Cowes

Travel Guide
Cowes which includes a beach and boating

Splash in the sea and laze on the beach, watch the penguin parade or witness the thrilling races of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Cowes is a quaint little town on the northern shore of Phillip Island, facing Victoria’s Western Port Bay. Cowes is the main township on the picturesque southern island and a popular destination for vacationers and daytrippers from Melbourne.

The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge and is easy to reach by car. Take a walk down Thompson Avenue, with its broad golden cypress trees, to The Esplanade along the waterfront. Together these streets form the beating heart of Cowes, with shops, cafés and restaurants for your convenience. Come here to enjoy an alfresco lunch on a sunny day and shop for souvenirs.

Browse Cowes’ foreshore with its golden beaches and sloping lawns. The bay’s calm waters are ideal for swimming. Afterwards, dine Aussie-style by “throwing a sausage on the barbie” in the public barbecue area. Take in the views from Cowes Jetty and chat with the local fishermen as the sun goes down.

Meet some of Australia’s iconic wildlife that calls Phillip Island home. Purchase a bag of animal food to feed the kangaroos and emus as you wander around the Phillip Island Wildlife Park or take the treetop boardwalk to get closer to a koala at the Koala Conservation Centre.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade in the evening is an opportunity to watch small penguins waddle back up the beach to their nighttime burrows. A local guide is there to answer all your questions.

Time your visit to coincide with one of the racing events at the Phillip Island Circuit. Highlights include the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and the Superbike Championship. You only have to follow the sound of the roaring engines to find the venue on race days. On training days you can take a ride in the passenger seat of a real race car while a professional driver zooms you around the track. The History of Motorsport exhibit keeps the less adventurous visitor happy as well.

Take a cruise out on the bay for a chance to see the seals at Seal Rocks. Also keep an eye out for dolphins and seabirds. Watch the glowing sun set and the town’s Esplanade twinkle during a romantic twilight cruise. Take this moment to look back on your stay in Cowes and appreciate the many wonderful things this idyllic island town has in store.

North Pier Hotel
North Pier Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is HK$349 per night from 6 Nov to 6 Nov
Located in the heart of Cowes, this beach hotel is steps away from Phillip Island Coastal Reserve and Phillip Island Ferry Dock. Cowes Beach and Silverleaves ...
3.6/5 Good! (695 reviews)
"Nice and comfortable, even though interior is showing some wear and tear. Still a much better 3 star property than what I got compared to the one I stayed at in Sydney"

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2021

North Pier Hotel
Kaloha Holiday Resort Phillip Island
Kaloha Holiday Resort Phillip Island
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$841 per night from 28 Oct to 28 Oct
Located in Cowes, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Cowes Beach, Phillip Island Coastal Reserve and Silverleaves Beach. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (562 reviews)
"Great place to stay. Location is close to everything you need."

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2021

Kaloha Holiday Resort Phillip Island
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Phillip Island
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Phillip Island
4 out of 5
2128 Phillip Island Road, Cowes, VIC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$1,208 per night from 17 Nov to 17 Nov
Situated in a regional park, this resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Phillip Island Wildlife Park and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Phillip ...
3.9/5 Good! (996 reviews)
"Ideal mini get away location, peaceful setting with everything a young family needs"

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2021

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Phillip Island
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hilltop Apartments Phillip Island
Hilltop Apartments Phillip Island
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,003 per night from 8 Nov to 8 Nov
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Phillip Island Coastal Reserve and Cowes Beach. Ventnor Bushland Reserve and Phillip ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (144 reviews)
"Great place to stay, will be back again."

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2021

Hilltop Apartments Phillip Island
NRMA Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park
NRMA Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park
2 out of 5
Nestled on the beach, this Cowes campsite is within a 5-minute walk of Phillip Island Coastal Reserve and Cowes Beach. Silverleaves Beach and Phillip Island ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (127 reviews)
Just what you need
"Great place to stay. Would stay there again"

Reviewed on 2 Jul 2021

NRMA Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park
Woodbyne Resort
Woodbyne Resort
3.5 out of 5
Situated in Cowes, this cottage is within 2 miles (3 km) of Phillip Island Wildlife Park, Phillip Island Ferry Dock and Phillip Island Coastal Reserve. Silverleaves ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (95 reviews)
"Good for families"

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2021

Woodbyne Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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