As the commercial centre of Philip Island, Cowes maintains a distinct seaside vibe while providing an abundance of cafes, restaurants and shopping destinations.

Escape from the summer heat by taking a stroll along the foreshore, or meet some new friends at the Phillip Island Nature Park’s most popular attraction – The Penguin Parade.

If racing cars are more your thing, visit Cowes during race times and experience the Superbike World Championships and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. If you prefer to be a part of the action, the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre is open daily with guided circuit tours available between 11am-2pm daily.

Cowes, Victoria, 3922

Getting there

The journey to Cowes takes 2 hours and 20 minutes from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station. You can either catch a V/Line bus to Koo Wee Rup, where a bus connects to Cowes.

Tip: Travelling on V/Line during off-peak times is more convenient and cheaper!