The hugely popular holiday destination of PHILLIP ISLAND is famous above all for the nightly roosting of hundreds of Little penguins at Summerland Beach – the so-called Penguin Parade – but the island also boasts some dramatic coastline, plenty of surfing, fine swimming beaches, and a couple of well-organized wildlife parks.

Cowes, on the sheltered bay side, is the main town and a lively and attractive place to stay. Other, smaller, communities worth a visit are San Remo, on the mainland just before the bridge; Newhaven, the first island community across the bridge; Rhyll, on the northeast corner of the island; and Ventnor, just west of Cowes.