The best camping near Phillip Island, Victoria.
Natural beauty and bountiful wildlife make Phillip Island a top draw.
If you’re looking for natural beauty and to see some of Australia’s iconic animals, Victoria’s Phillip Island is a must-visit. Famed for its free-roaming penguins and Australia’s largest colony of fur seals, the island is also home to the Phillip Island Wildlife Park, with more than 100 different species of native Australian animals, as well as a koala conservation center. Read more...
If you’re looking for natural beauty and to see some of Australia’s iconic animals, Victoria’s Phillip Island is a must-visit. Famed for its free-roaming penguins and Australia’s largest colony of fur seals, the island is also home to the Phillip Island Wildlife Park, with more than 100 different species of native Australian animals, as well as a koala conservation center. You’ll also find a dramatic coastline with some beautiful beaches that are perfect for swimming and surfing. Many travelers visit on a day trip from Melbourne but by setting up camp for a night or more, you’ll get to enjoy all the island has to offer.
Where to Go
Where to Go
On the southwestern tip of Phillip Island, Summerlands is home to the island’s main attraction, the Penguin Parade. The natural spectacle of tens of thousands of little penguins emerging from the ocean and waddling toward their nests takes place just after sunset every evening. Nearby you’ll find Nobbies Centre, outside of which you can see fur seals and various bird species then learn about them through interactive displays inside the center. As Summerlands is a protected area, you’ll neeed to set up camp a little farther away. Nevertheless, you’ll find camping areas within a 10-minute drive.
In the small town of Ventnor, just a five-minute drive from the Penguin Parade, Sheltered Glamping offers a unique upscale camping experience just a short stroll from both Berry’s Beach and the Phillip Island Winery. Tents come with their own private shower and toilet facilities, as well as furniture (including full beds) made on the island. Also five minutes from the Penguin Parade, and close to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, quiet Anchorage Caravan Park has a semi-rural setting close to Ventnor Beach: Powered and non-powered camp sites come with well-equipped camp kitchens and access to the laundrette and shower and toilet facilities, while the on-site general store stocks all necessary supplies.
As the island’s main township, Cowes is home to several accommodation options, including camping areas. Your choices include the family-friendly Anchor Belle Holiday Park, which boasts an idyllic setting close to the beach yet is within a short walking distance of shops and restaurants—the park’s powered sites are well-shaded and include wifi and access to an indoor swimming pool. Nearby Amaroo Park is similarly well-located, with direct access to the beach, though typically quieter—its powered sites include free wifi and access to facilities including a heated outdoor swimming pool and hot showers.
In the southeast of the island, minutes from San Remo, Newhaven is home to BIG4 Phillip Island Caravan Park. Nestled behind sand dunes, it’s one of the most popular camping spots on the island. The pet-friendly park features powered caravan sites and non-powered camping grounds, as well as a larger drive through campsite and, with its direct access to the beach, free wifi, TV room, and adventure playground, it’s particularly popular with families.