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Best trails in Phillip Island Nature Park, Victoria, Australia

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Looking for a great trail in Phillip Island Nature Park, Victoria? AllTrails has 6 great walking trails, wild flowers trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Phillip Island Nature Park ranging from 0.9 to 5.7 miles and from 32 to 124 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Phillip Island Nature Park is located on Phillip Island just 90 minutes south-east from Melbourne in Western Port Bay on the Bass Coast. The early inhabitants of the Island were the Yalloc Bulluk clan of the Boonwurrung people and Phillip Island was known as Corriong or Millowl in the language of Boonwurrung Traditional Owners. The park features Pyramid Rock, Rhyll Inlet, Seal Rocks, Cape Woolamai, the Nobbies, the Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island. These areas together encompass signifiant wildlife sanctuaries, wetlands, woodlands and coastlines that have enabled protection under Ramsar (as wetlands of international importance) and as an UNESCO Western Port Biosphere Reserve. The island has over 330 native flora species that provide refuge habitat for populations of migratory birds including penguins, hooded plovers and short-tailed shearwaters. There are also many mammals across the island including koalas, possums, wallabies, Australian fur seals and bats.

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Map of trails in Phillip Island Nature Park, Victoria, Australia
Park information
Acreage:
4,460 acres
Contact
5951 2800
Top trails (6)
#1 - Cape Woolamai Circuit
Phillip Island Nature Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
This is a scenic circuit that features great views and plenty of fauna spotting opportunities, including migratory birds like penguins, hooded plovers and short-tailed shearwaters, plus mammals like koalas, possums, wallabies, Australian fur seals and bats. In summer you'll likely stroll through hundreds of butterflies. Plan your hike during low tide to ensure that you can walk along the beach comfortably and safely and between October and April if you are looking to avoid bad weather. Starting at the car park near the end of Woolamai Beach Road the track is relatively easy with some extended gradual climbs along a well-maintained Cliff track and Quarry Tracks and some wooden stairs up to the highest point at Woolamai Hill. You'll be constantly wrapped by panoramic views of the coastline and the rock formations of the cliffs. There are benches spread out over the trail in great vantage points for watching the ocean waves roar and weather the cliff edges.Show more
#2 - Pyramid Rock to Red Bluff and Berrys Beach
Phillip Island Nature Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
The coastal trail starts at the Pyramid Rock car park and proceeds west to hug the inlets and stops first at Red Bluff lookout and then down to Berrys Beach. You can extend this trail by continuing on the sand at Berrys Beach, and include the short out and back to Pyramid Rock Lookout. This coastline is known to get very windy, so dress for the conditions and secure loose items. This is an ideal route for some beautiful ocean views and taking in the salty ocean air.Show more
#3 - Churchill Island Loop
Phillip Island Nature Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h
This loop around Churchill Island offers scenic views across Western Port Bay, is great for bird watching along the surrounding Ramsar Protected waters and mudflats, as Wetlands of International Importance. You will start at the historic homestead at the Churchill Island Heritage Farm Along this loop you will. The loop also features 50 million year old basalt bedrocks, which have also been used as the foundation stones for Churchill Island - that was actually part of Phillip Island prior to a sea level rise around 10–15,000 years ago. The northern-most part of this loop reaches North Point and is the best vantage point for bird watching, where you'll likely spot species including spoonbills, pied oyster catchers, ibis, gulls, herons and cormorants. Along the north-east section, you'll pass through forest with old twisted Moonah trees (Melaleuca lanceolata), many of which date back at least 500 years. Show more
#4 - Phillip Island Nature Park
Phillip Island Nature Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
This trail through Phillip Island Nature Park is ideal for walking and for mountain bikes and is mostly flat with lovely views and lots of bird life in the wetlands and other fauna along the trail including koalas and wallabies. You will start at Oswin Roberts Reserve through native bushland, then follow Cowes-Rhyll Road before crossing over into the mangroves at Conservation Hill, where there is also a great lookout point to take in the views.Show more
#5 - Koala Conservation Centre
Phillip Island Nature Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 25 m
This is a short loop through Phillip Island's Koala Conservation Centre, which features tree-top boardwalks through woodlands with abundant birdlife, wallabies, koalas, echidnas and bats. Show more
#6 - Pyramid Rock Lookout
Phillip Island Nature Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 12 m
This is a very short and easy trail out to the Pyramid Rock Lookout and is a must-see if you're visiting Phillip Island. The rocks are particularly beautiful early in the morning or for sunset against the waters of the Bass Strait. There are two viewing platforms and one is wheelchair accessible.Show more