many beaches. Surf beaches, calm beaches, fishing beaches. Rock caves, coastal walks, gorgeous Italian restaurants and delicious icecream all ripe for the taking. The only regret we had was making our trip too short. There was so much to see that we ran out of time. We are already planning to go back. Perhaps in winter for a different perspective.
We stayed at the Big 4 Phillip Island which was a great spot with access to a cute, calm inlet beach and only five minutes from fantastic surf beaches. We liked being away from the hustle and bustle of the main town Cowes but it was only a 15 minute drive when we wanted to go for fish and chips (Fisherman’s Wharf in Cowes was delish for fish and chips) or icecream (Isola Gelato was sooooo good). Sitting out the front of the icecream shop under the blue sky in the heat of the summer sun, looking out across the glistening turquoise water made me feel like I was on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Just heaven.
The thing I loved about Phillip Island was that you could drive five or ten minutes and feel like you were in a totally different place. There are the sleepy, quaint fishing villages of Rhyll and Newhaven or the different villages along the Surf Coast bustling with surfers waxing their boards and squeezing into their wetsuits at the back of their van. We loved Smith’s Beach. It had the perfect waves for boogie boarding. Not too rough and gorgeous scenery as it is a cove hugged by cliffs. At low tide there was even a fantastic sandy rock pool that my kids spent ages swimming in.
Then there is Cowes which has one of Victoria’s only north facing beaches and is a lovely and calm swimming beach. We only swam at Smith’s Beach but had dinner two nights in a row at Cowes foreshore, one night at the North Pier pub sitting out on the deck overlooking the water and the next night on a picnic rug on the grassy hill adjacent to the foreshore while watching the sunset, families swimming and a ferry docking at the pier. We would have loved to have tried Pino’s Trattoria or Isola Di Capri. Both of these restaurants looked fantastic!! We simply ran out of nights but will definitely be back to try them.
This was our first time taking our camper on a trip in nearly twelve months (thanks to Covid 19) so the kids also enjoyed spending time at the caravan park jumping on the bouncy pillow, scootering around the park, exploring the beach, hanging out on the camping chairs and having a ride on the buggies for hire.
We won’t be forgetting this trip in a hurry. Can’t wait to come back!