Cowes, Victoria

The ever popular holiday destination of Cowes is ideally situated on the northern edge of Phillip Island and offers visitors wonderful sandy beaches with calm, safe swimming areas, as well as excellent shopping, trendy cafes and fine dining restaurants serving fresh local seafood. Phillip Island itself is only 26 kilometres long, 9 kilometres wide and boasts some breathtaking natural beauty, numerous world class surf breaks, lots of close encounters with wildlife and a myriad of attractions for all ages to enjoy. Because of its small size it is easy for holiday makers to get around and see all that Phillip Island has to offer.

One of the most popular tourist attractions on Phillip Island is the world famous Penguin Parade where every evening after sunset an entire colony of fairy penguins waddles up the beach to return to their burrows. Other wildlife attractions on the island include cruises to visit a colony of over 5,000 Australian fur seals at The Nobbies, the Koala Conservation Centre, Maru Koala and Fauna Park, pelican feeding, kangaroos, wallabies, possums and an abundance of birdlife. Many families and couples who holiday in Cowes enjoy the vast array of different places to visit including the Vietnam Veterans Museum, Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, the Australian contemporary art at the Mingara Gallery, Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Amaze 'N' Things, the San Remo fishing village and award winning wineries.

Racing enthusiasts will enjoy staying in Cowes because Phillip Island is home to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Circuit each September, as well as the circuit hosting the World Superbikes and V8 Super Cars L&H; 500 throughout the year. Adrenalin junkies can partake in a few Hot Laps around the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, take a helicopter ride over Victoria's rugged southern coastline, go snorkelling, scuba diving or surfing at Cape Woolamai or one of the many other great surf breaks. More relaxed activities around Cowes include bike riding, guided walks, playing golf or revelling in the excellent fishing for beginners and seasoned anglers alike. Cowes also has a great nightlife with fantastic pubs, nightclubs, restaurants and cafes, which makes it such a popular holiday destination and one of Victoria's best kept secrets.

How To Get There :      If you don't have your own boat and place in which to moor it then the only real way of getting to Cowes is to drive there. From Melbourne simply take to the Monash Freeway and then just past Dandenong take the exit onto the South Gippsland Freeway. Follow the South Gippsland Freeway through Cranbourne until yet get to the Bass Highway and then continue on until you get to a large roundabout with a sign to turn right into Sam Remo, Phillip Island and Cowes. There are also numerous bus companies that regularly operate buses from Melbourne to Phillip Island and Cowes.

Weather :      The holiday destination of Cowes on Phillip Island is known for being cold and wet between the months of May and September, with average maximum daily temperatures ranging from 13-16°C and 15-17 rainy days per month. The weather in Cowes, however, is a lot better the rest of the year with much fewer rainy days (although the presence of rain is never to far away), plenty of sunshine and an average maximum daily temperatures ranging from 18°C in October through to 25°C in February.

Suitable For :      Weekend getaways for couples, international travellers, family holidays and people who have their own boat for fishing.

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