On Phillip Island: Sunset at The Nobbies

The Nobbies - Phillip Island, Victoria

As much as I love living in Melbourne sometimes you just need to make an escape! To celebrate my airbnb guests finding an apartment and my first article being published on Skyscanner, we decided to take a day trip from Melbourne to Phillip Island.

Known for its Little Penguins (you can’t call them Fairy Penguins anymore, but that’s another story), car racing history and being home to Thor (that’s Chris Hemsworth for you mere mortals), Phillip Island is a two-hour drive from Melbourne; and yes, it really is an island with a short concrete bridge connecting the town of San Remo on the mainland to the town of Newhaven on the island.

While we were there to see the nightly Penguin Parade, and perhaps a quick trip to the Koala Conservation Centre, I wanted to show Segundo and Kari, airbnb guests staying with me back in the city, where one of my favourite places on the island is.


At the western most point of Phillip Island, you’ll find Point Grant, more commonly known today as The Nobbies. It’s a place where lands end and the endless blue horizons begin.PortPhillipIsland-Segundo-Photo


From The Nobbies Centre – an interactive education centre, gift shop and cafeteria – the area might not look like much, but take a walk along the boardwalk to see the characters (like the little boy, below) visiting that day and the remnants of a volcanic landscape that has been weathered by the relentless movement of the ocean.




The Nobbies is known for more than just its beautiful view. As you take the boardwalk you’ll see small wooden boxes for penguins who have decided to make the headland home. Unfortunately, during the day you won’t see them, they’ll be hunting in the ocean, but there is the option to stop at the nearby Penguin Parade where a rookery of penguins will cross the sands and make their way to their burrows just after nightfall each night.

Just one and a half kilometres offshore you’ll find Australia’s largest colony of Australian Fur Seals. A top Seal Rock (pictured below), you’ll find more than 16,000 seals.
You can watch from the fixed binoculars available near the centre but consider taking a seal watching cruise that will help you get closer to these playful creatures. From October to December – breeding season – the colonies numbers will grow, but it’s highly likely you will see them year round.

Also, the area is well-known for its protected seabirds and, during the winter months, whale watching.


PortPhillipIsland-SegundoKariFor me, the visit to Phillip Island and The Nobbies wasn’t simply about exploring a beautiful area. It was about spending time with wonderful people.
It’s not often enough I spend time exploring Melbourne and surrounding Victoria, so having friends visit – or lovely airbnb guests like Segundo and Kari – gives me an excuse to escape the office and head off on a local adventure.

I’ve had plenty of friends visit and they think they’re burdening me when I suggest we head off on a road trip to the Great Ocean Road, Marysville, Phillip Island or beyond. Trust me, you aren’t! In fact, I get a case of F.O.M.O. (Fear Of Missing Out) when I see your beautiful pictures and hear what the tour guide did (or didn’t) show you.

Speaking of what tour guides didn’t show you, The Nobbies has its own secret few would know.
Be sure to visit The Nobbies just before sunset and take the ‘alternative road’ back to the Penguin Parade (follow the roundabout around and just before The Nobbies Centre there is a dirt road entrance). Not only does the dirt road have more incredible water views and is the perfect place for a peaceful picnic, but, come sunset, wild wallabies will come out to feast on the grasses.

Wild wallabies, little penguins, friends, stunning sunsets and a road trip versus being stuck behind a desk working. I think you know which option I’d choose every day of the week!









Now it’s over to you

Have you visited Phillip Island?

Where has your best road trip been?

Where would you like to visit in Victoria?

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Phillip Island
Victoria, Australia

How to get to Phillip Island:

By car: Take the Monash Freeway (M1) to the Cranbourne exit and follow the South Gippsland Highway (M420). Connect with the Bass Highway (A420) and then onto Phillip Island Road (B420) to San Remo. Cross over the bridge to reach Phillip Island.
View a map of the route here.

By public transport: There are bus and train transport options to Phillip Island from Cranbourne and Dandenong train stations. To get to Cranbourne or Dandenong, the fastest way to travel is by train.
Check the Public Transport Victoria website for more information and to plan your journey.

A Guided Tour to Phillip Island: I use and recommend booking your tour through Viator. They offer a range of different tours to Phillip Island, Melbourne and around Victoria to suit every person.

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  • Reply
    Hayley Simpson
    April 20, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    The penguins are just the cutest. I visited them I think five years ago now and it is still one of the highlights of my local travels!

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      April 21, 2015 at 4:43 am

      The Penguin Parade is so much fun but I think people don’t realise how much there is to do on the island!

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    April 20, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    I didn’t make it to Phillip island but did the Great Ocean Road. Melbourne area has so much to offer.

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      April 21, 2015 at 4:44 am

      So true! Victoria is very blessed to have so many great road trips.

      What did you think of the Great Ocean Road, De’Jav?

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    April 20, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Amazing photos! I love the Nobbies and the road leading to the Penguin Parade is my favorite place to spot wallabies :).

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      April 21, 2015 at 4:55 am

      Thanks Laura!
      Love that you’ve taken that back road and seen the wallabies as well. 🙂

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    April 23, 2015 at 2:17 am

    It sounds like a wonderful place with the right kind of human interaction. You’ve had both of the best world. The sunset must be beautiful!

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      April 27, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      The sunset is seriously stunning Rahman!

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    April 25, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    That’s a gorgeous place!
    I’ve never been on a road trip, but I’d love to drive to somewhere like that!

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      April 27, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Girl, you have to plan a road trip soon! It’s a great way to discover some of the hidden secrets of a destination. 🙂
      If you visit Australia, do consider a road trip down here! Hopefully, you can spot some fur seals and wallabies too!

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    April 28, 2015 at 5:29 am

    I have actually been looking for somewhere to escape from Sydney recently. I find that Melbourne, as awesome as it is, I have done a few times, but this sparks ideas in my head!

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    May 12, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Planning a trip to Australia in the winter time and was actually looking for little day trips from Melbourne, so this will be tucked away and hopefully put to good use in March. I know what you mean about having visitors, sometimes I end up only doing the touristy things around my hometown when they are here!

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