The best way to get to Phillip Island from Melbourne whether you've got a car or not!
When you think of penguin parades, seal colonies and native wildlife, one place comes straight to mind in Australia.
That is Phillip Island.
Phillip Island is one of Victoria's most popular tourist destinations, known for its penguin parades, scenic coastlines, quaint fishing villages and wildlife, and so much more. With the number of people that frequent the Island today, it's quite hard to imagine a time back in the 1920s when visits were sparse and the only way to get there was through horse-drawn vehicles.
What I love best about Phillip Island is probably that it's such a gem; there's so much to do regardless whether it's your first or fifth time there. And the best part is? It's so easy to get to!
If you're planning a trip to Phillip Island, here are your best ways to get there - regardless what transport you're looking for.
I want to travel by car
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes If you've got a car, hop right on and take the Monash Freeway (M1) to the Cranbourne exit, and turn into the South Gippsland Highway (M420). Follow this route to the Bass Highway (A420), through Grantville and Bass, then onto Phillip Island Road (B420) to San Remo, over the bridge onto Phillip Island.
One thing to note though, is that there's no car ferry to Phillip Island, so you'll have to use the bridge at San Remo to bring your vehicle over!
I want to travel by bus
Duration: 2 hours to get to San Remo bridge, 2.5 hours to Cowes Cost: From $10.80
Take the popular V/Line coach, with services that run between Southern Cross Station to Phillip Island, with stops at Grantville, Corinella, Bass, San Remo, Newhaven and Cowes daily.
Refer to the V/Line timetable for Melbourne to Cowes.
I want to travel by train and ferry
T: 03 9585 5730 (Inter Island Ferries)
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes Cost: Approx $26 for return tickets for Adults, $12 for Children For something a little different, you can catch a suburban train from Melbourne to Frankston (1 hour), then switch onto a diesel service which runs from Frankston to Stony Point (35 minutes). NB: There's literally nothing at Stony Point, so plan and time your trip so you won't have to sit around waiting for ages, or pack some refreshments with you!
From Stony Point Jetty, board the Inter Island Ferries passenger catamaran - read: watercraft - which docks at the Cowes Jetty. The boat trip takes around 45 minutes, usually with a stop at French Island.
The Cowes Jetty is located right in Cowes so many accommodation options are within walking distance from the ferry.
I want to travel by AIR
T: 03 5956 7316
Duration: 30 minutes Cost: From $85
Did you know that Phillip Island has its own airfield?! So you can catch a trip to the island in style!
Fronting Phillip Island Road at Newhaven are Phillip Island Helicopters who not only conduct scenic flights, but also offer charter services. In just 30 minutes, you can be flown from suitable landing locations in Melbourne, such as Essendon Airport or Moorabbin Airport, directly to Phillip Island so you can avoid the traffic and save time! Click here for further details.
Planning a trip to Phillip Island?
There's so many things to do on the island, and no shortage of ways to get there! Which is your favourite mode of transport? Whether you're going for a day tour or staycation, hopefully you'll have the best, fuss-free experience now that you know the best ways to get there! 😉