Cowes is the main township and commercial hub of Philip Island, Australia. It is situated on the northern side of the island. Cowes can be reached by ferry from Stony Point on Mornington Peninsula and is a 2 hour drive from Melbourne. Cowes is the ideal base to explore Philip Island’s many attractions. The township is located just 12 kilometres (7.45 mi) from the famous Philip Island Nature Park. It caters to busy holiday crowds with a good selection of restaurants, hotels, cafes, gift shops, and supermarkets. Cowes has so much to offer to tourists, whether you want to be up in the air, on the water, or have your feet planted on dry land, there are rare adventures and activities in Cowes for all ages.
1. A Maze'N Things
This unique park truly amazes with an array of intriguing activities. Experience a Mirror Maze, Rotating Room, and Australia’s largest indoor vertical slides. See water balls and chairs go uphill, people in mirrors and others shrinking right before your eyes. It is a fun family attraction and also perfect for families or groups looking for things to do. Be surprised and astonished with magic, illusion, and puzzles. You can get there by various mode of transportation such as ferry, private vehicle, or bus. A Maze'N Things is about 1 hour 30 minutes from Melbourne and is located on Phillip Island, Australia.
A Maze'N Things
Address: 1805 Phillip Island Rd, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
Price: 44 AUD / 33.50 USD (Adults), 29.50 AUD / 22.46 USD (Children)
Opening Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily
Access: By ferry, bus or private vehicle
Contact: +61 3 5952 2283
Near by Food: The Puzzle Cafe
Website: A Maze'N Things
2. Phillip Island Nature Parks: The Penguin Parade
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Phillip Island Nature Parks is about a 90 minute drive from Melbourne and is a conservation park featuring spectacular coastal scenery, charming heritage, and an abundance of wildlife. It is the home to one of Australia’s most charismatic species, the penguin. As the sun fades in the sky, the little penguins waddle up the beach making a ‘huk’ ‘huk’ noise and waddle back to their sand dune burrows on shore. This is such an incredible sight indeed! Signature tours can be arranged for viewing from platforms, offering an intimate viewing experience. This tour is highly recommended when you are on Phillip Island and suitable for all age groups. The penguin viewing times vary throughout the year from 4 pm to 8 pm. Time to mingle and have a closer look at those cute penguins.
Phillip Island Nature Parks: The Penguin Parade
Address: 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands, Victoria 3922
Price: from 33 AUD / 25.10 USD (Adults), need booking in advance
Opening Hours: Varies throughout the year
Duration: 1 to 2 days tour
Access: Drive from Melbourne
Contact: +61 3 5951 2800
Near by Food: various options and differs according to tour package
Website: The Penguin Parade
3. Cowes Night Market
Head over to the Cowes Night Market. It is a great place to relax and enjoy a night on the island. Cowes Night market comes alive with market stalls selling local produce, arts and crafts, boutique products, gifts, and collectibles. Moreover, the many food vendors and stalls accompanied by live music make the atmosphere here so lively and touristy. The night market is close to the beach, making it a perfect place to have a stroll after eating. This attraction is worth a visit and its definitely nice to watch the sunset.
Cowes Night Market
Address: The Esplanade, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
Opening Hours: 5 pm to 9 pm on Saturdays
Access: 90 minutes drive from southeast of Melbourne
Contact: 0419 560 293
Near by Food: You can buy various foods and drinks from the market
Website: Cowes Night Market
4. Stand-up paddleboarding
For the adventurous, test your balance and challenge yourself to stand-up paddleboarding. Come and discover the fun of stand-up paddleboarding to enjoy the coast and the countryside. Besides, it is a really awesome experience for the young hearted. It gives you the pleasure to experience the freedom of surfing. Let the wind blows through your hair.
5. Purple Hen Winery
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Discover the well-kept secret of this award winning winery. The Purple Hen Winery is located on a beautiful part of Philip Island, down a quiet country road surrounded by farmland and shimmering waters. It is a family-owned and operated winery producing premium cool climate wines. The winery can be reached by car and the journey takes about 90 minutes from the southern part of Melbourne. Apart from that, it is situated overlooking the Western Port Bay with stunning views of Swan Inlet, Churchill Island, and Denne Bight. Purple Hen Winery has 7.5 hectares (18.5 acres) of vineyards. But, do not search the grounds for a purple hen as it is just an icon of the winery.
Purple Hen Winery
Address: 96 McFees Rd, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3923, Australia
Price: 6.56 AUD / 5 USD for wine tasting (per person)
Opening Hours: 11 am to 5.30 pm (Thursdays-Mondays). Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Access: By car from south of Melbourne
Contact: +61 3 5956 9244
Near by Food: Various delicacies made from wine
Website: Purple Hen Winery
6. Phillip Island Wildlife Park
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park is the best place to see Australian wildlife. It is home to over 100 different species of Australian animals. For something different, you can see and experience close encounters with animals in their natural habitats. While you are at the wildlife park, you can pet or feed the animals. This wild park is only 2 kilometres (1.24 mi) from Cowes town, so it should not be too hard to find. Take pictures and see kangaroos and wallabies roam freely throughout the grounds while you are there. It is an experience beyond the norm for first timers. On the other hand, it is a memorable experience for kids and they surely will be fascinated by it, too. Phillip Island Wildlife Park is for everyone including families. This place is highly recommended, especially for wildlife enthusiasts.
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Address: 2115 Phillip Island Road, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
Price: 23.60 AUD / 18USD (Adults), 11.80 AUD / 9 USD (Children, 4 to 14 years old)
Opening Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily
Duration: Half day to 1 day
Access: Within distance from Penguin Parade
Contact: +61 3 5952 2038
Website: Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Cowes is an exciting place to visit. There is like nothing like a great Aussie adventure here. Animal lovers will be thrilled being close with koalas, kangaroos, and many other wild animals in their natural habitat. Its close proximity to Melbourne makes it a popular destination for just a day trip. Visitors flock to the island at sunset to watch the famous penguin parade. A short drive from Cowes is the Koala Conservation Centre. This is another Australian attraction. All these make Cowes special from other cities in Australia.
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